Located 110 km southwest of Toronto on the banks of the Grand River, Waterloo Region provides the perfect balance between new and old, rural and urban, nature and technology, tranquility and adventure. The City of Waterloo is a safe, mid-sized city with more than 50,000 university and college students. As home to one of the youngest populations in Canada, Waterloo Region has many restaurants, shops, activities and services geared to students.

The city’s vibrant tech sector, often referred to as “Canada’s Silicon Valley” attracts top talent and entrepreneurs from around the world, driving innovation and economic growth. Beyond its academic and technological prowess, Waterloo offers a high quality of life, with picturesque parks, diverse cultural amenities, and a strong sense of community. Residents and visitors alike enjoy exploring the city’s charming neighborhoods, vibrant arts scene, and bustling farmers’ markets. With its blend of innovation, education, and community spirit, Waterloo continues to thrive as a dynamic and inviting place to live, work, and explore.


Often referred to as a leading startup community, Waterloo’s industrial past has evolved into a home for 1,000+ technology companies. Some of the technology companies with offices in Waterloo, many of which are founded by University of Waterloo students and graduates, include BlackBerry, Kik Messenger, Google, Vidyard, ClearPath, and Shopify.

As a city with a focus on education, Waterloo boasts 2 leading research centres which offer public lectures and professors who also teach and conduct research at the University of Waterloo.

  • The Perimeter Institute is one of the world’s leading centres for scientific research, training and educational outreach in theoretical physics.
  • The Centre for International Governance Innovation believes that better international governance can improve the lives of people everywhere by increasing prosperity, ensuring global sustainability, addressing inequality and safeguarding human rights, and promoting a more secure world.





Travel in the Region of Waterloo is very convenient with Grand River Transit buses that travel around the Waterloo, Kitchener and Cambridge areas, including direct routes to campus. With a student ID (WatCard), students have unlimited access to the transit system. Construction is underway for a light rail transit system (LRT) which includes a stop on main campus and is scheduled to begin running in 2018.

Frequent trains and buses offer easy access from Waterloo Region to the Greater Toronto Area and surrounding communities.

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