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Transitioning to university is a big deal! We know you're going to experience many changes and encounter experiences and systems that you've never dealt with before. We've put together some key information to help you get a jump start on making the move to university.


Fall 2020: Waterloo wherever you are

Students starting in Fall 2020 can expect a quality learning and student experience even if you aren’t physically on campus. Here’s some of the things we’ll be offering to ensure your first year at the University of Waterloo is a fun and successful one, regardless of where you're studying.

Get Waterloo Ready

Waterloo Ready will help new undergraduate students navigate every step in becoming a Waterloo Warrior. The program is designed to guide you through your transition to UWaterloo - you'll hear more about what to expect in your first year, learn how to set up your email, have the opportunity to meet other students, and more!

Starting in early June, incoming students will receive weekly updates. 

Build community through online courses

  • All Applied Health Sciences students: In AHS 107 - Sociology of Activity, Health, and Wellbeing tutorials, you’ll be encouraged to make connections with other students.
  • Health Studies and Public Health students: In HLTH 101 - Introduction to Health 1 tutorials, you’ll engage with each other via inter-disciplinary discussion groups that include students from multiple programs on campus. You will discuss the complexities of the current COVID-19 pandemic as a case study to understand how the biological, social, and environmental determinants of health, as well as how the health-care system and government policies, all impact the transmission of disease and outcomes for people in society.
  • Kinesiology students: In KIN 104 and the accompanying laboratory, KIN 104L, we will introduce you to the fundamentals of Kinesiology and you’ll be exposed to all that our program and Department has to offer.
  • Recreation and Leisure Studies (includes Recreation and Sport Business, Therapeutic Recreation, and Tourism Development) students: Through active participation in the tutorial component of REC 101 – Introduction to Recreation and Leisure Services, you will have the opportunity to develop many of the interpersonal and managerial skills required of successful managers, as well as the opportunity to critically reflect on the topics that have been introduced to you in lectures. During tutorials, you will be engaging in debates, group discussions, writing activities, and case studies that will help you develop essential communication skills, enhance your understanding of course topics, and build relationships with your classmates.

Live on campus

Waterloo Residences will be open to students for fall term. Whether your classes are online or in-person, students are welcome to live with us.

Missed the 100% first-year guarantee for residence? Apply to the First-Year Vacancy Application to be next in line for available rooms.

Once we have more information about the application process for winter-only requests, updates will be shared on the Housing website.

Order UWaterloo supplies online

Order your textbooks and Waterloo merchandise from the online Waterloo Store or check out our student-run used bookstore. Students can use My BookLook in early August to see what course materials they might need.

Note: if you are ordering used textbooks, make sure you are using the most recent edition by comparing the information to your My BookLook results.