Prepare to travel / begin your studies

Do you have questions about your immigration documents, Canadian culture, or how to get ready for school? Whether you’re coming to Waterloo this fall, or studying from your home country, we've compiled a list of resources to answer your questions and help you prepare. Contact us at success@uwaterloo.ca if you have further questions. 

International student advising sessionApplying for key documents

Study permit

Work permit​

Temporary Resident Visa (TRV) or Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA)

Visit the Student Success Office website for more info


Students in a dorm. Accommodations and housing

Arranging short-term accommodation

Exchange student housing

Living on campus - International Student Housing Guide

Living off campus


student looking at tabletBanking and finances

Applying for financial assistance

Paying your tuition

Prepare a budget

Set up a Canadian bank account

Transferring money to Canada


students talkingCanadian culture/weather

Adjusting to a new culture

Average temperatures during the year

Know more about Canadian society

Understand Canadian classroom culture

Understand the legal system


student on laptopGetting ready to depart for school

Admitted exchange student resources

COVID-19 Travel and Quarantine Checklist 

Arranging travel to Waterloo

Packing