Laurier is a university with a strong focus on student engagement, both inside and outside the classroom. Our professors are dedicated and approachable people who genuinely care about their students. In national surveys, we consistently receive top marks for our services to students, because your wellbeing, quality of life, safety, enjoyment and success are important to us.
Add to your learning experience by volunteering with local community organizations related to your field of study – and get course credit for it! Our students value helping others. Laurier has the highest proportion of students and alumni with volunteer experience compared to other universities worldwide, according to LinkedIn.
Campus life happens off campus, too. The Laurier International office offers you opportunities to travel across Ontario to Niagara Falls and amusement parks like Canada’s Wonderland, as well as participate in camping trips with friends and classmates.
There are more than 200 clubs and associations across our campuses, bringing like-minded people together to share their passion for anything from arts and business, to religion and culture. The best part is you can also create your own club! All you need is 9 other students who share the same passion as you.
A small sample of our clubs includes:
Laurier has about 500 varsity athletes (Golden Hawks) on 22 varsity teams, but you do not have to be a superstar athlete to compete: Laurier offers a very popular intramural program. Last year more than 8,000 students participated in a variety of intramural sports to keep their bodies as active as their minds. With options as diverse as ultimate frisbee, squash and dodgeball, there’s a sport for everyone.
Our Athletic Complex (AC) in Waterloo includes an Olympic-size pool, a triple gymnasium, dance studios, and a large fitness centre that received a $5-million expansion in 2013. Outside, we have a full-sized, FIFA-certified soccer field and a stadium that is home to our football, soccer, rugby and lacrosse teams.
In Brantford, you can enjoy fitness classes and intramurals in the Wilkes House Recreation Centre. Other intramural and extramural programs take advantage of the City of Brantford parks and recreational space. We also entered into an agreement with the local YMCA to build a $58-million recreation, athletics and wellness facility that will support the needs of our growing campus. New for 2016, the Brantford campus will now offer varsity sports, including men's indoor soccer, as well as men's and women's cross country.
We’re committed to making your first year at Laurier enjoyable, safe and rewarding. Senior students, called Residence Dons, live in each residence community and act as role models and mentors, providing you with support as you make the transition to living away from home.
Students live in a single or double room, with a shared bathroom. This style offers a great opportunity to get to know your entire residence community. In dormitory style, a meal plan is mandatory.
Students can be in a single or double room in a self-contained suite with a kitchen, living area and bathrooms. This style offers a great blend between privacy and socializing with your neighbours. In Waterloo, meal plans are optional in this type of residence, because you’ll have the ability to cook meals in the suites. In Brantford, meal plans are mandatory.
Meal plans are required for all residence students at the Waterloo campus. Students living off-campus in Waterloo may also purchase a meal plan. These plans allow you to purchase food from a number of on- and off-campus locations. A wide range of menu choices including vegetarian, vegan and Asian cuisine are offered and we are able to accommodate special diets such as halal and most food allergies and restrictions.
About 20% of the area’s residents were born outside Canada. Reflecting this diversity, there are many restaurants and specialty food shops that cater to the international community in KW.
Here are a few international dining favourites:
Meal plans are required for residence students at the Brantford campus at a cost of $400 per term (fall and winter). Even though all of the residences are apartment-style, which means you’ll have a kitchen in the apartment to cook all of your meals, the meal plan will come in handy for buying groceries at FreshCo, a local grocery store, just a short five minute walk from campus. You can also use your meal plan at Williams Fresh Cafe, Subway and Golden Grounds, just to name a few locations.
Here are a few local dining favourites:
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