International & Exchange  Student CentreWestern International

When Should I Arrive?

Academic programs at Western are offered in three terms:

The start date of your classes may vary depending on your academic program. For specific dates, please view your Academic Calendar.

You should plan to arrive in London a week or two before classes begin and before the International Student Orientation Day.

The best time to arrive at Western University is on a weekday, between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. 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 24 to early January).

Things to consider when deciding a date of arrival:


If you plan to live off campus, it is a good idea to arrive at least two weeks before classes begin to find a place to live. Remember: Never rent a place without seeing it first yourself!

Don't forget to 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 an on-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 IESC's International Student Orientation Day.

Get to Know Your New Campus and City

Arriving early will also give you time to become familiar with Western's campus and the London community. You will have time to settle in, get everything set up (e.g., bank account, phone, etc.), go shopping, etc. Arriving early will also make it possible for you to attend important orientation and social events.


If you arrive early, plan and make sure that you have sufficient money to cover your living costs.