Welcome to the Warrior family! We’re excited that your student has chosen the University of Waterloo and we want to work with you to support them on this new adventure.
We understand the important role you’ve played as a parent or supporter in preparing your student to attend university. We also know how important it is for families, the University and students to work together. That's why Waterloo Ready exists to help your student prepare for academic life at Waterloo, but will also include resources and separate Parent and Supporter Live Chats to address the unique questions that you may have.
Parent and Supporter Live Chat
On August 5, the Student Success Office hosted the Waterloo Ready – Parent and Supporter Live Chat to help answer your questions about the year ahead. If you missed the Live Chat, you can watch it below.
What will Orientation look like this year?
Fall Orientation will be delivered entirely online this year and will include a mix of live and pre-recorded programs. Participation is free, however registration is required to participate. Students should log into Portal to register and receive their personalized Orientation schedule. View a high level schedule.
Will extracurriculars be available in the fall term?
How can my student order their textbooks?
Which fees are mandatory?
What access do students have to medical care?
If my student is international, what should we know before sending them to Canada?
Current students can get involved and meet other students through the International Peer Community. Our immigration consultants also offer virtual appointments and online info sessions to answer questions about:
- Study permits
- Working on and off campus
- Co-op work permits
- Temporary resident visas (TRV)
- Electronic Travel Authorizations (eTA)
- Post-graduation work permits
- Permits and TRVs for spouse/common-law partner and/or children
- Inviting family to visit
The consultants can also provide information about Government of Canada resources, like how to get a Social Insurance Number.
I'm looking for more information about campus housing and residences.
We encourage you to look through these resources or reach out to Waterloo Residences directly.
What other resources are available for parents and supporters?
There are many ways to learn about your student’s upcoming adventure:
- Explore our online guide for parents and supporters of new students - including an overview of what to expect in your student’s first year at Waterloo, tips on communicating with your new university student, and your toolbox of student resources
- Subscribe to the monthly Parent and Supporter Newsletter