Newly popular and equally informative, interactive virtual tours (also called self-guided tours) are popping up all over the Internet on many of the Canadian university websites. These programs allow you to manually navigate through many parts of campus, such as residence, making you feel like youíre right there on campus!
Allowing you to see nearly 360 degrees of your prospective universities, virtual tours are popping up all over the net. They allow you to select different parts of campus to view with just one click! Start at the centre of campus and tour your way through classroom buildings, lecture halls, libraries, convocation halls, residences, eateries and so much more. See, first-hand, what itís like to sit in a lecture hall or live in residence.
Each virtual tour will be a little different. Many universities offer programs that allow you to move through rooms and experience every angle. Sometimes there are brief descriptions about the history behind each building, or the details about specific locations. For example, how many students each residence building accommodates. Many schools even offer virtual tours of their chapel buildings!
The University of British Colombia offers a virtual tour through their website that gives descriptions of each location so that prospective students can get a feel for what the campus is like. View it here:. This tour displays photographs of campus buildings such as their fraternity and sorority buildings and the university golf course.
The University of Western Ontario offers a different style of tour, allowing even more freedom to prospective students. Follow this link: and discover all corners of the London campus, from science buildings to residence common rooms; this tour gives you a complete view of their picturesque campus. It is a perfect example of how virtual tours are becoming the closest thing to being right on campus!
Trent University, as seen here:, proposes a virtual tour that is student-focused, featuring real Trent students guiding the online tour like they would at the actual campus. This gives prospective students a chance to see what the students have to say about their school and makes the tour more informal.
Without setting foot on campus, you can navigate through the universities of your choice and experience the architecture and design of the buildings to see if the campus is right for you. Virtual tours are the closest thing to being right on campus, so it is recommended that you take a look online before booking a campus tour.