Student life

Students cheering during orientation week.

Why get involved...?

Getting involved on campus has many benefits. Joining clubs and societies, and coming out to events is a fantastic start. Engaging in these initiatives provides the opportunity to meet new people, make new friends and give back to your community, contributing to an overall greater university experience. 

Being involved within your campus community also provides the opportunity to explore your passions and strengths. Skills such as event planning, organization, time management and leadership are often developed through involvement in clubs and societies. These are great skills to work on and will be noticed by future employers. Commitment to an activity aside from school demonstrates initiative, curiosity, passion and personality.

Student groups

Meet current students 

The best way to learn about the programs and clubs you're interested in is by asking people living the experience. Our Arts Ambassador Team is here to answer all your questions related to Waterloo's student life!

Get involved 

Conversations Café: Speed Networking Events 2022 - Meet Arts alumni and get advice on how they moved from university to meaningful careers.

Arts Ambassadors - a group of trained and highly motivated undergraduate student volunteers who represent the Faculty of Arts for recruitment events and engagement initiatives

  • Hiring: Spring term for following caledar year cycle. Applications open June 2022 for the Fall 2022-Spring 2023 terms

Orientation - be a part of the ROWDY team that fosters community and engagement to incoming students for Fall orientation week

  • Hiring: O-Team (fall term, October), Coordinators (winter term, February), Leaders (winter/spring term, April/May)

Living-Learning communities

A Living-Learning Community is a small group or “cluster” of first-year students who are enrolled in the same academic program or faculty, who share classes, living space, and friendships. In a Living-Learning Community, clusters of 8-16 students from one program are placed within larger residence communities of 40-60 students. This arrangement gives you the opportunity to live near your classmates and to meet people from other academic programs.

Whether you’re staying up late to study for a test or getting together to work on a group project, it‘s reassuring to know that those around you are sharing similar experiences.

  • Living-Learning logo.
    Honours Arts and Business has its own Living-Learning Community
  • Communities are also available for Faculty of Arts students majoring in Music, Peace and Conflict Studies, and Social Development Studies.
  • If you're into speaking French, St. Paul's University College features a French residence floor.

Become a Peer Leader

The ARBUS Living-Learning Community recruits upper-year Honours Arts and Business students as Peer Leaders. Peer Leaders develop one-to-one relationships with other students, share their academic experiences, refer students to campus resources, get students involved, and build connections with faculty, alumni, and other upper-year students. See the Services page to find applications.

Arts and Business Student Society

Students in the Honours Arts and Business program are encourage to network with their peers through this society. Connect with the Arts and Business Student Society on FacebookTwitter, or email them at