Student Success Centre

A Message from the Coordinator


Thomas Jokinen
2016-2017 SOCS Coordinator
Off-Campus Head Soph (

Welcome to Western! Welcome to Off-Campus! Welcome to your HOME for the next 4 years!

The Society of Off-Campus Students (SOCS) encompasses 59 upper-year student leaders and all of you. The Off-Campus community is known as ONE BIG FAMILY and these upper-year students, or Off-Campus SOPHS are dedicated to ensuring that you have the greatest first year experience. We are here to assist your transition into Western by providing you with academic and social support and encouraging you to seize every opportunity, reach for the stars, and never hesitate to reach out.

See you in September! 

For more information, follow us on twitter @WesternU_SOCS, or send me an email at

Orientation Week and Sophs 

There’s nothing quite like Orientation Week (O-Week). No, seriously! You’ll probably tell your grandchildren about it. O-Week will feature campus-wide dances, academic events, a carnival, coffeehouses, keynote speakers and so much more. There really is something for everyone. O-Week is a rollercoaster of emotions that only goes up, from the first day jitters to the excitement that stretches throughout the week; but don’t worry because your Sophs will be with you every step of the way! The Orientation Week Sophs are group of 800+ individuals committed to making your university transition as smooth as possible. On Off-Campus Registration Day (Monday, September 5th), look for the enthusiastic group of PURPLE and WHITE Sophs eager to meet you. Please email if you have any questions about where/when to meet on September 5th! 

O-Week may be over, but the fun continues!

The Society of Off-Campus Students (SOCS) is committed to making you feel at home here at Western. We have a whole year of events planned for you, including formals, sports, and coffeehouses. We are also here to help you academically by providing exam study rooms and review sessions. There are many activities and events happening throughout the school year and many opportunities for you to get involved. You can join an intramural team or one of our Off-Campus flag football teams, and if you would like to have a say in some of our programming, you can join the Board of First Years (BOFY). This is a committee led by Off-Campus First Year Students like you, and is responsible for planning and executing events held during the 1st week of the winter term [Frost Week!]. Your Off-Campus Sophs will remain in contact with you throughout the year. They are here to connect you to any resources and make sure that you don’t miss out on anything. Finally, if you’re ever looking for an OC friend, a spot to eat your lunch, someone to ask for help, or just a place to hang out, please visit the Off-Campus Resource Centre (or the OCRC, pronounced AWK-ROCK), located on the second floor of the University Community Centre, room 270.