Visitor info

Travel to the University of Waterloo & Parking

The University of Waterloo is located on a picturesque 400-hectare campus in the city of Waterloo, about 100 km west of Toronto. Airways Transit provides regular door-to-door shuttle service between Waterloo and Toronto’s Pearson International Airport (which is the largest international airport in Canada).  Reservations can be made by phone (519-886-2121) or online.  The Airways Transit desks are located in the Ground Transportation areas on the Arrivals levels of the terminals at Pearson. A limited number of flights to selected cities (hubs) is also available at the Region of Waterloo International Airport.

The University can be easily accessed from Hwy 401 by taking the Kitchener/Waterloo Exit, #278 (Hwy 8 West). After 8 km, exit right (at Hwy 7 East) onto Conestoga Parkway (Hwy 85) to Waterloo. After another 8 km on Hwy 85, take University Ave. West exit to the campus (4 km). [Note: Hwy 85 is the old Hwy 86.]

Parking is available at the various Visitor Parking Lots (Lot M, N, C).  Download a colour campus map


Both the Comfort Inn and Sheraton (formerly Destination Inn) are located within 5 km from campus.  Please contact the hotel of your choice directly for reservation and current rates.

University of Waterloo
Chemistry-2, Rm 066A
200 University Ave. West, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, N2L 3G1
Tel: 519-888-4567 x35826  Fax: 519-746-0435

Comfort Inn Waterloo
190 Weber St. North, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
Tel: 519-747-9400  Fax: 519-747-2134

Four Points by Sheraton Waterloo (formerly Destination Inn)
547 King Street North, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
Tel: 519-884-0100  Fax: 519-746-8638

Locating WATLab

WATLab is located in the basement of the Chemistry II building (C2 on campus map).  The C2 core labs include: 060 (Microscopy), 061 (Surface Science), 064 (Spectromicroscopy), 066, 080 & 081A (Fabrication & Prototyping), with the Director's office in C2-066A (next to the south-east stairwell).  For more information, please call 519-888-4567 x35826, or

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Message to Engineers coming to work at WATLab site

Engineers coming to perform various services related to installation, maintenance or repairs of WATLab instruments may be able to get parking near the C2 site. Please check in with UW Police and Parking Service (COM on map) and identify yourself and the nature of your service work.  They will then normally issue appropriate temporary parking permit to allow you to park your vehicle (usually at spots reserved for service vehicles) so that you do not have to carry your heavy tools and equipment over long distance.  If they require confirmation, please get them to contact Tong Leung at extension 35826. Please get instruction and an expanded campus map here.