Student life

Success comes easier when you have a community of people cheering you on. Through clubs, teams, events, and even your classes, you’ll form a social network that connects you to fun, new experiences, and support throughout your time at Waterloo.

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Explore your interests and meet new friends through Waterloo's clubs and student societies.

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Staying active

Keep active with one of the country’s largest sports and campus recreation programs.

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Meet lifelong friends: live in one of Waterloo's residences. Get a meal plan or cook for yourself!


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Services to help you succeed

Our wide range of student services, including support for student entrepreneurship, will help you get the most of your time at Waterloo.

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A city for students

With two universities and a college, the city of Waterloo offers cultural events and local experiences to cosy coffee shops and more!

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Equity, diversity, and inclusion

Meet students with similar experiences and learn how we're committed to creating a safe space for everyone.

Did you know?68% of first-year Waterloo students join extracurriculars compared to only 57% of first-year students at other Ontario universities. You'll get a great education and have time for fun!

Source: National Survey of Student Engagement 2023

What to expect in first year

Students from each of our six faculties share what surprised and inspired them during first year, the biggest differences between high school and university, and what helped them adjust to life at Waterloo.

Explore the full playlist to learn more.


Explore student life in our faculties

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From clubs and societies to coffee and doughnut shops – discover the vibrant communities in each of our faculties.