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Join us at Laurier

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.

Our Waterloo campus is located in the thriving, culturally diverse community of Kitchener-Waterloo (KW). The campus is located in the heart of the city and is down the street from the University of Waterloo – this "university town" has great dining, recreational and entertainment options for students.

Located one hour west of Toronto with a population of about 365,000, KW is small enough to be safe and easy to get around, yet large enough to support the amenities and culture of a big city.

Canada’s Leading High-Tech Region

KW is part of Waterloo Region, which is home to the largest grouping of technology companies in North America outside California. Our community has a reputation for innovation and it is where tech giant BlackBerry got its start. Communitech, an internationally recognized incubator that helps tech companies start, grow and succeed, calls Waterloo home, as do Desire2Learn, Sandvine, Open Text, Google, Oracle, Intel, McAfee, Sybase, NCR Corporation, Electronic Arts and Christie Digital.

Best of the City


  • Waterloo Park (baseball, frisbee, and more)
  • Chicopee Ski Resort
  • The Grand River (fishing, kayaking and canoeing)
  • RIM Park (golf course, soccer fields, hiking trails, and more)


  • Princess Cinemas (independent theatre)
  • The Centre in the Square (concerts, Broadway shows, KW Art Gallery and Waterloo Symphony)
  • St. Jacob’s Farmers Market (fresh produce, local culture)
  • Doon Heritage Village
  • Uptown Waterloo (restaurants and bars)
  • Themuseum
  • Maxwell's (concerts)


  • GO! Music Festival
  • Uptown Country Festival
  • Waterloo Jazz Festival
  • Waterloo Busker Carnival
  • Oktoberfest
  • World Religions Conference

Best of the City: Dining

  • Taco Tuesdays at Ethel's Lounge
  • Vegetarian at Jane Bond
  • Sandwiches at Vincenzo's
  • Vietnamese at Pho Dau Bo
  • Paninis at Princess Café
  • All-you-can-eat sushi at Sushi 99
  • Pizza at Rustic Slice
  • Wings at Morty’s
  • Coffee at DVLB
  • Live music at Boathouse
  • Spinach dip at Wilf’s
  • Cupcakes and macarons at Honey Bake Shop

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Come Visit Us!

It's hard to explain what it means to be a Golden Hawk without meeting us in person. No matter which of our campuses you tour, once you come you'll immediately feel this "community" we keep talking about.


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