Moving to Lakehead and Living in Residence

Lakehead University welcomes new and returning students to join us in Residence! 

Our residences are open and available to students interested in living on-campus in Thunder Bay and Orillia. We can house, while adhering to physical distancing recommendations and following the direction of our local health units, as many as 1,100 students (Thunder Bay campus), and 229 students (Orillia campus). Spaces remain available on both campuses. 

Our goal is for students to have as close to a normal residence experience, while following the guidelines set out by the local health units, and following physical distance guidelines set forth by the provincial government. Residence Life will operate a full complement of student support, utilizing Residence Council for social programming and advocacy, and Resident Assistants for educational programming, personal support, and the enforcement of community standards. Lakehead University Security Services is also available 24/7.

To help ensure the safety of our students, all residence units will operate on a single or one-person-to-a-room basis. We have made adjustments to ensure social distancing, and that health and safety protocols are adhered to. All social programming will be held online, outside or in large, open areas where social distancing can be maintained. 

Vaccine Requirement

In order to ensure a safe, accessible, and enjoyable residence experience this fall, Lakehead University will require students living in residence to have received at least one COVID-19 vaccination (vaccines approved by the Public Health Agency of Canada) with plans to receive a second dose.

Students who are unable to receive a vaccine as a result of a medical condition or other grounds protected by the Ontario Human Rights Code may request an accommodation. More information about requesting an accommodation will be released in the coming weeks.

We recognize that many incoming students may have only recently become eligible for a vaccination, and the first dose vaccination will occur over the coming weeks and months. More information on how to provide proof of vaccination to Lakehead will be sent by email in the coming weeks.

If you have received a vaccine that has not yet been approved by the Public Health Agency of Canada, more information will be sent by email in the coming weeks.

International students should additionally refer to travel and quarantine information.

International Student Arrivals

For students arriving outside of Canada, please visit travel and quarantine information for more information about quarantine requirements.

Residence – Thunder Bay Campus
Residence – Orillia Campus

Food Services

The Department of Food and Conference Services and our Food Services Providers across both campuses, continually work with students' unique needs to ensure they have access to nutritious options for breakfast, brunch, lunch or dinner.  We are committed to operating our dining halls and retail food service outlets in a safety-conscious manner with the most recent Public Health guidelines and re-evaluate the operation on a regular basis. We strive to balance the entire campus’s food service needs, our hours of operation, and a fiscally-responsible operation, which has led to creative solutions such as pre-arranging pick up times for meals, offering online ordering & delivery options, or re-evaluating our rotating menu based on student demographics and preferences, all to ensure that our students have healthy eating opportunities across our campuses. 

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