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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.

It’s hard to explain what it means to be a Golden Hawk without meeting us in person. No matter which campus you tour, once you come, you’ll immediately feel the community spirit that makes Laurier special. Join us Saturday, March 10 at 9 a.m. for our March Break Open House on the Waterloo Campus.

Register for Waterloo Open House

What Can You Do at Open House?

Open House is one of the best times to visit campus! Our students, staff and faculty are all looking forward to meeting you and answering any questions you have about Laurier and what our Waterloo campus has to offer you.

  • Take a campus tour: A student volunteer will be happy to show you all the sights and sounds of campus. 
  • Take advantage of our residence open house: Our current residents will open their doors to show our dormitory- and apartment-style residence options.
  • Attend a specific information session: Speak with representatives from Admissions, Financial Aid, Residence, Athletics, Co-op and faculty members who are here to help you 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. Staff and volunteers will also be handing out paper copies of the event schedule throughout campus during Open House.
  • Find out how to get here and where to park. Parking is free for our campus visitors during Open House!
  • Wear comfortable shoes and check the weather before you leave – you'll have the chance to explore the entire campus, so be ready to do some walking.


We are pleased to provide free parking for our Open House guests. 

Please be aware that central campus parking is limited and is usually full by 9 a.m. We encourage you to set your GPS to one of the off-campus event parking lots indicated on the Event Parking map

Note: Our event parking map works best in the Google Maps mobile app. If on a web browser, Google Maps asks you to log in to view the map, try opening the link in a new browser to access the map.

We strongly advise you to drive directly to an event parking lot, not to 75 University Avenue West. If our central campus lot is full, you will need to complete a loop of campus before exiting to one of our designated parking lots. To avoid this, proceed directly to one of our event parking lots when you arrive. There will be volunteers at each parking lot to direct you when walking to the campus.

If you require accessible parking, please come to Mid Campus Drive at 75 University Avenue West where parking staff will direct you to accessible parking on main campus.

Campus Tours

Join us for a one-hour guided tour from a current student. Tours will be faculty-specific and you will visit academic buildings, the library, the dining hall and more. Tours are available on an ongoing basis starting at 9 a.m. The last tour leaves at 3 p.m. See below for your campus tour location based on your program of interest.

Brantford Open House

Our Brantford campus is having an Open House on Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018.

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Arts and Science Programs

Tours are departing from Bricker Academic room 110.

Business and Economics Programs

Tours are departing from Lazaridis Hall room 1009.


Campus tours are departing from Bricker Academic room 110.

Tour our Music facilities from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., located in the John Aird Centre, room 106.

Information Sessions

Information sessions are hosted by faculty members, campus representatives and academic advisors. Learn about campus life and services, see what your university classes will be like, ask questions and find out more about the program to which you’ve applied.

9:30 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.

  • Biology, Science Building room 1044
  • Business, Lazaridis Hall room 1001
  • Chemistry and Biochemistry, Science Building room 1042
  • Computer Science, Bricker Academic room 111
  • Faculty of Music, John Aird Centre room 106
  • Kinesiology, Science Building room 1002
  • Making the Most of your Arts Degree, Paul Martin Centre
  • Mathematics and Financial Mathematics, Bricker Academic room 112
  • Psychology, Science Building room 1001

10:30 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.

  • Admissions and Financial Aid, Lazaridis Hall room 1011
  • Arts and Science Co-op, Science Building room 1001
  • Business and Economics Co-op, Lazaridis Hall room 1001
  • Christian Studies and Global Citizenship, Bricker Academic room 112
  • Data Science, Bricker Academic room 111
  • Economics, Lazaridis Hall room 1010
  • Residence, Arts E Wing room 1E1

11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

  • Athletics and Recreation, Bricker Academic room 112
  • Business and Economics Co-op, Lazaridis Hall room 1001
  • Business Double Degrees, Lazaridis Hall room 3094
  • Economics, Lazaridis Hall room 1010
  • Environmental Science and Applied Water Science, Science Building room 1044
  • Film Studies and the Vancouver Film School, Bricker Academic room 101
  • First Age of Anxiety (mock lecture), Lazaridis Hall room 1011
  • Indigenous Student Services, Indigenous Student Centre
  • LLB and BA (Law Degree, University of Sussex, United Kingdom and Bachelor of Arts at Laurier), Bricker Academic room 102

12:30 p.m. to 1:15 p.m.

  • Business, Lazaridis Hall room 1001
  • Business Double Degrees, Lazaridis Hall room 3094
  • Chemistry and Biochemistry, Science Building room 1042
  • Computer Science, Bricker Academic room 111
  • Faculty of Music, John Aird Centre room 106
  • Health Sciences, Bricker Academic room 101
  • Kinesiology, Science Building room 1002
  • Making the Most of your Arts Degree, Paul Martin Centre
  • Mathematics, Lazaridis Hall room 3060
  • Physics, Science Building room 1057
  • Psychology, Science Building room 1001
  • Study Abroad, Bricker Academic room 102

1:30 p.m. to 2:15 p.m.

  • Entrepreneurship at Laurier, Lazaridis Hall room 1011
  • Laurier 101: Intro to the Students' Union, Paul Martin Centre
  • Residence, Arts E Wing room 1E1

2:30 p.m. to 3:15 p.m.

  • Admissions and Financial Aid, Bricker Academic room 102
  • Athletics and Recreation, Bricker Academic room 101

Session Descriptions

Not sure what sessions are for you? Read our descriptions below to see what catches your interest. We have a number of program information sessions and sessions about other Laurier services. We even have a mock lecture so that you can see what it is like to be a university student.

Admissions and Financial Aid

Wondering what ‘conditional’ and ‘alternate’ offers mean? Overwhelmed by the cost of university? Hear from our Admissions and Student Awards professionals to have your questions answered.


  • 10:30 a.m. in Lazaridis Hall room 1011
  • 2:30 p.m in Bricker Academic room 102

Athletics and Recreation

Find out how you can enhance your university experience with athletic and recreational opportunities at Laurier. We have an extensive campus recreation program and, in this session, you’ll learn how you can get involved through recreational activities, club sports, varsity teams and even employment opportunities.


  • 11:30 a.m. in Bricker Academic room 112
  • 2:30 p.m. in Bricker Academic room 101

Entrepreneurship at Laurier

Discover your passion for entrepreneurship and social innovation. Get inspired to take action to lead purpose-driven change that creates a better world. Make a difference. Find your purpose. Be a changemaker through entrepreneurial action.

  • Time: 1:30 p.m. in Lazaridis Hall room 1011

The First Age of Anxiety: Nerve Tonics, Cowboy Cures and Mind Doctors in the 19th-Century

Attend our mock lecture by Associate Professor Amy Milne-Smith and get a taste of what lectures are like at Laurier. 


Technological innovations, urbanization and a radically changing workplace transformed every aspect of people’s lives in the nineteenth century and both doctors and educators worried it could lead to mental breakdowns. Sound familiar?

In this lecture, Associate Professor Amy Milne-Smith welcomes all students to look at why Victorians were so worried about stress and anxiety, the solutions they proposed and what it can tell us about their society, and in some ways, our own. From Teddy Roosevelt learning to “man-up” on a dude ranch to women who were forced to stay in bed on a diet of milk and fat – learn about the strange and shocking ways people tried to help those struggling with the pressures of modern life.

  • Time: 11:30 a.m. in Lazaridis Hall room 1011

Indigenous Student Services

She:kon! Aaniin! Boozhoo! Welcome! Learn about Laurier’s Indigenous student services including admissions and academic support, awareness events, cultural programming and the Indigenous Student Centre. 

  • Time: 11:30 a.m. in the Indigenous Student Centre

Laurier 101: Intro to the Students' Union

The Students’ Union gives you the opportunity to take your university experience outside of the classroom. Find out how you can get engaged in extracurricular activities, clubs and orientation week. We’ll cover the benefits of being a member of the Students’ Union and more.

  • Time: 1:30 p.m. in the Paul Martin Centre


The Department of Residence will provide a complete overview of the residence experience. Presenters will be prepared to answer your questions about living in residence, our online application process and what to expect in your first year.

  • Times: 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. in Arts E Wing room 1E1

Study Abroad

Our Global Engagement programs provide students with incredible academic and cultural learning experiences. More than traditional ‘exchange’ programs, we also offer short-term courses, international internships and service-learning experiences around the world. What about an international experience from home? We’ve got you covered! Attend this session to learn how you can internationalize your degree.

  • Time: 12:30 p.m. in Bricker Academic room 102

Lab Tours


  • Location: Archaeology and Heritage Studies booth in the Science Building Courtyard
  • Time: 1 p.m.


  • Location: Biology booth in the Science Building Courtyard
  • Times: 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.

Centre for Cold Regions and Water Science

  • Location: Applied Water Science booth in the Science Building Courtyard
  • Time: 1 p.m.

Chemistry and Biochemistry

  • Location: Science Building room 1042
  • Times: 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.


  • Location: Athletic Complex Foyer
  • Times: 10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.

Information Fairs

Faculty of Arts and Faculty of Science

Here’s your chance to meet faculty, staff and students from each of the programs in our Faculty of Arts and Faculty of Science. Learn more about courses, student opportunities and your program(s) of interest.

  • Location: Science Building Courtyard
  • Time: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Faculty of Music

Connect with current Laurier music students and staff members who will help you realize your future in the Faculty of Music. Have questions about incorporating music into a non-music degree? Swing by our fair to learn more about your options.

  • Location: John Aird Centre room 106
  • Time: 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Lazaridis School of Business and Economics

Learn about our Bachelor of Business Administration, Bachelor of Economics and Business double-degree programs. You can ask students and faculty about our 10 different Business concentrations, meet the Lazaridis School of Business and Economics Student Society and speak with various student club representatives. 

  • Location: Lazaridis Hall Atrium
  • Time: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Student Experience Fair

Explore one of the best student experiences in Canada and find out why we are the No. 1 school for student satisfaction in the 2017 and 2018 Maclean’s University Rankings. Speak to students and staff from the many programs and services Laurier has to offer and learn how they can aid in making your university experience a success!

You'll also find the Laurier Bookstore here, which is located across from the Concourse.

  • Location: Concourse, Fred Nichols Campus Centre
  • Time: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Departmental Open Houses

Athletics Open House

Tour our state-of-the-art facilities and learn about our recreational, intramural and varsity programs. Don't forget to visit the Hawk Shop and check out our Golden Hawk gear. 

  • Location: Athletic Complex
  • Time: 9:00 a.m. to 3 p.m.

C3 Innovation Labs Open House

Students will be displaying their projects and discussing opportunities available in social entrepreneurship and social innovation, community engagement and public-sector innovation opportunities.

  • Time: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Location: Dr. Alvin Woods Building room 1-101B

Indigenous Student Centre Open House

Drop in to experience our Indigenous Student Centre and learn about how we support our students.

  • Time: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Location: Indigenous Student Centre

Music Open House

We're hosting a Faculty of Music Open House on Friday, March 9. Can't attend? The Faculty of Music is also participating in our Open House on March 10.

Residence Open House

Visit participating residence buildings and current students will give you a tour of their Laurier home.

  • Locations:
    • Bouckaert Residence
    • Bricker St. Residence
    • King St. Residence
    • Macdonald Hall
    • Willison Hall
  • Time: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Join us for Lunch

Our campus eateries The Fresh Food Company (the primary dining location for our meal plans), the Terrace Food Court (which includes Harveys, El Torito, Williams and our own Union Market), and Wilf’s Restaurant and Bar (our on-campus pub) are offering discount coupons to anyone who participates in Open House. You will find your coupon on the back of your Open House schedule that you receive when you arrive on campus the day of the event.

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 Waterloo campus virtual tour.

Contact Us:

Recruitment and Admissions

T: 519.884.0710 x3385
F: 519.884.0618

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