Exploring the areas around UAlberta

UAlberta’s campuses are beautiful, with a mixture of historic and modern architecture. The areas around them are also equally charming, with a lot of unique features.


Below are some of the things you can look forward to in each area around UAlberta’s five campuses. 

Garneau Neighbourhood (North Campus)

Garneau is the area surrounding UAlberta’s North Campus, which is where the majority of students have classes and live. It’s an older, historic neighbourhood, with a lot of unique houses, cafes and great restaurants. It also has a great natural environment due to large tree lined streets and lots of green spaces.
Whyte Avenue (North Campus)
Whyte Avenue is a trendy street only a few minutes walk from UAlberta’s North Campus. This street has a lot of popular restaurants, like Julio’s Barrio, The Next Act and Dadeo. It also has multiple cafes, shops and hosts the International Fringe Festival every summer.

Hawrelak Park (North Campus)

Hawrelak Park is a 168 acre (or almost 1 square KM) public park just a 10 minute walk from UAlberta’s North Campus and located in the center of the city! With a large lake, walking trails and picnic areas, it’s a great place to spend relaxing free time. In the summer this park hosts multiple festivals and music concerts. In the wintertime it is a great place to try ice skating and this past winter it even had a giant ice castle!



River Valley (North Campus)
The large North Saskatchewan River runs through Edmonton and UAlberta’s North Campus is situated right beside it! This means there are multiple walking trails and beautiful parks right at your doorstep. Students like to ride bicycles in this area, go for nature walks and play sports with friends in the public parks.


Downtown (Enterprise Square Campus)

Our Enterprise Square Campus is located right in the center of Edmonton. You might attend classes here if you are a part of English as a Second Language (ESL) program. It’s connected to our North and South Campuses by the subway (LRT) and only takes a few minutes to get from one to the other. A lot of UAlberta students also choose to live in this part of the city, because it has a lot of good shopping, transport links and nightlife options. This is a busy and vibrant hub of the city, where many people work and live. A lot of outdoor festivals are held in Churchill Square, which is only a short walk from this campus and a weekly fresh market is also held in this area.
Belgravia Neighbourhood (South Campus)

The area surrounding our South Campus, is a mature neighbourhood with large trees and historic houses. It’s also boasts a large park and river valley trail system just West of the campus. Great for people who love nature and getting active! It has a lot of cafes within walking distance - which makes it a great place to gather with friends.



The French Quarter (Campus Saint-Jean)

Campus Saint-Jean is UAlberta’s French language campus, where you can earn bilingual degrees. This campus is located in Edmonton’s “French Quarter”, a pretty neighbourhood, which has a large French speaking community and a lot of French entertainment. Right across from this campus is a community center called “Cite Francophone”, a friendly neigbourhood gathering spot that has regular markets, a popular cafe, art gallery and more.
Camrose, Alberta (Augustana Campus)

UAlberta also has a small campus in Camrose, Alberta called “Augustana Campus” which is an hour from Edmonton. This small town is known for it’s natural beauty and historic town center. Approximately 1,000 students attend Augustana each year.

To learn more about any of UAlberta’s five campuses and explore them in a virtual tour click here >
Article written by Alyssa Ott
Image credits: Woodrack Cafe photo by LetsOmNom, Camrose photo by SL Photography, Churchill Square and Hawrelak Ice Castle photos courtesy of Edmonton Journal, 104 Street photo by Everyday Tourist, French quarter photos courtesy of Cafe Bicyclette & Cite Francophone, Fringe Festival and Sugarbowl images courtesy of Explore Edmonton, El Cortez photo courtesy of Avenue Magazine, Rivery Valley stairs courtesy of Buzzfeed. 



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