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Becoming a Golden Hawk means more than just cheering on our (really good) varsity teams – it means being a student who cares about your community, who works hard in the classroom, and who takes advantage of all the learning opportunities that can happen outside the classroom, too.

Small-Town Feel with Big-City Amenities

Shaped by its location on the historic Grand River and proximity to the major industrial and consumer markets of North America, Brantford has a thriving business community that is home to a number of global business operations – but people are drawn to the region for so much more. A healthy arts and culture scene, world-class trails system for walking and biking, and a strong slate of festivals and events make Brantford a vibrant place to call home for residents and students alike.

Brantford is approximately a one-hour drive along the QEW and Hwy. 403 from Toronto and the Niagara region. The city has a population of over 97,000, and feels like a small-town community with big-city amenities.

Embedded within the Community

The Brantford campus has transformed the downtown core of the City of Brantford into a thriving student community home to around 3,000 undergraduate and graduate students. With its 20+ buildings spread throughout the core of the city, the Brantford campus is literally interwoven into the downtown. But the strong connections between campus and community don’t end there. The close-knit campus experience Laurier is known for is achieved through community partnerships and opportunities for students.

Best of the City


  • Experience a feast for the senses: the Brantford Farmers’ Market is open on weekends and is just steps from campus.
  • Canoe down the Grand River and hike riverside trails.
  • Skate on the outdoor rink at Harmony Square.


  • Catch a performance at the Sanderson Centre for Performing Arts.
  • Listen to live music at the Brantford International Jazz Festival.
  • Laugh with some of the biggest names in comedy at the Brantford Comedy Festival.


  • Check out the art galleries and sculpture gardens at Glenhyrst Art Gallery of Brant.
  • Immerse yourself in cultures of the Brantford community at the International Villages Festival.
  • Learn more about local Indigenous communities at the Woodland Cultural Centre.


  • wings at Wingmaster
  • poutine at Lonnie’s on Market
  • chow mein at Oriental
  • crafty favourites at Sociable Kitchen and Tavern
  • burgers at Admiral Submarine or The Works Gourmet Burger Bistro
  • Boston Pizza or Mother's Pizza


Where Campus Meets Community

200+ community partnerships between Laurier and Brantford businesses and organizations.

From Toronto/Hamilton

  • From Toronto, take QEW to 403 westbound (signs for Hamilton/Brantford).
  • Stay westbound on 403 for approximately 44 km.
  • From 403, take the Wayne Gretzky Parkway exit.
  • Turn left onto Wayne Gretzky Parkway.
  • From Wayne Gretzky Parkway, turn right onto Colborne St. (Brant County Highway 2/53).
  • Colborne St. becomes a one-way street, veer onto Dalhousie St. (also a one-way street).
  • From Dalhousie St., turn right onto George St. The Carnegie Building (73 George St.) will be on the right.

From London

  • Merge onto 401 eastbound via the ramp to Toronto.
  • Take the 403 eastbound exit (signs for Hamilton/Niagara Falls/Brantford).
  • Stay eastbound on 403 for approximately 34 km.
  • From 403, take the Paris Rd. exit (County Rd. 2).
  • Merge onto Paris Rd. Stay on Paris Rd. for approximately 4 km.
  • Follow Paris Rd. until it merges onto Brant Ave.
  • Turn left onto West St. (from Brant Ave.).
  • Turn right onto Wellington St. (from West St.).
  • Turn right onto George St. The Carnegie Building (73 George St.) will be on the left.
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Visit Us

It's hard to explain what it means to be a Golden Hawk without meeting us in person.

No matter which of our campuses you tour, once you come you'll immediately feel this "sense of community" we keep talking about.


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