Brandon University: student life on campus

An insider's guide to the best campus food, live music venue and more

The 411

If I wrote the school motto:
“Be You at BU”
Best place for a nap:
The Quill office
Best cheap lunch:
Favourite campus food:
Charley Biggs’ chicken
Best pizza:
Pizza Hut
Best place to study:
Clark Hall study rooms
Worst place to study:
Harvest Hall
Best place to live:
The west end of campus
Weirdest school tradition:
Battle at the Border dodgeball game
Best bar for hanging out:
Best weekend activity:
A trip to Shoppers Mall
Best place for a fancy meal:
The Keg
Best campus events:
Orientation Week
Best hangover breakfast:
Humpty’s restaurant
Best live music venues:
Forbidden Flavours Jazz Night or the Double Decker
The one thing that surprised me about the school:
The close-knit community atmosphere
If I could change one thing about the school:
A tunnel connecting the buildings on campus

PROFILE: Brandon University | Brandon, Man. | Founded 1899

Located right in the heart of Canada, Brandon University is an extraordinary example of a community-minded, education-focused post-secondary institution. The university was originally opened in 1899 and received its university charter in 1967. It is the only university in Manitoba located outside of Winnipeg.

Brandon University has gained a reputation for offering a well-grounded liberal arts education. Students feel right at home with small class sizes and astonishing faculty-to-student ratios. Every student has the opportunity to take advantage of the abundance of support services offered on campus. You are just as likely to run into your professor in the supermarket as you are in the halls of the university.

The university also offers some of the cheapest tuition fees in the country. Other fees—for residence and student services—are also fairly reasonable.

Various programs across campus offer co-operative placements in the community. Faculties like education and health studies prepare students for a professional environment. The university is also home to a top-notch business administration department that prepares students to earn their Chartered Professional Accountant designation.

After Class
There’s always a lot going on around campus. You can catch a film every weekend at the Evans Theatre. The Western Manitoba Centennial Auditorium is also on campus and draws people from across the province for events and performances. There are also fantastic student organizations ranging from a chemistry club to an education society. There is also the student-run newspaper, the Quill, which has been operating for over a century.

Local Vibe
Brandon is an interesting and diverse community. Although it has a population of around 50,000 people, it still manages to have everything that you might need. From the ever-growing Shoppers Mall to the crazy Corral Centre, the city provides a vast array of shops and stores. Given that Brandon is surrounded by farmland, it’s hard to drive for 10 minutes without running into a field. The city also possesses just the right amount of nightlife to keep the average university student both entertained and yet focused on their studies.

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