Lakehead University - Orillia



Combining the same quality education that has become synonymous with its Thunder Bay campus, the Lakehead University Orillia Campus features advanced, state-of-the-art learning environments and a student life experience that takes advantage of the lifestyle opportunities that are unique to the city of Orillia and its surrounding region. Located on the shores of Lakes Simcoe and Couchiching, the city of Orillia features a vibrant community offering the best from the worlds of culture and recreation. Lakehead's Orillia Campus location also provides students with unparalleled access to outdoor learning and field school environments such as the Lake Simcoe Watershed, Scout Valley, the Couchiching Conservancy, and The Land Between.

Phase one of the new Lakehead University permanent campus facility at Orillia is now complete with the main academic building and learning commons as well as the first residence facility, food service building and bookstore. The Orillia Campus has been built to LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) standards. With a three-phase construction plan, the Orillia Campus is designed to foster interaction and collegiality among students, faculty, staff and visitors, all while immersing them in a campus environment that demonstrates and promotes awareness of the principles of resource conservation, sustainable growth and the protection of the natural environment and biosphere.

Areas of Expertise

To enable students to leverage their many interests, Lakehead University's program offerings at the Orillia Campus are multidisciplinary. Ideal for students who have broader career interests and aptitudes, a multidisciplinary degree program provides a flexible structure that allows for easy selection of pre-professional program requirements, along with subjects that are of greatest personal interest.

On Campus Housing

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Co-ed:246 bedsLowest: $12,532Highest: $13,232

High school students who receive an offer of admission and complete their residence contract and return the residence deposit by the deadline date (June 3, 2019 for 2019 entry) are guaranteed a space in residence. The new Orillia residence is a smoke free, dormitory-style residence hall that features a unique, modern design where you have your own single room and share a bathroom with only one other person. Each floor houses 40 single rooms, a laundry facility, kitchenette and quiet room. With a full meal plan included in the accommodation package, you can enjoy extra study and activity time while not worrying about meal preparation and cleanup. For more information, visit: or phone (705) 330-4008, ext. 3030, or email:

Off Campus Housing

Off-campus housing is readily available in townhouses and apartments within walking distance of the University, as well as throughout Orillia. For a listing, please visit:

Incoming Students

Orientation, study skills and life skills, workshops, and tutoring. Orientation sessions for parents of students entering from high school as well.


As a newer campus, Lakehead’s Orillia Campus will see its athletics facilities develop in years to come. In the interim, full-time Lakehead University – Orillia Campus students are eligible for membership at the YMCA of Simcoe/Muskoka during the fall and winter semesters. There is no additional cost for the membership as it is covered by your Athletics fees.
The YMCA offers a wide variety of recreational activities to help you stay active and reduce stress. As a bonus, memberships can be used at select YMCA facilities outside of the Simcoe/Muskoka region when you are away during holidays or academic placements.


Lakehead University has 7 campus recreation and intramural sports leagues, both men's and women's varsity curling teams, and 10 club recreation teams.


Anime Club
Social Work Student Association (SWSA)
Lakehead Gay Straight Alliance
The Sociology Club
Ski and Board Club
Lakehead University Free The Children Group
The Gaming Coalition
Student Xtrakoriqular Club
G.R.E.E.N (Getting Really Earthy and Environmentally Nerdy) Club
Right to Play Lakehead Orillia
Power to Change—Lakehead University Orillia
Fabulous Foodies
Greek Life
The Bike Club
Dark Wolf Dance

Information Technology

Lakehead University - Orillia Campus is the first campus in North America to be built to LEED® standards for environmental sustainability. With classrooms, learning commons area, cafeteria, residence and bookstore, the campus is designed to foster interaction and collegiality among students, faculty, staff and visitors, all while immersing them in a campus environment that demonstrates and promotes awareness of the principles of resource conservation, sustainable growth and the protection of the natural environment and biosphere. Lakehead University – Orillia Campus also has a downtown location in the newly renovated Heritage Place, a 14,000 square foot facility that supports a wide range of student services and academic learning environments. Lakehead University is a leader in learning assisted technology. The Orillia Campus classrooms feature a number of high tech smart classrooms, utilizing the latest in state of the art technology to enhance your learning experience along with traditional classroom and community learning environments. You will also have the opportunity to learn in our high tech lab environments featuring the latest in scientific learning technology. The library and resource centre features a permanent collection and access to a complete collection of online reference resources. The Orillia Campus also has a learning area for you to relax with friends between classes or use the internet café to do research or surf the Web. Access to Internet is available via student labs and Internet stations throughout the campus.

Special Services

Student Affairs offers academic advising, Aboriginal support services, career services, disability services, financial aid, and health and wellness services. For further information, you may contact Student Affairs at (705) 705-330-4008 ext. 2100.

International Involvement

Not only does Lakehead have over 600 international students studying on our two campuses, we offer many opportunities for Canadian students wishing to study abroad. Programs with northern circumpolar universities in Finland, Sweden, Norway and Russia, provide opportunities to study abroad at undergraduate levels. Inter-institutional bilateral agreements also facilitate student exchange opportunities as well as faculty exchanges. Some of our bilateral agreements include Sweden, Finland, Germany, Korea, China, Singapore, Australia and France. Special Exchange programs such as ORA, Ontario/Rhone-Alps and the Cortona, Italy program also support academic opportunities for undergraduate students. For information on studying abroad as a Lakehead student, visit: For information about studying as an international student at Lakehead, visit:

Campus Tour

Dates for campus tours: Campus tours are available Monday to Friday at 10:00 am and 3:00 pm excluding statutory holidays. Call (705) 330-4008, ext. 2150 to arrange a personal tour or complete the online request form:

Modified on August 15, 2019

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