Virtual Activities Library

Welcome to the Housing and Residence Virtual Activities Library!

This library is to help you find tools to stay active, engaged, and well while practicing physical (social) distancing or self-isolation. We hope that these activities provided by the University of Waterloo, community partners, and private industry can support your social well-being. 

Follow the links below to explore free activities related to wellness, art, culture and science, academic success, community engagement, and resources for families and children.

Health & Wellness

Accessibility Services - Accessibility Services is continuing to support students through phone and/or online. To schedule an appointment, or to contact the Front Desk, please call: 519-888-4567, ext. 35082 and leave us a voice message. These will be checked regularly and followed-up with accordingly. Alternatively, you may email the Front Desk at access@uwaterloo.ca.

Athletics (Online Warrior Workouts) - Stay plugged into campus by attending an online Waterloo Warriors workout! Log into Zoom (see workout page for instructions) and follow a UWaterloo Athletic fitness instructor in real time. Keep an eye on the class schedule so you know when to log-in.

Campus Wellness (seminars and workshops) - From stress management to sleeping welling and calming the panic, Campus Wellness offers a suite of video and self-help guides to help you navigate university life and trying times.

YMCA Virtual Fitness Classes (Y360) - Y360 is an online community of the instructors and classes to help you live a healthier and stronger life. You can access some of the best online fitness classes offered by the YMCA from the comfort of your home. 

Academic Success 

Adapt to Online Learning Adjusting to online learning at home will require similar study skills you use in-class, but you may need to apply them differently for the new format. First, explore this module to help you get ready to learn online.

The Student Success Office offers a suite of modules, worksheets, and guides to maximize your academic potential. Here are a few to help you get started:

Student Success Office’s Peer Success Coaches are available to help with any of these skills and tips. Appointments begin on Monday, May 11.

LinkedIn Learning (Free for UWaterloo Students) All University of Waterloo students have access to LinkedIn Learning (previously called Lynda.com) – Explore free courses on business, technology, and art.

Research Resources (Library Online Tutorials) Are you doing a research project? The UW Library has some great online tutorials on how to get started! They also have online assignment planners for all your research projects.

Writing and Communications Center - The Writing and Communication Center has gone online! When not attending a virtual appointment, join a virtual writing café, Livestream write-ins, or review online resources.

Update your resume or cover letter with online drop-ins - Centre for Career Action is offering virtual drop-in sessions for resume, cover letter, and interview topics. Book your appointment on WaterlooWorks! 

Want to learn outside the classroom? Check out the Science of Well-Being course offered by Yale University (it’s free!)

Arts, culture, and science

Virtual tours of the Louvre - Follow virtual tours of one of Europe’s most famous museums. From art to Egyptian antiquities, learn about some of the world’s great discoveries and influential masterpieces. 

Virtual tours of the British Museum - Explore artifacts that symbolize and influence the concepts of art & design, power & identity, trade & conflict from cultures around the world.

Metropolitan Opera (Nightly Met Opera streams) - Enjoy some of the greatest performances at the Met Opera from the comfort of your home. Whether you’re studying and looking for something to listen to or want to explore a dynamic artform, the Nightly Met Opera Stream connects you to art, history, and the practice of storytelling.

Ripley's Aquarium (Aquarium at Home)

Explore the creatures of the deep without getting your feet wet.  Enjoy live demonstrations, hosted by trained staff, of common and not so common sea creatures. The Aquarium at Home program catalogues previous live shows for your viewing pleasure.

Toronto Zoo (Bringing the Zoo to You) - Lions and tiger and bears, oh my! The Toronto Zoo is bringing exhibits and behind the scenes looks at one of the country’s largest zoos.

Just for Fun!

Online Libraries - Explore virtual books, podcasts and other activities on these library websites.  

Online Games and Boardgames

  • Board Game Arena - Explore a library of online board games that you can play with people from around the world
  • Houseparty - Facetime with friends from across campus or around the world while playing virtual games

TV and Movie Streaming

  • Netflix Party - Find time to watch Netflix with friends anywhere in the world
  • Tubi - Explore TV series and movies for free

Join the Waterloo Residence's esports community

  • Let us know you're interested. Sign up here. Events are coming soon!

Family Activities

Audible (Free Children's Books) - Audible has created a library of free books for little listeners to teens. Books can be found in various languages.

DuckDuckMoose DuckDuckMoose strives to make fun and engaging apps that encourage imagination, creativity, and learning in children. Check out their apps related to reading, writing, math, storytelling and adventure.

Good Housekeeping Magazine - Good Housekeeping Magazine has curated a list of easy to do crafts to keep children busy while providing learning opportunities.

MetKids - Enjoy the creativity and imagination of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC from the comfort of your home. From museum tours to videos, MetKids was made by, for, and with kids in mind.

Parade Magazine - Parade Magazine has curated a list of 125 things you can do to keep children busy and entertained while at home. Following links in the articles for further instructions.

Virtual Story Time The Waterloo Public Library has assembled a list of virtual story times to enjoy with kids – Tune in to hear your favorite celebrity tell a story!