University of Waterloo

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University Information

Location: Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
Founded: 1956
Undergraduate Students: 31 300
Campus Type: Urban
Institution Type: Public university
Website: www.uwaterloo.ca

About the University

In the heart of Waterloo Region, at the forefront of innovation, the University of Waterloo is home to world-changing research and inspired teaching. At the hub of a growing network of global partnerships, Waterloo will shape the future by building bridges with industry and between disciplines, institutions and communities.

From quantum computing and nanotechnology to clinical psychology, engineering and health sciences research, ideas that change the world.

11 faculty-based schools:

  • Accounting and Finance (Arts)
  • Architecture (Engineering)
  • Balsillie School of International Affairs (Arts)
  • David Cheriton School of Computer Science (Mathematics)
  • Optometry (Science)
  • Pharmacy (Science)
  • Planning (Environment)
  • School of Public Health and Health Systems (Applied Health Sciences)
  • School of Environment, Enterprise and Development (Environment)
  • School of Environment, Resources and Sustainability (Environment)
  • Social Work (Renison)

Teaching and research excellence remain core to Waterloo’s mission. Waterloo continues to stand out among Canadian universities, ranked as the nation’s most innovative university for 25 consecutive years (according to Maclean's magazine), and #1 in Canada for Computer Science and Engineering (U.S. News and World Report).

- Excerpt from the University of Waterloo's website.

Minimum TOEFL/IELTS Score

TOEFL: 80/120

IELTS: 6,5

Health Insurance

All Waterloo students mustIt is important that you arrange for insurance to cover health care costs as soon as you arrive in Waterloo. As a University of Waterloo student, you  must be covered by both a health and a dental plan:

Cost: $300.00

CHARTIS is not accepted at Waterloo

Housing

Living on-campus:  On-campus housing is available on first-come first-served basis for undergraduate students. 

There are a lot of details to consider when studying internationally. Waterloo believes in fostering a supportive living environment that will take the stress out of your transition to Canada. There are many benefits to on campus living. Here are just a few:

  • All-inclusive living, which includes furniture, utilities, high-speed internet and a weekly a grocery shuttle!
  • Dedicated Residence Life team who are there to connect you with the support you need to thrive physically, mentally, academically, and socially.
  • Each floor is monitored by a Residence Life Don, and facilities are only accessible by WatCard. A dedicated campus police service and system of help lines also ensures a safe and secure environment.

For more information, check out the pricing list and residence hall information at this website.

Cost: $3,404.00 - $4,904.00 per semester* 
*Students living in residence halls must also purchase a meal plan. This adds an addition $2,305.00 - $2,705.00

Off-campus Housing: Housing can be found off-campus around the university.  Contact your international student advisor for possible ressources.  

Average Student Budget

The average budget per month is: $400 - 500 

Financial Resources

Waterloo does not specify their required ressources, but you need to have enough to cover the full costs of your stay.