Visitor parking and tips for campus tours

Plan to arrive at least 15 minutes early so you can park, check in at the Visitors Centre, and use the washroom or grab a snack before your tour starts. Bring coins to pay for parking.

Directions from parking to the Visitors Centre 

  • Follow University Avenue West to Seagram Drive - the main entrance to the University of Waterloo.
  • Turn south onto Seagram Drive, away from the University of Waterloo entrance.

Road sign with traffic light

  • Visitor parking is in Lot C (student permit parking), the first entrance on your right.
  • Get driving directions to lot C from Google Maps.

Parking lot sign

  • Park and then locate one of the blue ticketing booths.
  • Parking for the day is $5. We accept credit cards or exact change in coins.
  • Display your ticket face up on your dashboard.

The parking ticket booth

  • Walk back to the University and Seagram intersection.
  • Cross University Avenue, walking towards the campus.
  • View on Google Maps.

Map to Visitor Centre

  • The Visitors Centre is located in South Campus Hall, which is the building closest to the main entrance.
  • Look for the "visitors centre" sign and go up the stairs.
  • The Visitors Centre will be on your left when you enter the building.

Visitor Centre


Tips for your campus tour

Wear comfortable shoes and check the weather – it's a 1-hour walking tour. Your tour guide will be happy to answer your questions, so don't be shy, ask away! Here are some examples to get you started.

  • Why did you decide to come to Waterloo?
  • What do you like best about your program?
  • What do you like best about Waterloo?
  • What residence did you live in in your first year?
  • What did you find the most challenging during your first year here?
  • What is the most important thing you’ve learned so far?
  • What is a WatCard and where can I use it?
  • How large will my classes be?
  • What is the social life like at Waterloo?
  • What activities can I get involved in on and off campus?