Most Instagrammable Spots on Campus

If you’re like me when it comes to Instagram, you spend time dreaming of #modelstatus photos and magazine-worthy shots filling your grid. However, if you think about it, there are endless opportunities to capture the perfect photo around campus.

From the classic #UWaterloo photos, to the most familiar locations seen from an alternate perspective, the most Instagrammable spots on campus really showcase the UWaterloo spirit.

For classic UWaterloo photos…

No Waterloo student experience (or LinkedIn profile) is complete without the requisite headshot in the Engineering 5 Bridge.

A female student posing for a headshot at the Eng 5 Bridge

Don’t be afraid to have fun with it!

4 people posing back to front at Eng5 Bridge

One of the most recognizable locations on campus, and possibly most-featured in photos, is Dana Porter a.k.a. the Sugar Cube.

A single orange umbrella in the fog and trees with Dana Porter Library towering, half-shrouded before her

Students love the Sugar Cube!

Dana Porter in the evening light

A painting of Dana Porter Library

And we can’t get through this list without the most official University of Waterloo photo-op, the sign!

A student sits by the Uwaterloo Sign

For cool spotlight photos…

 If you’re trying to spotlight a look, try the under light by Dana Porter.

A group of students stand ver a lit panel by Dana Porter Library

Waterloo’s endless hallways are perfect to get your audience to focus on just you.

A student stands in a MC hallway in high contrast

You can even try the Arts underground tunnels for a colourful, endless tunnel look.

A students leans against colourful red and orange wall in the Arts Tunnels

For nature shots…..

Looking for intense greenery? Go no further than over the bridge to explore the University Colleges.

A married couple walks away from the camera in the greenery of the Colleges campus

For an industrial vibe …

The look of the University campus isn’t static; it varies from the natural to the industrial, able to fit any photographic need. This is near Centre for Environmental and Information Technology (EIT).

Three students strategically posed around rusting materials

For professional headshots….

Looking to take headshots to stand out from the crowd? There are plenty of places within Ring Road that aren’t Engineering 5. There’s the Environment 3 Living Wall, or its baby sister, the green wall in Environment 1, for example.

A girl turns towards the camera, light hitting her just to, with the green wall lightly blurred int he background

The Science Teaching Complex is a favourite of science students.

A headshot of a student at STC

And other campus bridges can supply a bright background instead of the Engineering 5 bridge!

For artsy shots….

Student artwork can be found at the University of Waterloo Art Gallery if you’re looking for some #artbae shots, but there are even some great artworks around classrooms you can seek out. These two can be found somewhere in the Chemistry and Mathematics and Computer buildings.

A student standing in front of a geometric wall painting

Three guys stigging on a couch in front of a geometric painting on a red wall

For dynamic group photos….

Try the Applied Health Sciences building, and it’s textured wall:

Students standing staggered in front of a white textured wall

Or even the Science Teaching Complex, and Hagey Hub.

A shot of 5 girls at a low angle wearing white and black, posed

A group of students arranged on couches in Hagey Hub

For architecture...

While Dana Porter is undeniably iconic as the Sugar Cube, there are many other buildings on campus to appreciate. Their exteriors…

QHC buildling from outside

And interiors…

DC from the inside

Of course a true artist can turn any spot into Instagram gold, but we hope you have fun exploring campus for your perfect shot!


Shoutout to all the amazing students, photographers, projects, clubs, and businesses in today’s blog. You are all truly artistes.

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