Residence Sophs

Three residence sophs posing in front of Ontario Hall stairs.

Sophs are Western's beloved orientation leaders who welcome new students to campus every year. Sophs volunteer their time as spirit leaders, academic role models, and mentors to help students connect with campus resources in their first year. The Sophing experience is unlike any other!


"Sophing has helped me grow into the person I've always wanted to be. Without a doubt, it has been the best decision of my life." - Sunshine, Elgin Hall


While Western is planning for more face-to-face instruction this fall, the unpredictability presented by COVID-19 means we may need to continue our residence de-densification strategy. As such, in order to honour our residence guarantee to the incoming first-year class, Residence Sophs will be expected to live off campus this fall. 

Western cares deeply about the well-being of students and knows how vital Residence Sophs are as peer supports. A change in address does not mean a change in commitment. Residence Sophs will remain active during OWeek and continue to provide peer mentorship, academic support, and lead welcoming activities for first year students.

2021-22 Important Dates

Sneak Peek Panel

Date: June 3, 2021
Time: 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.

Interested in applying to be a Residence Soph? Tune in to the Sneak Peek Panel to hear from former Sophs, get tips on the application, and learn what all the hype is about.  


Hiring Timelines 

Residence Sophs
Residence Soph applications will be available on Western Connect starting May 27, 2021 at 9:00 a.m. Applications close on June 10, 2021 at 9:00 a.m.



Residence Head Sophs
Residence Head Soph applications closed May 3 at 9:00 a.m.

A Residence Head Soph is responsible for providing a comprehensive transition to university for new students living in residence during Orientation Week. With help from the Soph Team, Residents’ Council, and the Residence Life Management Team, a Residence Head Soph contributes to a living-learning environment that fosters meaningful connections and the development of students’ self-awareness, intellectual engagement and citizenship.