Student Supports

Your success matters to us. Highest potential for success guaranteed!

We believe in our students and your success. That is why we have a wealth of services and supports available for you during your transition to Lakehead and all throughout your time studying at Lakehead.

The services and supports we offer you range from academic in nature to personal, social and health-related. Here is a list of some of the ways in which we are committed to helping you: 

Academic Advising:
Learn about your program requirements, your responsibilities as a student and stay on track to graduation. Our Student Central Professionals can help you devise an academic plan to ensure you understand your program as well as other academic options like minors, specializations and certificates to name a few. 

Academic Preparedness & Skills for Success: 
Let us help you prepare for your studies and equip you with the skills and expertise you need to be successful in your courses. Whether you are in need of tutoring or help with writing essays, our Success Advisors are here to support you in achieving your academic success. At the Academic Support Zone, you will also find assistance with writing and math.
Financial Literacy & Budgeting:
Knowing how to manage your finances at university is important. In addition to knowing how to create and stick to a budget, Lakehead also offers a wealth of financial aid opportunities through scholarships, bursaries and awards.

Health & Wellness
Keeping a healthy body and mind is important while you are at university. At the Thunder Bay Campus, we have a team of registered nurses, doctors and counsellors available for you to have your health needs addressed right on campus. The Orillia Campus provides you with access to a Wellness Centre that includes a Naturopathic Doctor, counseling services and resources on health and wellness services in Orillia. 

Career Advising & Planning:

As you start to think forward into the future, our Student Success Advisors can help you look at careers that may be align with your interests, strengths and goals, as well as identify careers of the future. Explore the ways the transferable skills you've gained throughout your education can match a wealth of career opportunities. 

Job Preparation & Opportunities:
Whether you are looking for a part time job during your studies or preparing to enter the workforce after graduation, we can assist you with your job search with our Job Bank filled with all sorts of different job opportunities. Resume assistance and interview preparation is also available to help land you that position of your dreams.

LUSU Health & Dental Plan
The Plan offered through the Student Union gives you the option of affordable coverage. Benefits include extended health, prescription drugs, dental, travel, and accident coverage. 

Orientation & First Year Experience: 
Your first few days at Lakehead will be filled with Orientation activities and events that will help introduce you to your new university. Attend Orientation to meet other new students, explore the campus and become comfortable in your new space. We also will introduce you to what it means to be a student and the important role you play in the community.

Student Accessibility Services: 
Student Accessibility Services provides academic support for all Lakehead students with academic accommodations for disabilities as well as medical conditions.

Aboriginal Cultural & Support Services: 
Lakehead is committed to providing a culturally-sensitive and welcoming environment to Aboriginal students while assisting with your academic and personal concerns. Links between the student and services available within the University and the local Aboriginal community are established through counselling, academic and cultural programs

This is an impartial, independent and confidential support service provided to ensure you receive fair and equitable treatment throughout your time at Lakehead. The Ombudsperson deals with a variety of issues and complaints, and provides information for both academic and non-academic concerns. 

Legal Services: 
Do you have a problem that requires legal assistance?  Perhaps you are having trouble with your landlord, or you got a traffic ticket.  Lakehead University Community Legal Services (LUCLS) is a legal clinic inside the Faculty of Law and provides free legal advice and representation in a number of legal areas including Tenant Rights; Highway Traffic charges; minor Criminal Offences like theft, assault or mischief; Employee Rights; and Contract disputes in Small Claims Court.  We also can Notarize documents for a fee.  Legal issues can be very stressful.  We are here to help.  Currently our services are limited to low income individuals.  Call our office at (807) 346-7871 to see if you qualify.  Our website also contains a fulsome list of community and public resources related to legal and social services in the city and province.  You can also follow us on Facebook.  

Safe Walk: 
Lakehead is committed to having safe campuses in which you can live and learn. The safety of our students is of great importance to us. Through Safe Walk, our Security Services Team will walk you anywhere you want on-campus. This service is offered 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. 

The University Chaplain is available to serve the whole University community, regardless of religious denomination. Personal concerns, spiritual direction, addictions, and grief counselling are issues for discussion with the Chaplain. 

Affordable transportation within our cities is available to you through your U-Pass. For a nominal fee, you will have unlimited public transportation access.