Safety and security


Call 911 in an emergency

In an emergency you can call 911 to ask for paramedic services, fire and emergency services, and/or the Waterloo Regional Police Service

On campus safety and security

The University of Waterloo has a Campus Police service. At the University, UW Police handle security matters and are available 24 hours a day. Call them at 519-888-4911.

You can take an active role in your personal safety and security on campus by downloading the WatSAFE app. The app will help you stay informed of campus safety and emergency situations. You can also purchase safety whistles from stores across campus.

During the evening hours, the campus emergency phones and the Safety Office also help ensure your safety. 

Personal safety

You and your dependants have the right to freedom from sexual harassment, discrimination, racism and prejudice. If you feel you've been the victim of any offence, contact Counselling Services at 519-888-4567 ext. 32655, the Conflict Management and Human Rights Office, and/or UW Police as soon as possible.

Counselling Services provides a list of emergency numbers


Be aware of scams

There are ongoing scams targeting international students and you should remain aware. You should know: