Students wearing black and gold posing with a lion mascot

Congratulations on receiving an offer of admission for September 2023. We hope you'll join us in the fall and for our You @ Waterloo Day open house on May 27!

During You @ Waterloo Day, you can

  • go on tours of campus, Waterloo's faculties, athletics and recreation facilities, and residences;
  • meet current students, staff, and professors;
  • get answers to your last-minute questions about scholarships, student life, housing, and how to prepare for September.

Saturday, May 27, 2022, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Drop in or stay for the whole time!

Many of the activities listed below take place or start in the Physical Activities Complex (PAC), so that's a great spot to start your visit!


Download our accessible event guide for You @ Waterloo Day (PDF).


Campus tours

Take a 45-minute tour with a current Waterloo student. Learn about services, support, and student life. Tours leave from the PAC. The last tour will leave at 1:30 p.m.

Campus bus tours

Not interested in a walking tour? Hop on (and off!) our shuttle bus for a guided tour of campus. Student guides will be on board to highlight key points of interest and answer your questions. Stay on for the whole tour (approximately 20 minutes) or hop on and off at our various shuttle stops. Tours start from the Mike and Ophelia Quantum-Nano Centre (QNC) every 10 minutes (see the map in the event guide, available on arrival) for all shuttle stops.

Faculty tours

Take a student-led tour of the faculty that will be your home base for the next four to five years. See classrooms, labs, and other student facilities. Tours leave from each faculty’s booth in the Physical Activities Complex (PAC). The last tours will leave at 1:30 p.m.


Take a 40-minute tour of our athletic facilities: Physical Activities Complex (PAC) and Columbia Icefield (CIF). Tours begin from the Athletics booth in the PAC and depart at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., noon, and 1 p.m.

University Colleges

Waterloo’s four University College (UCs) offer unique, close-knit residence communities at the heart of Waterloo’s campus. Through leadership opportunities, student life, and academic programming, the UCs are here to support your success.

Benefit from delicious, all-inclusive meal plans and access kitchen facilities to try out your own culinary skills. For directions to any of the University Colleges stop by their booths in the PAC or visit the yellow tents on Ring Road.

Campus Housing tours

Stop by the Campus Housing booth in the PAC to have your questions answered. Campus Housing offers the best of both worlds! Whether you’re looking for a quiet room to call your own or you plan to maximize your social opportunities, you’ll have the chance to flex your new-found independence and build meaningful connections that could last a lifetime.

To tour a residence, go to the main complex of the residence building you’d like to tour. For directions and tour details, visit the black Campus Housing tent on Ring Road west of the PAC. Residences will be open until 3 p.m. for tours.

Tour our other campuses

Students admitted to Global Business and Digital Arts can visit the Stratford School of Interaction Design and Business (125 St. Patrick Street, Stratford) between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. to tour classrooms, project rooms, and more.

Students admitted to Architecture can visit the School of Architecture between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. for a tour. The school is located at 7 Melville Street South, Cambridge.

For driving directions, visit the general information booth in the PAC.


Student services fair

Stop by the Physical Activities Complex (PAC) between 10 a.m. — 2 p.m. to visit our booths and get all the answers to your questions!

Academic information

Representatives and current students from each faculty are available to answer questions about academic programs, co-op, and more.

Student Awards & Financial Aid

Visit the Student Awards & Financial Aid booth if you have questions about scholarships, bursaries, or OSAP.


Staff will be on hand to answer questions about your Offer of Admission.

The Centre

The Centre is your go-to place for many administrative needs such as course enrolment, tuition, OSAP, financial aid, official letters, and more.


Campus and support services

Learn about university services that can help you thrive and succeed.

  • AccessAbility Services (academic accommodations for students with disabilities)
  • Athletics and Recreation
  • Campus Housing
  • Campus Wellness
  • Conrad Grebel University College
  • Co-operative Education, Centre for Career Action, and Centre for Work-Integrated Learning
  • Food Services
  • Living Learning Communities
  • Renison University College
  • Special Constable Services
  • St. Jerome's University
  • United College
  • Student Success Office and Orientation

Services provided by your student union

Learn about the Waterloo Undergraduate Student Association (WUSA) and some of the student-run services they offer. Visit the booths in the Physical Activities Complex (PAC).

  • Glow Centre for Sexual and Gender Diversity
  • Racial Advocacy for Inclusion, Solidarity, and Equity (RAISE)
  • Women’s Centre

Get 20% more at the W Store

Stop by the W Store booth in the PAC to pick up a coupon for 20% off one regularly-priced Waterloo-branded merchandise when making a purchase of $75 or more (before tax).

Then head to the W Store in South Campus Hall (SCH) to start shopping! Open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.


    Additional information

    Tips for your visit

    Before you arrive

    • Find your way here with directions to campus and watch for signs for event parking. Most parking lots are free for the event. We suggest starting your visit at the Physical Activities Complex (PAC) which will be our event hub for the day.
    • Dress for the weather. It may be 30°C or it may be 5°C. May is a fickle month!
    • Check out your residence options before you arrive and choose which residences you'd like to visit during the day.
    • Bring your water bottle! There are many touchless water fountains around campus to fill up at.

    On campus

    • Pick up an event guide when you arrive from one of our many volunteers stationed around campus.
    • Respect our feathered friends! Waterloo is home to Canada geese. It's nesting season so please maintain a respectful distance from geese and their nests.


    Contact our Visitors Centre at 519-888-4567, ext. 43614,