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Student safety

Life at UWaterloo, around campus and off-campus, is a pretty safe place!

As part of Housing’s mission to ensure that we provide our students with a safe home, here are some of the safety related initiatives and resources we have in place:

  • We have Residence Life staff who work in our buildings and at our Front Desks around the clock.
  • We also have a team of after-hours maintenance professionals who work outside of regular business hours (including on weekends and on holidays!) to ensure our students are well supported at all times.
  • We conduct evening safety walks twice per year with the Safety Office and Campus Police to identify possible safety issues around all of our residence buildings. As safety issues are identified, we take note of the concern and have our maintenance team address them promptly.
  • Our team conducts an annual Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) audit.
  • We collect student feedback and recommendations throughout the year that help inform decisions made by our Residence Safety and Security Infrastructure Advisory Committee (RSSIAC), which is comprised of members from Housing, the Safety Office, and Campus Police.
  • All of our Community Centres are equipped with AED (Automated External Defibrillator) devices.
  • We conduct monthly building inspections and regularly inspect all life safety systems.

Ways that you can help keep our community safe:

  • Report unsafe conditions in or around our residence buildings to a Housing staff member right away.
  • Do not prop doors open, or allow people into residence if they are not personally known to you.
  • All suspicious people and behaviour should be reported to a Don and/or Waterloo Campus Police, 519-888-4911,
  • If you lose your keys, notify your residence Front Desk immediately.
  • Download the WatSAFE app to your personal mobile device for quick and convenient access to campus safety and emergency resources.

Support resources


WatSAFE app

  • App is available in the Apple App store or Google Play

  • Developed with UW Police Services and the Safety Office, WatSAFE provides quick and convenient access to campus safety and emergency resources, including:

    • emergency contact information;
    • a personal safety toolbox, including flashlight and alarm;
    • safety and emergency resources;
    • campus maps; and much more!

UW Police (UW Police Officers are on duty 24 hours-a-day)

  • Campus phones (all calls will immediately "lock-in" to UW Police)

  • Safety Alarms can be borrowed from the Student Life Centre Turnkey Desk and the Dana Porter, Davis Centre, and UMD Libraries in exchange for your Student I.D. card.

Campus Recreation

  • Offers a Women's Self Defense Course each term

AccessAbility Services

  • Services and support for University of Waterloo students who have a permanent disability, as well as those with a temporary disability.

Glow Centre for Sexual & Gender Diversity

  • Run entirely by dedicated student volunteers, GLOW offers a wide variety of discussion groups, social events, advocacy opportunities, awareness campaigns, resources, and information.

The Women's Centre

  • The Women's Centre aims to provide a female-positive and supportive environment on campus for women and trans folks.

Conflict Management & Human Rights Office

  • The Conflict Management & Human Rights Office (CMAHRO) acts as a focal point and resource to all members of the university community regarding matters of harassment, discrimination, and other general forms of conflict. CMAHRO offers sexual harassment counselling & support.

Safety Office

  • The Safety Office provides consultation and support services to the University community on matters relating to environmental and occupational health and safety.