Clubs and activities

Getting involved is a great way to meet people, explore your interests, take a break from academics, and have fun.

Whether you're interested in food, politics, dance, business, gaming, or the environment, your Waterloo Undergraduate Student Association (WUSA) offers more than 200 student clubs – the perfect way to meet others who share your interests. As well, there are 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.

Sample clubs

Check out our student-created dance and music clubs video or learn about some of our other clubs.


Student association

As a Waterloo student, you'll automatically be a member of the Waterloo Undergraduate Student Association. Run by students for students, WUSA allows you to influence the university experience for thousands by running for election to Board of Directors, WUSA president or vice-presidents. Whatever your preference, there are plenty of ways to get involved in your student association!

WUSA services include

  • student health and dental plan;
  • low-cost bus service to Toronto, Hamilton, and London;
  • peer-to-peer counselling;
  • legal protection service;
  • transit pass for Grand River Transit;
  • student advocacy;
  • savings on used textbooks;
  • resources for sexual and gender diversity; and
  • 24/7 convenience store.

Student societies

Each of Waterloo's six faculties has a society that represents students. By hosting fun events and delivering important services like exam study support and access to low-cost or free food, societies are a great way to connect with students in your faculty of program. Get involved by going to events, volunteering, or taking on a leadership role.

On-campus activities

Welcome Week

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WUSA hosts Welcome Week at the start of each term to welcome new and returning students back to campus. During five days of fun events, enjoy free breakfast, movie marathons, rides at the fall carnival, bubble soccer, and more! Welcome Week takes place after Orientation for new students.

There are countless other events on campus, such as

  • Orientation, Welcome Week, and other events run by WUSA and student societies;
  • sports teams you can join or cheer on;
  • concerts by our campus choirs, a cappella groups, and orchestra;
  • TEDxUW;
  • Velocity Fund Finals which showcases student startups each term;
  • Hack the North, Canada's largest hackathon with 1,000 students from around the world;
  • International Education Week;
  • TD Walter Bean Lecture in the Environment; and,
  • Thrive Week to support mental health.

Hockey players on the iceKeep active through dozens of sports and recreation programs.

Students watching a band play on a stage at Canada DayEnjoy life in our student-friendly city.

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