Virtual Activities Library

Welcome to the Waterloo Residences Activities Library! 

This library is to help you find tools to stay active, engaged, and well, while practicing physical (social) distancing in the Waterloo community. We hope that these activities in residence, on campus, and in the community 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. 

In Residence

Join the Waterloo Residence's Digital Events Community 

  • Let us know you're interested. Sign up here. Events are coming soon! 
  • Join the Discord channel to connect with other students in residence. Discord is a multi purpose and versatile communication tool that is popular for playing all types of games online! 

On Campus

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 and Recreation - Campus gyms are open for recreation! Book your workout time at either the Physical Activities Complex (PAC) pool or with the Columbia Ice Fields (CIF) recreational facilities or fitness centre. 

Want to work out at home? Try one of their online warrior workouts

Campus Wellness (Health Services) – Health Services is OPEN and operating two health clinics in our residences in the Columbia Lake Village (CLV) and Wellesley Court South (UWP) in addition to services at the Health Services building. Please call 519-888-4096 for an appointment. 

Campus Wellness (Counselling Services) – Counselling Services continues to be available for telephone appointments Mondays to Fridays between 8:30AM & 4:30PM. Please call 519-888-4567 ext. 32655 to book an appointment. 

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. Virtual Group Therapy sessions are available throughout the Fall term. 

Centre for Career Action – CCA is helping you to Skill Up this Fall! Resources include job search tips (e.g. rocking that online interview), starting a summer business, and networking remotely. 

COVID-19 Testing Assessment Centre – Testing for COVID-19 is now available by appointment on campus for students, staff, and post-docs only. Please check that you meet the latest criteria for getting tested prior to making an appointment. 

Food Services– Food Services in Claudette Millar Hall (CMH) is open for the Fall term. Food Services offers a variety of food choices to accommodate dietary restrictions. Have a question about eating well on campus? Email Food Services Dietitian Nicole Pin

  • Kitchen and Grocery Resources – Not sure where to start when it comes to grocery shopping or meal planning? Food Services has some handy guides on how long food lasts in your fridge, how to plan your grocery trips, and an easy-to-use meal planner template. 

  • Support the United Way and learn a new recipe! Purchase a Butternut Squash Soup Meal Kit and access a live virtual cooking class led by Chef Mark Meinzinger on Thursday October 29 from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. You’ll learn more about the ingredients being used, variations on the soup, and about some of the great food security initiatives supported by the United Way. 

Food Support Services - Strapped for cash and need some food? Don't go hungry! Run entirely by dedicated student volunteers, this valuable service is confidential. Free food hampers are available Monday to Friday between 7:30 a.m.-7:00 p.m. at the Turnkey Desk within the Student Life Centre (SLC).

IST Service Desks – Need computer support? The IST Service Desks are available via telephone (519-888-4567, ext. 44357), email (helpdesk@uwaterloo.ca), or live chat

Library Supports – Looking for a space to study? Reserve your study space in the Davis Centre (DC) library starting September 8th. Students can also request to pick up printed material, and consult a reference librarian via live chat. 

March of the Deans - Every year, around October, you will see our six Deans dressed in costumes, parading around campus to raise awareness for the United Way and celebrate the participation of Waterloo’s Executive Council. Keep an eye out for them on October 19th starting at 3:30PM, or register to watch the walk online. 

Owner’s Manual for The Student Brain – A resource created by students, for students, to help the transition to university easier. It can also be used like a first-aid station for ideas on how to handle roadblocks and build resiliency and effective habits in university. 

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 like their workshops. 

Around the Community

This is your Waterloo! Here, we’ll highlight activities provided by businesses in the Waterloo Region so that you can get to know your community from home. 

Explore Uptown Waterloo 

Alumni Relations is proud to welcome our newest (and returning) Warriors to the University of Waterloo community. We represent a network of over 219,000 proud alumni, sharing their time, knowledge, and connections with the alumni of tomorrow.   

Along with our Waterloo Region Alumni Chapter, we want you to get out and explore all that our amazing community has to offer. From coffee shops to movie theatres and everything in between, Uptown Waterloo has something for everyone. Until October 31st, visit and take a picture in front of ANY Uptown Waterloo business and enter for a chance to win one of 2 $50 Uptown Waterloo gift certificates. Check out the city guide

Enter the giveaway here! Giveaway is open to current residents of Campus Housing only.  

Outdoor Activities  

Waterloo is home to some beautiful outdoor spaces. Park facilities are opening up, including some pools, skate parks, and sports fields. A full list of what’s open and closed is available on the City of Waterloo website

  • Waterloo Park – 50 Young Street West, Waterloo. Known as the “jewel of the city”, Waterloo Park is just steps from UW Place. This 111 acre park includes forest trails, a farmstead with a variety of animals, and a beautiful lake. 
  • Victoria Park - 80 Schneider Avenue, Kitchener. Nestled in Downtown Kitchener, Victoria Park is a mix of timeless beauty and modern features. The park features original amenities from 1896, a historic clock tower, a pond, and iron bridge. 
  • Hughes Lane Art Walk – Take a walk through Uptown Waterloo to discover doors painted by local artists.  

(Digital) Doors Open Waterloo - Doors Open has been a staple event in our Region since 2003. Explore the Region of Waterloo from the comfort of your own home. Digital Doors Open delivers fascinating stories via video. Content will be delivered in episodes spanning 5 to 10 minutes in length. 

Play with Clay – The Clay & Glass Museum is offering both in-class and take-home opportunities to play with clay. Head to Uptown to learn in-person, or pick up a kit to complete at home. Projects include winter treescharcuterie plates, or snowfolks

Dinosaur Drive-Thru – THEMUSEUM, Bingemans and Indian River Reptile and Dinosaur Park have partnered up to bring an unforgettable family experience to Waterloo Region! Take a drive where the dinosaurs roar! This unique drive-thru experience at Bingemans places you and your family right into the Mesozoic Era exploring the wondrous dinosaurs that once roamed our Earth. Walk-thru nights are available on select dates. 

Lumen at Home – A virtual festival where light, art, and tech meet. Lumen at Home will feature a selection of film, music, and virtual art installations in various formats throughout the month. Artist have adapted their installations into engaging online content launching on Saturday September 26, with more content to be released throughout the month.  

Kitchener Market - Public events, programs for children, cooking and DIY classes, live music, and so much more. It’s all happening at the Kitchener Market! Although many of our programs are open and free of cost, some do require pre-registration and payment. 

Halloween Fun 

  • Bingeman’s Scream Park – This year, the fear follows you outside. One horrifying walk...zero ways to prepare for the fear! Combine your experience with a meal at Boston Pizza, drive-in movie, or camping to save.  
  • Snyder’s Family Farm – Pop in to pick your own pumpkin for the pumpkin patch, or pre-book your visit to enjoy the 5-acre corn maze or sunset campfire with your social bubble. Campfire includes hotdogs and S’mores, and additional food and drinks are available for purchase from the Pumpkin Pub and farm bakery.  
  • Snyder’s Fear Farm – Do you dare to wander the farm’s haunted trails? You never know what you'll find wandering through the pitch black corn field... better keep your wits about you, and whatever you do, don't get lost.