Ultimate guide: Student experience at Waterloo

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Written by Anya, student

You may be wondering what life in Waterloo is all about. That’s where I come in, here to report on all the amazing activities and support you can find, both on and off campus!

You’ve checked out admission requirements, residence, fees and scholarships… but what about student life? There’s a lot more to the university experience than attending lectures.

Exhibit A: indulging in your hobbies! Volunteering, workshops, clubs… there’s a lengthy list of all the ways to get involved on campus.

If you’re looking for an innovative group of students working together on creating something awesome, consider joining a design team. There’s a role for everyone – from raising money to writing up reports and developing software. Any and all Waterloo students are welcome. Not to mention the number of fun teams, including concrete tobogganing, robotics, rocketry, and even submarine racing!


Let’s get into some specifics! Whether you’re an athletics buff or simply looking to start a workout routine, there are plenty of resources to help you stay fit. Maybe you’re also a gaming enthusiast – so delve into your passion on campus!


Of course, this article wouldn’t be complete without mentioning Uptown Waterloo. Like most cities’ downtowns, it’s a 20-minute walk from campus and a mere two stops away via light rail transit. It’s the perfect place to roam on a weekend, or unwind after class.

And on the subject of travelling, step outside your comfort zone and try new things! For some pearls of wisdom, here’s an article with advice on how to make the most out of your time as an undergraduate student here at Waterloo.


Life comes with its challenges, and university is no exception to that. When it comes to self-care and handling stress, Waterloo offers a ton of support and resources to ensure you’re your best self. Here are a few pointers for taking care of your mental health, as well as how to deal with stress.


Playlists for any mood

Your Spotify isn’t complete without these songs! These Warrior playlists are music to your ears – pun intended.

working hard like a warrior

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