Student Life > Health Services
Western Campus Recreation provides a variety of drop-in activities, intramural sports, instructional courses, sport clubs, and wellness services to meet the diverse fitness and recreation needs of all Western students. Facilities are open long hours year-round to provide ample opportunity for busy students to make fitness a part of their lifestyle.
Registered full-time graduate students have a Campus Recreation membership. The Western ONECard gives students access to all of the facilities and programs through our Membership Services area.
Part-time graduate students may purchase a membership for a very low monthly rate. Graduate students also have the option of adding family members (partners and children) onto their memberships for very reasonable rates.
Campus Recreation memberships include free access to:
- A wide variety of aerobic classes including: Box fit, Cycle, Step, Stretch, Top Guns & Awesome Abs (TGAA) and Total Muscle Conditioning (TMC)
- Aqua fitness classes
- Cardio room
- Drop-in gymnasia activities (basketball, indoor soccer, volleyball)
- Racquet sports (badminton, racquetball, squash, table tennis)
- Weight training room (5000 sq. ft.)
The Western Student Recreation Centre is a state-of-the-art facility that opened in 2009 and provides a number of services to meet the diverse fitness and recreation needs of all Western students. The 160,000-square-foot facility – one of the largest of its kind at a Canadian university – was opened in part through the largest student donation at a Canadian school in history.
The $35-million space is located adjacent to the Thompson Recreation and Athletic Centre.
Student Health Services provides medical and counselling services by a team of doctors year-round. Doctors at Student Health Services work in the same capacity as your family doctor and can order x-rays and blood tests, and make referrals to specialists and physiotherapists.
Extended health insurance benefits are provided automatically for full-time graduate students provided they are covered by their provincial health plan or equivalent (e.g. UHIP). The fee for the health plan is included in the student activity fees for each term.
The SOGS health plan has grown to include basic dental care and expanded vision coverage. By paying an additional family coverage fee, you can enrol your spouse or partner, of either the same or opposite sex, who is publicly represented as a "spouse", and any children under 21 years of age (25 if they are still attending school).
For more information, please visit SOGS - Benefits.
The purpose of the Graduate Teaching Assistants Extended Health Plan is to supplement your other health care plan(s) like SOGS RWAM, UHIP, OHIP, etc. The GTA Union administered Health Reimbursement Plan provides flexible coverage. This plan will continue to operate on a rebate system whereby you pay for your health care related costs and submit them to the Union for a rebate. For more information visit the GTA union site.
The Ontario government sponsors basic health care under the Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP), paid through income taxes. OHIP is available to Canadian citizens, landed immirgrants, and temporary foreign workers.
International students are not eligible for coverage under the Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP). Because of this, Ontario universities have developed a mandatory health care package for international students and their dependents, titled University Health Insurance Plan (UHIP). UHIP offers many of the same benefits as OHIP.
The cost is included on your Student Center account. Additional premiums are payable for eligible family members within thirty days of arrival in Canada. Penalties will be applied by UHIP for late applications.
New applications must be completed upon arrival for your first registration term. Forms are available in the Student Central Office of the Student Services Building and must be completed by a staff person in that area. UHIP coverage for returning or renewing students will automatically be renewed based on data from the Office of the Registrar.
From elite athletes like Eric Lindros and Steve Yzerman, to Western students and community members, the Fowler Kennedy Sport Medicine Clinic helps people in the pursuit of good health and fitness. With orthopedic surgeons, athletic and massage therapists, physiotherapists and sport medicine physicians, the Fowler Kennedy Clinic uses state-of-the- art diagnostic rehabilitation equipment to develop personalized rehabilitation plans for 80,000 patients a year.
The Chiropractic Clinic, located in the lower level of the University Community Centre, provides easy access to specialized chiropractic care.
The University Pharmacy accepts all drug plans, including SOGS. The dispensing fee is $7 for all faculty, staff and student health plans. Students may order prescriptions online and have them delivered for free the same day within London, or the next day anywhere in Ontario. The University Pharmacy is also a variety store offering several products commonly found in local drug stores.
Psychological Services provides professional, confidential psychological services free of charge to all Western students. Students may attend individual counselling sessions and group workshops for a wide range of concerns. Same day crisis appointments are also available.
The Student Emergency Response Team (SERT) provides emergency care and responds to all medical emergencies on Main, Huron and Brescia campuses. These volunteers respond in co-ed teams of three, with an average response time of two minutes. Available 24 hours a day and seven days a week, they can be reached by dialling 911 from any campus phone. SERT also offers a variety of Red Cross-certified First Aid courses for individuals and groups.
From orthodontics to comprehensive adult care, upper-year students and faculty members at Schulich Medicine & Dentistry work together in the clinics to diagnose and treat patients. Services include complete and partial dentures, crowns and fixed bridges, treatment of gum disease and mouth infections, extractions, endodontics (root canal treatment) and preventive care. In addition to the main adult clinic, the School houses specialized clinics in orthodontics, children's care, emergency care, oral radiology, oral surgery and endodontics.