Congratulations and welcome to Waterloo! All of your hard work has paid off and it's time to celebrate your achievements!
Step 1 - Accept your Offer of Admission
- Accept your offer(s) of admission.
- Pay your residence deposit.
- Learn about next steps in the residence process.
Important: If you haven't submitted your Admission Information Form (AIF), you should still do so because some scholarships are awarded based on the information in your AIF.
Step 2 - Take care of your finances
- Determine your tuition fees and ways to pay for university using our budget calculator.
- Learn about scholarships, bursaries, and how to pay your fees.
- See deadlines for paying your fees.
- We'll make our scholarship & bursary decisions in May.
- If needed, obtain your proof of enrolment for RESPs (Registered Education Savings Plans) and other forms.
Step 3 - Choose where you'll live
Live in residence and join the community. Residence is a place where you can “live and learn.” Living in residence means you become part of a great community with support that’s ready to help you transition to university life smoothly. With our Living and Learning Communities, you get access to academic and faculty support at no extra cost.
- You're guaranteed a space in residence if you submit your Residence Community Ranking Form and a $500 non-refundable deposit by 11:59 p.m. EDT on June 1, 2017.
- Research Waterloo's residences and what they offer.
- Book a campus/residence tour to hear first-hand accounts of residence from current students.
- View 360-degree photographs of our residences.
Step 4 - Prepare for your first term
- In June, we'll email you about creating your class schedule for the fall term.
- Attend your faculty's 101 Day during the summer and plan to attend Orientation in September.
- Review our tips for new co-op students.
- Expand your experience.
- From the Great Wall of China to the Tower of London, you can find Waterloo students almost anywhere in the world thanks to the Global Experience Certificate.
Explore and enhance your leadership skills by completing the 12 workshops in the Student Leadership Program, a valuable addition to your résumé!
Contact AccessAbility Services if you have a physical, sensory, medical, psychological, or learning disability and require assistance.
Step 5 - Make the transition
- Get an inside look at student life on the UWaterlooLife blog.
- Once you're on campus, visit the Student Success Office for workshops, peer coaches, and resources to develop your academic skills.
- You can also use wellness services such as on-campus physicians, nutrition coaches, counsellors, personal trainers, and fitness instructors to help maintain a healthy lifestyle.
Step 6 - Become a Warrior
- Waterloo’s best-kept secret is our student life. From clubs and campus recreation to guest speakers and special events, you’re guaranteed to find something of interest.
- Show your Warrior pride.
For international students
- Complete the study permit process online
- If you've been admitted to a co-op program, apply for a work permit at the same time as you apply for a study permit using your Offer of Admission and Letter of Acceptance. High school study permits are not valid for university studies.
- Make arrangements for a legal custodian/guardian (if you are under 18).
- If you're moving to Canada, connect with the International Student Experience team or see if there's a Global Ambassador from your country who can answer questions you may have.
- Please note that payment from banks outside Canada can be made only through the Western Union GlobalPay for Students.
For transfer students
- Make sure you submit your documents such as final transcripts and course syllabi for transfer credit assessment.
- Results from your transfer credit assessment will be sent to you electronically.
- Contact your academic advisor for help with selecting courses.
- Take advantage of our residence guarantee for transfer students and avoid the hassle of finding a place to live by staying in an upper-year student residence.