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As a Laurier student (otherwise known as a Golden Hawk), you can count on three things: an excellent education, a welcoming community and a meaningful career in your future. With three campuses in Waterloo, Brantford, and Milton, this is an academic environment that exists to inspire you to be the best version of you, through real-world experience and diverse learning opportunities with Canada's best professors.

No matter what dreams you have for your future (or how much you still have to figure out), there's a place for you at Laurier. We're contributing to a future that's filled with possibilities and purpose: one where a whole community can be inspired together. You in?

Areas of Expertise

From Science to Music, Business to Education and more, Laurier's campuses are home to over 80 undergraduate programs. Once you've picked a major (or two!), you can add an option or minor, apply for co-op or get involved in research alongside faculty: there are so many ways to customize a degree all your own. Whether you're already set on what you want to study or are still discovering what you're passionate about, you'll find your place at Laurier.

On Campus Housing

All of our residence buildings are on or very near campus, which makes getting to class on time really easy: even when you sleep in. It also means you'll have convenient access to coffee, food and the library for those late-night study sessions.

We guarantee residence* to all undergraduate students attending a postsecondary institution for the first time. To be eligible for the residence guarantee, you need to submit and application and deposit prior to the deadline. Rooms are assigned based on preference and availability. You can request to live with a friend; otherwise, we'll do our best to pair you with a roommate who has habits similar to yours. Learn more about our Residence Guarantee.

Get a sneak peek! See our residence buildings on our interactive campus maps and view 2-minute, student-led tours of all our residence room styles.

Off Campus Housing

Laurier has partnered with Places4Students.com, an off-campus housing website that specializes in providing students, schools and landlords with a quality rental property listing service. To view available rental property listings, roommate and sublet listings, visit:

Note: Laurier Milton is currently set-up as a commuter campus and will not offer residence for the 2024/25 school year. If you need a place to stay, please review the Off Campus Housing section.

Students studying on the Waterloo campus may wish to visit Ezra-Bricker Student Apartments to assist in their search for off-campus rental accommodations. Ezra-Bricker Student Apartments have a number of properties are that close to the campus and are owned by Laurier, but are managed by Campus Living Centres.

Just because you're living off campus or staying at home, that doesn't mean you should be cut off from the action. You can still enjoy all the benefits that a residence community offers by joining LOCUS (Laurier Off-Campus University Students), which provides off-campus students with academic, social and personal support to ensure that you won't miss out on Laurier's complete student experience.


On the Waterloo campus, fitness and recreation facilities are available to all students, and access to the campus fitness centres is included in tuition. The Athletic Complex facilities include weights and cardio equipment; an Olympic-length pool; a rock-climbing wall; squash courts; a triple gym; and four dance and fitness studios. Alumni Field has a FIFA-certified artificial surface for intramural sports and club teams, while University Stadium is home to football, soccer, rugby and lacrosse. At the varsity sports level, there are 13 different varsity sports, for men and women, and every team (except football) holds open tryouts each year. Laurier has earned eight straight Outstanding Intramural Achievement Awards from the Canadian Intramural Recreation Association. Get social and participate in one or more of our 775 intramural teams across 22 different sports.

On the Brantford campus, students have the option of participating in extramural sports, offered through Ontario Collegiate Recreation, playing alongside other colleges and universities. Current extramural sports include: co-ed dodgeball; co-ed volleyball; men's basketball; women's basketball; men's hockey; and women's hockey.

Whether you're on the field or in the stands, both our Waterloo and Brantford campuses offer lots of opportunities for you to get involved in athletics. Consider becoming one of our choreographers or a referee to help keep all our sporting activities running smoothly.


In Waterloo, our intramural program offers a variety of sports and athletes of all levels are welcome to participate. You can sign up for intramural sports each semester and games are played throughout the semester. Our intramural teams can be men's, women's or co-ed teams, and you can register as part of a team or as a free agent, available to play on any team. Club sports are run by students for students, and there are more than 20 different club sports available.

In Brantford, fitness and recreation facilities are available to students at the Laurier Brantford YMCA, a new 120,000-square-foot complex, which includes: an aquatics centre; a fitness centre; large studios for group fitness classes; strength-training equipment; a student lounge; and multipurpose spaces for social, educational and cultural programming. Access to the YMCA is included in student fees.


Laurier offers more than 300 student-led clubs and associations, with 5,000 active members, as well as faculty and program associations, which consist of student representatives of the faculties and programs offered on campus. The wide variety of clubs and associations provide endless opportunities for student engagement, and if a certain club does not exist, students are able to start one themselves.


In Waterloo, the Robert Langen Art Gallery is the university's visual arts centre and develops exhibitions, artist lectures and arts-related events with a variety of practitioners. The Maureen Forrester Recital Hall is the main performance space for Laurier's Faculty of Music and regularly presents performances and concerts for the Laurier community. Laurier International provides a variety of cultural programming and events, such as Diwali and Lunar New Year celebrations. The various student-led clubs and associations also offer a variety of social and cultural activities.

In the community, you can explore one of Waterloo Region's many museums, visit historical buildings each September during Doors Open, take part in a historic tour or visit the St. Jacob's Market, home of the country's largest farmers' market.

In Brantford, there are a variety of culturally-focused student-led clubs and organizations active on the Brantford campus, as well as cultural celebrations such as Diwali, Lunar New Year and the annual Multicultural Gala. Students are encouraged to share and celebrate their culture and support is available from a variety of departments.

Special Services

Advising and support services are available to all students at Laurier. Many of these services are available virtually or in-person depending on your campus. Student success programs include assistance with mathematics, study skills and writing development, and are delivered in small group settings or through one-on-one consultations. Academic advising is available to help students navigate their program, overcome academic challenges and to help plan for the future, both academically and professionally. The Accessible Learning Centre provides support to students with documented disabilities to help them reach their full academic potential. Through Laurier International, International Student Advisors are available to assist students with immigration needs, academic transition, and cultural transition and engagement.

The Student Wellness Centre provides all students with physical, mental and emotional wellness support, and offers programs that focus on overall student wellbeing, including nutrition, exercise and sleep. The Special Constable Service prioritizes student safety with 24-hour campus patrols and video surveillance of many campus buildings. The Foot Patrol program, offered on both campuses, is provided by student volunteers and ensures students get home safely. The SAFEHawk app connects students with Special Constables and Foot Patrol, as well as provides other safety and wellness information.

The Centre for Student Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (CSEDI) works to cultivate a culture on campus that respects and promotes equity, diversity, inclusion (EDI) and social justice in all aspects of Laurier, from classrooms to residence communities. CSEDI provides support, education and spaces for students to find community and engage with EDI initiatives.

University life is an exciting time, but it can also bring new challenges and changes. No matter what you encounter, from the moment you accept your offer until you graduate and beyond, we've got the support and services you need.

International Involvement

Laurier has exchange agreements with 70 institutions in 25 countries around the world, and students can study abroad for a semester or a year. Students can also study abroad through faculty-led programs abroad, which are short-term international excursions led by Laurier faculty. In addition, there are other internships designed to facilitate leadership development and interculture appreciation in within various programs.

Campus Tour

Across Waterloo, Brantford, and Milton, each Laurier campus offers unique programs and community partnerships while holding true to the cross-campus community culture we're known for. We care about supporting you as a whole person and our campuses are set up to reflect that, from their physical buildings and green spaces to the supports and services you'll have access to.

Lecture halls and classrooms, living arrangements and food options, workout spaces and lifestyle supports: it's all part of your Laurier experience, living and learning as a life-long Golden Hawk.

There's no better way to see campus than through the eyes of a current student, so that's exactly what you're going to get on a Laurier tour.

You can come visit us in person in Waterloo or Brantford (stay tuned for a Milton), or explore campus with us virtually.

Modified on November 14, 2023

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