First Year Students

As you look ahead to your journey at Fanshawe, whether you’re full-time, part-time or studying in Canada for the first time, you will experience many firsts! It can feel a little overwhelming preparing for college but we are here for you. We’ve packaged together the most important information you’ll want to know before your program begins!  

You’ve paid, what’s next?

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Book a Future Falcon Tour

Already accepted an offer to attend Fanshawe soon? Welcome to the Falcon family! This tour is for you.

One of our ambassadors will share their student experience as they show you around Fanshawe's main London Campus (1001 Fanshawe College Blvd, London). This in-person, group tour will focus on the amenities, support services and program areas offered by Fanshawe. A tour of the traditional style residence is included. Note: this tour is for those who have already accepted an offer of admission.


Book a tour

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Residence and Housing

What will housing look like for you? Explore the great amenities available at our on-campus residence or explore off-campus housing opportunities.  


Did you know? All first-year full-time students studying at London campus locations are guaranteed residence. To qualify, applications must be submitted by June 30th. Applications received after this point will be processed on a first come first serve basis.

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Paying for College

Find information about commonly asked questions around financing your studies below. 

When do I need to pay?

What are my payment options?   

Are there supports available to help me fund my studies? 

Looking for more? Explore FAQs relating to your student fees.

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Supporting your Learning Needs

Accessibility Services provides support to students who identify a disability and request assistance. Students with disabilities take part in courses with classmates, acquire the same knowledge and skills, but may require individualized approaches to learn and demonstrate knowledge. Your first step is to register with accessibility services.

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You can start the process for your FANCard as soon as you’ve paid. We encourage you to take these steps as soon as you can to avoid any delays leading to the start of your program. If your program includes a bus pass your student card will allow you access to ride any bus in the LTC. You will use the same card throughout your program (even if you change programs) so be sure to keep it in a safe place in between terms.

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Get Social with Us

Join our Discord server with first year students specific channels to connect with other new students and get all of your questions answered in one place! 


Follow us on InstagramFacebook and YouTube to get a glimpse of student life at Fanshawe!


Get connected with the Fanshawe Student Union on InstagramFacebookTwitter or Snap and explore the many clubs you can take part in when your program begins! 


Connect with the Institute of Indigenous Learning to learn about available services and support.

Orientation Programming

Access a variety of programs, events and virtual sessions to help you prepare for your program. Learn all about the free student services that are available to help you succeed!

Learn about orientation programming

Before Classes Begin

Community and Belonging

We strive for diverse and inclusive campuses where all our students feel like they belong. Explore special supports for international students and discover pride at Fanshawe. We have a vibrant Indigenous community and whether you're Status or Non-Status First Nations, Métis or Inuit, the Institute of Indigenous Learning is waiting to welcome you.

Class Schedules

Class schedules are typically available 6 weeks before the start of the term through WebAdvisor. Full-time students will be automatically registered in all mandatory courses. Unless you are in General Arts & Science, the only courses you will select are electives. Your schedule will outline the times and locations of each class, including whether a class is scheduled to be online or in-person.

Course Materials

A list of required and recommended materials are typically available a week following the release of your class schedule. Find that list and order your materials online through Retail Services!


If you are studying fully online you can request a FANCard. You will need to pick-up your card in person because your FANCard is your official Fanshawe identification card and cannot be mailed to you. Please note that your tuition fees do not include a bus pass.

Online Tools

There are a few online resources that you will use at different points of your student experience. Learn all about the online tools available.

Frequently Asked Questions

What does it mean if an online course is “synchronous” or “asynchronous”?

Synchronous: students attend live virtual sessions with the professor and the class. (ex: office hours, check-ins, problem solving or group work)

Asynchronous: students can access content and work on activities independently at a time that is convenient for them.

Need to park on campus?
  • London Campus: $5 per entry in the general parking lots (Lot 5 & 8) available on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • London Downtown Campus: Please park in one of the municipal lots located downtown. Parking fees vary by lot.
  • London South Campus: Parking is available and free at this location.  
  • Regional Campuses: Parking is free at each of the Regional Campus lots.

For more information, please visit our Transportation, Parking and Lockers page.

How do I get a bus pass?

Your Fanshawe Student ID card (FANCard) is also your bus pass. Please visit the FANCard page, the Fanshawe Student Union website, the London Transit Commission (LTC) website or our Transportation, Parking and Lockers page for more information.