Graduate Student Self-Guided Tour

Use the campus map to navigate your way across campus, and read the notes below to find out what’s available at each stop along the way. Don’t forget to look for the food and drink icons as you go!

The entire tour should take you 30 minutes to one hour, depending on how long you stop at each location along the way.

Engineering 5 (E5) and ION Station

E5 and ION trainWith a 20,000 square-foot student design centre, there’s always something happening in E5. In front of E5, you’ll also find an ION stop for the Region’s light rail system, which stretches from Contestoga Mall in North Waterloo to Fairway Road in Kitchener. If you’re a full-time graduate student, your WatCard acts as your transit pass for the Grand River Transit system, including ION.

Davis Centre (DC)

Davis CentreThe Davis Centre Library, located within DC, houses resources for engineering, mathematics, and science. In addition to books, the University Library has many services available, including: study rooms, copyright experts, equipment loans, workshops, and a variety of online guides covering everything from open access and authors’ rights to entrepreneurship and finding patents.  

Opening in fall 2019, DC will be home to a newly renovated Tim Hortons, located right beside the DC library.

Mathematics & Computer Building (MC)

Mathematics and computer buildingDon’t let the name fool you, MC is home to several services for graduate students from all disciplines. The Graduate Student Association (GSA), which offers many services to graduate students, is located in MC. Additionally, the Centre for Teaching Excellence (CTE) hosts the majority of their graduate student workshops here. Attendance at these workshops counts towards CTE’s teaching certificate programs.

The Math Coffee and Donut shop (Math C&D) is located on the third floor of MC. Here you’ll find affordable food, snacks, drinks study space, and a balcony overlooking the rock garden.

Mike & Ophelia Lazaridis Quantum-Nano Centre (QNC)

QNCThis building is named after the Lazaridis family, including University of Waterloo alumnus Mike Lazaridis who is co-founder of the world’s first smartphone. Waterloo encourages entrepreneurship and has a unique inventor-owned Intellectual Property (IP) policy. It’s one of the reasons Waterloo has launched more high-tech startup companies than any other school in Canada. Check out the whiteboard walls and study spaces overlooking the rock garden!

Student Life Centre (SLC)

SLCAs the only building on campus open 24 hours a day and 365 days of the year, there’s always something happening in the Student Life Centre. Inside, you’ll find study spaces, food, a bank, businesses and more. Inside at the Turnkey Desk, you can also purchase tickets for a variety of transit systems (e.g. Go transit, Greyhound, GRT) and discounted movie tickets.

With eateries ranging from International News (an on-campus convenience store) to Tim Hortons and Brubakers (featuring Quesada, Subway, Shawarma Hub and more), there are lots of food and drink options at the SLC!

Health Services (HS)

Health ServicesLocated across the creek, Health Services provides all University of Waterloo students convenient access to health care, right on campus. Within Health Services you will find a student health clinic that offers both walk-in care and regular appointments. Additionally, the Family Health Clinic provides primary medical care for family members of registered students.

On your way to Needles Hall, keep an eye out for the Starbucks located in the Science Teaching Complex. Plan your coffee breaks wisely, though. This Starbucks gets very busy when classes let out because it’s right outside one of the largest lecture halls.

Needles Hall (NH)

Needles HallNeedles Hall is a hub for student services. The new Student Service Centre is on the first floor for all your administrative needs. This is where you can order documents, drop off forms, change your personal information, receive financial advice, and much more. Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs, AccessAbility Services and Counselling Services are all also located within Needles Hall. 

Environment 3 (EV3)

Environment 3This is one of Canada’s greenest buildings and it’s LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) platinum certified, a perfect example of Waterloo’s commitment to the environment. Its features include a living wall, green roof, solar panels, and more. Home to a coffee shop and study space, EV3 is a great place to head if you’re looking for a change of scenery while writing, or to find a nice green space in the middle of winter!

You’ll find Williams Café on the first floor of EV3. 

Dana Porter Library (LIB)

Dana Porter LibraryThe Dana Porter Library is the largest of seven libraries on campus. Known as the “arts library,” Dana Porter is also one of the best places to get the tools and support you’ll need when you’re conducting research, writing papers, or reading for your literature reviews. There are also bookable study rooms, printing and scanning services, workshops and so much more.

Browsers Café is a great place to stop for coffee, tea, snacks and pastries during a day of research at the library. 

Tatham Centre (TC)

Tatham CentreHome to co-op services and two career advisors dedicated to graduate students and postdocs, this building is 100 per cent dedicated to helping you launch your career. Book a one-on-one appointment, attend an employer information session, or register for a workshop to refine your résumé, hone your academic interview skills, craft your cover letter, and more.

South Campus Hall (SCH)

South Campus HallHome to the W Store, where you can buy books and Waterloo swag, SCH is one building that nearly all students visit in their first few days on campus. SCH also has lots of great resources for students including, Concept (imagined by Velocity), the Student Success Office and the Writing and Communication Centre, all of which offer graduate specific programming or workshops throughout the term.

There are lots of great food and drink options in SCH, including the South Side Marketplace (second floor) and a Tim Hortons (first floor). Grad students especially love the South Side Marketplace for pho and ramen, sushi and Lebanese cuisine.  

Graduate House (GH)

Grad HouseAs the last stop on your campus tour, take a break at the Graduate House (Grad House). Occupying the original farmhouse on south campus, the Grad House is owned by the Graduate Student Association and is a hub for graduate students and their guests in a relaxed social space. The Grad House is the best spot to meet other grad students, attend a grad student social event, catch up on marking on the sunny patio, or celebrate a successful thesis defence!

The Grad house is a great place for food and drinks! Don’t forget to ask about discount pricing and coupons for grad students. Taco Tuesdays, anyone?!

In the distance...

Located outside Ring Road and across Columbia Street West, don’t forget to familiarize yourself with Columbia Lake Village and Columbia Icefield:

Columbia Lake Village (CLV)

Columbia Lake VillageColumbia Lake Village (CLV) is a diverse townhouse community that offers housing for graduate students and students with families. The benefits of living at CLV include a campus shuttle and Community Centre with programming for you and your family.

Columbia Icefield (CIF)

Columbia IcefieldColumbia Icefield (CIF) is one of two athletic facilities on campus, and includes an ice rink, multi-use fields, and a well-equipped fitness centre. More centrally located, Physical Activities Complex (PAC) is the second athletic facility on campus and includes squash courts, studios and a swimming pool. Between these two locations, Warrior Recreation hosts shoe tag classes, open recreational hours, and more!