Student life

A city for students

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With more than 50,000 university and college students, and one of the youngest populations in Canada, Waterloo region has many restaurants, shops and services geared to students!

The cities of Waterloo and Kitchener are really one big city so people distinguish between the two by calling one "uptown" (Waterloo) and the other "downtown" (Kitchener).

There are more than 400 restaurants, shops, and boutiques, and Uptown is home to several festivals and events each year. There's always something to do!

Inclusivity and diversity

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With over 30,000 students, the University of Waterloo is home to an incredible community of people with diverse backgrounds, abilities and interests.

We're committed to creating a safe, inclusive space for everyone. You'll meet, learn from, and live with students who bring different experiences and passions from around the world to their studies at Waterloo.

Getting involved

Our campus is packed with opportunities to get involved no matter how unique your interests. Between our clubs, teams, sports leagues, societies, and events, there’s something for everyone!

Whether you're interested in food, politics, dance, business, gaming, or the environment, joining one of Waterloo's 200+ student clubs is the perfect way to meet others who share that same interest. There are also nearly 30 athletic clubs, ranging from archery and dragon boat to Quidditch and Ultimate.

And if there isn't a club that matches your interests, gather a group of friends and start your own club with the help of WUSA.

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