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Wilfrid Laurier University

Wilfrid Laurier University

Learn about services for students at Wilfrid Laurier University, including their accessibility services, peer and academic support programs, financial aid, campus accessibility, and more.

General Information

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

The addresses for Wilfrid Laurier campuses are:

Waterloo Campus:
75 University Avenue West
Waterloo, Ontario  N2L 3C5 
(519) 884-1970

Brantford Campus:
73 George Street
Brantford, Ontario  N3T 2Y3
(519) 756-8228

Kitchener Location:
120 Duke St. W.
Kitchener, Ontario  N2H 3W8
(519) 884-1970

 

www.wlu.ca

Accessibility Services

Accessibility Services

Laurier is committed to assisting students with disabilities reach their full academic potential. Laurier supports and encourage students’ independence and self-determination by offering a variety of services and resources delivered in a respectful, confidential and professional manner. The centre providing accessibility services to students is called Accessible Learning Centre

Transition Programs

Wilfrid Laurier University offers a campus-wide incoming student support program, including a specific program called Transition Connections: Orientation to Accessible Learning. Transition connection programming offered by the ALC over the summer helps new students prepare for the year ahead.

Accessibility Plan

For more information about accessibility at Laurier , and their current initiatives to address issues of accessibility, please see Wilfrid Laurier University's Accessibility Plan.

Documentation Required

Students seeking academic accommodation from Laurier’s Accessible Learning Centre are required to provide current supporting documentation that confirms their disability. This documentation must demonstrate clear evidence that the accommodations requested are appropriate and relevant given the nature of the disability and the demands of the university environment for which they are being recommended.

Current document requirements specified by disability are listed on Laurier’s Documentation Requirements website.

For more information about required documentation or how to obtain proof of your disability, review Laurier’s intake process for registering with the Accessible Learning Centre or contact them directly. You can begin the intake process as soon as you accept an offer of admission to Laurier. It is in your best interest to begin the intake process as soon as possible.

Support Services Available

Health Services

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.

Counselling Services

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 mathematicsstudy 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

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, the Headstart pre-orientation program, online summer orientation and orientation week.

Academic Advising 

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.

Library Services

There are multiple libraries at Laurier, which offer 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.

Other Support Services

Financial Aid

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 and Housing

On-Campus Housing

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.

Accessible Accommodations

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.

Off-Campus Housing

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.

Getting Around

Campus Accessibility

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.

Waterloo Transit

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. 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.

Accessibility
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.

Brantford Transit

In Brantford, Brantford Transit is comprised of buses. There is also a train station located near the campus.

Accessibility

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.

Academic Programs

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.

Contact Information

Waterloo Campus

Admissions, Tuition and Financial Aid
(519) 884-0710 ext 3085
chooselaurier@wlu.ca

Campus Welcome Centre (Tours & Events)
(519) 884-0710 ext 2157
waterlootours@wlu.ca

Accessible Learning Centre
(519) 884-0710 ext 3086 
accessible_learning@wlu.ca 
Located in Peters building, 2nd floor, Room P220

Student Wellness Centre
(519) 884-0710 ext 3146
wellness@wlu.ca

Counselling Services
(519) 884-0710 ext 3146
wellness@wlu.ca

Centre for Student Success
(519) 884-0710 ext 2220
learningservices@wlu.ca 
Located in DAWB Room 1-102

Library Services
(519) 884-0710 ext 3999

Financial Aid
(519) 884-0710 ext 2800
servicelaurier@wlu.ca
1st floor, Schlegel Building

Residence Life Office
(519) 884-0710 ext 3236
housing@wlu.ca

 

Brantford Campus

Admissions, Tuition and Financial Aid
(519) 884-0710 ext 3085
chooselaurier@wlu.ca

Campus Welcome Centre (Tours & Events)
(519) 756-8228 ext 5693
brantfordtours@wlu.ca

Accessible Learning Centre
(519) 756-8228 ext 5871  
lbaccessiblelearning@wlu.ca 
Located in Wilkes House

Wellness Centre
(519) 756-8228 ext 5803
lbwellnesscentre@wlu.ca

Counselling Services
(519) 756-8228 ext 5803
lbwellnesscentre@wlu.ca

Library Services
(519) 756-8228 ext 5497 ext 5529

Financial Support
(519) 756-8228 ext 5885
servicelaurier@wlu.ca
Located in Grand River Hall, Room 202

Residence Life Office
(519) 756-8228 ext 5805
housing@wlu.ca

Academic Advising & Support
Contacts available by service

Checklist

Use this checklist to create an overview of the services available at Wilfrid Laurier University, and to determine if the services meet your needs.