Founded in 1908, the University of Alberta is one of the oldest institutions in western Canada. Born during a time when Canada’s west was much more wild, the University has built an astounding reputation on their dedication to innovation and the betterment of the public good.

In keeping with the university’s vision for the advancement of human kind, U Alberta has become one of Canada’s top research universities. The institution runs more than 400 separate research laboratories, and it is the only Canadian member of the World Universities Network, a member funded not-for-profit that fosters international research.

The University of Alberta campus honours both the storied history and innovative drive that so defines the institution; with towering glass structures set beside weathered stone architecture that dates back to the school’s foundation.

University of Alberta – Quick Facts


  • 5th in Canada by Maclean’s University Rankings
  • 101-150 in the world by the Shanghai Academic Ranking of World Universities
  • 76-100 in the world for Engineering and Computer Science by  Shanghai Academic Ranking of World Universities
  • 50th in the world for social sciences by  Shanghai Academic Ranking of World Universities
  • 84th in the world by QS World University Rankings
  • 68th in the world by Times Higher Education University Rankings


The primary campus for U Alberta is located in the provincial capital of Edmonton.

Known as the North Campus, the main location houses most undergraduate programs in the many facilities just south of the North Saskatchewan River.

Also in Edmonton are the South Campus, Campus Saint Jean, and Enterprise Square. The South Campus hosts agricultural programs, while Campus Saint Jean supports French speaking students. The university also has a regional campus servicing rural students in Camrose, Alberta, and another regional campus in Calgary.


The University of Alberta offers students over 200 undergraduate programs and more than 180 graduate programs spread throughout 18 faculties and colleges. U Alberta is a well-recognized research university with over 100 joint research groups. The campus community is very large, including 450 active student groups.

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Ideal Edmonton Neighbourhood for Students


Originally its own city, Strathcona amalgamated with the city of Edmonton in 1912 and is one of Edmonton’s oldest neighbourhoods and a premier cultural centre.

The neighborhood of Strathcona is bordered on the south by Whyte Avenue, Saskatchewan Drive to the north, 107 Street on the west and Mill Creek Ravine on the east. Its close proximity (2 kilometers or 1.24 miles) to the University as well to the entertainment of Whyte Avenue makes it an ideal neighborhood for students and young professionals.

The neighborhood is home to over 8,900 residents and 5,900 dwellings and offers some of the most scenic views in Edmonton. Nearly half (44%) of the neighbourhood’s residential properties are low-rise apartment buildings with five or fewer stories. About 25% of the dwellings in Strathcona are high-rise apartment buildings with five or more stories. Below the high-rises, 24% of Strathcona’s real estate consists of single-family homes and the remaining 7% of dwellings are comprised of townhomes, duplexes, row houses and other types of housing.

The neighbourhood is close to Edmonton’s Public Library, cafés, restaurants, pubs and a department store near the intersection of Whyte Avenue and 104 Street Northwest. Walking from the neighbourhood to the University takes approximately 25 to 30 minutes.