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One of the easiest ways to learn what it is like to be a Laurier Golden Hawk is to visit us and experience it for yourself. You're invited to join us Saturday, Nov. 10 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for our Fall Open House on the Brantford campus.

Register for Brantford Open House

What You Can Do at Open House

Open House is one of the best times to visit campus! Our students, staff and faculty look forward to meeting you and answering the questions you have about our university and what our Brantford campus has to offer you.

  • Take a campus tour, 9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.: A student volunteer will be happy to show you all the sights and sounds of campus. Tours depart from Wilkes Hall
  • Explore our residence buildings, 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.: The doors are open, and our current residents will take the time to show you apartment-style residence options.
  • Attend our information fairs, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.: Speak with representatives from Admissions, Financial Aid, Student Affairs, the Students' Union and faculty members who are here to help make your decision easier. 
  • Get involved in open house sessions: Faculty and students will help to explain our programs and answer all of your important questions. 

Get the Most Out of Your Day

  • Register in advance to get email reminders and updates before the event.
  • Review the schedule below and plan your day before you get to campus. Printed copies of the event schedule will be available day-of at various spots across campus.
  • Find out how to get here and where to park. Parking is free for our campus visitors at the Market Centre Parkade. The entrance is located across from 100 Water Street, Brantford.
  • Wear comfortable shoes, grab a coffee or bring some water and check the weather before you leave – you'll have the chance to explore the entire campus.

Campus Tours

Join one of our student volunteers for a guided tour of the campus. Tours are available all day from Wilkes Hall and take approximately one hour. You will visit academic and faculty buildings, student recreational spaces and tour the downtown core of Brantford. Tours are available from 9:30 until the last tour departs at 2:00 p.m. Visiting residence is done separately through the Residence Open House portion of the event. 

Program Information Sessions

10 a.m. to 11 a.m.

  • Criminology and Policing, Research and Academic Centre East, room 004
  • Game Design and Development, Grand River Hall Gaming Lounge
  • Humanities with Leadership Foundations, Research and Academic Centre West, room 203
  • Residence Life, Research and Academic Centre West, room 202
  • Social and Environmental Justice, Carnegie Building, room 100

11 a.m. to noon

  • Digital Media and Journalism, Odeon Building, room 211
  • Game Design and Development, Grand River Hall Gaming Lounge
  • Money Matters, Research and Academic Centre West, room 202
  • Human Rights and Human Diversity, Carnegie Building, room 207
  • Psychology and Forensic Psychology, Research and Academic Centre East, room 004
  • Social Work, Carnegie Building, room 206
  • User Experience Design, Market Darling Centre, room 104

Noon to 1 p.m.

  • Criminology and Policing, Research and Academic Centre East, room 004
  • History, Carnegie Building, room 100
  • Law and Society, Carnegie Building, room 206
  • Residence Life, Research and Academic Centre West, room 202
  • User Experience Design, Market Darling Centre, room 104

1 p.m. to 2 p.m.

  • Business Technology Management, Carnegie Building, room 206
  • Community Health, Health Administration and Public Health, Carnegie Building, room 207
  • English, Carnegie Building, room 100
  • Indigenous Studies and Youth and Children’s Studies, Research and Academic Centre West, room 203
  • Law Degree (University of Sussex) and Arts Degree (Laurier), Research and Academic Centre East, room 004
  • University 101, Research and Academic Centre West, room 202

Session Descriptions

Money Matters

Looking to enhance your money management skills and confidence before you head to university? In partnership with Laurier’s Dollars and Sense Money Management program, this presentation discusses available financial support and resources for students, student invoices and fees, and will wrap up with some tips on how to plan for financial success.

  • Time: 11 a.m. in Research and Academic Centre West, room 202

Residence Life

The Department of Residence will provide a complete overview of the residence experience. What's it like to be a first-year student living in residence? We'll answer your questions about living on campus, our online application process and what to expect in your first year.

  • Times: 10 a.m. and noon in Research and Academic Centre West, room 202

University 101

Our former Laurier students are here to help you get ready for university. Find out you can make the leap to Laurier as easy as possible by hearing their tips and advice on how to be successful in your first year.

  • Time: 1 p.m. in Research and Academic Centre West, room 202

Information Fairs

Faculty Information Fair

Take the opportunity to visit with faculty at the information fair, available to speak with students and families about programs of interest. If you wondering about coursework, class structure, homework or course materials, now’s your time to speak directly with professors! 

  • Location: Research and Academic Centre
  • Time: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.


Residence Open House

Visit participating residence buildings and tour them at your own leisure. You'll be able to view different room types and get a sense of our different residence options available to you.

  • Locations: Grand River Hall, Post House and Expositor Place residences
  • Time: 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Student Experience Fair

Our information fair will have a number of campus partners involved. Learn more about Financial aid, campus recreation and sports, admissions, accessible learning and so much more.

  • Location: Wilkes Hall
  • Time: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Parking Information

Free parking is available in the Market Centre Parkade. To enter the Parkade, drive to 100 Water Street, which is adjacent to our Brantford campus, and the entrance is located across the street. Volunteers and signage will be there to direct you to and from the Parkade and throughout various checkpoints across campus.

For the best experience arriving at the Brantford campus, use our event parking map through Google Maps. The map works best in the Google Maps mobile app and does not work well in Google Chrome. If on a web browser, you are asked to log in to view the map, try opening the link in a new browser.

If you have an accessible parking permit, we ask that you please contact Rachel Cavin ( in advance of Open House so that we can accommodate you best.

Places to Eat On and Near Campus

Try Golden Grounds Coffee in the Research and Academic Centre lobby! Or venture around campus, which is near to many local and restaurant chain favourites. While you’re visiting, we recommend any of the following places to enjoy lunch at:

  • Coffee Culture
  • Boston Pizza
  • Burrito Brothers
  • Golden Grounds Coffee
  • Oriental Restaurant
  • Sunset Grill

Can't Make it to Open House?

If you are unable to attend our Open Houses but are interested in visiting campus, please fill out our Campus Tour Request Form.

You can also check out our Brantford campus virtual tour.

Contact Us:

Recruitment and Admissions

T: 519.884.0710 x3385
F: 519.884.0618

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