Unofficial school motto:
‘It’s great to be a Laurier Golden Hawk!’
Best place for a nap:
Best cheap lunch:
Bao Sandwich Bar
Best hangover breakfast:
Favourite watering hole:
Phil’s Grandson’s Place
Perks of living in this town:
The coffee and restaurant scene is really diverse, so it’s a great place for foodies to explore
Best place to study:
No stepping on the Hawk in the Fred Nichols Campus Centre
Best campus event:
Trivia at Wilf’s Restaurant and Bar
Laurier’s Luckiest Student
Best live music venue:
Maxwell’s Concerts & Events
University Insider Report: Lena Yang, 23, English
Although Wilfrid Laurier University was established more than 100 years ago, the institution has just recently found its legs. With the largest business degree co-op program in Canada, it’s no wonder the campus is situated in Waterloo, the Silicon Valley of the north—a place that cultivates endless innovation and inspiration.
The university’s recent push to brand itself as “Canada’s best business school” may leave other faculties feeling a little trivialized, but that does not mean Laurier is lacking in professors who work hard to cultivate a sense of community within their own faculties.
Unlike other sprawling campuses that could rival cities, Laurier’s is cozy and efficient, albeit lacking any particular aesthetic flourishes. The walk across campus is a mere 10 minutes—slightly less if you happen to slip down the steep hill leading to Alumni Field during those bitter Waterloo winters. The upside to a small campus? You will always be able to cross paths with a familiar face, if not on the way to and from class, then at the usual campus haunts such as the infamous Starbucks line.
Despite the perpetual presence of angry Canadian geese, and the fact that campus sees more rain than sun, the school is nevertheless headed down a bright path.
After football season ends and the bleachers empty out, students disperse to the many clubs and associations on campus. From faculty-specific clubs like the Archaeology Society to more leisurely gatherings like Skiffy, which screens sci-fi and fantasy films every week, there is a community for everyone, especially those looking to find their niche outside of the most popular extracurriculars.
There are recreational classes offered at the Athletics Complex, as well as an on-campus art gallery and soup-and-frybread lunches offered by the Aboriginal Student Centre.
With the University of Waterloo flanking one side of Laurier and Conestoga College on the other, Waterloo is very much a student city. The upside is most shops catering to students are available within a 15-minute walk of the three institutions. The downside is students often settle down in this bubble and never venture into the city despite the fact that uptown Waterloo is just a short bus ride away. There is a plethora of hip bars and cafés, along with a cozy theatre that screens indie flicks. No more than three blocks away from uptown is Waterloo Park, which boasts a modest farm trying to pass as a zoo.
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