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Overhear view of the Parliament Hill and Wellington Street in Ottawa

Study in Ottawa

Study in
in the heart of the National Capital

The City of Ottawa is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful cities in Canada.

With its English and French bilingualism, its access to nature, its vibrant culture and entertainment, and its political and economic reality, the City of Ottawa is brimming with opportunities. Also, with its many diverse communities, Ottawa is a multicultural city that welcomes an ever-growing population from all over the world.

Shaw Centre side view with the Fairmont Château Laurier in the background

Jobs & Opportunities

Why study in Ottawa? Because Ottawa is the capital of Canada, a G7 country, recognized around the world. Ottawa is where the private and public sectors converge, and it is where decision-makers work to imagine and build the future of Canada. It is home to thriving industries including technology, healthcare, government, and non-profit.

The region is also recognized as the home to the most educated workforce in Canada. Yes, Ottawa is a great place to live, but don’t take our word for it.  In 2019, Maclean’s named Ottawa the third-best community to live in Canada. Moneysense ranked Ottawa as the second-best place to live in Canada in 2018.

Government of Canada

Nature & Wellbeing

Why study in Ottawa? Because when you live in Ottawa, you are surrounded by nature. The Ottawa-Gatineau region is uniquely situated amongst green spaces, rivers, lakes, and mountains. Being so close to nature allows you to take advantage of tons of activities throughout the year, like exploring the thousands of kilometres of hiking and biking trails. You can also take advantage of cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, visiting camp sites, or exploring the Rideau Canal, which becomes the largest outdoor skating rink in the world during the winter.

Nature lovers can also travel a short distance to Gatineau Park, the second most visited park in Canada, or relax at Nordik Spa-Nature, the largest spa in North America.

Woman bathing in the infinite pool with others in the background at Nordik Spa Nature
Couple sitting at a table near a tent on a camping site in the woods by a river
Friends skating on the Rideau Canal
Couple canoeing on the Rideau Canal
Blurred woman cycling across the Ottawa River with the Parliamant Hill in the background
Couple snowshoeing in the Gatineau Park
Woman on a stand up paddle board on the Ottawa River in front of Canada's Parliamant
Couple cross-country skiing in the Gatineau Park
Winter view of the Canal Rideau with Canada's Parliamant in the background
Woman with a bicycle in front of tulips during Canadian Tulip Festival in Ottawa

Festivals & Events

Why study in Ottawa? Because our capital city is brimming with year-round entertainment. Sports fans can enjoy our national-calibre teams such as the NHL’s Ottawa Senators, the CFL’s Ottawa Redblacks, and our very own varsity Gee-Gees teams who proudly represent the University of Ottawa in almost every sport.

Our thriving music scene includes countless festivals every year, featuring hundreds of locally and internationally-renowned artists and musicians. Ottawa is also home to several outdoor events throughout the seasons, including Capital Pride, Winterlude, and the Tulip Festival. We are proud to boast a diverse community, with a variety of events celebrating cultures and traditions from around the world.


Arts & Culture

Why Ottawa? Because our capital city is burgeoning with amazing art, museums, and culture. After attending Telfer classes on campus, you only have to walk a few steps to discover the works of renowned indigenous, local and international artists featured at the Ottawa Art Gallery, the National Arts Centre and the National Gallery of Canada. The Ottawa-Gatineau region also has seven national museums, including the Canadian Museums of Aviation and Space, History, Nature, and War.

Our Campus is located in downtown Ottawa, just a short distance from the ByWard Market, Chinatown, and Little Italy. These neighbourhoods showcase hundreds of stores and restaurants that celebrate the diversity of our community.

History & Politics

Changing of the Guard on Parliamant Hill in Ottawa
Changing the Guard on Parliament Hill
OTTAWA sign in the Byward Market
OTTAWA Sign in the ByWard Market
Canada Prime Minister's office in Ottawa
Prime Minister's office
Diefenbunker Museum in Ottawa
Diefenbunker Museum
Couple cycling in front of the Rideau Canal Locks
Rideau Canal Locks
Tent Room at Rideau Hall in Ottawa
The Tent Room at Rideau Hall
Aerial view of the ByWard Matket
ByWard Market

Why study in Ottawa? Because Ottawa is the center of Canadian history and politics. Ottawa is derived from the Algonquin word “adawe”, which means “to trade”.

When you visit the University of Ottawa, you are also visiting the ancestral and unceded territory of the Algonquin Nation. The Algonquin Nation is a distinct Indigenous nation of Anishinabeg peoples who have inhabited Turtle Island (North America) since time immemorial, and who have been sustained by the watersheds of the Kitch Sibi (Ottawa), Gatineau, and Mattawa rivers for generations.

Nestled on the Ottawa River, an important waterway to the Atlantic trade routes, Ottawa has always played an important role in Canada. The city is home to Canada's Parliament, the Prime Minister's Office and residence, Rideau Hall, the Governor General’s residence, as well as over 120 different embassies. A number of national monuments are also located here, such as the National War Memorial.

Find out more

Want to discover what else our city has to offer?

Ottawa Tourism

Ottawa Tourism

Tourisme Outaouais

Tourisme Outaouais

Invest Ottawa

Invest Ottawa

National Capital Commission

National Capital Commission

City of Ottawa

City of Ottawa

Kanata North Business Association

Kanata North Business Association

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