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Life outside of academia

There is lots to do on campus, and in the Waterloo Region, outside of academia. Below you will find a listing of some of the commonly used offices and services on campus to support your life outside of the classroom or lab including information on adjusting to life in Canada.

WUSA Thrift

Find some great clothes and accessories at WUSA Thrift in the basement of the Student Life Centre.

University of Waterloo Art Gallery (UWAG)

UWAG is located in East Campus Hall and is home to a full range of exhibitions and programming. Both fourth year undergraduate and graduate students showcase their work in annual exhibitions.

Engineering Outreach

Engineering Outreach offers various programs that are designed for youth in grades one to twelve. They also offer programming that focuses on groups that are currently under-represented in engineering and science.

Science Outreach

UWaterloo Science Outreach is passionate about making science and research an accessible and comprehensible topic for all interested audiences. Events and public lectures provide numerous ways for you to engage in a lifelong discovery of science.

Museum of Vision Science

The Museum of Vision Science is Canada's only museum dedicated to preserving the history of vision science. Their mission is to preserve the history of vision science in Canada and educate visitors of all ages on the importance of vision.

Gustav Bakos Observatory

The Gustav Bakos Observatory, named in honour of the first astronomer at the University of Waterloo, houses a twelve-inch telescope, which is located on the roof of the Physics building. Free tours, which include a chance to look through the telescope, are offered monthly.

Earth Sciences Museum

The University of Waterloo Earth Science Museum is open to be enjoyed by people of all ages. No matter what your level of learning, the museum serves to amaze the general public, elementary and high school groups, and university students alike.

Department of Music ensembles

The Department of Music at Conrad Grebel University College sponsors and organizes eight musical ensembles. All members of the university community, including graduate students, are invited to participate (note: participation in most ensembles requires an audition) or attend performances.

Department of Communication Arts performances

The Department of Communication Arts produces a series of performances each year created by faculty, students, and visiting artists. Performances are open to the public.

Brubacher House

The Brubacher House was built in 1850 in a style typical of Pennsylvania German architecture. Today the beautifully preserved home has become a landmark overlooking Columbia Lake and the University of Waterloo playing field.