University of Regina: student life on campus

An insider’s guide to the best live music venue, place to study and more
Jessica Leeper
University of Regina student completing fitness test
(University of Regina)

The 411

Best place for a nap:
Fifth floor of Dr. John Archer Library. Also, the couches in the theatre department common area are very comfy.
Best cheap lunch:
Henderson Café with its 24-7 breakfast and amazing sandwich bar and soups
Best hangover breakfast:
Luther cafeteria for its buffet-style breakfast
Favourite campus food:
Extreme Pita for their southwest chicken bowl
Best bar for hanging out:
The Owl, the on-campus bar, is where most students hang out
Best giveaways:
Free student entry to Rams football and Cougars volleyball and basketball games
Best place to live:
On campus: the Kisik residence towers are bustling with activities. Off-campus: Hillsdale and Whitmore Park are good neighbourhoods for student housing.
Best place to study:
Fifth floor of Dr. John Archer Library because talking is not allowed there
Best campus event:
All the student events during Welcome Week. Also, the annual Snow and Glow party (a neon-paint dance party).
Best live music venue:
The Exchange or Capitol Restaurant
Weirdest tradition:
Keg-a-Rama. As part of a charity event, students compete in a relay-style race while hauling a keg around campus.
If I wrote the school motto:
“Where scholarly discussion is best begun over a beer”
If I could change one thing about the school:
The mad rush to find a parking spot

PROFILE: University of Regina | Regina, Sask. | Founded 1974

The University of Regina is a beautifully spacious campus, boasting Wascana Lake and prairie fields as its backdrop.

Students have a clear view of the Land of Living Skies: crystal blue skies reflect off the lake, orange and red sunsets streak through the trees, and the northern lights are visible from dorm windows.

The university layout is circular, making it an easy-to-navigate campus. In winter, students can walk through the main buildings without stepping outside. The federated colleges—Luther, Campion and First Nations University—are a short walk away.

U of R students are friendly and helpful—we know how to spot wandering souls. The professors are approachable and passionate when engaged in scholarly discussion. U of R professors genuinely take an interest in student success—offering office hours, providing in-depth feedback and serving as references for scholarships, employment and graduate studies. With online tools, students build and customize their class schedule and enrol in interesting options like Sociology of Superheroes.

The best way for students to make the most of campus life is to become involved. The U of R has student events (like Welcome Week and trivia nights at the Owl) and clubs (like Metal Club for lovers of loud music). Options like the study abroad, co-op and internship programs give students hands-on experience toward their academic and career goals.

After Class
The university has services aimed at creating an engaged and inclusive community, including the UR Pride Centre, Women’s Centre, Centre for Student Accessibility, Confucius Institute and the Aboriginal Student Centre.
Students can explore athletics and fitness through on-campus recreation. Along with basketball and volleyball, some cool intramural leagues include ultimate Frisbee and dodgeball. Annually, the Intramural Sports Program hosts the Gauntlet—an obstacle course that tests athleticism and intelligence of teams competing for prizes.

Local Vibe
Regina has a big-town feel. Places like Cathedral Social Hall serve local craft beer. The outdoor and indoor Regina Farmers’ Market provides year-round locally grown food. Great outdoor music experiences include the Country Thunder Music Festival and Regina Folk Festival.

More Info
The Carillon is the school’s student newspaper.