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Wilfrid Laurier University Leaf
April 17, 2014
 
 
Canadian Excellence

Arriving in Canada


Port of Entry - Immigration Procedures at the Airport - Transportation from the Airport

Port of Entry

We suggest Toronto’s Pearson International Airport as your port of entry to Canada. It is the nearest international airport to the city of Waterloo, approximately one-hour travel time. It is easy to reach the campus by airport transit service, bus, or train from Toronto. WLU is located in Waterloo; however, both the train and bus terminals are located in Kitchener. The two cities are adjacent and it is convenient to get to WLU by local bus or taxi from locations in Kitchener.

Immigration Procedures at the Airport

All international students arriving at a Canadian port of entry have to show the Immigration Officer the following:
  • Valid passport
  • Canadian visitor’s visa, dependent upon country of citizenship: refer to the section “Immigration issues before coming to Canada”
  • Valid Student Authorization (Study Permit)
  • Offer of admission from the university
  • Evidence of sufficient funds for living expenses and full tuition and for return transportation to the country of residence

Be sure to hold on to these documents or have them in your hand luggage where they are easily accessible. Do NOT pack them in your checked baggage.

Transportation from the Airport

Please ensure that you have made your own arrangements for transportation from the airport to your accommodations in Waterloo.

Airways Transit offers services for transfers between Toronto airport and Waterloo. You can make a reservation for this service online or by calling 519-886-2121 (24 hours).

Payment can be made by cash, Visa, MasterCard, America Express or Diners card. If you are coming directly from the Airport to the University Residence, ask the driver to take you to 34 Bricker Street, the Laurier Security Building. Check their website for fares & schedules.

If you made reservations, do let the person at the Ground Transportation Booth in the airport know, and they will notify the driver of your arrival. In Terminal One, the Ground Transportation Booth can be found following these directions:

Using the Escalators:

On the arrivals level, turn right after exiting the security doors and proceed to POST E in the Terminal. Follow the sign directions down the escalator to the GROUND TRANSPORTATION LEVEL. The Ground Transportation Desk is on your left, at the bottom of the escalator.

Using the Elevators:

On the arrivals level, turn right after exiting the security doors and follow the signs to the elevators. Press “G” for the Ground Transportation Level. After exiting the elevators, go left at the first corridor and the Ground Transportation Booth is located on the Arrivals Level, between Doors B and C.

Bus coaches or trains do not come directly to Waterloo but to Kitchener. If you take a bus or train to Kitchener, you will then need to take a taxi or a bus to the campus.

If you decide that you would like to spend a couple of nights in Toronto prior to coming to Waterloo, and wish to take a bus or a train to Kitchener-Waterloo, ask the attendants at the Ground Transportation Desk for assistance. Learn more about Tourism in Toronto.

When you have arrived in Waterloo, head directly to your accommodations. For those of you who have chosen to live off-campus, ensure that you have informed your landlord of your arrival date and time, so that they are prepared to receive you. Keep a copy of their contact information with you so you can inform them if your flight is delayed.

Transportation

Waterloo
Bus/Transit: Grand River Transit-519-585-7555
Taxi: Waterloo Taxi-519-886-1200
United Taxi-519-888-9999
City Cabs-519-747-7777

Greater Toronto Area (GTA)
Bus/Transit: GO Transit - 1.888.GET ON GO (438.6646)
Toronto Mississauga Transit - 905-896-5000
Greyhound Canada-1-800-661-TRIP (8747)
Greyhound USA-1-800-231-2222
Subway: TTC (Toronto Transit Commission)- 416-393-4636
Airport Express: GTA shuttle bus to Toronto-1-800-387-6787

If you do not have any Canadian currency, please go to the nearest any changer to equip yourself with some cash. Proceed to the Airways Transit counter. One way trip to Waterloo will cost you between $45-$70 CAD.

If you are heading directly to Laurier, the address of the University is: 75 University Avenue West, Waterloo, N2L 3C5

Please note that Laurier will not cover any student’s transportation cost.

If possible, try to arrive on campus between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday, since university offices are open during those hours. On weekends most Canadian offices, including those at the university are closed, and it will be difficult for you to obtain assistance. If it is not possible to avoid a weekend arrival, you should advise the University in advance.

Call the WLU main number: 519-884-0710

Graduate students: contact the Graduate Studies Office (ext. 3128)
Undergraduate first year international students: contact Residence Services (ext. 3236)
International students general inquiries: (ext. 2227)
WLU security: (ext. 3333)