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At Wilfrid Laurier University, you'll be part of a welcoming, student-focused community where you will receive an excellent education and gain the skills you need to achieve your career goals. Our academic environment provides real-world experience and diverse learning opportunities with Canada's best professors and our student experience ensures you feel supported academically, personally and professionally.

Our commitment to student success is why Laurier has ranked in the top 6% of universities worldwide based on quality of education, alumni employment and research opportunities. No matter what goals and plans you have for the future, there's a place for you at Laurier.

Areas of Expertise

Laurier offers over 80 undergraduate programs across three campuses located in Waterloo, Brantford and Milton, Ontario. From science to arts, business to music, and more, you'll find the program that's perfect for you. And you can customize your learning by adding an option or minor to your degree, applying for co-op, participating in community-service learning, getting involved in faculty-led research and so much more. 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.

Incoming Students

To help with the transition to university, Laurier offers Laurier 101, a collection of programs specifically tailored to incoming international students, to provide support from the time students accept their offer until their first week of classes and beyond. Online programming includes course registration webinars, International Headstart and Online Summer Orientation. In-person programming includes International Orientation and Orientation Week, which consist of social activities, academic information sessions, opportunities to talk to campus staff and engagement with other incoming Laurier students.

Career Planning

The Career Development Centre provides assistance and guidance to all Laurier students and alumni, and has programming tailored to the specific needs of international students, including a career consultant dedicated to supporting international students. Through the Career Centre, students can get help with resumés, cover letters and interview skills; learn job search tips and techniques; attend workshops on career development; attend networking events with professionals and alumni; and attend various career and job fairs, including the largest career fair in Canada.


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.

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.


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 250 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.

Information Technology

Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) offer online services to help make student life at Laurier easier. All registered students are assigned a MyLaurier email address, which will be used for all official communication with the university. Wifi is available on both campuses and internet services are available in all residence buildings. Computer labs on both campuses are available to all registered students, with some faculties and departments maintaining computer labs exclusively for their own students. The Laptop Loaner Program gives students access to a loaner laptop (either a PC or Mac) for up to 14 days.


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. 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.

Affiliated Institutions

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. Other international opportunities include the Alternative Reading Week, where students spend the winter reading week on a build in El Salvador, and the Summer Leadership Experience in China. The Laurier-Ghana Partnership sees Laurier students spend a summer in Ghana on an internship, while scholars from Ghana come to Laurier to study.

Campus Tour

Visitors are always welcome to Laurier, and our Welcome Centres and ambassadors would be happy to share more about our campuses and community.

To arrange a campus tour in Waterloo, contact the Welcome Centre at 519.884.0710 x2157 or email waterlootours@wlu.ca.

To arrange a campus tour in Brantford, contact the Welcome Centre at 519.756.8228 x5693 or email brantfordtours@wlu.ca.

You can also view our campuses with our Virtual Reality tours.


A Career Advisor is available on-campus to arrange job find, resumé, interview, workshops, etc. for students.

Modified on November 14, 2023

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