FAQ re SoCA's new campus

Architects rendering of new SoCA buildings opening this FallArchitects rendering of new SoCA buildings -- Armouries (left), SoCA building (right) opening this Fall!

Here are the answers to many of your frequently asked questions about SoCA's new downtown campus and its effect on student life.

1.  Will there be parking downtown?
Parking Permits for downtown are now available for student purchase. They must be purchased from the Campus Parking Office, just like all other university parking passes.

All students requesting a permit for downtown are sold a permit based on their request.

There are four options, which are listed below and on the Parking website in more detail at www.uwindsor.ca/parking/students

  1. – 8 month permit (surface)
  2. – 8 month garage permit (Pitt and Ferry location only)
  3. – 12 month permit (surface)
  4. – 12 month garage permit (Pitt and Ferry location only)

You must be either a SoCA student or Social Work Student to purchase the pass.
When you buy a permit, you are given a map with the location to park along with an explanation of exactly where to go.

A map is also available on the website.
2.  When will the move take place?
The move to the new buildings will take place in late-December.
3.  Will classes be downtown in the winter?
Yes! Unless otherwise noted, all SoCA classes will be downtown this January.
4.  Will there be transportation to downtown?
All students will have a bus pass as part of their fees. The bus runs from the corner of Ouellette and University to main campus down University Avenue, approx. every 10-15 minutes.  You will need to pick up your bus pass from the UWSA office. More information can be found here: www.uwsa.ca/uwsa-services/bus-pass/
5.  What kind of access will students have to the new building?
Students will have the same access to the buildings downtown that they have in the current facility.
6.  What security arrangements for students, faculty and staff will be in place downtown?
The buildings downtown will be outfitted with plenty of lighting, cameras inside and outside the building and proximity card readers and door alarms. The department will continue to operate a building monitor system through the Work Study program, allowing greater supervision of the building in the evenings and weekends. Campus Police will patrol the building and area throughout the day and night. Arrangements are made with Windsor Police to report to our buildings in the event of emergencies and 911 calls.
7.  Will students have lockers downtown?
All SoCA students will be eligible for lockers in the new building. The lockers will be administered by the student society. Lockers are available in various sizes according to instruments/equipment used by the student that semester.
8.  Are there student lounges?
There are lounge and common areas throughout both buildings. There is a dedicated grad lounge as well.
9.  Are there windows in the spaces?
The architects have worked very hard to bring natural light into many of the teaching and learning spaces. Most of the rooms have windows and there will be abundant natural light in the hallways and common spaces.
10.  Is all of the current equipment going downtown?
We will have all the same functionality downtown. Much of the equipment will be new but otherwise, all of the equipment, tools and instruments are moving downtown with us.
Updated: October 25, 2017