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Laurier Off-Campus University Students

If you decide to live off-campus, it doesn’t mean that you have to miss out on all the great events and action on campus! The Laurier Off-Campus University Students (LOCUS) program at our Waterloo and Brantford campuses work specifically to support our first-year off campus community with events, mentors and opportunities to get involved!


LOCUS is a program designed to aid the transition into university for first-year students living off-campus. The program provides you with academic, social and personal support to ensure that you won’t miss out on Laurier’s on-campus experience.

Just like a residence floor has a don to guide and mentor his or her first-year students, a LOCUS off-campus advisor (OCA) supports an off-campus community. Your OCA does monthly programming and is there to answer any questions you may have on school, academics, the city or just life in general. Your OCA can also help you navigate life at Laurier, find more opportunities for volunteering, leadership, and just plain fun.

Upon joining LOCUS, you’ll be assigned to a community of students that are in the same academic faculty as you. LOCUS provides a great opportunity for you to meet other off-campus students, learn about Laurier through engaging events, and have a mentor for you to ask about all things Laurier!

Get Involved with LOCUS

LOCUS works closely with Laurier’s Residence Education department, and because of that, LOCUS students are included in all first-year leadership programs. Some of these include the first-year formal, intramural sports and activities and First-Year Leadership Positions, such as the LOCUS House Council. During weekly meetings, the LOCUS House Council plans LOCUS-specific events, and occasionally teams up with House Councils from residences for even larger-scale events.

There are also LOCUS positions on many other Residence councils, so you can volunteer on the Sustainability Council, the Community Outreach Council or the ArtHawks, for example.

If you are a first-year student living off-campus for the 2021-2022 academic year, monitor your MyLaurier email. We will be sending you more information about the program, your OCA and so much more this summer.

See the Off-Campus Housing Frequently Asked Questions page for more information.