SLC/PAC Expansion Project

Your building, your voice. Welcome Warriors.

After more than five years in the making, we are excited to finally welcome students, staff, faculty and alumni to the newly expanded Student Life Centre (SLC) and Physical Activities Complex (PAC).  

This project brought together groups from across campus with one common goal - to improve student study, social and recreational space.  We hope you’ll find we’ve done just that...and more! The expansion boasts incredible new features including:

  • an extended dining area with new food concepts;
  • bookable study, social and multi-faith spaces;
  • new studio and fitness center;
  • climbing wall;
  • a link to the Math and Computer (MC) building; and
  • Graduate Students Association (GSA) lounge.

As we await further direction from the University of Waterloo and Waterloo Region Public Health on a safe return to campus, we welcome you to come and explore the building within the current measures in place. Or, review the booking and access information below to fully utilize the building's new features.

Processes for booking and accessing the new spaces within SLC/PAC

Fitness Centre

To access the PAC Fitness Centre, you must make a reservation. The entrance for the PAC Fitness Centre will be to come through the new SLC (east facing) Doors and turn right towards the PAC entrance. You must complete your campus check-in and have a tap WatCard to enter.

Rock Climbing Wall

The PAC rock climbing wall will be accessible through a membership program. There will be termly memberships or day passes available. The tentative opening date for the climbing walls will be Wednesday, September 15. Find out more about the PAC rock climbing walls and how to purchase a membership.

PAC Studio

The PAC Studio will also be available for use through a membership program. Fitness Memberships will allow you to access any fitness classes on our fitness schedule including, yoga, Zumba, barre and a variety of HIIT classes.

Once you have registered for your membership you will be eligible to reserve your spot for individual classes at no additional cost. Reserve your spot in advance as capacity numbers are limited for each class. Find out more about Fitness Memberships and to purchase one today.

SLC Study Rooms

Study rooms in the SLC can be booked in person at the Turnkey Desk located in the Great Hall and should be gradually opening over the next few weeks. WUSA Clubs, Services and Societies should request bookings by submitting the required event forms. University departments and others should submit their request to

When the time comes to properly celebrate the building’s opening in-person, we will reach out to partners and the campus community to invite you to join us in commemorating this amazing student initiative. We can't wait to celebrate with you.

Why expand the SLC/PAC?

Waterloo students frequently expressed the need for more social, study, dining, and recreation space. We listened.

The Waterloo Undergraduate Student Association (WUSA) and the Graduate Student Association (GSA), in partnership with the University, proposed a solution to address the majority of student space needs: the SLC/PAC Expansion. A 63,000+ square foot addition that creates additional student space to help facilitate a greater sense of community and to improve the Waterloo student experience.

SLC/PAC Expansion by the Numbers - Infographic. Includes icon-type illustrations of a crane and construction trucks. Student fee per term $18 to be paid once building opens, University contribution=$10M, 14 bookable multi-purpose rooms, 345 additional dining seats,4500 Square feet of social space, 11000 square feet of fitness space, Multi-faith space for 100 with lockers and cleansing amenities, 3000 square feet of recreation studio space

The addition has been built to the west of the BMH Green. The new space connects to the original SLC building on all three floors and with the East (formerly Red North) corner of the PAC. It also includes a link connecting the SLC to the third floor of the MC building.

The University will contribute $17 million of the capital costs toward the expansion and students will contribute the remaining $24 million through an $18 per term fee, for the addition to be built.

Construction began in May 2017. 

For more information about the project, visit our Frequently Asked Questions page.