Student Life

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.

Learn more about student life at Laurier.

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.

Indigenous Student Association

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 and educate the public.

Student Union

At Laurier, you are represented by the Wilfrid Laurier University Students’ 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.

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Laurier is home to the Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks varsity sports, including:

  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Lacrosse
  • Rugby
  • Curling
  • Golf

The Golden Hawks participate in both Ontario University Athletics and Canadian Interuniversity Sport.

Read more about Laurier’s varsity athletics.

Read more about Brantford’s varsity athletics.

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
  • 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 (ALC)

The Accessible Learning Centre is available to students who have a permanent or temporary disability. This includes full- and part-time graduate and undergraduate students.

The ALC is committed to helping students with disabilities reach their full academic potential. By offering a variety of services and resources – and delivering them in a respectful, confidential and professional manner – the ALC supports and encourages your independence and self-determination.

Contact the office as soon as possible to ensure the appropriate supports are in place for you at the beginning of the school year.

2SLGBTQ+ Services

Laurier’s 2SLGBTQ+ Associations are safe and inclusive spaces on campus.

The Rainbow Centre in Waterloo and Queer Sphere in Brantford work to foster social, academic and personal growth for all individuals in the Laurier community, through personal support, awareness promotion, advocacy and education regarding LGBTQ issues, rights and experiences.

Multi-Faith Supports

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

Read more about multi-faith supports available at Laurier.

Child Care

Child care services are available at the Emmanuel at Brighton Child Care Centre in Waterloo and through Creative Minds Children Services in Brantford. Laurier has partnerships with both centres.

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Laurier’s Safety and Security looks after the personal safety, protection of property, and parking needs of both campuses.

Our Special Constable Service provides you with:

  • Crime prevention services
  • Safety information
  • 24/7 emergency access

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