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With the approach of exam period and the holiday season, the Laurier community should be aware of alternate schedules for some services on the Waterloo and Brantford campuses.

Laurier’s fall-term exam period runs from Dec. 10 to Dec. 21. During this time, most university offices will maintain regular hours, but some food outlets and other services will operate on exam-period schedules. Below is a guide to what’s open and when throughout the month of December.

Please note that the university will be closed from Dec. 23 to Jan. 2. During this time, all university buildings at all campuses and locations will be locked for security purposes. Laurier's Toronto office will also be closed during this time. All locations will re-open on Jan. 3 unless otherwise noted.

In case of emergency during the holiday closure, contact Laurier’s Special Constable Service at 519.885.3333 in Waterloo or 519.756.8228 x5888 in Brantford.

Wishing everyone a happy and safe holiday season!

Important December Dates

  • Dec. 7: Final day of regular classes before examinations
  • Dec. 8 and Dec. 9: Study days in preparation for examinations
  • Dec. 10 to Dec. 21: Examination period, including Sundays (Please note that students are advised not to make travel commitments during this time period)
  • Dec. 16: Final day to return online learning materials (video, CD-ROMs and DVDs) for refund
  • Dec. 21: Fall term ends
  • Dec. 23 to Jan. 2: Holiday closure (university closed)
  • Dec. 30: Co-op work term ends

What's Open and When

Waterloo – Food Outlets

Fresh Food Co. (Dining Hall)

  • Regular hours until Dec. 20.
  • Dec. 21 – 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Dec. 22 – 8 a.m. to noon
  • Closing for the semester Dec. 22 at noon, re-opens on Jan. 2 at 4 p.m.

The Terrace Food Court

(Please note that hours of operation for each establishment in the food court vary throughout the exam period.)

  • Regular food court hours until Dec. 11
  • Dec. 12 to Dec. 15 – 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Dec. 16 – 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Dec. 17 and Dec. 18 – 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Closed for the semester as of Dec. 19, reopening Jan. 3

Starbucks (Concourse)

  • Regular hours until Dec. 18 (closed on weekends)
  • Dec. 19 and Dec. 20 – 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Dec. 21 – 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Closed for the semester as of Dec. 22, reopening Jan. 3

Tim Hortons (Science Building)

  • Regular hours until Dec. 7
  • Dec. 8 – 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Dec. 9 – 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Dec. 10 and Dec. 11 – closed
  • Dec. 12 to Dec. 15 – 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Dec. 16 – 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Dec. 17 and Dec. 18 – closed
  • Dec. 19 – 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Closed for the semester as of Dec. 20, reopening Jan. 3

BYTE 75 Coffee & Social (Lazaridis Hall)

  • Regular hours through Dec. 7
  • Dec. 8 – 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Dec. 9 to Dec. 11 – closed
  • Dec. 12 to Dec. 15 – 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Closed for the semester as of Dec. 16, reopening Jan. 3

Second Cup (Library)

  • Regular hours through Dec. 11 (closed on weekends)
  • Dec. 12 to Dec. 15 – 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Dec. 16 – 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Closed for the semester as of Dec. 17, reopening Jan. 3

Subway (Bricker Academic Building)

  • Dec. 7 – 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Dec. 8 to Dec. 11 – closed
  • Dec. 12 to Dec. 15 – 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Dec. 16 – 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Closed for the semester as of Dec. 17, reopening Jan. 3

Wilf’s

  • Open 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. through the exam period
  • Closing for the semester Dec. 23 at 3 p.m.

Veritas Café

  • Regular hours (7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday to Friday) until Dec. 12
  • Closed for the semester Dec. 12

Waterloo – Academic Services

Laurier Library

  • Dec. 8 to Dec. 20 – open 24 hours a day
  • Dec. 21 – midnight to 7 p.m.
  • Dec. 22 – 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Closed for the semester as of Dec. 23

Centre for Student Success and Accessible Learning Centre

The main offices of the Centre for Student Success and Accessible Learning Centre will be operating as usual, open from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., during the exam period. Times for student appointments will be limited at certain centres. Students should check the Writing Centre and Study Skills Centre websites for each centre’s availability. The Math Assistance Centre will be offering drop-in homework hours and exam review sessions. Information will be posted on the Math Assistance Centre website.

Waterloo – Health and Wellness

Athletic Complex (exam period hours)

  • Monday to Thursday – 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Friday – 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Saturday – 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Sunday – 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Closed for the semester as of Dec. 23, re-opening Jan. 3

Student Wellness Centre

  • Open regular hours until Dec. 16
  • Extended hours Saturday, Dec. 10, and Saturday, Dec. 17, for notes regarding illness (open from 8:30 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 4:15 p.m.)
  • Dec. 19 to Dec. 22 – 8:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.
  • Closed for the semester as of Dec. 23, re-opening Jan. 3

Waterloo – Other Services

Bookstore / TechShop

  • Open regular hours until Dec. 18 (closed on weekends)
  • Dec. 19 to Dec. 22 – 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Closed for the semester as of Dec. 23, re-opening Jan. 3

The Hub

  • Dec. 12 to Dec. 21 – 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Closed for the semester as of Dec. 21 at 4 p.m.

U-Desk

  • Regular hours until Dec. 7
  • Dec. 8 to Dec. 16 – 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Closed for the semester as of Dec. 17, reopening Jan. 3

ICT Service Desk

  • Dec. 8 – 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Dec. 9 – 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Dec. 10 – 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Dec. 11 – 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Dec. 12 to Dec. 15 – 8 am to 8 pm
  • Dec. 16 – 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Dec. 19 to Dec. 22 – 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Brantford – Food Outlets

Williams Brantford

  • Holiday hours begin Dec. 5
  • Dec. 5 to Dec. 16 – 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • Closed for the semester as of Dec. 17, reopening Jan. 3

Golden Grounds Coffee

  • Closed for the semester Dec. 2 at 3 p.m., reopening Jan. 3

Brantford – Health and Wellness

Brantford Wellness Centre

  • Open regular hours during exam period, call 519.756.8228 x5803 to book an appointment.
  • Closed for the semester as of Dec. 23, reopening Jan. 4

Wilkes House Recreation Centre

  • Exam period hours
  • Monday to Friday – 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Saturday – noon to 6 p.m.
  • Sunday – noon to 8 p.m.
  • (swipe access as of 5 p.m.)
  • Closed for the semester as of Dec. 23, re-opening Jan. 3

Brantford – Academic and Other Services

Accessible Learning Centre

  • The Accessible Learning Centre will be open regular hours throughout the exam period, closing for the semester as of Dec. 23.

Writing and Study Skills Services

Writing and Study Skills Services will offer services by appointment and host exam preparation programming. On Dec. 8 from noon until 6 p.m., "Be Calm and Study On" will offer students one-on-one assistance and mini-workshops focusing on exam preparation. Exam review facilitated study groups will begin the following week. Email lbwritelearn@wlu.ca to make an appointment or for more information.

U-Desk

  • Closed for the semester Dec. 7, reopening Jan. 3

Stedman Community Bookstore

  • Regular hours until Dec. 11 (closed on Sundays)
  • Dec. 12 to Dec. 16 – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Dec. 17 – 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Dec. 19 to Dec. 22 – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Closed for the semester as of Dec. 23, reopening Jan. 3

Brantford Hub

  • Regular store hours through Dec. 11
  • Dec. 12 to Dec. 22 – open Monday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Closed for the semester as of Dec. 23, reopening Jan. 3

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