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Information for the Winter Break

It's the end of the fall term and you definitely deserve a break! Here's some information that will help you if you are staying in Waterloo during the break or if you are planning to return to the area early.

University Closure

Laurier will be closed from Saturday, Dec. 21 to Tuesday, Jan. 1. During this time, all buildings on campus will be locked. The university will reopen on Wednesday, Jan. 2 at 8:30 a.m. but many dining options will not be open on that day. Most will reopen on Monday, Jan. 7, with the Fresh Food Company and Wilf's reopening on Sunday, Jan. 6.

If you live in residence, you will be able to return to your residence on Sunday, January 6.

Special Constables

Even though the university will be closed, the Special Constables will still be available. The Special Constables communication centre is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, and is there to respond to your needs, concerns and emergencies. You can reach the Special Constables at 519.885.3333.

Wellness Resources

The Student Wellness Centre will be closed during the winter break, but there are community resources available to support your health and well-being. If you require medical attention, you can go to one of the hospitals in the area:

  • Grand River Hospital: 835 King St. West, Kitchener, 519.749.4300
  • St. Mary's Hospital: 911 Queen's Blvd., Kitchener, 519.744.3311
  • In case of an emergency, call 911

The holidays can also be a stressful or sad time, especially if you are away from family and friends. If you are looking for support or even someone to talk to you, you can contact one of the following free resources:

  • BounceBack: 1.866.345.0224
  • Good 2 Talk: 1.866.925.5454
  • Here 24/7: 1.844.437.3247
  • Crisis Text Line: Text TALK to 686868
  • Big White Wall online coaching

In the Community

In Canada, Christmas Day and New Year's Day are statutory holidays, which means that many businesses and services will be closed on these days, including banks and government offices. As well, many businesses and services may close early on Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve.

There will still be many activities happening in the community during the break. See what's happening in the City of Waterloo and the City of Kitchener!

We hope you have a fun, happy and healthy winter break and we look forward to seeing you in January!