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Student Life is the university’s student support network outside of the classroom. We are made up of seven units that exist to provide students with the tools they need to succeed academically, personally and socially.


  • Athletics and Recreation

    Athletics and Recreation is a multifaceted department, focusing on competitive sport for varsity athletes as well as general health, fitness and community for all students.

    Ridgeback Athletics delivers a first-class intercollegiate program made up of 16 varsity teams and two sports club teams that contend at institutional, provincial, national and international levels. Our teams create a sense of pride and school spirit on campus.

    For information on tryouts, game recaps and opportunities to cheer on the Ridgebacks at upcoming competitions, visit

    Athletics and Recreation also has a number of opportunities for students to get involved in recreational sport through intramural and extramural teams. They also offer free skating for students at the Campus Ice Centre, and they help students to prioritize fitness through the Flex fitness centre, which includes weight and cardio machines, an indoor track and a number of training programs.

    For information on intramural and extramural sports, skating and the Flex fitness centre, go to

  • Career Centre

    Securing employment after university is a top priority for our students, and the Career Centre is there to help with that transition. They assist our students and graduates with job search and career exploration, provide employers with a variety of recruitment services and host a number of events to build connections between students and employers.

    Through the Career Centre, students can access career counsellors to discuss their anxieties and find clarity in their career paths, and they can work with employment advisors to talk about internships and co-ops, get help with resumés, cover letters, interview skills and job searches. It is recommended that students visit the Career Centre Portal (log in is required) to get the most up-to-date information about upcoming opportunities.

    Employers looking to hire students, build their brand on campus and post their employment opportunities should consider registering with the Student Life Portal

  • Indigenous Education and Cultural Services

    Indigenous Education and Cultural Services (IECS) is located in the UOIT-Baagwating Indigenous Student Centre (UBISC) at 151 Athol Street East in Downtown Oshawa.

    IECS offers cultural workshops, events and programming to educate Indigenous and non-Indigenous students, faculty, staff members and the broader community about Indigenous culture. They encourage Indigenous students to embrace their culture through the Indigenous self-identification process, and they lead the university in its journey toward reconciliation.

  • Student Accessibility Services

    The university is committed to facilitating accommodations for students with disabilities. All students must satisfy the essential requirements for courses and programs; therefore, accommodations and services related to the student’s disability needs are offered through the department of Student Accessibility Services (SAS).

    Reasonable academic accommodation may require members of the university community to exercise creativity and flexibility in responding to the needs of students with disabilities while maintaining academic standards. It becomes the responsibility of the student to identify to the university their needs requiring accommodation.

    SAS will support students with disabilities who require accommodations as legally required by the Ontario Human Rights Code.

    Supports may include, but are not limited to, alternative testing arrangements, FM hearing systems, note takers, training and access to computers and adaptive software, alternative text formats, interpreters, counselling, and learning strategies instruction. Students can access these services by going to

  • Student Engagement and Equity

    Student Engagement and Equity (SEE) endeavours to support students’ positive transition into university and their ongoing success and engagement throughout their academic careers. SEE provides various learning and leadership programs, events and opportunities—such as Orientation, international support, and the Peer Leader program—which help students to feel a sense of community at the university while also allowing them to build their skillsets for personal and professional success.

    The SEE team also works hard to make the university a more equitable and inclusive community. Through the discussions they facilitate and the equity campaigns they run, they advocate for a more welcoming campus community that is built on empathy and understanding.

  • Student Learning Centre

    The Student Learning Centre (SLC) supplements classroom experience by providing students with a number of services that help to strengthen academic skills and learning strategies.

    Through workshops, fun events and one-on-one sessions, SLC specialists support students in core areas such as writing, math, science and English as a second language. If students wish to have more personalized assistance, one-on-one sessions with both subject specialists and trained peer tutors are available.

  • Student Mental Health Services

    Student Mental Health Services (SMHS) exists to support students’ mental wellness during their time at the university. They offer professional, short-term counselling and therapy to help students in one-on-one environments; they run a variety of support groups to care for students in community-based settings; and they run campaigns that aim to fight the stigma against mental illness.

    Student Life acknowledges that university can be a stressful and difficult time, and SMHS helps to nurture students’ wellbeing by ensuring they feel supported mentally and emotionally.

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