Laurier is your university. And it’s also your home.
Your experience in residence will shape your university career in ways you can’t imagine: Nobody will tell you when to be home or bug you to eat your veggies. But then again, nobody will do your laundry, clean your room, or remind you to set your alarm.
But don’t worry — many of our first-year students choose to live in residence, so you won’t be alone in this new experience. Our residence buildings are more than just a place to sleep and study; they are strong communities that encourage personal growth and development.
Living in residence gives you plenty of opportunities to get involved, which can mean a quicker, easier transition to university. And there’s no better way to get to know someone than to live with them and share your toothpaste.
All of our residence buildings are on or very near campus, which makes getting to class on time really easy — even when you sleep in. It also means that the conveniences of campus become the conveniences of home, and you’ll have access to lots of coffee, food outlets and the library for those late-night study sessions.
Our campuses are like mini-cities: we have our own security, our own health care, and even our own government. We’re committed to providing you with a variety of services to ensure your safety, wellbeing and academic success.
Residence students also have access to special activities planned just for them by their residence house councils.
We guarantee residence to all first-year students who submit applications and $600 deposits by June 1, 2017. Rooms are assigned based on preference and availability. You can request to live with a friend; otherwise, we’ll do our best to pair you with a roommate who has habits similar to yours. (So be honest when you fill out the questionnaire that’s part of the application, and we’ll find you another night owl who likes to listen to hip-hop while studying.)
Students with a midterm admission average of 90% or higher are also guaranteed their choice of building style and room type, space permitting. The midterm average will be calculated based on your top six 4U/M (or equivalent) grades that are available as of June 1, 2017.
Residence Learning Communities in both Waterloo and Brantford give you a chance to live in themed environments that expand on concepts learned in class and spend more time with students who share the same interests.
Want a bigger say in your residence experience? First-Year Leadership Programs in the arts, diversity and more give you an opportunity to create programming related to your interests.
All students living in residence on either the Waterloo or Brantford campus are required to purchase a meal plan.
On the Waterloo campus, there are a variety of options that include a combination of all-you-can-eat meals at our Dining Hall and “flex” dollars you can use at any food outlet on campus, including our extremely popular Wilf’s Pub, Terrace Food Court and your favourite coffee shop. Our Food Services team is dedicated to offering healthy options and educating you on nutritional information – so you can spend less time wondering what to eat and more time studying for your next midterm.
Our Brantford campus’ downtown location makes it an ideal place to explore the restaurants and grocery stores just minutes away – your OneCard is accepted a number of off-campus locations, such as Williams Fresh Cafe, Subway, Boston Pizza and FreshCo, a local grocery store.
Laurier has partnered with Places4Students.com, an off-campus housing website that specializes in providing students, schools and landlords with a quality rental property listing service. To view available rental property listings, roommate and sublet listings, visit:
And just because you’re living off campus or staying at home, that doesn’t mean you should be cut off from the action. We have programming that provides off-campus students with academic, social and personal support to ensure that you won’t miss out on Laurier’s on-campus experience.
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