5 places you can get to on the Edmonton subway (LRT)

The subway in Edmonton is called the “LRT,” which stands for “Light Rail Transit.” There is only one subway line in Edmonton right now, but the city is currently building more lines.

The University of Alberta North Campus has two LRT (subway) stations – one is attached to HUB Mall and the other one is near the UAlberta Hospital and Lister Centre.  If you’re living on campus, the subway is a really convenient way to travel…and as a student, you can use your “U Pass” to ride the subway as much as you want for no additional cost (it’s already included in your school fees).

So where can you go on the LRT from the UAlberta North Campus?  You can get to many, many different places in Edmonton, but here are 5 that are really popular with UAlberta students:

1.  Southgate Centre Mall

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Inside Southgate Centre Mall       photo credit: Arc Interiors Ltd      
                                             
Southgate Centre is a shopping mall has 2 floors with more than 165 stores where you can buy groceries, clothing, appliances, furniture, technology, and more.  This mall has some unique stores that you won’t find anywhere else in Edmonton, such as Crate & Barrel, as well as trendy restaurants like State & Main.

It’s a quick ride from North Campus, only around 9 minutes. 

2. UAlberta South Campus

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Running track at South Campus 
                                               
 

UAlberta has 5 campuses in total.  South Campus is the home of Saville Community Sports Centre, where you can play volleyball, basketball, badminton, tennis, and more.  You can also go to Foote Field, to enjoy sports like football and track & field.

South Campus isn’t only for sports – it’s also the home of some really unique UAlberta research facilities, like the Agri-Food Discovery place, which is a world-class facility for bio-product processing (for food safety, natural health products, and more).

South Campus is just a short, 6 minute ride from North Campus. See it for yourself – take a virtual tour! 

3. Northlands and Rexall Place

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A concert at Rexall Place     photo credit: Northlands and Rexall Place

 
Northlands is a large exhibition area in North Edmonton where they hold major events such as K Days (a big summer festival with a carnival) and expos like Edmonton Oktoberfest, the Comic & Entertainment Expo, the Alberta Employment & Career Fair, and more.  
 
Rexall Place is one of the venues located in Northlands. It’s a major arena that is used for concerts and Edmonton Oilers professional hockey games.  Did you know that a lot of world-famous performers come to Edmonton?  
 
In 2015 alone, Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran, Cirque du Soleil, Nicki Minaj, Kelly Clarkson, Mumford & Sons, One Republic, and Madonna are just a few of the performers giving concerts at Rexall Place.

 

It’s all just a 15 minute LRT ride from UAlberta North Campus! 

4. Commonwealth Stadium


Photo credit: City of Edmonton 

 

Commonwealth Stadium is an open-air stadium that is used mainly for major sports events.  Many world-famous sporting events have taken place there, including the World Masters Games, the FIFA-19 Women's World Championship, and the IAAF World Championship. It’s also home of Edmonton’s professional football team, the Edmonton Eskimos. 

The stadium is a 14 minute LRT ride away from North Campus.

5. Downtown Edmonton

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View of the LRT bridge and the High Level Bridge going to downtown Edmonton  photo credit: City of Edmonton 
 

There is a lot to do downtown – there are plenty of great restaurants and stores for shopping.  There are several fun festivals that take place downtown throughout the year, like our New Year’s Eve celebration,  the Taste of Edmonton,  and the International Street Performers Festival (just to name a few).

UAlberta North Campus is right across the river from downtown Edmonton, so you can even walk there by going across the High Level Bridge…but if you don’t feel like walking, then the LRT can get you there in just 5 minutes.

While you’re downtown, you can also go to Enterprise Square, UAlberta’s downtown campus!  Enterprise Square is home to various UAlberta offices, an art gallery, UAlberta’s English Language Program (which offers English as a Second Language (ESL) classes), and more.

Get more information on the places you can visit when you come to study at the University of Alberta.

 

 

Article by Julia Jones-Bourque 

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