Canada and our Campuses

Proudly Canadian

Laurier is committed to offering you a truly Canadian experience and we take pride in being an inclusive community that celebrates diversity. Discover why 96% of international students recommend Canada as a study destination, and how Laurier’s campuses provide an ideal location to live, work and play.

Canada is home to a diverse nation of people from around the world. Citizens are proud to be Canadian because as a nation we accept and respect people from any cultural background. Over the past 100 years, more than 13 million immigrants have come to Canada to start a new life. This makes Canada one of the world's most ethnically diverse countries.

Canada's cultural mosaic is evident in the variety of restaurants and grocery stores, religious places of worship, and festivals throughout the year. Residents enjoy a high quality of life and access to dynamic and growing urban centres, scenic landscapes, and diverse entertainment and culture.

Canada is #1 in the world for quality of life.
Canadian tuition fees are some of the lowest in English-speaking countries. (Canadian Bureau for International Education)
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Canada ranked in the top 10 of the world's safest countries. (2021 Global Peace Index)

Ideal Location

Laurier has two campuses: one in Waterloo and one in Brantford. Laurier’s campuses are located at the heart of southwestern Ontario, Canada’s most populous province. Ontario is home to Ottawa, Canada’s capital city, and Toronto, the largest city in Canada.

Our campuses are less than 200 km to many of Canada’s largest cities, the United States’ border, and international airports:

  • Toronto: 115 km
  • London: 117 km
  • Niagara Falls: 147 km
  • Buffalo, New York (United States): 179 km
  • Pearson International Airport in Toronto: 96 km

Note: Distances calculated from the Waterloo campus.

One Market, Brantford campus Lazaridis Hall, Waterloo campus SC Johnson Building, Brantford campus Fred Nichols Campus Centre, Waterloo campus Research and Academic Centre, Brantford campus Science Building, Waterloo campus Carnegie Building, Brantford campusMap of Laurier campus locations

Virtual Tours

Explore our campuses to learn about city populations, entertainment and outdoor activities. You can visit us from anywhere in the world at any time. Take a virtual tour of our Brantford and Waterloo campuses – your future home away from home.

Snapshots of Student Life

Take a look at some of our favourite campus spots and get a feel for what it's like to be at Laurier.

Picnic tables on the Waterloo campus, outside of the Dr. Alvin Woods Building The Science Atrium on the Waterloo campus The Digital Library and Learning Commons on the Brantford campus The Quad outside the Fred Nichols Campus Centre on the Waterloo campus Study space in One Market on the Brantford campus The atrium in Lazaridis Hall on the Waterloo campus

Guided Waterloo Campus Tour

The Waterloo campus is tucked into about one city block, so you’re steps away from your classes, food and your new favourite study spot.

Our current students will take you on a guided virtual tour so that you can see our campus spaces and start to picture yourself at Laurier. Book a live virtual tour or watch the pre-recorded tour.

Guided Brantford Campus Tour

The Brantford campus is woven into the downtown core of the City of Brantford.

Our current students will take you on a guided virtual tour so that you can see our campus spaces and start to picture yourself at Laurier. Book a live virtual tour or watch the pre-recorded tour.

Classrooms that Inspire

We have a broad range of spaces for you to learn, and we continue to innovate in space design.

Active Learning classroom, Waterloo campus Lazaridis Hall lecture hall, Waterloo campus Game Design class, Brantford campus Science lab, Waterloo campus Music class, Waterloo campus Market Darling Centre classroom, Brantford campus

Proximity to GTA

With our campuses located on the outskirts of the Greater Toronto Hamilton Area (GTA), you get the dual benefit of access to big city perks with a lower cost of living. Your living expenses will be significantly lower in Waterloo or Brantford than if you lived in the GTA, yet you are close enough to harness employment opportunities and attend the cultural festivities Toronto has to offer.


There are plenty of transportation options to get you where you need to go. If you’re headed to Toronto or international airports, hop on the GO Bus or VIA Rail. For getting around town, you can also bike share, carpool, or take a cab. Affordable public transportation options also include the bus and light rail transit. As a Laurier student, you will have access to discounted rates and transportation information resources to help you get from A to B.




Laurier is dedicated to your personal success and safety. No matter which campus you attend, you’ll experience the welcoming, safe community we’re known for.

We have a dedicated team of experienced law enforcement to respond to your needs, concerns and emergencies – 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Your safety and security are top priority and we have several initiatives in place to create safe and secure campuses:

  • a campus security app
  • an emergency response team
  • a safe-walk service
  • secure residence buildings
  • special constables responsible for around the clock campus security

A Place to Call Home

We make sure you have everything you need to feel welcome, comfortable and safe in our vibrant community.

Single room in residence, Brantford campus Double room in residence, Waterloo campus Outside the Athletic Centre, Waterloo campus Food Court, Waterloo campus Inside the YMCA, Brantford campus YMCA pool, Brantford campus In the Dining Hall, Waterloo campus Laundry room in residence, Waterloo campus


Canada's climate allows you to experience all four seasons. Our cities will be blanketed in snow through the winter months, and warm and sunny through the summer months.

In the winter you will find fellow golden hawks skating on local ice rinks, snowshoeing through city parks, or tobogganing after a fresh snow fall. In the summer, take in the fresh air by hiking along local trails, going to the beach for a swim, or canoeing down the Grand River.

No matter what season we are in, whether you’re playing in the snow or in the sun, there are lots of activities to indulge in.

Skating at Harmony Square, BrantfordCanoeing on the Grand River, Waterloo Students outside in autumn, Brantford campus



Canada is committed to supporting international students achieve a seamless integration into the workforce.

The Canadian Experience Class provides an opportunity for international students to apply for permanent resident status once they have graduated from a university and have one year of work experience.

Canada’s post-graduation work permit allows eligible Laurier graduates to work in Canada and gain valuable work experience. Work obtained through the Post-Graduation Work Permit Program may help support an application to become a permanent resident in Canada.

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