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The Student Life Centre (SLC) at the University of Waterloo is managed and operated by the Waterloo Undergraduate Student Association (WUSA), previously Federation of Students. It is a hub of activities and services, open 24/7, all year round. From study spaces to events, club activities, and diverse exhibits, there's something for everyone! Catering to students, staff, and faculty, the SLC provides a casual environment perfect for relaxation, recreation, and recharging. Whether you're looking to study, grab a bite, enjoy a coffee, or hang out with friends, the SLC welcomes you!

Have a question? Need directions? Need a study room?

The Turnkey Desk is staffed with students who are here to help and know what’s happening with the Waterloo Undergraduate Student Association (WUSA), around campus, and in the community. It is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, and has operated almost continuously since 1968.

Phone: 519-888-4434
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How the SLC operates during Campus Shutdown during holiday (Dec 22nd, 2023 - Jan 2nd,2024)

The Campus Shutdown starts around 4pm on Friday December 22nd  until 5:30am on Tuesday January 2nd.

A major exception to the campus shutdown is the Student Life Centre. Scott Pearson, Facility Operations and Membership Manager of the SLC, writes that the building will be open throughout the holiday season, as always. The Turnkey Desk (519-888-4434) “will be staffed 24 hour a day with friendly Turnkeys to provide assistance to those who stay on campus,” says Pearson. The exception to the exception of course, is the Turnkey location in the Davis Centre, which will reopen after extended renovations on Wednesday January 10th. 

"Only the Ring Road and Turnkey doors will be open during the holiday shutdown, however the building is open for Student use, all other entrances will be exit only.”

Most of the SLC's businesses will shut down entirely throughout the break including Lifetouch Photography, Tim Hortons, Brubakers, Flock Stop, Student Health Pharmacy and SOS Physiotherapy.

CIBC will be open till 5pm today (December 22). The branch is open on December 27, 28, 29,for regular hours (9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.) The branch is closed on December 24, 25, 26 and January 1.  Regular hours will return on Tuesday, January 2, 2023.

GO Transit will continue to service campus throughout the shutdown. Full ticketing and travel information is online or available at the Turnkey Desk. GO Transit will operate on a Saturday schedule on December 25, 26 & January 1.  Service is free on the entire GO Transit system starting at 7pm on December 31st until service ends for the day.  No ticket is required. 

Grand River Transit will continue to service campus throughout the shutdown.   For specific holiday schedules please visit


Have a wonderful holiday!