Learn about services for students at Wilfrid Laurier University, including their accessibility services, peer and academic support programs, financial aid, campus accessibility, and more.
Wilfrid Laurier University serves 20,000 undergraduate and graduate students at its campuses in Waterloo and Brantford, Ontario and its other locations in Kitchener, Milton and Toronto.
Wilfrid Laurier offers a range of undergraduate and graduate programs in its faculties and schools:
- Faculty of Arts
- Faculty of Education
- Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
- Faculty of Music
- Faculty of Science
- Lazaridis School of Business and Economics
- Faculty of Human and Social Sciences (Brantford Campus)
- Faculty of Liberal Arts (Brantford Campus)
- Lyle S. Hallman Faculty of Social Work (Kitchener Campus)
- School of International Policy and Governance
- Martin Luther University College
- Wilfrid Laurier International College
The addresses for Wilfrid Laurier campuses are:
Waterloo Campus (main campus):
75 University Avenue West
Waterloo, Ontario N2L 3C5
73 George Street
Brantford, Ontario N3T 2Y3
120 Duke Street West
Kitchener, Ontario N2H 3W8
Laurier is committed to ensuring that students with disabilities have full and equitable access to the learning environment. The Accessible Learning Centre (ALC) supports students with disabilities with a variety of services and resources delivered in a respectful, confidential, and professional manner.
Wilfrid Laurier University offers a campus-wide incoming student support program, including a specific program called GOAL: A Golden Hawk's Orientation to Accessible Learning. GOAL is open to all incoming students registered with the ALC to help them prepare for the year ahead.
For more information about accessibility at Laurier, and their current initiatives to address issues of accessibility, please see Wilfrid Laurier University's Accessibility Plan.
In order to access accommodations at Wilfrid Laurier University, please visit the linked webpage to learn what documentation is required to show proof of a disability.
Laurier's Student Wellness Centres are the home of all physical, emotional, and mental health services for students on our Waterloo and Brantford campuses. Students can access a number of wellness professionals to enhance their health and wellbeing, including doctors, registered nurses, counsellors, and access to chiropractic, massage and physiotherapy services. Referrals to other local practitioners and specialists are also available.
Mental health services at Laurier’s Student Wellness Centres include assessment, diagnosis, and treatment, using short-term, goal-directed counselling, crisis intervention, and crisis management. For students with ongoing or first-time mental health challenges, Laurier has a mental health nurse and case manager. Laurier also has a Mental Health Education Group that works to develop strategic initiatives which empower students to create innovative, peer-to-peer mental health programming.
Student Success Programs
Laurier’s student success programs include assistance with mathematics, study skills, and writing development. Most of these services are delivered in small groups or in individual consultation settings and are designed to encourage the sharing of ideas and peer learning.
Laurier 101 is a collection of programs specifically tailored for incoming students that support them from the time they accept their offer until the first week of classes and beyond. It includes course registration webinars, summer webinar series, Hawk Talks with senior students, and orientation week.
The Laurier Library offers various resources for students including databases, journals, e-books, and e-videos. The librarians are available to provide students with one-on-one research help.
Academic advising is for all students; for those facing challenges and those doing well. Laurier offers students the ability to visit central academic advisors, program specific faculty advisors, professional staff advisors or even their associate deans. Laurier’s mission is for undergraduate academic advising to support and enable students to create, refine and realize an academic plan that is informed by and aligned with their goals and aspirations, with the expectation that students are responsible for their academic path.
Other Support Services
Scholarships, Bursaries, and Awards
Laurier offers a range of financial assistance through scholarships, awards, bursaries and financial literacy education initiatives. Information regarding Wilfrid Laurier University’s financial aid is available on their website, as well as complete lists of scholarships, bursaries, awards, and contact information.
Residence is guaranteed to students who are attending postsecondary for the first time, provided they apply by the deadline. Residence on the Waterloo campus is comprised of both traditional- and apartment-style residences. Residence on the Brantford campus is apartment-style, which means you will have a kitchen to cook meals in. All students living in residence must purchase a mandatory meal plan. Meal plans vary depending on student preference and accommodation type. Review Laurier’s website for information on residence fees, living in residence, room and building styles, and meal plans.
Students who require special consideration in the room assignment process based on a documented medical need or disability must submit a completed Residence Disability and Medical Verification form as part of their residence application. Forms will be reviewed to determine if any housing accommodations need to be considered when finalizing room placements.
Wilfrid Laurier University students can access off-campus housing information at Places4Students Waterloo, and Places4Students Brantford. Students will find advertisements from landlord on available housing. Students can still enjoy all the benefits that a residence community offers by joining LOCUS (Laurier Off-Campus University Students), which provides off-campus students with academic, social and personal support to ensure you don’t miss out on Laurier’s on-campus experience.
Wilfrid Laurier offers Accessible Maps and Campus Guides for each campus.
Laurier is committed to creating a barrier-free environment for persons with disabilities, as well as promoting accessibility and equitable access to services and facilities. Laurier is also committed to welcoming persons with disabilities who are accompanied by a service animal on our campuses. For more information, consult their Accessibility at Laurier website.
Laurier students receive a student card, called a Laurier OneCard, which acts as a bus pass for the local regional transit systems. In Waterloo, Grand River Transit (GRT) is comprised of buses and the ION light rail. Schedules and maps are offered for every transit route that GRT provides. The GRT provides the easyGO Mobile Application, which allows users to have instant access to real time transit information.
GRT provides accessible transit with features such as low floors, kneeling features, and a ramp. Users who require a support person to travel with them, can apply for the Transit Support Person Program, which will allow the support person to travel with the user free of charge.
The GRT also offers the MobilityPLUS which is a door-to-door transit service for persons with mobility impairments. MobilityPLUS travels within the Kitchener, Waterloo, and Cambridge city limits. More information about MobilityPLUS and the eligibility guidelines and application is provided on their website.
In Brantford, Brantford Transit is comprised of buses. There is also a train station located near the campus.
Brantford Lift is a service for registered people who cannot access the planned route transit service due to an accessibility issue. Our bus operators will assist you to board the bus. They will then help you secure your personal mobility aid. Contact Brantford Lift to find out more information about their services.
Laurier offers more than 80 Academic Programs in their faculties and schools. Information about the academic programs and educational opportunities at Wilfrid Laurier University is available on their website.