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University of Waterloo

4.6 out of 5 (19 ratings / 14 reviews) Waterloo, Canada
In just half a century, the University of Waterloo, located at the heart of Canada’s technology hub, has become a leading comprehensive university with 35,100 full- and part-time students in undergraduate and graduate programs.

Bachelor's programmes

Arts, Design & Architecture (3)
Computer Science & IT (2)
Hospitality, Leisure & Sports (1)



In 1957, innovation and entrepreneurship brought University of Waterloo into being, as a group of business leaders imagined a new university built to tackle some of the world’s most daunting challenges.


Waterloo was built to teach people to think in new ways. That meant reaching out across disciplines and faculties, sharing resources, and sparking new directions in research. It meant working hand-in-hand with industry, letting people own their intellectual property and the success that came from commercialization.


The University of Waterloo has earned its reputation as a world-leading research institution in a wide-range of fields and disciplines, at all levels of study. Built to answer the challenges of a rapidly advancing society, Waterloo is a place where ideas are innovated, tested and proven.

World-changing research is an integral part of learning and connects Waterloo to all corners of the globe. This important work has a direct impact on the way we live, work, play and learn. 

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University Ranking

QS World University Rankings by TopUniversities
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Academic Ranking of World Universities by Shanghai Jiao Tong University
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Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report
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Student services

Fall Orientation is Sunday, September 2 to September 8. Classes begin on Thursday, September 6.

Orientation is your official welcome to campus. During Orientation, you’ll have the opportunity to connect with peers, get to know the City of Waterloo and see the best that your faculty and UWaterloo have to offer.

As a Waterloo Warrior, you’re joining a community of current students, alumni, professors and staff at Canada’s most innovative university, and we have events and programs to help you feel right at home.

Housing services

If you think you'd enjoy being part of a small, close-knit group where the goal is to build and foster a fun and supportive community, then you may find that a college residence is the right place for you. All four college residences are smaller than Waterloo Residences, which means you'll get to know everyone quickly!Smaller communities with rooms for approximately 200-350 students each.Most spaces for first-year students are in traditional-style rooms.All four colleges have all-inclusive meal plans rather than the declining-debit WatCard dollars used by Waterloo Residences.

Library services

The campus offers four libraries:

  • Dana Porter Library
  • Davis Centre Library
  • Musagetes Architecture Library
  • Witer Learning Resource Centre
  • TriUniversity Group (TUG) Annex

Medical services

The Student Medical Clinic offers health care visits with both male and female doctors and nurses. You can visit us at the Health Services building across from the SLC.Make sure you bring your health card to all appointments.

Student Life

Campus life

With a guaranteed spot in residence, you'll be living in the middle of the action. Be close to your classes, labs, the gym, places to eat, the Student Life Centre, and more.Whether you're interested in food, politics, dance, business, gaming, or the environment, joining one of Waterloo's student clubs is the perfect way to find something you love and meet others who share that same passion.

Sports facilities

If you're looking for a great way to keep in shape and have fun, join a Warrior recreation program or a varsity team. It's also a great way to make new friends, get involved on campus, and simply enjoy yourself.

Waterloo has 2 main athletic facilities on campus as well as gyms and recreational spaces in some residences. 

Student Reviews

Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

Studying in the University of Waterloo is fantastic. The school clearly has an identity that makes it unique -technology and innovation actors best. The courses available are not entirely what I would like to read for my. Program. But overall I'm happy to be here

Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

The quality of education is really good. Of course there are a fee classes that are boring and bland, but you have to take them. The University itself is really ugly, a lot of classes and buildings are old and need to be renovated. The support for students isn't really great, you really have to fend for yourself.

Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

My study experience has been pretty good, but with a lot of ups and downs. I had a lot of great opportunities to conduct research during my undergrad, which led to me attending grad school. It has been a stressful experience, and everyday is a balancing act of responsibilities, but I think it will be worth it in the end. I definitely enjoy my current program and look...

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