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.


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From a multi-year accessibility plan to training for all staff, feedback about barriers to customer service, and tips for navigating campus, Waterloo is committed to achieving barrier-free accessibility for persons with disabilities through a wide variety of supports.

AccessAbility Services can help with academic accommodations, on-campus travel, assistive technology, peer mentorship, and more. If you have a disability and plan to live in residence, accommodation can be requested from Waterloo's residence office.


Faith communities

Chaplains from eleven different faith traditions and multi-faith prayer spaces are available on campus. For more options, the surrounding area is home to many places of worship.

If you're living in residence during Ramadan, you can pre-order food to be picked up when needed or you can eat at a residence cafeteria that opens an hour before dawn.

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Indigenous learning

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Photo credit: Gerard Peter Pas

Whether you identify as Indigenous or you’re interested in learning more, the Waterloo Indigenous Student Centre (WISC) provides culturally relevant support and activities, including Soup and Bannock Days and an annual Pow Wow. The Indigenous Student Association plans social outings and cultural workshops.

Through the Human Rights, Equity, and Inclusion office, the Indigenous Initiatives office aims to strengthen Indigenous research and initiatives already taking place on our campus and to grow new initiatives and partnerships to expand community, support and resources in the future.


International students

International students play a vital role in the life of our university. You'll meet Canadian and other international students through your classes, living in residence, and sports and clubs.

There are dozens of groups and services for international students, such as the International and Canadian Student Network, which strives to make everyone feel welcome at Waterloo.

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Canada's oldest queer and trans student organization, Glow offers discussion groups, social events, advocacy opportunities, awareness campaigns, and more.

Waterloo's Equity Office also offers support for creating affirming spaces on campus.


Racial advocacy

Through education and advocacy, peer-to-peer support, and community building, RAISE addresses the impacts of racism and xenophobia that can limit the success and experiences of students. Check out the RAISE Facebook page for news and details about events.

Waterloo has also launched a President's Anti-Racism Task Force to engage our campus community and address racism at Waterloo.

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Women in education

As one of the world's top STEM universities, Waterloo offers a variety of ways for women to connect with other women in STEM programs. Waterloo is the only Canadian organization to be part of the UN's HeForShe campaign.

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A female-positive and supportive environment for women and trans folk, the Women's Centre offers workshops, film screenings, guest lectures, free menstrual products, and access to peer support for all students.

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Vegan? Vegetarian? You have choices!

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Whether you're vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, dairy-free, or halal, UW Food Services has you covered.

Curious about the lengths Food Services will go to meet your needs? Meet with your residence chef to discuss options or learn how a chef went shopping for a student's particular needs.



Staying fit – physically and mentally – is key to being successful in university.

Campus recreation and athletics, wellness services such as counselling and on-campus medical clinic, and supports such as residence life staff and the UW MATES peer support program will help set you up for success.

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