Our Campuses & Hometowns

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Students at Hillcrest ParkEven before you arrive at Lakehead, you can begin to get to know the city and the campus you'll call home. Find out about the popular hang-outs, the scenic sites that students love, or favourite study spots...so you're ready to explore it all when you arrive.

Our Campuses

Learn more about the campus where you'll be studying during your program. Get a sneak preview of the spots students love and start to explore!

Thunder Bay Campus

Rated by Huffington Post as one of Canada's most beautiful campuses, the Thunder Bay campus strikes the perfect balance between academic spaces, casual meeting places, and the beautiful natural environment, allowing you to maintain an ideal work-play balance with ease.

Our Campus Fast Facts

Students on Campus: 6,500+

Number of Students Living in Residence: 1000+

Favourite Outdoor Hangout: Lake Tamblyn

Best Study Spots: The Study Coffee House, CASES Grad Lounge, 4th Floor Paterson Library, ATAC Computer Labs, 2nd Floor of The Outpost

Best Place to Meet Friends: The International Lounge, The Outpost Pub, The Agora

Best Places to Work Out: The Wolf's Den, The Hangar, The Fieldhouse

Best On-Campus Getaway: Opposite side of Lake Tamblyn by the fish ladder

Best Trails: Along the McIntyre River from Lakehead to Intercity

Favourite Classroom: The Telepresence Room, The Snake Pit

Thunder Bay Campus Map

Orillia Campus

At the Orillia campus you will enjoy a warm and welcoming atmosphere and quickly get to know the familiar faces you see on campus. With light-filled common areas and classrooms, as well as peaceful outdoor gathering areas, you'll feel at home here in no time.

Our Campus Fast Facts

Students on Campus: 1,800+

Number of Students in Residence: 230

Claim to Fame: The Orillia Campus is built to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) certification standards

Best Place to See a Friendly Face: Student Central/Security Desk

Best Place to Meet Friends: The Learning Commons, The Cafeteria

Favourite Classroom: OA 2018, OA 1033

Best Place To Grab a Quick Bite: the Kiosk in Simcoe Hall

Best Places to Study: Residence Courtyard, The Learning Commons, the Study Rooms off the Learning Commons

Best Places to Get Active: Outdoor campus green space, Fitness Room in Residence

Best Nearby Getaway: Scout Valley

Orillia Campus Map

Lakehead-Georgian Campus in Barrie

The Barrie Campus is a community within a community – a welcoming and safe place to study. With inviting study spaces, multiple dining options, a spacious library, a state-of-the-art gym, and a full roster of helpful student services, you'll find your favourite way to plug into campus life.

Our Campus Fast Facts

Students on Campus: 13,000

Number of International Students: 4,500 from 85 different countries 

Best Hangout: International Lounge, The Last Class Bar & Grill

Best Place to Study: The First Class Cafe, the Library

Best Food on Campus: Georgian Dining Room

Best Place to Work Out: Athletics & Fitness Centre on Campus

Best Academic Space on Campus: Changemaker Space

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Lakehead-Georgian Campus Map

Our Hometowns

Whether you're studying at our Thunder Bay, Orillia or Lakehead-Georgian campus in Barrie, there are many ways to make our hometowns your new "home away from home".

City of 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.

A bird's eye view of Thunder Bay's waterfront

Our Hometown Facts

  • 113,200+ population
  • 90-minute flight to Toronto Pearson International Airport with 4 major airlines
  • Distance to the Marina and Downtown Restaurants: 3.7 km
  • Thunder Bay Transit: Two city bus routes service campus, so you can travel to grocery stores, the movie theatre, shopping centres, and downtown restaurants easily.

Tips for Getting to Know Thunder Bay:

Must-Try Places to Eat: Local fresh produce, baked goods and more at the Thunder Country Market, Persian Man for a Persian (Thunder Bay delicacy), The Madhouse, The Foundry, Sovereign Room, The Growing Season, Thai Kitchen, Indian Bistro, Island Spice Jerk House, Famous Tandoor, Rebel Salad, Prime Gelato

Must-See Sites: Hillcrest Park, Kakabeka Falls, Ouimet Canyon, Sleeping Giant, Thunder Bay Marina Waterfront, Mount McKay Lookout, Eagle Canyon suspension bridge, Fort William Historical Park 

Must-Try Outside: Hiking at Sleeping Giant Provincial Park (Canada’s 7 Wonders!), Fat Biking at Centennial Park, Ice Fishing, Lake Superior by Sailboat, Seek out the Northern Lights

Celebrate Cultures: Attend a Pow Wow at Fort William First Nation, Go to Festival of India, Festa Italiana, Canada Day, Folklore Festival, Holi and Gaura Purnima, Eid at the Thunder Bay Masjid, Chinese New Year, Take a Latin Dancing Class

Best Shopping Spots: Bay & Algoma Neighbourhood, Downtown Port Arthur, Intercity Shopping Centre, Thunder Centre

Best Ways to Enjoy Winter: Ice-skating on Lake Tamblyn or at the Marina, Snowshoeing, Downhill Skiing at Mount Baldy or Loch Lomond, Cross-Country Skiing at Lappe or Kamview, Ice Fishing, Ice Climbing

Learn more about the City of Thunder Bay 

City of Orillia

The City of Orillia is located in central Ontario’s beautiful lake country, the scenic and charming getaway for the Greater Toronto Area. Here you'll benefit from a smaller town community, while being on the cusp of Canada's largest city.

An aerial view of Orillia's downtown core and waterfront on a sunny day

Our Hometown Facts

  • 33,400+ population
  • 200+ km of walking and biking trails
  • 90-minute drive to Toronto, Ontario's capital city and Canada's largest metropolitan area 
  • Located at the junction between Lake Simcoe & Lake Couchiching
  • Get around with Orillia Transit

Tips for Getting to Know Orillia:

Best Downtown Treats: Mariposa Market, Apple Annie's

Best Nature Getaway: Scout Valley, Lake Couchiching Beach Park

Best Food: Brewery Bay, Kenzington Burger Bar, Thai Plate, Shine Plant-Based Kitchen

Best Downtown Shops: Manticore Books, Alleycats Music & Art

Best Discount Shopping: Costco

Best Historic Building: The Opera House

Best City Festivals: Mariposa Folk FestivalLearn more about the City of Orillia

City of Barrie

The Lakehead-Georgian campus is located in the heart of the City of Barrie, known for its friendly residents, four-season lifestyle, and gorgeous waterfront on Kempenfelt Bay. You will enjoy nearby trails and ski hills, several shopping malls, a vast assortment of restaurants, not to mention, a great nightlife.

 A view of Barrie's waterfront from a recreation trail along the water

Our Hometown Facts

  • 153,000+ population
  • Just a 1-hour drive, or a quick GoTrain ride, to the Greater Toronto Area and Canada's largest city
  • Campus is 3 km from downtown shops & restaurants
  • Several Barrie Transit buses service campus

Tips for Getting to Know Barrie:

Must-See Sites: The Spirit Catcher on Kempenfelt Bay, Spare Room Gallery, MacLearn Art Centre, Barrie Farmers' Market 

Must-Try Places to Eat: Homestead Bakery, Indian Curry and Grill House, Flying Monkeys, Jey's Burrito, Bohemia, Dunlop Street Dinner 

Best Coffee Shop: Wired Owl  

Best Shopping Spots: Everleigh Boutique, Tanger Outlets, Stuff (Thrift), Georgian Mall

Must-Try Outside: Johnson's Beach, The North Shore Trail, Snow Valley Ski Resort, Chappells Farm

Best Ways to Enjoy All 4 Seasons: Snow Valley Ski Resort 

Best Festivals: Culture Days, Barrie Waterfront Festival, Barrie Dragon Boat Festival, Barrie Jazz and Blues Festival

Learn more about the City of Barrie

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