The City of London extends a warm welcome, and welcome back, to the thousands of college and university students that will call London home for the next year. To help make the most of your experience in London, we’ve put together a list of tips for your school life, social life and home life, because while you’re here, you’re home.
Get to and from school on time using our tips to navigating the city.
- Whether you’re taking the bus, walking or driving to school, be sure to plan ahead to ensure you get to class on time.
- If you’re heading downtown, you’ll notice that London’s core is under construction and because of this, you may be rerouted or encounter delays, especially during peak travel times, leave a bit of extra time to get to your destination on time. London Transit users can go to realtime.londontransit.ca or use Google Maps for specific route information to track your bus and look for any delays.
- Driving to class? Download the Waze navigation app to avoid road closures and get real-time traffic updates. Use the interactive map on Renew London to find current information about construction projects and other city-wide road work impacting you.
- Looking to save money on your commute while helping the environment? Consider carpooling with other students. Sign up for Regional Rideshare; a free service to help you save money on gas and parking by matching you up with other carpoolers.
Get involved in the community while you’re here and make the most of your time in #LdnOnt.
- Looking to build your resume in London? The City of London hosts a variety of internships, co-ops and volunteer opportunities throughout the year. Visit london.ca to learn where you can find job opportunities, how to apply and view current opportunities.
- To keep informed about City initiatives, news and upcoming events, follow the City of London’s social media channels, Instagram, Twitter and Facebook and sign up for our bi-weekly “Our City” Newsletter.
- The City of London’s website london.ca is a great tool to learn about services and programs. Whether you’re looking for information about your water bill, your City Council member or connecting in with your neighbourhood, find that and more at london.ca.
- Get Involved London is a tool for residents to learn about and participate in City projects and initiatives. Your engagement and feedback help us move towards a better, more focused and sustainable future.
- Looking to get off campus and get active? The City of London offers a variety of recreation opportunities and events at community centres, pools and arenas across the city. View our Recreation Program Guide to see what’s being offered this fall and winter.
- In between studying and classes, be sure to make time to explore all that London has to offer. Visit Tourism London for a guide to things to do and places to see and make the most of your time here.
- In a band and looking to get into the music scene in London? Or maybe you’re looking for a new band to listen to? Check out the London Music Office for events, networking opportunities and programming to help make your mark on London’s music scene.
Tips to help you get settled in London because while you’re here, you’re home.
- If you’re living off-campus this year, you’ll want to familiarize yourself with your garbage zone and collection dates for garbage and recycling. Download the Recycle Coach smartphone app for your personalized calendar, sign up for reminders and learn what goes where for curbside recycling. Remember to set your garbage and recycling at the curb before 7 a.m. on collection day, but not before 6 p.m. the night before. If you’re planning on cooking or baking, avoid clogging up your sink or drain by using a fats, oils and grease (FOG) collection cup to dispose of leftover FOG such as bacon grease, gravies, dressings and sauce. Grab a cup, fill it up and dispose of it with your garbage – or bring it in to a EnviroDepot and help us turn it into renewable energy.
- Have a car and need to park on the street, overnight? Between Labour Day weekend and Victoria Day weekend in May, the City enforces an Overnight Parking Restriction which requires residents and visitors to register their vehicles for an overnight parking pass. A maximum of 15 free passes may be issued per vehicle license plate, and can be obtained online through the City’s website, by phone at 519-661-4537, or in person at the Parking Services Office, 824 Dundas Street. Overnight parking cannot occur in locations where parking is otherwise prohibited or restricted, such as in front of fire hydrants, on boulevards, front lawns, or streets identified by signs as being enforced, please see schedule 2 for streets where overnight parking is prohibited.
Avoid fines and upset neighbours and protect yourself as a tenant by familiarizing yourself with some common City of London by-laws:
- The Property Standards By-law address different scenarios, both in rental and owner occupied properties including interior and exterior property maintenance, pests such as cockroaches and access to vital services such a lack of heat, hydro or water. For tenants experiencing problems with their rental unit, you must first send a letter to your landlord and wait two weeks for a response and/or action to be taken. This gives your landlord an opportunity to have the problem addressed. The only exceptions to this are safety and vital service issues.
- The Yard and Lot Maintenance By-law helps ensure we all live in a place where we feel clean and safe and that refuse is not being hoarded, dumped, or poorly contained on properties. Common violations include grass and weeds over 20 cm (8 inches) tall, open garbage, kitchen waste, cans, containers, dishes, cardboard, food refuse and indoor furniture left outdoors beyond garbage collection days. Be sure to review your lease and talk to your landlord if you’re unclear who should be looking after property maintenance such as lawn care.
- The City of London has a Sound By-law to address noise complaints generated by occupants of a premise such as parties and loud music and non-occupant noise disturbances such as frequent dog barking or noisy mechanical equipment. Enforcement is split between the City and the London Police Service.
Have questions about a particular by-law or looking to register a complaint? Connect with our Enforcement team at 519-661-4660 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.