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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.


Welcome to the Waterloo Campus

Laurier's Waterloo campus is home to more than 16,000 undergraduate and graduate students. On this close-knit campus, you're steps away from classes, residence and campus amenities. Whether you're running into friends, finding your favourite study spot or watching a game at University Stadium, campus soon becomes your home away from home.

10
Minutes

The time it takes to walk across campus.

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KW: A Student's Playground

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 makes it easier than ever to get around. In KW, you can study, live and play without compromise.

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Canada's Innovation City

KW is part of Waterloo Region, which is home to Canada's fastest-growing technology sector and is part of the Toronto-Waterloo Region Corridor, the second-largest technology cluster in North America (second only to California). Our community has a reputation for innovation, where a new generation of entrepreneurs are ready to invent the future. Communitech, an internationally recognized, industry-led innovation centre calls Waterloo home, as does OpenText, Shopify, Google, Oracle, Vidyard and Igloo.

15,000+
Tech Companies

And 5,200+ tech startups in the Toronto-Waterloo Region Corridor, the largest technology cluster in North America outside California.

Virtual Tour

Enjoy a virtual tour of campus, or view our Waterloo campus interactive map.




Best of the City

Activities

  • Canoe on the Grand River or hike the riverside trails.
  • Hit the baseball field or shoot some hoops at Waterloo Park.
  • Ski, snowboard or snow tube at Chicopee Ski Resort.
  • 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

  • Buy local at the St. Jacobs Farmers’ Market or Kitchener Farmers' Market.
  • Shop, stroll and enjoy the patios and bars in Uptown Waterloo or Downtown Kitchener.
  • 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.

Dining

  • Taco Tuesdays at Ethel's Lounge
  • vegetarian at Jane Bond
  • sandwiches at Vincenzo's
  • Korean at Owl of Minerva
  • paninis and late-night grilled cheeses 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
  • Hong Kong-style desserts at Sugar Marmalade

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Directions

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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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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