When Should I Arrive?

Academic programs at Western are offered in three terms:

  • Fall term: September - December
  • Winter Term: January - April
  • Spring/Summer Term: May - August

The start date of your classes may vary depending on your academic program:

You should plan to arrive in London a week or two before classes begin and before any scheduled in-person orientation activities begin.

The best time to arrive at Western University is on a weekday, between 9:00 am and 4:00 pm. Many university offices (including the IESC) are closed on Saturdays, Sundays, and public/university holidays. If you are arriving in December, please note that offices at Western University are closed over the winter break (approximately December 23 to early January) and January 1 is a public holiday.

Things to consider when deciding a date of arrival:


If you plan to live off campus, and have not already found a permanent place to stay, it is a good idea to arrive at least two weeks before classes begin. 

You can reserve temporary accommodation to ensure that you have a place to stay while you search for housing and remember to set aside some money for this added cost.

If you will be living in a Main Campus residence, there is an early move-in date for international students. This will allow you time to settle in and participate in the International Student Residence Welcome Day and Interantional Orientation programming.

Get to Know Your New Campus and City

Arriving early will make it possible for you to attend important orientation, social events, shop and explore London. Visit yourlondoncalling.ca to explore more resources and information for students.