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.

We hope that you'll join us and become a Waterloo Warrior. 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 with us!

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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Money matters

  • Wondering what first year might cost? Use our student budget calculator to get an idea.
  • If you’ve been offered an entrance scholarship or bursary, you can find details in your Quest account. Look for the Entrance Awards tab beside the name of your program.
  • Tips on using scholarships, co-op earnings, and more to help pay for your university education.
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Residence: a place to call home

Get set for school

Show your Warrior pride


International students

  • The International Student Guide offers tips on preparing for Waterloo.
  • 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're under 18, visit the Government of Canada website to learn about custodians.
  • If you've received an offer of admission and need to prepay your tuition as part of your study permit application, please use our fee estimator.

Transfer students



If you have some questions about your program, courses, co-op, student life in your program, or anything else, just contact the recruitment co-ordinator for your program. They know pretty much everything about their programs!

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Many of our 250+ 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.