Welcome to the University of Waterloo. We are pleased that you have chosen to pursue your graduate studies in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE). This page lists important action items to complete within your first week on campus.
If you have any questions, you are encouraged to consult with the Administrative Coordinator, Graduate Studies, located in E2-2328A.
Pick up your welcome package
Students should go to E2-2328A during the first week of class and request their Welcome Package from the Administrative Coordinator, Graduate Studies. This package contains Health and Safety paperwork that must be completed by all students.
Pay your tuition fees
You will be able to see the amount that you owe for each term, using the “Finances” tab in your Quest account. You will either pay the fees owing outright through your bank, or if you are a MASc or PhD student, you may choose to fill out a “Promissory Note” in your Quest account to indicate that your tuition will be paid by your Graduate Research Studentship (GRS). MEng students do not receive a GRS.
Sign up for payroll
If you have been granted a GRS (MASc and PhD students only), you will need to go to building EC1 and visit the Human Resources Office to sign up for direct deposit. You will need to supply a void cheque from your bank in order to set up the direct deposit service.
All students in CEE must complete Health and Safety training. If you are a MASc or PhD student, you will not be allocated an office space until you complete and submit the training paperwork to the Administrative Coordinator, Graduate Studies. MEng students should also submit the appropriate paperwork to the Administrative Coordinator, Graduate Studies.
The WatCard is your student identification card at the University of Waterloo. Your card can be used for signing out library books, photocopying, riding the city bus, and it can also be used in some restaurants. To receive your card, go to the WatCard Office, which is located on the basement floor of the Student Life Center. You will need to provide your Waterloo student ID number in order to be issued a WatCard. If you are an International student, be sure to bring your passport with you. Please be aware that a WatCard cannot be issued to you until you’re matriculated (i.e. you’ve accepted your offer of admission and satisfied any and all conditions in your offer letter).
Meet your supervisor
If you are a MASc or PhD student, it is likely that you’ve been corresponding with your supervisor(s) via e-mail prior to your arrival on campus. If you haven’t met your supervisor(s) in person, now is a good time to do so. There is a faculty and staff directory board outside the CEE Main Office (E2-2336).
Pick up your keys
When you’ve completed your Health and Safety training above, fill out the Graduate Student office space allocation form (in your Welcome Package) with the assistance of your supervisor. You can then submit the completed form along with your Health and Safety training documentation to the Department Assistant in E2-2336 who will assist with key allocation for your office. As the student office spaces are shared, please be considerate of your office mates. Eating, playing loud music, and prolonged cell phone use are not permitted.
(How to) Log on to a UWaterloo computer
If you are a registered student and have paid your fees, you should be able to log on to any of the campus computers using your Quest user ID and password. If you are unable to log in, please visit the Engineering Computing Help Desk, located in E2-1308A. Their hours of operation are Monday to Friday from 10:00AM-4:00PM.
Register for your courses
Course registration is done through your Quest account. Simply follow the prompts within Quest to register for courses. If you receive any error notifications when you are trying to enroll, you may be able to fill out a Course Drop/Add Form to override the error notification. In order to determine whether you need to complete the aforementioned form, visit the Administrative Coordinator, Graduate Studies, in E2-2328A for further assistance.
At the beginning of the academic semester, you will receive e-mail correspondence from the Administrative Coordinator, Graduate Studies indicating that you’ve been added to the Departmental mailing list. If you have received no such confirmation, please notify the Graduate Studies Coordinator right away.
Your UW e-mail address
The University of Waterloo will automatically send all official correspondence to your UW e-mail address, which you can set up once you've become matriculated (accepted your offer of admission and met any conditions in your offer).
Graduate Student Lounge
Full-time MASc and PhD students are welcome to make use of the Graduate Student Lounge, located in E2-2353. You will need a code to enter, which you can request from the Administrative Coordinator, Graduate Studies. Students are responsible to maintain the cleanliness of the common equipment in this space (microwave, refrigerator, toaster). Students should feel encouraged to report misuse of this space to the Administrative Coordinator, Graduate Studies, or the Associate Chair, Graduate Studies.
If you are a MASc or PhD student and you are interested in applying for a Teaching Assistantship (TA) or Course Assistantship (CA), you must first attend the ExpecTAtions training workshop, which takes place twice annually: in the spring and fall terms, respectively. The Administrative Coordinator, Graduate Studies will send out information via e-mail about signing up for these workshops as information becomes available, so be sure to check your e-mail regularly. As stated in your offer of admission, TA and CA positions are not available to students until they are in at least term two of their studies.