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Clubs and campus 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, 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 Feds, our student government.

 

Student government

As a Waterloo student, you'll automatically be a member of the undergraduate student union: the Federation of Students, (better known as Feds). Feds is run by students, for students. You can run for election to bodies such as Students' Council, Board of Directors, the University Senate, or Feds executive leadership. Whatever your preference, there are plenty of ways to get involved in your student government!

As well, each of Waterloo's six faculties and most programs have a student society – a great way to meet upper-year students and professors in your program.


On-campus activities

The Bombshelter Pub

Waterloo's Bombshelter Pub is the place to be, especially on exclusive Bomber Wednesdays! Dance it out to your favourite music and enjoy the city's largest patio – all right on campus. Be sure to check out Thursday Trivia, Feel Good Friday, Summerfest, and themed-Bomber Wednesdays like Beyoncé night!

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Welcome Week

group of students waiting in line for bbqFeds host 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

  • events run by the Federation of Students and student societies
  • concerts by our campus choirs, a cappella groups, and orchestra
  • sports teams you can cheer on or join
  • TEDxUW
  • the Velocity Fund Finals which showcases student startups each term
  • Hack the North, Canada's largest hackathon with 1,000 students from around the world 

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.

Student standing on the coast of AustraliaCurrent students share what it's like to be Waterloo student.