Laurier is our university – and while you’re here, it’s also your home.
Your experience in residence will shape your university career in ways you can’t imagine: you’ll live on your own for the first time, forging communities with people who have entirely different perspectives from yours. (You’ll also figure out the mysteries of laundry, which will thrill your parents to no end.)
Living in residence gives you plenty of opportunities to get involved, which can mean a quicker, easier transition to university. And there’s no better way to get to know someone than to live with them and share your toothpaste.
All of our residence buildings are on or very near campus, which makes getting to class on time really easy — even when you sleep in. It also means that the conveniences of campus become the conveniences of home, and you’ll have access to lots of coffee, food outlets and the library for those late-night study sessions.
Residence students also have access to special activities planned just for them by their residence house councils.
We guarantee residence to all first-year students who submit applications and $600 deposits by June 1, 2016. Rooms are assigned based on preference and availability. You can request to live with a friend; otherwise, we’ll do our best to pair you with a roommate who has habits similar to yours. So be honest when you fill out the questionnaire that’s part of the application, and we’ll find you another night owl who likes to listen to hip-hop while studying.
Residence Learning Communities in both Waterloo and Brantford give you a chance to live in themed environments that expand on concepts learned in class and spend more time with students who share the same interests. Want a bigger say in your residence experience? First-Year Leadership Programs in the arts, diversity and more give you an opportunity to create programming related to your interests. And our residence councils provide leadership opportunities and a great way to get involved in your community.
Living off-campus doesn’t mean that you’ll be cut off from all the action. The Laurier Off-Campus University Students (LOCUS) program schedule special events for the off-campus community.
“My favourite residence experience was looking around the room and realizing what started off as a group of strangers was beginning to look a lot like a family.”
Demi Oba, Residence Life Don
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