Peer Support and Mentoring

  • The AccessAbility Services Peer Mentorship Transition Program matches upper year students registered with AccessAbility Services to students who are new to the University of Waterloo and our office. 

  • Opportunity for first year Arts and Business students to live, study, and connect with each other in residence.  Get a chance to learn from upper year students, join group study sessions, and attend fun events.

  • Provides peer-to-peer academic support throughout various disciplines as well as support students transitioning into upper-year studies. Creates student engagement events (i.e. Whine & Cheese, De-stressing events in partnership with the ASU).

  • The Computing and Financial Management Mentorship Program is an opportunity for incoming students to be paired with and mentored by upper-year students. 

  • Right within residence, students have access to drop-in tutoring and specified quiet hours to help foster academic achievement. 

  • The Engineering Wellness Program (ENGWellness) was created to support and promote the wellbeing of all community members within the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Waterloo. Administered by dedicated Student Wellness Coordinators, ENGWellness offers and coordinates a variety of health related programming designed to support community wellbeing in each of the Nine Dimensions of Wellness.

  • Organized into small groups, individuals have the opportunity to practice their English speaking capabilities by fostering discussion on various topics. 

  • Students have the opportunity to earn a certification from Renison English Language Institute at the University of Waterloo and gain connections from both faculty members and peers.

  • We know that learning to navigate the classroom and a new culture in a language different from your home language takes time. You can practice speaking and writing in English in a friendly and supportive on campus or online environment.

  • Passionate students who put a face to the Faculty of Environment at recruitment events for prospective students and guardians. Help connect prospective students with the correct resources, insight on the program and experience at the university. 

  • A chance for first year environment students to have easy access to academic sessions, build personal connections with professors and have a support system of peers and mentors. 

  • An inclusive environment open to women, non-binary individuals and minoritized people to participate in events that are hosted to foster academic and professional discussion as well as discussion on relevant issues affecting one's everyday life. 

  • Opportunity for first year Global Business and Digital Arts students to live, study, and connect with each other in residence.  Get a chance to learn from upper year students, join group study sessions, and attend fun events.

  • An accelerated English language program that runs during the summer months prior to first year. Students enrolled have the opportunity to live with peers in a community that facilitates learning and socialization. 

  • The International Peer Community is a peer-mentorship program to support new international students, connect Canadian and international students, and give upper-year students a leadership opportunity. 

  • The Study Buddy Program is a peer-to-peer program for upper-year international Science students and Canadian students or other students familiar with university studies in Canada. It's an opportunity for students to get academic support and also to make connections with other students.

  • Opportunity for first year Kinesiology students to live, study, and connect with each other in residence.  Get a chance to learn from upper year students, join group study sessions, and attend fun events.

  • Reach out to library ambassadors when you have anything library related, are at campus wide events and have questions or at library outreach events! 

  • Living Learning Communities (LLCs) are small groups of students in the same faculty or program who live together in the same area of residence. They have an upper year mentor and participate in academic and community building events.

  • MATES is a peer support program managed by the Waterloo Undergraduate Student Association. 

  • Proud Waterloo students in the Faculty of Math who share their positive experiences with prospective students and help with addressing any questions or concerns of prospective students and their parents. 

  • Students have the opportunity to live with like-minded peers who have a passion in music, participate in academic events and support from upper year students. 

  • A group of upper year students who make it easy for students to adjust to living and commuting within the city. Dons are knowledgeable on how to handle problems with school, landlords and almost anything!

  • Upper year Waterloo Warriors welcome first year students with activities throughout orientation week, introduce campus resources and facilities and become a mentor for students to reach out to. 

  • Students from any faculty  live with peers who are also interested in expanding their knowledge with  Peace & Conflict Studies. They have the chance to expand their network by attending conferences and workshops, connect with professors and guidance from upper year students.  

  • With multiple teams varying from mental, physical and sexual health as well as a substance use team, student educators promote healthy lifestyles and provide students with the appropriate resources to assist with making healthy decisions. 

  • Connect with fellow students for coursework and faculty members in the Psychology department for research opportunities while also having fun at faculty events! 

  • Opportunity for first year Public Health and Health Sciences students to live, study, and connect with each other in residence.  Get a chance to learn from upper year students, join group study sessions, and attend fun events.

  • A student based service  that focuses on 3 pillars: Education and Advocacy, Peer to Peer Support and Community Building to address racism and xenophobia across campus. The aim is to create an environment for students that promotes equality and unity. The service is managed by the Waterloo Undergraduate Student Association.

  • Opportunity for first year Recreation and Leisure students to live, study, and connect with each other in residence.  Get a chance to learn from upper year students, join group study sessions, and attend fun events.

  • RxPRN's OPeN - an online peer network for University of Waterloo pharmacy students. Seeking support? Submit a question anonymously and receive an answer.

  • Meet ambassadors who are in the program that you're interested in. Learn about what made them choose their program, what they love best, and how they're making the most out of their experiences at Waterloo.

  • Opportunity for first year Science students to live, study, and connect with each other in residence.  Get a chance to learn from upper year students, join group study sessions, and attend fun events.

  • Live in a tight-knit community at Rension's Residence and have your close friends not only be your roommates but also classmates. Get support from your Don as well as learning community leaders in your program! 

  • Our PALs (Peer Academic Leaders) provide peer success coaching from our Student Success Office reception area. 

  • A committee of highly-driven students that host frequent events to foster engagement within the faculty and share opportunities available to students

  • A Peer Success Coaching appointment is an interactive and collaborative learning process between a Peer Success Coach and a student. Our Peer Success Coaches are upper-year students from diverse faculties and student populations.

  • Glow is the oldest continuously running queer and trans student organization in Canada. Run entirely by dedicated student volunteers, it offers a wide variety of discussion groups, social events, advocacy opportunities, awareness campaigns, resources, and information. The Centre is managed by the Waterloo Undergraduate Student Association.

  • Student volunteers are dedicated in creating an environment that values equal presence for women and transgender individuals across campus. The centre holds guest lectures, workshops, film screenings and provides resources including everything related to women's health to sexual violence. The Centre is managed by the Waterloo Undergraduate Student Association.

  • An environment that complements an athletes' s academic and extra-curricular balance. By participating in this living learning community students are connected with peers to guide them through Rookie year on the team, academics and social experience at university. 

  • Be surrounded by like minded women in engineering at St. Paul's Residence, a community that fosters student engagement and learning amongst students, residence leaders and Peer Leaders. 

  • Meet ambassadors who are in the program that you're interested in. Learn about what made them choose their program, what they love best, and how they're making the most out of their experiences at Waterloo.

  • BASE Peer Leaders have a desire and passion for helping first-year international students and English Language Learners.

  • This grassroots peer mentoring group—initiated by undergraduate students—will match second-year English students and transfer students (the mentees) with upper-year English students (the mentors). Mentors will help support mentees by providing an English-department community, orientation to UW resources, and guidance through the academic challenges of their major.

  • The Engineering Student Ambassador Team is a group of passionate, current students from each of our undergraduate programs who volunteer their time to help give prospective students a personal and informative connection to Waterloo Engineering.

  • Dons are upper-years that live with you in residence, and they have first-hand experience of the highs and lows of university life. Dons are trained in Emergency First Aid and mental health crisis response.

  • Graduate students will be paired with one other student. Students will be asked to identify areas for which they are most interested in getting advice (mentees) or are comfortable providing advice on (mentors). 

  • Offers workshops, success coaching, peer mentoring, and much more.

  • Women in Computer Science (WICS) is dedicated to promoting women who are interested in studying computer science and who seek to pursue careers in computing.

  • Women in Science aims to encourage females in the faculty of science by providing a supportive and inclusive community, showcasing the importance and value of women in science, inspiring young women to pursue science, and working to identify and eliminate barriers to female participation in science.