Student Life

At university, you can explore your interests, inside and outside of the classroom.

You can attend social events, join a student club, play extracurricular sports or, if you live on campus, get involved in your residence community.

View Algoma’s student activities and services.

Orientation Week

The first week of school in September is known as Orientation Week – when you arrive on campus for the first time and get introduced to university life. You will discover university basics, such as:

  • how to get to your classes on campus,
  • meet your classmates and
  • attend social events.

Clubs and Societies

General Clubs

Get involved on campus by joining one of Algoma’s student clubs. You can sign up for a club throughout the year and meet with others who share your interests or talents. Special events called Club Days are held at the beginning of the fall and winter semesters to help you get acquainted with existing clubs.

Student Unions and Associations

At Algoma, Anishinaabe students are members of the Shingwauk Anishinaabe Students Association (SASA) and are represented by the Algoma University Students’ Union.

Your student union plays an important role at university. The SASA advocates on behalf of students on campus and in the community. Members also organize your Orientation Week and student clubs.

The SASA is committed to ensuring that the university experience of Anishinaabe (First Nations, Inuit and Métis) students is fulfilling and enjoyable. The SASA supports the academic and cultural needs of Anishinaabe students and offers family and cultural activities for all students in the Algoma community.

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Varsity Athletics

Algoma is home to the Algoma Thunderbirds varsity athletics program. The Thunderbirds compete in Ontario University Athletics and Canadian Interuniversity Sport in:

  • Basketball
  • Soccer
  • Wrestling
  • Curling
  • Cross-country running
  • Nordic skiing

Read more about Algoma’s varsity athletics.

Recreation and Intramurals

Algoma offers recreational sports and leagues suitable for everyone, regardless of skill level. Popular intramurals include:

  • Volleyball
  • Karate
  • Squash
  • Soccer
  • Hockey

Joining an intramural is a great way to meet other people and stay active.

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Student Services

Accessibility Services

If you have a disability that requires academic accommodations and support, Algoma’s Disability Services is available to help. Contact the office as soon as possible to ensure the appropriate supports are in place at the beginning of the school year.

For information, visit The Learning Centre.

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Your safety is taken very seriously at Algoma.

Campus Safety offers a 24-hour video surveillance system, campus security officers, Residence Advisors and secure-access residences. If you are on campus in the evening, the Walk Safe Program can provide you with a walking buddy.

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