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University of Waterloo

Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
  • 169 QS World University Rankings 2014
  • 180 QS World University Rankings 2013
  • 240 THE World University Rankings 2013-2014
  • 275 THE World University Rankings 2014-2015
  • 152 QS World University Rankings 2015
  • 179 THE World University Rankings 2015-2016
  • 152 QS World University Rankings 2018
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About University of Waterloo

The University of Waterloo (commonly referred to as Waterloo, UW or UWaterloo) is a public research university with a main campus located in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. Waterloo is a member of the U15, a group of research-intensive universities in Canada. University of Waterloo is most famous for its Cooperative Education (co-op) programs, which allow the students to integrate their education with applicable work experiences. The university is co-educational, and has nearly 27,000 undergraduate and over 4,000 post-graduate students.

Consistently ranked Canada’s most innovative university, Waterloo is home to advanced research and teaching in science and engineering, health, environment, arts and social sciences. From quantum computing and nanotechnology to clinical psychology and health sciences research, Waterloo brings ideas and brilliant minds together, inspiring innovations with real impact today and in the future.

Campus information

University of Waterloo, main campus:

Spread over 400 hectares of former farmland in Waterloo, Ontario, a leading Canadian technology hub, the University of Waterloo’s main campus is home to advanced research in a variety of fields, including health, engineering, mathematics, psychology, quantum information, nanotechnology and environmental studies.

University of Waterloo, School of Architecture:

The School of Architecture at Waterloo offers a fully co-operative professional program, and has been rated the greenest architecture curriculum in Canada. The nationally and internationally respected design school is located in the historic Riverside Silk Mill in the old Galt neighbourhood of Cambridge, along the banks of the Grand River.

University of Waterloo Health Sciences Campus and School of Pharmacy:

The School of Pharmacy is the anchor institution for the Health Sciences Campus of the University of Waterloo. The campus is also home to the regional program of McMaster University’s DeGroote School of Medicine as well as a family health team.  Student pharmacists have the opportunity to care for patients as part of an interdisciplinary team of physicians, pharmacists, nurses and other health care professionals.

University of Waterloo, Stratford Campus:

Focused on education in digital arts and media, the Stratford campus is a collaborative, strategic partnership between the City of Stratford and the University of Waterloo, bringing students, leading researchers, businesses and entrepreneurs together to create, examine and commercialize opportunities in the digital media space.

The University of Waterloo is situated on 4 campuses, including the main campus approximately 110 km west of Toronto – in the heart of Southwestern Ontario.


All first-year students are guaranteed residence

First-year housing options:

Traditional-style housing is a great way to transition to University and form new friendships.

You'll live in a fully-furnished room with shared common areas. Your residence will have its own cafeteria where you will eat all your meals together with other students from your floor.

  • Traditional-style dorm residences - You'll live in a fully-furnished room with shared common areas. Your residence will have its own cafeteria where you will eat all your meals together with other students from your floor.
  • Suite-style apartment residences - You'll share a living room, kitchen, and bathroom(s) with your roommates. Take advantage of the grocery shuttle or purchase an optional meal plan to expand your dining options.
  • University College Residences - The University College Residences are independent but affiliated with the larger UWaterloo campus. Each University College is a smaller community with its own character and distinctive programs.

Upper-year & Transfer student residences

  • Village 1
  • UW Place
  • Mackenzie King Village
  • Columbia Lake Village-South
  • Velocity - Minota Hagey

Exchange student residences

  • Village 1
  • Columbia Lake Village-South

Graduate students & Family residence

  • Columbia Lake Village-North


Courses available 10

Accounting & Finance 1 Applied, Pure Sciences 2 Computer Science, IT 1 Engineering 3 Health and Medicine 1 Humanities & Social Sciences 2


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