Wilfrid Laurier University

Located in: Ontario, Canada
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About university

Laurier offers a broad range of full- and part-time graduate and undergraduate degree programs through nine faculties and one federated institution. As one of Canada's leading mid-size universities, Laurier is known for combining academic excellence with an outstanding student experience.

Laurier’s two campuses are in Waterloo and Brantford, but we also have a Faculty of Social Work in nearby Kitchener and a weekend MBA program in Toronto. In all, we have 19,000 undergraduate and graduate students. Kitchener-Waterloo, with a population of about 350,000, is small enough to be safe and easy to navigate but large enough to offer great art, music, restaurants and other big-city amenities. Our campus in Brantford is fully embedded in the student-friendly downtown core and a stone’s throw from the Grand River and many outdoor activities. Both campuses are only about an hour from Toronto, Canada’s biggest city.

Top reasons to study at Wilfrid Laurier University

Putting knowledge to work in the world is a hallmark of the Laurier experience
Top 10: Where Laurier ranks in its category in the 2014 Maclean’s University Rankings
Study in a thriving, busy city with culture to spare.

Out-of-class activities are a huge part of the Laurier experience – the clubs you participate in, the community service activities you pitch in for, even the intramural sports you compete in play a huge role in shaping your future. Learn all the ways you can gain invaluable extracurricular experience.

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Research and projects

At Laurier, we look for ways to link our research with the rest of the world. That’s because our work as researchers isn’t complete until the knowledge we build serves society. Our researchers often work together across disciplines to address issues of importance in the world. We have a global reach – in 2015/16, Laurier researchers were engaged in research projects across 37 countries and were active in global interdisciplinary networks, working to solve complex global issues.

Whether through forging connections with community groups, or by engaging with industry partners to commercialize laboratory advances, we strive to produce work that is worthy of the most prestigious academic journals and that also makes a positive impact in the world.
Laurier researchers have access to state-of-the-art research facilities, laboratories and equipment in a variety of locations on both the Waterloo and Brantford campuses. Much scientific research requiring lab space takes place at the Science Research Centre and the Centre for Cold Regions and Water Science. The Northdale Campus in Waterloo and the Research and Academic Centre (East and West) in Brantford are also home to a number of specialized research facilities.


Of Laurier’s 19,000 graduate and undergraduate students, 16,000 are enrolled at our Waterloo campus, which trades on the energy from this region of 350,000 where smartphone maker BlackBerry got its start. Faculties in Arts, Music, Science, Education, Graduate Studies and the Lazaridis School of Business and Economics are based here. Laurier is a leading force in research among Canadian universities, and many of our research centres and institutes are housed here.

More than 3,000 students are enrolled at Laurier’s Brantford campus, which opened in 1999. The faculties of Liberal Arts and Human and Social Sciences are based here. Our Brantford campus is rooted in the downtown core, offering you a unique campus-life experience. It’s close to shops, cafés, great walking and biking trails, and a diverse arts and entertainment scene. Brantford has a small-town feel, but city life is never far off – Toronto is an hour away.

Fee Structure

So, how much does it all cost, you ask? There’s tuition, living expenses, textbooks, technology, fees and parking costs. And don’t forget food, clothing, entertainment, transportation, phone bills and the occasional haircut!

Tuition fees

The following are estimated costs for your first year at Laurier (two terms studying full time) based on the fees for the 2017/18 academic year. Fees subject to increase for 2018/19. This chart is an estimate only.

Tuition Fee
Bachelor $8,800 to $11,544
Master $19,464 to $41,905

Living expenses

We know that thinking about financial matters related to attending university can be stressful and we want to provide you with as much information as possible. Below you will find more information about living expenses

Rent $4,941 – $7,955 (dorm or apartment style) per year
Groceries $5,000 or $5,400 (dormitory-style meal plan per year
Learning aid $750-1000 per year
Transport $600 travel per year



Living in residence gives you plenty of opportunities to get involved, which can mean a quicker, easier transition to university. And there’s no better way to get to know someone than to live with them and share your toothpaste.

All of our residence buildings are on or very near campus, which makes getting to class on time really easy — even when you sleep in. It also means that the conveniences of campus become the conveniences of home, and you’ll have access to lots of coffee, food outlets and the library for those late-night study sessions.

Our campuses are like mini-cities: we have our own security, our own health care, and even our own government. We’re committed to providing you with a variety of services to ensure your safety, wellbeing and academic success.

Residence students also have access to special activities planned just for them by their residence house councils.

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