- Wear comfortable shoes – it's a 1-hour walking tour.
- Check the weather so you'll be dressed comfortably for the day.
- Review the directions to campus and view a campus map, if needed.
- Consider staying overnight and visiting local attractions.
- 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.
- How to find parking and the Visitors Centre.
Ask lots of questions
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?
Places to eat
You'll have plenty of options when it comes time to choose a place to eat!
If you'd like to sample the on-campus fare, try one of Waterloo's on-campus eateries or drop by one of the many student-run coffee & doughnut shops (C&D).
If you're looking for more familiar items, a short walk to the University Plaza will provide you with options such as East Side Mario's, Harvey's, Subway, Pita Factory, and more.
Not sure where to eat? Just ask us when you arrive and we'll help you pick a location that will be close to where you're going!