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Saint Paul University/ Université Saint Paul



Located in the heart of the nation’s capital, Saint Paul University (est. 1848) is the founding college of the University of Ottawa, with which it has been federated since 1965. A bilingual institution, it offers undergraduate and graduate study programs. SPU is known for its small class sizes, personalized service, diverse student population and international vision, solid reputation, rich history, and Catholic intellectual tradition.

Besides its academic programs, SPU offers a number of complementary services, including support and guidance to help students succeed academically and personally; access to symposiums, conferences and workshops with distinguished specialists in the areas of issues facing today’s society; a student residence; and a library with an outstanding collection of documents and books on a range of specialized subjects.

Areas of Expertise

Proud of its rich heritage, over the years Saint Paul University (SPU) has evolved into an institution whose primary focus is on the multiple facets of the human experience. Not surprisingly, that priority is reflected in our current study programs: in addition to our founding disciplines—canon law, philosophy, and theology—we offer courses in social communication, counselling and psychotherapy, public ethics, conflict studies, social innovation, transformative leadership and human relations and spirituality.

On Campus Housing

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Co-ed:200 bedsLowest: $3,291Highest: $6,700

The University can accommodate about 200 students in various residences in the Ottawa area.

For more information, please contact the Residence 201 Main Street,
Ottawa (Ontario)

Off Campus Housing

Students may consult a listing of rooms, apartments and houses for rent off campus.

Incoming Students

The school year opens with orientation activities and information sessions. For more information, please visit our web site.

Saint Paul University consists of two interrelated buildings, the Guigues and Laframboise Halls. These two buildings link together the cafeteria, coffee shop, student lounge, library, Media Centre, bookstore, and the chapel. Residence on campus can accommodate about 200 students.

Career Planning

Saint Paul University offers its students the Work-Study programs which allows them to work on campus during the semester. Contracts are a maximum of 10 hours per week, for a total of 125 hours per semester. It also offers internships possibilities in many fields through our internship office, a service available on campus.


Students can participate in a variety of activities, be part of a committee, or participate in different activities planned by Saint Paul University Student Association (SPUSA).


Students may join or start their own club on campus through the Saint Paul University Student Association.

Information Technology

Students can make use of several computer labs located on campus. Wi-fi is available throughout the campus.


The National Capital Region is home to art galleries, museums, theatres, symphony, research centres, restaurants, cultural festivals and much more.

Special Services

The Student Services Office has expanded its service to fully integrate students with special needs. Saint Paul University has improved resources, and together with the University of Ottawa Special Services, we can create equal learning opportunities for all our students.

Affiliated Institutions

Saint Paul University is federated with the University of Ottawa. Our degrees are jointly conferred. Both campuses are connected by shuttle bus.

International Involvement

International Services seek out opportunities, programs, and partnerships when it comes to international mobility for student and professors. They provide students and professors alike with the necessary information regarding international mobility programs, assist them in preparing applications to these programs, and monitor the administration of bursaries and grants. International Services ensure that Saint Paul University students have the opportunity to study abroad and that the Institution’s professors are likewise able to become members of international research networks.

Research Services and International Services
Tel: 613-236-1393
Fax: 613-782-3014

Campus Tour

Personalized tours are available year round upon request from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. To book a tour, please contact or the Campus Tours Office at (613) 236-1393, ext. 2008.


The Faculties of Theology, Human Sciences, and Philosophy at Saint Paul University offer distance courses. Consult the schedule for more details.

Modified on July 31, 2018