5 Canadian university Instagram accounts students love to follow
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Framing university life for aspiring students everywhere, Instagram is an innovative tool that many academic institutions use as a way of showcasing their excellence.

Another form of marketing, Instagram allows its users to harness their online storyboard to promote their products, display their experiences and thus reel in consumers.

For educators, it’s a free campus tour, an insight into an important lecture or a chance to supply viewers with real-world stories of student success.

The freedom of the Instagram frame. Source: Giphy

As a popular study abroad destination, Canada has a multitude of universities desirable to international students.

We’ve searched through many of their Instagram pages to find the most creative accounts with a large student followings – here’s what we found…

University of Toronto – 79.8k followers 


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🚨 CONTEST ALERT x 2 🚨 @peacecollective x @uoft have launched a brand new collection and we want you to flaunt it first. #UofT and #Toronto are one, and we’re so proud to be featured in this first-ever school collab. You could win this cozy #UofT sweater in your size, valued at $90! The collection is now available online @peacecollective + at the downtown @uoftbookstores while supplies last. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ TO ENTER: ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 1. Follow @uoft and @peacecollective 2. Tag a fellow U of T student, alumni, staff or faculty. 3. Tell us your favourite thing about being at #UofT 💙 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Enter one or both contest posts on our IG feed before 11:59 pm on October, 4, 2018 for a chance to win one of the items. There will be two winners chosen using a randomizer and announced right here on Tuesday, October 9, 2018. The prize will be available for pick-up starting Wednesday, October 10, 2018, and must be claimed within 2 weeks. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Rules/Disclaimer: This contest is open to University of Toronto students, alumni, staff and faculty only. By “Liking” and commenting, you enter and agree that this contest is in no way associated with, administered by, or endorsed by Instagram. Please visit https://www.utoronto.ca/contest-rules for full contest rules. Good luck! ✌️

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If you’ve ever witnessed the work of social media influencers on Instagram, you’ll notice that The University of Toronto (UofT) adopts a stylish approach to sell its campus clothing collection.

By integrating merchandise with a modern social media twist and a clever contest, UofT appeals to both future students and fashionistas who swipe through their Instagram storyboard.

University of British Columbia – 44.3k followers 

Check out this creative post from British Columbia. By using holographic statements as a way of demonstrating faculty talent and the progressive research that happens on campus, the university undoubtedly sets itself apart from others.

By bringing innovations to the forefront of their feed, this university encourages the next generation of change-makers to apply to its programmes.

Western University – 40.5k followers

Western University’s move-in day seems to be full of life and entertainment!

Featuring smiling faces and ecstatic bubble dancers, there’s a lot of fun to be had at this university, and that’s something that shows in the moments captured throughout the post above. These eye-catching action shots show that Western seems to be the way forward.

York University – 23.5k followers


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Special thanks to everyone who attended #YUCampusDay this past weekend! 📷 @yorkandu

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Nothing shows campus inclusivity like a group photo and metallic balloons!

By reflecting the power of teamwork through this post, international students who are scrolling through may notice the diversity of York and want to become a part of it. By keeping to their theme colours throughout the posts, York ensures its brand message remains strong.

University of Ottawa – 20.7k followers


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Special visitor for #GivingTuesdayCA 😍 • De la visite spéciale pour #MardiJeDonne 🧡

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Could this post be any cuter?!

Tagging onto the love for adorable and furry animals, Ottawa knows how to draw in followers and use its special visitor days to its advantage. For any dog-loving international students out there reading this right now – Ottawa is clearly the place to be!

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