Enjoying life at UAlberta

Activities and resources for UAlberta students

There are a lot of activities UAlberta students can do and services you can use right on campus that are completely free or very inexpensive.  


Here are some of our favourites!


     1) Free gym access

Students get free access to the campus fitness and wellness centers using their OneCard (student ID). This includes the brand new PAW Centre gym, climbing wall, pool, indoor running track, ice rinks, many options for fitness classes, and more.

Image posted by @dreamscapist on Instagram.


2) Studio Theatre

UAlberta has an amazing drama program, which showcases Canada’s leading university theatre students in productions hosted at the Timms Centre for the Arts, located right on campus! Past shows have included Major Barbara, Twelfth Night and A Midsummer Night’s Dream.


Students get a discount and tickets can be as low as $5! Find out more >



3) FAB Gallery & UAlberta Museums

FAB Gallery is an art gallery that is free to visit and showcases work from UAlberta art and design students, faculty, staff and contemporary and historical artists from around the world. UAlberta also has extensive museum collections, including dinosaur bones, meteorites and ancient Greek and Roman objects!

Image courtesy of UAlberta Museums.

4) CAPs: Your UAlberta Career Centre

CAPs if a free service on UAlberta’s main/North campus that regularly hosts resume and interviewing workshops, career fairs, job shadowing and more! CAPS also assists employers with their employee recruitment by helping them connect with UAlberta students and alumni.

5) U-Pass

Your UAlberta tuition includes a “U-Pass”, which is a transit pass for the Edmonton bus and subway systems. Plus UAlberta conveniently has 2 subway stations and a large bus station located right on the main campus!



6) Myer Horowitz Theatre

The Myer Horowitz Theatre is located on UAlberta’s main campus and shows free movies every month! Some of the movies shown in 2014 were Guardians of the Galaxy, Frozen and The Hobbit. It also occasionally hosts talks and concerts! Previous events have included the Freewill Shakespeare Festival, a concert by folk musician Fred Penner and a talk by Daniel Handler, author of the children's book series called A Series of Unfortunate Events.


7) Some of the best libraries in all of Canada

UAlberta has 7 libraries on it’s main campus. Most have quiet areas and computer stations. Perfect for studying or just catching up on your social media in between classes!


The Rutherford Library, for example, has 5 floors and over 2 million volumes, making it the 2nd largest research library in Canada!
Image courtesy of the Architectural and Engineering Group. 

8) Comedy nights on campus

Dinwoodie Lounge, located in the Students Union Building on UAlberta’s main campus hosts fun comedy nights (where people tell jokes and act out funny scenes) on the last Wednesday of every month! Tickets range from $5-10



9) Watch a Golden Bears or Pandas game!

“The Golden Bears” are the UAlberta mens sports team and “The Pandas” are the UAlberta women’s teams. You can watch any of their on campus games for free with your OneCard (student ID)!

Image courtesy of UAlberta athletics. 
Written by Alyssa Ott



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