Bishop’s University: student life on campus

An insider’s guide to the best place to study, live music venue and more
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Bishop's University lecture hall
Scenes of University life, interior and exterior. (Photograph by Roger Lemoyne)

The 411

Best cheap lunch:
Restaurant Rima has delicious and affordable Lebanese food
Best hangover breakfast:
McDonald’s (pro tip: skip the line and order with Uber Eats!)
Favourite campus food:
Poke bowls loaded with salmon, edamame and shredded carrots, drizzled with miso sauce and sesame seeds
Best bar for hanging out:
The Golden Lion. Acoustic Tuesdays and Wing Wednesdays are Lennoxville musts.
Best pizza:
If I wrote the school motto:
“Your home away from home!”
Where to live:
If you’re on campus, definitely the newly renovated Kuehner and Munster residences
Best place to study:
The new Learning Commons! Book a state-of-the-art study room, gather in the Agora or do some solo studying in one of the quiet spaces.
Best campus events:
Winterfest, hands down.
Experience your first Quebec winter at Rail Jam while donning your best retro ski garb.
Best giveaway:
Scholarships! We have very generous alumni.
Best live music venue:
The Lion on Acoustic Tuesdays
Weirdest tradition:
Serenading the principal at his door in the middle of the night during Orientation Week
What surprised me most about the school:
It’s surprisingly easy to get lost in the interconnected academic buildings . . . at least you never have to go outside in the winter!

PROFILE: Bishop’s University | Lennoxville (Sherbrooke), Que. | Founded 1843

Located on the mighty Massawippi shore, Bishop’s University makes up around half of the population of Lennoxville, Que. Bishop’s small but cozy community of 2,800 students benefits from an intimate post-secondary education. Bishop’s is a school where teachers know who you are, and you’re more than just a number. Moreover, the beautiful and eco-friendly campus hosts 550 acres of green space and architecture, ranging from the Hogwarts-esque McGreer Hall to the sleek and innovative new Learning Commons.

Walk through the labyrinth of interconnected academic buildings and you’ll be sure to find an abundance of posters advertising student-led events. Make sure to grab coffee and a snack at the Bus Stop Café before heading to class; the movie theatre seats in Nicolls are also pretty comfortable! Considered the central hub of student life, the Student Union Building (SUB) houses the Students’ Representative Council offices, several clubs and BU’s watering hole, the Gait. As of July 2019, renovations to the SUB will result in some exciting changes, including new food options and a patio for the on-campus bar. Perhaps most exciting is the opening of a Coopsco—a co-op that will combine Doolittle’s convenience store and the school bookstore.

As one of the four schools that make up the Maple League of Universities, the university is proud of its small class sizes, personable faculty and the amazing extracurricular opportunities.

After Class
In fall 2018, Bishop’s brand-new Learning Commons opened. A refurbished and innovative library and study space, it houses collaborative study rooms, a café, a two-storey silent study area and the writing centre. There’s also the Agora—a naturally lit and versatile space that can be used for events, studying, socializing or even taking a nap. A key component of Bishop’s outstanding student-life reputation is the university’s emphasis on physical and mental health. Avoiding the “freshman 15” has never been easier, thanks to the John H. Price sportsplex, which caters to students and community members alike. Counselling services are easily accessible at the SUB.

Local Vibe
The largely bilingual Lennoxville community will make you feel right at home, regardless of your proficiency in French. Students take the phrase “work hard, play hard” seriously. Loud parties on the weekends are balanced by study sessions during the week. Students can also take a $3.30 bus ride to Sherbrooke, Que., to explore quaint boutiques and restaurants or see the newest flick at La Maison du Cinéma.

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