Life at Laurier
Leadership, Diversity, Community
Laurier is known for its vibrant and tight-knit community. With over 14,000 students, we are a mid-sized university with a small school feel.
Going away to university can spark an avalanche of change in a student's life. It may be the first time they've lived away from home, cooked their own meals or even did their own laundry. Most of our first-year students choose to ease into this new-found independence by living in one of our sixteen residence buildings.
Dorm-style living involves sharing a room with a roommate and eating on the on-campus meal plan. Typically, apartment-style living means you have three roommates in an apartment unit, but you all have your own room. Some first-year students choose to live in housing off-campus, which is both abundant and close to the university.
Residence Life offers a number of ways for students to get involved and have fun right when they step onto campus. Take on a leadership position as a member of their House Council, join the residence's intramural league or help plan a social event for their floor - whatever they choose, first year in residence will be an unforgettable experience where they will make friends for life.
For more information on Residence Life, check out their website: Residence Life.
Athletics and Recreation
Laurier's Athletics and Recreation Department offers students dozens of ways to have fun, stay fit, compete intramurally, learn new skills or go for gold in national competition.
Every year over 8,000 students partake in intramural leagues that include dodgeball, ultimate frisbee, soccer, basketball and ice hockey (to name a few).
Students take full advantage of our Olympic-length indoor pool (Ontario's only national swimming centre), air-conditioned squash courts, a fully equipped fitness centre and services, a 30-foot indoor climbing wall and more.
If a student is not interested in becoming a varsity athlete, they can join the fiercely spirited Golden Hawk fans who come out to support our varsity teams in football, curling, soccer, basketball and more!
For more information on Athletics and Recreation at Laurier, check out their website: www.laurierathletics.com
Wilfrid Laurier University Students' Union (WLUSU)
The Wilfrid Laurier University Students' Union, one of the biggest and best in the country, is a student-owned and operated non-profit corporation. Its vision is to provide "a positive experience for every student." As the official representative for all undergraduate students, elected student representatives work to strengthen and improve services offered to students on campus and within the community, and to voice student issues and concerns to the university community.
The Students' Union offers over 1,300 volunteer opportunities for all undergraduate students. In the seven business operations, WLUSU offers over 300 part-time jobs and is committed to providing a variety of opportunities to enhance the student experience through professional and personal development.
Exciting committees include: Charity Ball, Orientation Week, Foot Patrol, Emergency Response Team, Graphic Design and First Year Council.
Joining a campus club is a great way to meet people with similar interests. Wilfrid Laurier Students' Union offers over 150 Campus Clubs for Laurier Students, including clubs for academic programs, athletics, social justice, politics and special interests.
As our largest single volunteer base, the Campus Clubs are among our most cherished resources. Each year WLUSU reserves over $25,000 to help student clubs hold awareness campaigns and social events. These clubs are all administered through the Campus Clubs office located on the third floor of the Fred Nichols Campus Centre.
With clubs such as Habitat for Humanity, Equestrian Club, Pirate Club, Ski and Snowboard Club, Hawksquad and Martial Arts Club, there is literally a club for everyone! If there isn't a club that meets your son or daughter's interest, they can start one! The Campus Clubs Council will assist students in starting a new club, or running and managing an existing club.
Visit the WLUSU Campus Clubs website for a complete listing of campus clubs.
Laurier International encourages, promotes and seeks opportunities for members of the Wilfrid Laurier University community to effectively pursue their interests and careers in a globalized world. Through its Programs and Services, Laurier International gives students (Canadian and International) the opportunities to enhance their international and intercultural competencies by way of networking with international academic, government and non-government agencies around the world and in the KW community.
Through Laurier International, students have the opportunity to study abroad through their exchange program, earning credits towards their degree while traveling and learning about a different culture.
For more information on their student exchanges and other services offered check out the Laurier International Website.
Student Leadership Centre (SLC)
The Student Leadership Centre supports all aspects of student leader development, student involvement and student leadership experiences on campus. The SLC is guided by the philosophy that leadership is about action, not position, and that all students have the capacity to make meaningful contributions during their time at Laurier and beyond.
For more information about the amazing services the SLC offers, visit their website by clicking here.
Office for Student Diversity
The Office for Student Diversity is committed to fostering diversity by offering a welcoming and supportive environment for all Laurier students. They also aim to nurture a learning and student centered environment that respects differences in culture, age, gender, gender expression, race, ethnicity, national origin, physical ability, sexual orientation, and religious affiliation.
The Office for Student Diversity works together with the Rainbow Centre, the WLU Centre for Women and Trans People*, the Association of Black Students and the Student Diversity Committee to provide safe space, educate, advocate, and celebrate the uniqueness of every student at Laurier. This is achieved through events, training sessions & awareness campaigns valuing the UNIQUENESS of every individual.
For more information, check out the website for The Office of Student Diversity
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