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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!

About LOCUS

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 don supports an off-campus community. Your LOCUS don does monthly programming, holds a weekly office hour on campus and is there to answer any questions you may have on school, academics, the city or just life in general. Your LOCUS don can also help you navigate life at Laurier, find more opportunities for volunteering, leadership, and just plain fun.

Upon joining LOCUS, you’ll be to assigned to a LOCUS don and a community of peers who are also living off-campus. 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! Registration is only $85 for the year and that gives you access to all the LOCUS events, the First Year Leadership Program events, and a LOCUS don.

Also, if you register before July 31, you’ll be entered into a draw to win an $85 bookstore gift card!

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.

Themed Communities within LOCUS

The LOCUS program offers two communities that cater to a specific program or population of students. These communities and the LOCUS dons leading them will provide specific opportunities to enhance the student experience, and aid in the transition and academic experience of those students.

Business Administration Community

LOCUS is proud to offer our off-campus BBA students the opportunity to join a community made up of soled BBA students. This community is led by a LOCUS don who is also in the BBA program and can offer valuable advice about the program. Students who register to be a part of this community will have access to special networking opportunities, academic support, and programming events that enhance their experience outside the classroom.


Transfer Student Community

Have you attended a post-secondary institution before coming to Laurier? This community is for you! The LOCUS program is excited to offer a community specifically for those students who have transferred to the golden hawk family. The LOCUS don leading this community has also transferred to Laurier, and will be a great resource for you to take advantage of as you adjust to Laurier’s processes and campus life. Your LOCUS don will host events and workshops for you to participate in that will help you succeed in your program, and adjust to life in Kitchener-Waterloo.

Transfer Student Community

Have you attended a post-secondary institution before coming to Laurier? This community is for you! The LOCUS program is excited to offer a community specifically for those students who have transferred to the golden hawk family. The LOCUS don leading this community has also transferred to Laurier, and will be a great resource for you to take advantage of as you adjust to Laurier’s processes and campus life. Your LOCUS don will host events and workshops for you to participate in that will help you succeed in your program, and adjust to life in Brantford.