Student life

Planning students are part of a vibrant learning community at the University of Waterloo. While the School offers a number of intellectually stimulating and fascinating courses, students are encouraged to let their learning go beyond assignments, lectures, and exams. Explore the opportunities and resources available to students at the School of Planning that include students associations, as well as a variety of campus clubs and services.

Student associations

Both undergraduate and graduate students are invited to participate in their program student associations. These student-led groups are a great opportunity to find support from peers, participate in events throughout the term, and expand social networking at the University.

Planning Student's Association

The Planning Students' Association (PSA) is the governing student body over Planning undergraduates. Each semester, new representatives are voted in by the student population. The PSA holds tons of planning specific events throughout the year and sells trendy School of Planning gear. The PSA is a great way to get involved in the school community.

Association of Graduate Planners

Association of Graduate Planners (AGP) is the student-led body of graduate Planning students from the University of Waterloo. hosts a number of networking events for graduate students and offers a range of services to aid students.


Induction Ceremony

The Induction Ceremony is a special event to mark the beginning of your journey through the Planning profession. During the event, guest speakers from the School of Planning welcome the new undergraduates and give them a sneak peak of what is to come in following years followed by a meet and greet with the School’s director.

World Town Planning Day

Celebrated annually on November 8th, World Town Planning Day aims to promote the Planning profession to Canadians everywhere by hosting a number of workshops, guest speakers and events throughout the day. This is an excellent way to learn more about Planning or to get involved in the community.

Graduation Ceremony

The Graduation Ceremony concludes the students’ trip through the School of Planning. A luncheon is held before the official graduation ceremony where students receive a Planning ring to signify their professional education.

Toronto Alumni Dinner

Hundreds of planners, developers and politicians meet annually in Toronto to participate in one of the largest planning events in the region. Here, students will get the chance to network and learn about hot topics in the field. This dinner is hosted by the University of Waterloo Planning Alumni of Toronto (UWPAT).

University clubs and services

The University of Waterloo has many clubs and services available for the student population. View a complete list of clubs and services available at the university.