Wilfrid Laurier University - Waterloo Campus

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At Wilfrid Laurier University, community is at the core of who we are and what we do. No matter how you choose to live your Laurier experience, you are a Golden Hawk, which means you are part of a tight-knit, supportive community that aims high and works hard. We are a proud Laurier community, and there is a place for you here.

We encourage all interested applicants and their families to experience Laurier for themselves. Check out our virtual Laurier experience — we can't wait to welcome you to Laurier!

The Waterloo campus is tucked into about 1 city block, so you are steps away from your classes, food and your new favourite study spot. Outside campus, Waterloo is a student-friendly city full of entertainment options, cultural celebrations and a thriving tech sector.

Areas of Expertise

Choose a field that you love, something that fuels your drive to make a difference. Then choose a program that will get you there.

You will achieve your best when you are studying what you are passionate about. We have more than 80 undergraduate programs across 9 faculties and 1 federated institution.

On Campus Housing

Going away to university may be the first time you'll live away from home. This new freedom is exciting, but it's also an adjustment.

Immerse yourself in a community of support from your first day at Laurier, where staff and upper-year students are committed to your personal growth, development and safety. Share this new beginning with friends and create lifelong connections with the people you meet.

Our residence buildings are more than just a place to sleep and study; they are strong communities that encourage personal growth and development.

Off Campus Housing

If you decide to live off campus, whether you're a first- or senior-year student, we have some resources to help you in your search.

Remember, just because you live off campus, that doesn't mean that you need to miss out on events. Connect with LOCUS and find events on the Student Events Calendar.

Check out our partnerships for rental listings and helpful tips for you to consider when renting.

Incoming Students

Browse more than 100 Laurier degree programs, along with dozens of options and minors you can add to your program to enhance your degree. Our programs are offered through our campuses and locations in Waterloo, Brantford, Milton, Kitchener, Toronto and online.

Career Planning

The Career Centre is your hub of resources. You can meet with a career consultant to start those conversations about what you'd like to do next, or register for certificates and workshops to provide you with that head start.

Attend fairs, employer sessions or panels to start the networking process and learn more about what you'd like to do after life at Laurier.


You know what they say about all work and no play. We offer state-of-the-art facilities where you can take fitness classes, participate in intramural sports or compete in varsity athletics.


We offer you countless opportunities to put classroom theory into practice through fieldwork, volunteering, co‑op and more. Experience Laurier where the opportunities are everywhere, just waiting for you to jump in.


Make the most out of your Laurier experience by joining a club. With more than 250 student-led clubs and associations — and the ability to start your own — there are endless opportunities to find a group that shares your interests.

Through Your Students' Union, you can explore active clubs, learn how to start a club, get event approval and more.

Why should you join a club?

  • Meet new people
  • Explore and expand your interests
  • Have fun
  • Gain co-curricular experience

Information Technology

Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) collaborates with departments from across the Laurier community to offer online services that help make student life at Laurier easier. From tech support to software to computer labs, the ICT team is here to support you.


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.

Affiliated Institutions

Laurier is affiliated with Martin Luther University College and Wilfrid Laurier International College. We have also established working academic partnerships with a select group of highly esteemed national and international post-secondary institutions.

International Involvement

Laurier International encourages, promotes and seeks opportunities for you to effectively pursue your interests and career in a globalized world and enhance your international and intercultural competencies.

  • Enrich your Laurier experience by going on an exchange, or by taking part in one of many other opportunities to go abroad.
  • Laurier offers initiatives for you to broaden your horizons right as home, such as the Intercultural Certificate, International Education Week and the Tandem Language Programm
  • We love welcoming incoming exchange students and offer plenty of support for international students to help you have a great academic and Canadian experience.

Campus Tour

We know how important campus visits are to prospective students and their supporters. Here's how to explore what our campuses look like virtually.

Modified on September 21, 2021