Student Resources

At Western, we are committed to providing our students with the resources needed for them to have the best student experience possible both inside and outside the classroom.  To learn more about London visit

Academic Services

Software for Students
Did you know that you have access to a lot of software as a student at Western? Some is available for free, some can be purchased for a low annual fee, and most of it is installed on public computers in Social Science. There is a list of pre-installed software locations and titles online. Click here for a list of software that you can get for your own computers.

Grad Collaboration Meeting Rooms  (SSC 4095, 4096, and 4097)
Grad Collaboration RoomsThree Grad Collaborative Meeting Rooms are available 24/7 through a booking system.  They are located in SSC 4095, 4096 and 4097.  A collaborative room can be booked by graduate students enrolled in FSS graduate programs (course and thesis-based).  Rooms are available 24/7.  The Faculty of Social Science Graduate Student collaborative meeting spaces are ideal for study groups preparing group presentations, assignments, and reciting presentations. All areas are AODA compliant. Each room is equipped with whiteboard, LCD screen and a computer which is connected to the SSC Network. Graduate students are able to connect their own laptop with available cables.  Please note, the rooms are only for Social Science graduate students.

For the booking details:

Social Science: Terms & Conditions

A collaborative/study room can be booked by Western’s students enrolled in the Faculty of Social Science. Each room can only be booked for a maximum two-hour time slot per day per group and a maximum of two weeks in advance. Terms of use are:

  • Conversation volume only - no excessive noise
  • Only lidded drinks allowed - no food
  • Keep it clean - remove all garbage after use
  • The person booking the room is responsible for any damages or stolen items
  • Social Science is not responsible for items left in the room
  • Rooms not claimed within 10 minutes of the booked time become available

To book a room, click here:

Western Libraries offers extensive resources to graduate students, with an online catalogue service to search for electronic books, journals, bibliographic databases and expert staff to help students in their research. Western Libraries collections are strong in all areas of political science and are particularly deep in the Department's PhD fields of political theory, Canadian politics, comparative politics and local government. Check out the Research Support webpage, which contains many useful services and resources to assist students with their studies at Western.

Information for International and Exchange Students

D.B. Weldon Group Study Rooms - a limited number of individual research/study spaces are available to PhD candidates.

"How Do I Find Dissertations" is a helpful resource found at the Western Libraries webpage to locate many dissertations conferred at Western and also published at other universities.

For assistance, contact Courtney Waugh, Western Libraries, WLM1J.

Career and Professional Development Services

360 Graduate Student Development Initiative

This initiative offers a diverse range of events, workshops and courses, which provide critical communication, writing, teaching and professional skills to graduate students and postdoctoral fellows.  The objectives of the 360° Initiative are to enable new scholars to disseminate their research, teach effectively and collaborate successfully, and to provide preparation that facilitates successful transitions to careers both inside and outside of academia.

Graduate Student Professional Development Activities Calendar

Everything from how to publish to how to mentor.  A calendar of events amalgamating graduate student professional development activities within the Faculty of Social Science including departments and grad student associations.  Open to all graduate students in the faculty.

Health Services

SOGS Supplemental Health Services

Housing Services

There are many on-campus housing options available to graduate students.  For more information on on-campus housing please visit the University Housing Service website.

For students wishing to live off campus, Western provides an Off-Campus Housing Service, where listings of available housing throughout London are maintained.  Our in-person service operates on a self-serve basis.  Located in Elgin Hall, you'll have free access to phones and city maps, and computers are available to conduct personalized searches based on categories such as rental price, location and housing type.

Information Services

Graduate Student Organizations