Hey! First year MPT student at Western and I wanted to give my insight. I cannot recommend Western physio enough. The courses are structured so well and the instructors are amazing. Not only are they very knowledgable but they have the students' interests at heart. I am a shy person but I find myself being able to ask them questions in labs without fear of being judged or incorrect. Due to COVID, the profs switched to online format last minute and did so fairly well and maximized communication to the best of their abilities (ex. Zoom office hours, emails, forum questions).
In terms of placements, I have accepted that I will probably have to do double rent so if it is cheaper to stay in Toronto that is totally understandable. Similar to yourself, I did my undergrad in Toronto so I never got the dorm experience. I remember being super nervous entering a new city knowing no one. But another reason I recommend Western physio are the classmates. The smaller class size means a more tight knit community. I found my classmates to be fairly genuine people who are like minded, fun and eager to collaborate. Although most have their designated friend groups, I still see and experience lots of communication between classmates through new learning groups, intramurals, etc. So if you choose Western, don't be afraid to approach the second years as we are willing to help! We pair you up with a second year mentor to help show you the ropes too
There are more than one grocery store in London. I would say find a location where the buses run more frequently or groceries stores are in walkable distance. I would recommend checking out Oxford/ Wharncliffe, Oxford/Wonderland, and Sarnia/Wonderland. I don't drive and I find doing groceries pretty decent tbh. I typically shop at Oxford/ Wonderland because there is a Sobeys, the Asian supermarket, Chatime/Coco and LCBO. There is Costco nearby too!
These are my thoughts. Congrats on getting in and good luck picking!