Fall 2024 at Laurier

The countdown to the fall term has begun and we couldn't be more excited about it! 

Whether you’re a first-year student or a seasoned Golden Hawk, we’ve pulled together everything you should know – from Orientation Week activities and move-in to academic and wellness supports – so that you can make this fall golden.

Check back here often because we'll be adding more details as the start of term approaches.

Have an amazing first few weeks and fall semester, Golden Hawks.

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Home Sweet Laurier

You're home! Whether you'll be living in residence or off-campus in our host communities, we have all the details you need to make Laurier feel like home.

Prepare for residence move-in day and know what to pack. Check back for move-in dates.

If you're living off-campus:

Take a Moment: Get to Know the Communities You're Living In

Laurier and its campuses are located on the shared traditional territory of the Neutral, Anishnaabe and Haudenosaunee peoples.

Our campuses are also within the larger communities of Brantford, Waterloo, Milton and Kitchener. Your decisions have an impact, so make sure you live up to our golden reputation. Learn how to be a good neighbour in the cities of Waterloo and Brantford.

Campus Safety

The safety of our community is our highest priority. It's important to familiarize yourself with our emergency procedures and opt-in to receiving alters from Laurier's Special Constable Service (SCS).

Sign Up to Receive Alerts

SCS will send safety alerts using a number of communication channels, including: email, SAFEHawk app, text messages and desktop notifications to Laurier computers. Here are some ways that you can make sure you receive these time-sensitive alerts: 

Consent is Golden

As students, you are expected to engage in safe, responsible and respectful conduct. Look out for each other and remember, consent is mandatory.

Learn more about how you can prioritize safety during your first week here.

Attend Orientation

Getting involved with Orientation is a tried-and-true way to connect with Laurier students while getting familiar with your campus. Here's what you need to know about making your first week fun, memorable and safe.

Support for Your Student Journey

Make the most of your Laurier experience. We offer a range of supports to help you be you, be well and get to know other students and campus partners passionate about the same things as you.

Meet Your Support Network

Along with the Student Affairs and Dean of Students offices, you can rely on the following offices for support: 

Student Health and Wellness

Laurier's Student Wellness Centres are the home of all physical, emotional and mental health services for students on our Waterloo and Brantford campuses.

Indigenous Student Services

We are committed to fostering a positive student experience for Indigenous students: First Nation (status and non-status), Inuit and Métis persons.

Centre for Student Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (CSEDI)

We support, educate and make space for you to find community and engage in equity, diversity and inclusion initiatives. Follow CSEDI on Instagram: Waterloo centre, Brantford centre.

International Student Support

As you navigate the transition to university in Canada, the International Student Support (ISS) team will help to guide you on your path to academic and cultural success in Canada.

Academic Supports

Take advantage of all the academic support services that we offer to help you thrive academically.

Incoming Student Support

Laurier 101

Access exclusive content for incoming first-year students to you and your supporters to prepare you for the time you'll spend at Laurier both inside and outside of the classroom.

Welcome Guide for Incoming Graduate Students

The welcome guide is designed to ease your transition as you prepare for the start of your graduate student journey.

Your Study Partners for the Year

Student Success

Our team is here to help you realize and achieve your academic goals. We've got numerous workshops, one-on-one appointments and online resources designed to help you succeed inside the classroom.

Follow @laurierstudentsuccess on Instagram.

Academic Advising

Connecting with Laurier’s advising community is an ongoing process that can help you set and achieve your academic goals.

Accessible Learning

Our team works with you, your instructors, and other campus partners to provide academic accommodation supports and services. Be sure to register with us before the start of the term!

Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies

We provide you with graduate academic leadership and administrative support. In short, we are the subject matter experts on issues that matter to graduate students and their programs.


Register for our series of professional development workshops and supports tailored for your needs as a graduate student.

Social Supports

 We want you to feel connected and supported throughout the academic year. Take advantage of events and perks offered through your student organizations.

Students' Union

As an undergraduate student, you are automatically a member of the Students’ Union. The Students’ Union enhances the undergraduate student experience through clubs and associations, programming and services, volunteer opportunities, and many awesome events hosted throughout the school year, making it the perfect place to get involved on campus!

At Laurier, there are over 250+ personal interest clubs, faculty-based clubs, and faculty associations. There really is something for everyone. And if there’s not, you can start your own club!

The Students' Union is also home to numerous programming and services committees – including Shinerama, Food Bank, and Food Patrol – who host a variety of events on campus and provide essential services to support you during your time at Laurier.

Graduate Students' Association

As a graduate student, you are automatically a member of the Graduate Students’ Association (or GSA for short) and can take advantage of all the resources designed to help you have an outstanding graduate student experience.

The GSA offers a variety of supports and services to assist all graduate students during their time at Laurier, ranging from wellness and academic success initiatives to professional development opportunities and social events.

They also offer a variety of paid and unpaid positions for folks who may be interested in getting involved in the graduate student community.

Your Student Website

Our students.wlu.ca website is your gateway to all the information you need from registration and finances to student life at Laurier. 

There's a lot going on. We got you.

Get to know Laurier's student website.