After your first term starts

Wondering what it's like to be a student at the University of Waterloo? Whether you’re coming to Waterloo next term or studying from your home country, we've compiled a list of programs and services to help you succeed. Contact us at if you have further questions. 

Student studying with books and a computer. Academics

Academic skill building


English language support

Library resources and Online learning resources

Success tips from instructors

students in a labCampus

Get to know your faculty 

Watch our video tour of campus

Sign up for in-person campus tours

Apply for parking permits

Students shopping.Food

WUSA food and retail

WUSA Food Support Service

Shopping for groceries

UW Food Services on campus

Student Success staffGet involved

International Peer Community

Music department ensembles 

Sports and recreation

Waterloo Undergraduate Student Association (WUSA)

Graduate Student Association (GSA)

Student visiting a nurse.Health and wellness

How to access healthcare

How to access personal counselling

Know your health insurance policy

Peer support and mentoring

International student advising.Immigration consulting

Receive immigration advice and support

Student dialing a cellphone. Safety and security

Protect yourself from scams


family looking at brochureSupporting your family

Programs for your family

Student filing their taxes.Taxes

Filing your taxes in Canada

Student making a call.Technology 

Buying a mobile phone and/or phone plan

Aerial photo of the University of Waterloo.Transportation

Driving a car

Using the local transit system

Travelling outside of Waterloo

students working on a laptopWorking in Canada

Apply for a Social Insurance Number

Eligibility requirements to work

Finding a job in Canada

Get on-campus career support

Prepare for your co-op work terms