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Join us at Laurier

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.


Student-Centric City

Our Waterloo campus is located in the thriving, culturally diverse community of Kitchener-Waterloo (KW), located one hour west of Toronto with a population of about 365,000.

With two universities and a college, this "university town" is a vibrant and student-friendly city with plenty of off-campus housing, entertainment, dining and recreational opportunities. And a new light rail transit system will make it easier than ever to get around.

Canada’s Leading High-Tech Region

KW is part of Waterloo Region, which is home to the largest grouping of technology companies in North America outside California. Our community has a reputation for innovation, where a new generation of entrepreneurs, who grew up in the age of Waterloo’s famous tech giant BlackBerry, are ready to invent the future. Communitech, an internationally recognized, industry-led innovation centre calls Waterloo home, as does Desire2Learn, OpenText, Shopify, Google, Oracle, Vidyard and Igloo.

Best of the City

Activities

  • Hit the baseball field or shoot some hoops at Waterloo Park.
  • Ski, snowboard or snow tube at Chicopee Ski Resort.
  • Canoe on the Grand River or hike the riverside trails.
  • Water tube or hike the Elora Gorge.
  • Golf, skate or play at RIM Park.

Entertainment

  • Check out a concert at Maxwell’s Concerts and Events.
  • Go to a comedy show or performance at Centre in the Square Performing Arts Centre.
  • Take in the latest exhibit or go to trendy events at THEMUSEUM.
  • See a screening at Waterloo's historic Princess Cinemas.
  • Catch one of the region’s numerous music or cultural festivals, such as:
    • Waterloo Jazz Festival
    • Waterloo Busker Carnival
    • Oktoberfest
    • KW Multicultural Festival
    • Ever After Music Festival
    • Kitchener Blues Festival

Experiences

  • Walk through the doors of a festhalle and have a great time at the largest Oktoberfest outside Germany.
  • Check out Waterloo’s winter festival, Winterloo.
  • Enjoy pancakes and festival fare at the Elmira Maple Syrup Festival.
  • Buy local at the St. Jacobs Farmers’ Market.
  • Shop, stroll and enjoy the patios and bars in Uptown Waterloo.

Dining

  • Taco Tuesdays at Ethel's Lounge
  • vegetarian at Jane Bond
  • sandwiches at Vincenzo's
  • Korean at Owl of Minerva
  • paninis at Princess Café
  • all-you-can-eat sushi at Kinkaku Izakaya
  • pizza at Famoso
  • wings at Morty’s
  • coffee at DVLB
  • spinach dip at Wilf’s

Directions

Canada's Innovation City

  • 1,400 tech companies employ 23,000 people. (2017, Communitech)
  • 150+ research institutes, incubators, hubs and accelerator programs. (Waterloo EDC)

From Toronto

  • Take the 401 west towards London.
  • Take exit 278 to Highway 8 west (towards Kitchener/Waterloo).
  • Take the Highway 7 east exit towards Guelph/Waterloo.
  • Follow Highway 7 east, which becomes Highway 85 north.
  • Take the second University Ave. exit (University Ave. W.).
  • Continue down University Ave. Laurier will be on your left-hand side at 75 University Ave. W.

From London

  • Take the 401 east towards Toronto.
  • Take exit 278B/Highway 8 west on to King St. E. towards Kitchener.
  • Head right onto Highway 8 west towards Kitchener.
  • Take the Highway 7 east exit towards Guelph/Waterloo.
  • Follow Highway 7 east, which becomes Highway 85 north.
  • Take the second University Ave. exit (University Ave. W.).
  • Continue down University Ave. Laurier will be on your left-hand side at 75 University Ave. W.
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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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