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A Guide to Your Fall 2021 Laurier Experience

Returning and new Golden Hawks, we're so excited to welcome you back to campus!

To help you prepare, we've highlighted how your academics and on-campus experiences will be adapted and enhanced this fall.

Welcome Home

Keeping You and Our Community Safe

We are continuing to remind the university community about our face covering policy and the other health and safety policies and procedures they must follow when on campus through a variety of channels – mandatory training, signage, web updates, social media and our weekly What you Need to Know for Fall email digest. In addition to these reminders, our Special Constables and Student Safety Ambassadors will be on our campuses to remind people about our guidelines.

On-Campus Protocols

Understand your responsibilities while on campus and see what we’re doing to make sure you have a safe experience.

Off-Campus Safety

Whether you’re living on campus, in surrounding neighbourhoods, or are learning remotely, we all play a part in keeping our community safe.

What's Open on Campus this Fall

Our campuses will be open to all students this year as we deliver a robust set of student services and activities. Laurier is working to maximize university activities as permitted by provincial health guidelines. Most services will continue to offer virtual delivery options, allowing you to choose from a mix of in-person and remote programming based on your interest and comfort level.

For detailed access information and the latest status, check with individual departments.


Athletics Complex and YMCA

The Athletic Complex is open.

The Laurier Brantford YMCA is open.

Library and Archives

The library is open for bookable study spaces.

The Bookmobile (Books to Go) service continues to operate.

For updates, check the Library’s COVID-19 page.


OneCard offices are open for pick-up. For further information, contact


All parking rules and regulations remain in effect and a valid permit is required to park on campus or on any university owned or leased properties, payment is also required at meters or in any pay and display lots. For further information, visit the Parking Office.

Waterloo campus parking enquiries should be directed to

Brantford campus parking enquiries should be directed to

Retail Services

The WLU Bookstore is open.

Food Services on campus are open. Hours are subject to change. Visit the Dining on Campus webpage for the latest details.

Residence Operations

Residences buildings are open. Visit the Residence website for further information.

Study Spaces

Limited study spaces are currently available.

  • Library (Waterloo): open Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Alumni Field: Outfitted with four large tents (no side panels) and picnic tables across artificial turf.
Wellness Centres

The Wellness Centres are open but closed for drop-ins. Remote appointments are available.

Your Residence Experience

Moving into your new home at Laurier this fall? We're planning to have full occupancy in September, including double occupancy dorm-style rooms. Students living in residence during the 2021/22 academic year are required to be vaccinated against COVID-19

We're working hard to make your residence experience the best that it can be and making sure there are as many opportunities for you to connect as possible. Make the most out of your residence experience by getting involved in Laurier's residence communities.

Living Off-Campus?

Check out resources about your off-campus living experience. We partnered with to help you in your home search, and you can find events to connect with other off-campus students through LOCUS.


Get Oriented!

We're welcoming our undergraduate and graduate students setting foot on the Laurier campuses for the first time with special orientation programming:

Whether in person or online, you'll have many opportunities to develop a sense of belonging and to become oriented to your campus.


Your Dining Experience

You'll be able to dine on campus beginning fall 2021, with food services expanding as the term progresses. Visit Food Services to get the most up-to-date information about which dining areas are open on campus throughout the term.

Eating Off Campus?

If you choose to eat off campus, make sure you:

  • Follow public health and gathering guidelines.
  • Show our small business owners the Golden Hawk spirit by respecting their mask protocols.

Your Classroom Experience

Fall 2021 will be a blend of in-person and remote classes. We've added additional time between in-person classes for safe entry and exit, and mask protocols are also in place. Read the latest update or check out the 2021/22 timetable in LORIS. 

Are My Classes On-Campus or Online?

Courses delivered in a classroom on campus will have a building and room location listed in LORIS under "Meeting Times," and in ScheduleMe beneath the campus listing. You can identify remote courses by looking for “Remote” under the building or room number. See Enrolment Services for more information.

Plan Ahead for Winter 2022

We plan to return to regular in-person operations with minimal restrictions by the start of the winter 2022 term.


Support Your Way

Whether you’re learning on-campus or online, we’re here when you need help.

  • Remote Learning Hub: A guide to help you find resources and support to make the remote learning journey easier.
  • Advising and Support: Online and in-person options to support your academic success.
  • Dean of Students: Dedicated to your personal growth, well-being, meaningful support, and positive engagement.