Campus Life

University can be about getting a world-class education while having the experience of a lifetime.

Lakehead University is no ordinary place. From the moment you step foot onto either our campus in Thunder Bay or Orillia, you will experience a personal education where you matter and can play a bigger role. Over 8,500 students’ study from our comprehensive range of undergraduate and graduate programs, alongside highly acclaimed, world-renowned faculty and researchers who will know you by name and truly care about your academic growth and success.

Our rigourous academic programs will allow you to thrive in a way that challenges and teaches you how to think, not what to think. Lakehead offers you learning opportunities that expand beyond the classroom and into our local communities, labs, the workplace, and to locations all over the world. Experience hands-on learning to develop knowledge and skills for your university years and beyond graduation.

The Lakehead Advantage

11 million in scholarships, bursaries, and awards
94.5% overall employment rate 2 years after graduation
90% classes with fewer than 60 students
guaranteed residence
#1 undergraduate research university
Canada's top 10 universities

Our Two Campuses

Whether you are interested in Lakehead Thunder Bay or Lakehead Orillia, you’ll experience a personal education where you matter and can play a bigger role.

Lakehead Thunder Bay

Lakehead University's original campus is located in the City of Thunder Bay. Lakehead University is situated in the heart of the city and is located minutes away from all the amenities and services you need.

Fields and green space surround our campus and all buildings are conveniently located together in one location creating a true campus feel. Many of the University's buildings are grouped around Lake Tamblyn and our residence complexes hug the banks of the McIntyre River. Underground tunnels connect many of the main, centralized buildings on campus, allowing for easy access between classes and facilities. Paved trails surround the campus making it the perfect place to take advantage of taking in the beauty of the area whether you are walking, jogging, rollerblading, bicycling, or, in the winter, cross-country skiing!

7,500 students call the Thunder Bay Campus home.


Places to Eat On-Campus: Starbucks, Dan’s Dinner, Residence Cafeteria, Main Cafeteria, Subway, The Study and The Outpost

Best Study Spots: Learning Commons in the Chancellor Paterson Library, 5th Floor Library (best view of the city), Picnic Table along Lake Tamblyn, Alumni Commons, The Tunnels, Braun Building Student Lounge

Places to Hang Out: Lake Tamblyn (all 4 seasons), Rock Garden outside of the Student Centre and Braun Building, Outpost for live bands, concerts, and different entertainment acts, The Study for a great cup of coffee

Orillia Campus

In 2006, the Lakehead experience was brought to Central Ontario’s beautiful cottage country in the City of Orillia.

Lakehead University is situated in two areas of the city with campus locations in the historic downtown and 500 University Avenue. In 2010, our brand-new state-of-the-art campus opened which made it the first campus in North America to be built to LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) standard. The Academic Building is environmentally friendly in every way possible; from the green roofing system, to geothermal energy source, water collection ponds, and much more. The campus also features a 250-bed residence, cafeteria and bookstore. All students have access to recreational facilities through our partnership with the YMCA.

Over 1,500 students call the Orillia Campus home.

Places to Eat: Main Cafeteria, Restaurants right across the street: Starbucks, St. Louis Bar & Grille, Wimpy’s Diner, Pizza Hut, Taco Bell, Twisted Indian Wraps

Best Study Spots: The Orsi Learning Commons Alumni Commons, Cafeteria, Library Study Rooms

Places to Hang Out: The Learning Commons is the go-to place. Another favourite spot is outside of the Cafeteria where you can catch some sun-rays while lounging.