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Starting your program in the winter term means that some of your items on your incoming student checklist need to be done in a different way. Here’s the information you need to help you start your program in January, including your comprehensive incoming student checklist.

Winter 2025 Term Dates

  • Week of Dec. 6: Winter invoice available on LORIS.
  • Jan. 6, 2025: First day of winter classes.
  • Jan. 6, 2025: Winter term tuition and fees due.
  • Jan. 17, 2025: Last day to add winter term courses.


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Incoming Student Checklist

Quick Checklist:

  1. Accept your offer and submit final documents.
  2. Register for courses.
  3. Complete your student registration and pay your fees.
  4. Arrange your accommodations.
  5. Access incoming student support.
  6. Get to know the current students' website.

1. Accept Your Offer and Submit Final Documents

You must accept your offer of admission by December 11, 2024, unless another deadline is stated on your offer of admission.

Submit Your Final, Official Documents

If your offer of admission is conditional, make sure you send in your final official documents before the deadline:

  • If you were not enrolled in academic studies in the fall term, you must submit your final official documents by Dec. 13, 2024.
  • If you were enrolled in academic studies at the time of your application, you must submit your final unofficial transcripts by Dec. 18, 2024, and you must submit your final official documents by Jan. 13, 2025.

Read instructions for how to submit your final documents and what we consider to be an official document.

Learn about your alternate offer of admission, if applicable, by going to the “My Admissions Info” tab in your applicant portal.

International Students

Once you accept your offer, pay your $2,000 CAD tuition deposit within two weeks. You can pay your deposit through the CIBC International Student Pay portal or, if you have a Canadian bank account, through online banking. Include "Tuition Deposit" in the payment notes.

Do not submit your tuition deposit until after you have accepted your offer.

Once we have processed your tuition deposit, if you require a provincial attestation letter (PAL) we will initiate the PAL request on your behalf.

2. Register for Courses

You will register for courses using LORIS: Laurier’s Online Registration and Information System. You cannot register for courses until you accept your offer of admission.

Laurier's Transition and Learning Services team is offering one-to-one support with course selection.

3. Complete Your Student Registration and Pay Your Fees

  • Activate your Laurier email account. You should check your email regularly to make sure you don’t miss important updates from Laurier. Email is the official means of communication between the university and you.
  • Register with the Accessible Learning Centre (if applicable).
  • Enter your Social Insurance Number (SIN) in LORIS for tax purposes.
  • Watch your myLaurier email and LORIS account for your winter invoice, which will be issued week of December 6. For more information, please visit Tuition and Fees.
  • Pay your fees before the tuition fee deadline, which is the first day of classes: Jan. 6, 2025.
  • Explore the ways you can get financial assistance.
  • Get your OneCard. Your OneCard is your student identification card and bus pass, and you can put money or a meal plan on it to use at campus vendors.

4. Access Incoming Student Support

The Laurier 101 program is here to support you from the time you accept your offer until the first week of classes and beyond. Our team is ready to answer your questions and make sure you are prepared for your time at Laurier – both inside and outside of the classroom.

There is special Laurier 101 programming for students who are starting in the winter term, including:

  • virtual course registration appointments, and
  • a welcome webinar.

5. Arrange Your Accommodations

Residence is not guaranteed for the winter term; however, there may be space available. You must be fully vaccinated to live in residence.

Follow the online application instructions to apply to residence. You should accept your offer of admission before you apply for residence. You will need your Laurier username and password to log in to the residence application (this is the same login that you used for the applicant portal and LORIS).

The university is closed from Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2024, until Thursday, Jan. 2, 2025, for the winter holidays.

During this time, staff will not be available to assist students.

If you have any questions during the holiday closure, you are encouraged to explore the current students' website.

Waterloo campus residence department:
Brantford campus residence department:

Living Off Campus

Laurier has partnered with, an off-campus housing website that specializes in providing students, schools and landlords with a quality rental property listing service. Visit their website to view available rental property listings, roommate and sublet listings. 

6. Get to Know the Current Students' Website

Laurier has a website for current students, where the university provides resources and shares important updates with you. Find information about your program, program requirements, tuition and fees, campus services, parking and much more on this website.

University Holiday Closure

The university is closed from Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2024, until Thursday, Jan. 2, 2025, for the winter holidays. During this time, staff will not be available to assist students.

If you have any questions during the holiday closure, you are encouraged to explore the current students' website.

Contact Us:

Recruitment and Admissions

T: 548.889.8888
F: 519.884.0618