Welcome to Waterloo

You're in

Congratulations and welcome to Waterloo! All of your hard work has paid off and it's time to celebrate.

From orientation leaders, academic advisors, and peer success coaches to professors, upper-year students, and career advisors, there are hundreds of people ready to welcome you and support you during your time as a Waterloo Warrior!

For the most up to date information on how the fall term will be delivered, please visit our coronavirus information page for students.

Your next steps

1. Accept your Offer of Admission

Accept your Offer of Admission by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time on June 1. You'll need to meet any conditions to maintain your Offer of Admission.

2. Reserve your spot in residence

Submit your Residence Community Ranking Form and your residence deposit by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time on June 1.


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  • Use our student budget calculator to see what first year might cost. Your fees for the fall term will be posted to your Quest account in early August.
  • Scholarship and bursary information can also be found in your Quest account. Look for the Entrance Awards tab beside the name of your program.
  • Get tips on ways to help pay for your university education.
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Residence: a place to call home

  • Learn more about our 100% residence guarantee and experience and find out if living on campus is for you.
  • Plan to live in residence? You need to accept your Offer of Admission AND submit your residence ranking form.

Learn what it’s like to be a Waterloo Warrior

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Visit our guide to being a Waterloo student to learn about

  • clubs and athletics where you can have fun with curious, hard-working friends;
  • our supportive and inclusive campus community;
  • how you'll develop job-ready skills for your career;
  • discovering a residence home that fits your needs, and more!

International students

If you've been admitted to co-op, apply for a work permit at the same time you apply for a study permit.

If you need to prepay your tuition as part of your study permit application, please use our fee estimator to receive an estimate of your fees.

Transfer students

Submit documents such as final transcripts and course syllabi for possible transfer credit. A transfer credit assessment will be emailed to you.

Take advantage of our residence guarantee for transfer students.


Guiding you through the transition

Starting in late June, you'll receive lots of information about Waterloo Ready, our transition program leading up to – and into – your first year.

You'll be matched with an upper-year student for advice, meet your future classmates, learn what to expect, and more!


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
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
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
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 Studies
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

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Many of our student-run clubs are meeting online during the pandemic. When the campus opens for in-person classes, clubs and teams will be great ways for you to meet new people, have fun, and explore your interests.

You’re more likely to get involved at Waterloo

Did you know that 71% of first-year students at Waterloo participate in extracurriculars, compared to 57% of first-year students across Ontario?

National Survey of Student Engagement 2020