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As one of Canada’s top innovation universities, the University of Waterloo is home to 100+ programs in business, health, engineering, math, science, the arts, environment, and more.Through the world's largest co-op (paid internship) program, you can include up to two years of relevant work experience as part of your degree, giving you an advantage in your future career. Our network of over 7,100 employers includes many of the world’s leading companies.

Waterloo ranks among the world’s top 175 universities in the QS World University Rankings 2021 and top 250 in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2021. We’re also home to Physics and Astronomy professor Donna Strickland, winner of the 2018 Nobel Prize in Physics (only the third woman in history to do so).

Areas of Expertise

Waterloo is known for excellence in engineering, mathematics, computer science, accounting, architecture, optometry, and pharmacy. In fact, the New York Times calls us "one of the world's best technology schools." But we also have nationally and internationally ranked programs in health, science, the humanities and social sciences, the environment, and business.

On Campus Housing

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Co-ed:4,900 bedsLowest: $5,879Highest: $12,552

First-year and transfer students are guaranteed residence.

Off Campus Housing

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Incoming Students


Each faculty and residence has many programs to enhance the first-year experience and help you make the transition to university life. Some of the services on campus include academic advice, personal counseling, and computer support.

The International Student Experience team also provides support to international students studying at Waterloo including orientation, English conversation classes, and social activities that help you learn about Waterloo. More information is available at

Career Planning

Our Centre for Career Action department provides opportunities to help you prepare for your future. Résumé writing workshops, career fairs, and grad school information are just a few of the resources available. Through North America's largest co-op/internship program, you can try out 4 to 6 different career areas and earn $42,000 to $90,000 by the time you graduate. Co-op is offered in nearly all programs — more than 100 areas of study to choose from — and over half of our undergraduate students are enrolled in the co-op system of study.


Learn about intramural sports and campus recreation opportunities at


Spend a co-op term working for one of the world's top employers. Be part of the team designing the next generation of solar car. Study with classmates who might be from across town or across the globe. Consistently ranked as one of Canada's best overall universities, Waterloo will provide you with an outstanding education and a rewarding student experience.


Joining one of our 250+ student clubs is the perfect way to find something you love and surround yourself with others who share that same passion. We have clubs that cater to all kinds of interests and if there isn't a club already that matches your interests, you can gather a group of friends and start your own with the help of our student government.

Information Technology

Details about computing services for Waterloo students is available on the Information Systems & Technology department website.


A large fine arts area and studio, architecture studios, four museums, two art galleries, an observatory, a rare book collection, student clubs, and many social activities and special events.

Special Services

Centre for Career Action, chaplains, counselling services, health services, international student office, Indigenous student centre, mature student services, off-campus dons, office for persons with disabilities, sexual harassment counsellor, and women's centre. Detailed information is available on our website.

Affiliated Institutions

Students can register for academic programs through Renison and St. Jerome's, and all four institutions offer specialized programs and residence facilities in the atmosphere of smaller colleges within the university setting.

International Involvement

  • Dozens of cultural groups are active on campus
  • 140 exchange and study abroad programs
  • Over 1,000 students have an international co-op work term each year.

Campus Tour

Visit our website for the latest information about tours and events.

Modified on August 30, 2021

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