Student Life

Overview

At university, you can explore your interests, inside and outside of the classroom. You will have opportunities to attend social events or join a student club. You might also like to play extracurricular sports or, if you live on campus, become involved in your residence community. In this section you will find more about student life at Laurier.

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Orientation Week

Orientation Week

Laurier’s Orientation Week is jam-packed with events and activities that allow you to become familiar with the campus and build connections before classes begin.

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Clubs and Societies

General Clubs

The best way to meet new people and pursue your interests is to get involved with Laurier’s extensive network of academic, social, political and charitable clubs and societies.

Check out the list of clubs on both campuses. If you don’t find any that interest you, you can always start your own.

Indigenous Learners’ Club

The Indigenous Student Association provides you with social events and peer support throughout your years at Laurier. It also gives you the chance to celebrate your heritage as well as educate the public. For more information on getting involved, please email contact the Association.

Student Union

Your student union plays an important role at university. The union advocates on behalf of students on campus and in the community. Members may also organize your Orientation Week and student clubs. At Laurier, you are represented by the Wilfrid Laurier University Students’ Union.

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Athletics

Laurier is home to the Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks varsity sports that range from basketball, cheerleading and lacrosse to rugby, curling and golf. The Golden Hawks participate in both Ontario University Athletics (OUA) and Canadian Interuniversity Sport. Get more information on varsity athletics at Laurier that includes try-out dates.

Recreation and Intramurals

Laurier offers recreational sports and leagues that you can participate in regardless of your skill level. Recreational sports include hockey, aquatics, dance classes, baseball and lacrosse. Joining a team is a great way to meet other people and stay active, whether you are continuing to play a sport or starting a new one.

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Student Services

Accessible Learning Centre

If you have a disability that requires academic accommodation and support, the Accessible Learning Centre is available to help. It is important that you reach out to the office as soon as possible to ensure the appropriate supports are in place for you at the beginning of the school year. For more information about supports that you can access at Laurier, visit the Centre’s website.

Safe Spaces (LGBTQ)

Laurier’s Rainbow Centre is a safe and inclusive space on campus available to all students, faculty, staff and visitors who self-identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans or queer, or all those who are friends or allies of the LGBTQ community. Members of the Rainbow Centre provide awareness, training, education and support to fellow peers and the greater university community.

Multi-Faith Centre

The Multi-Faith Prayer Space and team are available to help students in their efforts to research or discuss ethical and theological issues.

Child Care

You can access child care services through the Emmanuel at Brighton Child Care Centre in Waterloo and through the Beryl Angus Municipal Children’s Centre in Brantford. Laurier has partnerships with both centres.

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Security

Laurier’s Safety and Security looks after the personal safety, protection of property, and parking needs of both campuses. Special Constable Service on the Waterloo campus and Special Constable Service on the Brantford campus provide you with crime prevention services, safety information and 24/7 emergency access.

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