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  1. Sandy Hill can be really nice too! The shuttle campus shuttle is convenient too. The only reason I didn't put Sandy Hill on there is that it is a bit of a student ghetto ( read: loud). You also have to be more careful of "slum landlords" that take advantage of the student population. Neighbourhoods like the Glebe and Old Ottawa South have students too since it's right near Carleton but it is more of a mix of families, young professionals, professors as well so it is not as loud. But Sandy Hill can also be really nice and it's close to the market and right downtown which is pretty great. One pro-tip if you're really into researching areas is to contact the Community Association for the neighbourhood. They'll be quick to tell you the good and the bad of the area and what to avoid.
  2. For the out-of towners coming to Ottawa I would recommend the Glebe, Old Ottawa South, Old Ottawa East, Hintonburg or Westboro. These are all walkable neighbourhoods close to cafés, patios, and grocery stores ( I can't overstate how much of a huge plus it is to not depend on a car/bus for groceries!) In the glebe/OOS you're close to the canal and Dow's lake for winter skating, festivals and summer running/cycling paths/kayaking. You're close to Lansdowne park which in non-COVID times has football games/soccer games/music festivals/beer markets/yoga in the park and markets almost every weekend of the summer. Yes, these are way more expensive than living beside the hospital but if you rent a room in a home or go in on a place with other med students it can be affordable. The question you have to ask yourself is: are you the type of person who will spend 99.9% of your time inside the school (in which case rolling out of bed to go to class is pretty sweet!) or will you also be studying from home/ a café? Do you intend to do other activities outside of school? If so, I wouldn't recommend living in the neighbourhood by the hospital. There's nothing there and Smyth is practically a highway when it comes to traffic. There is a lot to be said about your living environment and how that plays into your quality of life/mental health. As someone who has lived in Ottawa for many years, I find those who arrive here and live in uninteresting/unwalkable areas have a much harder time adjusting and those who choose a more vibrant area end up loving it. If you can come here before making a decision I would at the very least take a walk around the different neighbourhoods. There are pros and cons to each.
  3. Current students will probably be better able to comment on this but I found this video which has a heavy week and a lighter week schedule:
  4. As far as I know none have specified that med will be online but schools like u Ottawa and Carleton have announced that the fall will likely be online. Not sure what this means for faculties of medicine. Perhaps they will make an exception just for them as Queen's seems to be contemplating, but who knows. https://ottawacitizen.com/news/local-news/carleton-uottawa-unveil-plans-for-online-learning-for-fall-semester/ https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/covid-universities-online-1.5565810
  5. Just wondering if anyone has any intel on whether first year or even the first term will be online for incoming medical students? A few Ontario Universities have already declared that the fall term ( and some have even stated the full year) will be entirely online due to COVID-19. I have a feeling other Ontario schools will follow. If that's the case, this will impact the decision of out-of-towners to move and look for housing in Kingston. If it will be entirely online there will be no reason to rush the move in time for the fall. Any thoughts? It wouldn't be ideal but at least it would be much more doable and much less disruptive in first year than during clerkships. I heard some medical schools have already been talking about this but I haven't heard anything about Queen's.
  6. Thanks! How long did it take for your deposit to show up on SOLUS? I've paid but I don't see anything yet. But I would guess it takes a couple of days to process.
  7. Thanks for this. I was wondering how do we know the deposit was processed successfully? I submitted the deposit but have no indication on SOLUS (or anywhere else) that it was accepted. Nor do I have any indication of outstanding tuition fees. There is also nothing on my SOLUS to do list. Just wondering if anyone is seeing anything informative there.
  8. Lol this thread now has over 70k views. It has surpassed a pinned thread from 2 years ago.
  9. So now there are 5 people who responded to the poll as not interviewing at Mac but having the button. What is the likelihood of there being 5 trolls? Is it possible to vote more than once?
  10. Oh for sure. It's definitely advertisement but I think they'd get more people wearing them if the colours were ones that people really liked. If I get accepted to UOttawa I'd love to wear that black and white MD backpack students get. They're beauties. Of course I'd wear Trump orange if it meant an acceptance
  11. lol I'm starting to think the bag is like some sort of hazing ritual, the previous year had some ridiculous colours so the next have to suffer with the colour they'd not want to be caught dead in. Haha Please be gentle. No pink or orange. I'm hoping for grey!
  12. Yep, this is quite the curve ball. The issue is that if the in person groups really did have an open file interview now the two interview groups are being evaluated differently. It could be a disadvantage or an advantage depending on how strong you perceive your ECs to be.
  13. This really throws out the theory that the panel is merely to check for red flags on the application...It's hard to imagine what types of questions we might get in this case.
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