Congratulations, Warrior!

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Welcome to Waterloo

You've worked hard to get here. Now it's time to get excited about all the experiences, opportunities, and fun you'll have as a Waterloo student.

Your community will have your back every step of the way! Between exploring Waterloo's campus, joining clubs, and diving into real-world experiences, you've got a lot to look forward to.

Accepting your Offer

We look forward to giving you a warm Warrior welcome in September! The first step is to accept your Offer of Admission and review any conditions you need to meet.

The deadline for accepting your Offer of Admission is 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on June 3, 2024.

Reserve your place in residence

Want to level up your Waterloo experience? Living in residence connects you to a vibrant, supportive community – and your spot is 100% guaranteed.

  • Learn about Waterloo's residences.
  • When you're ready, submit your Residence Guarantee Application Form and your $500 non-refundable residence deposit by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on June 3, 2024.
  • Before you apply to residence, you'll need to set up two-factor authentication (2FA). The University uses 2FA to ensure the safety of student accounts. You'll use 2FA extensively as a Waterloo student. How to set up 2FA →
Residence buildings

Accessible housing in residence is available to students with  a documented disability.

Have you been admitted to Architecture?
We strongly recommend that you live in Cambridge and not in a main campus residence. See "Student life in Cambridge" on the School of Architecture FAQ page for details.

Why students love Waterloo

megaphoneWaterloo is well known for its entrepreneurial culture, but it's also home to over 200 clubs and societies! No matter what you're interested in, you'll find others who share your passion. Getting involved was one of my most gratifying experiences.Michelle, second-year Environment and Business
megaphoneBeing a Waterloo student, you're part of a community. The city is very student friendly – plus you'll meet like-minded people in school who share similar passions that allow you to work together on projects but also to build life-long friendships.Taryn, fourth-year Therapeutic Recreation
megaphoneThe best part of being a Waterloo student is the welcoming and engaging community atmosphere. There are all kinds of events and activities to help you get involved and meet people. Abby, fourth-year Planning
megaphoneWith countless clubs, organizations and student societies, you can definitely find your community and niche by following your passions. The university community is incredibly supportive and open to helping other students!Xenia, fourth-year Health Sciences
megaphone iconAt Waterloo, you’re not just exposed to an great learning environment! Waterloo’s community of innovative thinkers is truly what makes Waterloo stand out: you gain access to experiences that you truly don’t get to experience anywhere else. Martin, second-year Geomatics
megaphone iconThe best thing about being a Waterloo student is the high-quality education that you receive. Every class I've taken has been amazing, mainly because the professors are passionate about their fields and helping students succeed.Lindsay, fourth-year Honours Science
megaphoneI love being a Waterloo student because of the sense of community I felt as soon as I arrived. We're like a close-knit family and it makes you feel right at home.Prithika, first-year Management Engineering

Getting ready for Warrior life

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Stay on top of your budget

Don't stress! Start planning your finances with these helpful tips and resources.


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Get support before you start

Beginning in June, you'll receive lots of information about Waterloo Ready, our transition program that guides you through your journey up to – and into – first year.

You'll meet your future classmates, learn what to expect, and get set up for success.


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Say hello to your next chapter

Here at Waterloo, you'll find experiences that ignite your passion, a community that supports you, and countless opportunities to make the world a better place.

Check out our student life section to learn about life as a Warrior, including

Warrior iconFirst-year Waterloo students are much more likely to join extracurriculars than students at other universities (71% vs 57%).

National Survey of Student Engagement

briefcase iconExplore careers before you graduate! Waterloo is ranked #2 in Canada for connecting students with employers.

QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2022

Next steps for international and transfer students

International students

We're here to make your transition to life in Canada a smooth one. Here are some tips.

Transfer students

Here are some things to keep in mind if you're making the switch to Waterloo.