The subway in Edmonton is called the “LRT,” which stands for “Light Rail Transit.” There is only one subway line in Edmonton right now, but the city is currently building more lines.
The University of Alberta North Campus has two LRT (subway) stations – one is attached to HUB Mall and the other one is near the UAlberta Hospital and Lister Centre. If you’re living on campus, the subway is a really convenient way to travel…and as a student, you can use your “U Pass” to ride the subway as much as you want for no additional cost (it’s already included in your school fees).
So where can you go on the LRT from the UAlberta North Campus? You can get to many, many different places in Edmonton, but here are 5 that are really popular with UAlberta students:
1. Southgate Centre Mall
Inside Southgate Centre Mall photo credit: Arc Interiors Ltd.
It’s a quick ride from North Campus, only around 9 minutes.
2. UAlberta South Campus
Running track at South Campus
UAlberta has 5 campuses in total. South Campus is the home of Saville Community Sports Centre, where you can play volleyball, basketball, badminton, tennis, and more. You can also go to Foote Field, to enjoy sports like football and track & field.
South Campus isn’t only for sports – it’s also the home of some really unique UAlberta research facilities, like the Agri-Food Discovery place, which is a world-class facility for bio-product processing (for food safety, natural health products, and more).
South Campus is just a short, 6 minute ride from North Campus. See it for yourself – take a virtual tour!
3. Northlands and Rexall Place
A concert at Rexall Place photo credit: Northlands and Rexall Place
It’s all just a 15 minute LRT ride from UAlberta North Campus!
4. Commonwealth Stadium
Photo credit: City of Edmonton
Commonwealth Stadium is an open-air stadium that is used mainly for major sports events. Many world-famous sporting events have taken place there, including the World Masters Games, the FIFA-19 Women's World Championship, and the IAAF World Championship. It’s also home of Edmonton’s professional football team, the Edmonton Eskimos.
The stadium is a 14 minute LRT ride away from North Campus.
5. Downtown Edmonton
View of the LRT bridge and the High Level Bridge going to downtown Edmonton photo credit: City of Edmonton
There is a lot to do downtown – there are plenty of great restaurants and stores for shopping. There are several fun festivals that take place downtown throughout the year, like our New Year’s Eve celebration, the Taste of Edmonton, and the International Street Performers Festival (just to name a few).
UAlberta North Campus is right across the river from downtown Edmonton, so you can even walk there by going across the High Level Bridge…but if you don’t feel like walking, then the LRT can get you there in just 5 minutes.
While you’re downtown, you can also go to Enterprise Square, UAlberta’s downtown campus! Enterprise Square is home to various UAlberta offices, an art gallery, UAlberta’s English Language Program (which offers English as a Second Language (ESL) classes), and more.
Article by Julia Jones-Bourque