Welcome to the graduate studies community at the University of Waterloo.

We are delighted to have you join our graduate student community! 

As you get closer to the start of your first term, you will receive communications about the orientation and transition programming designed to support you as you enter your new graduate studies program. Select your admit term below for specific details regarding orientation and transition programming that will be made available to you.

The new student checklist below will also help guide you through the coming weeks as you familiarize yourself with our resources and services and plan for the start of your term.

After you’ve received your offer

Congratulations on receiving your offer of admission to graduate studies at the University of Waterloo!

Review and accept your offer of admission

Review the information on our future students page for details on viewing, and accepting your offer of admission.

Apply for your study permit (international students only)

University of Waterloo’s immigration consultants recommend applying for your Study Permit as soon as you’ve been accepted to the University of Waterloo. You may also be interested in reviewing the resources that the University of Waterloo offers to international students:

Estimate your tuition, fees and resources

Prior to your tuition and fees being posted on Quest (approximately one month prior to the beginning of your admit term), you can estimate your tuition, fees, and living costs using the details on your program page. Ensure you review your offer of admission carefully to determine what funding may be available to you.

Log into your WatIAM account

Log into your WatIAM account to change your password and enter your recovery email.

After you’ve accepted your offer of admission

You’re likely still several months away from beginning your new graduate program, but there are many things you can start thinking about to make your transition go smoothly.

Review and satisfy your conditions of admission

It’s important to satisfy your conditions of admission as soon as possible, or at least by the due date.

Your conditions of admission must be satisfied before we can matriculate you (make you active) into your program. For those who have satisfied their conditions of admission, matriculation takes place approximately six weeks prior to the beginning of the term. The matriculation process continues to take place on a rolling basis as conditions of admission are satisfied.

Review information about your program and graduate studies

Some important sources of information about your program and graduate studies can be found in:

View and update your personal information

Ensure that you review and update your personal information, including emergency contacts, in Quest. Remember to keep your contact information up to date! Hint: If you know your new address, but haven’t yet moved, you can “future-date” an address by editing when the address change will take effect.

Prepare for coming to the Waterloo Region

If you are planning on moving to the Waterloo Region, here are a few things to consider:

  • Explore housing options
    • On-campus housing: Housing for single graduate students and students with families is offered at Columbia Lake Village and St. Paul's University College.
    • Office-campus housing: Off-Campus Housing is a free resource open to all University of Waterloo students. Find a place to live through this listing service or learn more about tenant rights, subletting and other off-campus issues.
  • International travellers only: Review the COVID-19 resources in the International student guide

You’ll be provided with much more information about living in the Waterloo Region as part of Waterloo Grad Ready, your orientation and transition program.

Stay tuned for the launch of Waterloo Grad Ready

Waterloo Grad Ready, our orientation and transition programming, will be available to support you as you plan to begin your new graduate studies program. Within Waterloo Grad Ready, you’ll be provided with a comprehensive new student checklist with everything you’ll need to do prior to, and as you begin, your graduate studies program.

Learn more about Waterloo Grad Ready programming for spring 2021 or fall 2021 and stay tuned for an email with more details.