University of Waterloo

Rank 5
Location Waterloo
Established 1959
Famous For Computer Science, Engineering, Mathematics


The University of Waterloo is a public research university located in Ontario, Canada. Founded in 1957, the University is currently ranked the best institution in Canada for experimental learning and employer-student connections.

Waterloo provides various academic programs across several departments, including Applied Language Studies, Applied Mathematics, Anthropology, Accounting and Finance, and many more. The University encourages the admission of international students, of whom 40% currently make up the student population, which totals almost 45,000 students.

Waterloo has ranked as Canada's most innovative university for 29 years (Maclean’s University Ranking) and via unique co-op work terms, Waterloo students find employment that ensures their skills are finely honed and future-proof.

Services for International Students

The University of Waterloo has a Student Success Office that provides continuous support to international students before and upon their arrival. This office offers a free airport pickup service for international students from Toronto's Pearson International Airport, followed by a thorough international orientation that helps these students to settle and learn about life on campus and in Canada holistically.

International students can also get help on other issues, such as obtaining health services on-campus or becoming a part of the various student clubs and societies. This office also helps international students with multiple resources to improve their English language skills and help them achieve their academic goals smoothly.


  • 112th (5th in Canada) in the QS World University Rankings 2024
  • 201-250th in THE World University Rankings 2023
  • 55th in THE Impact Rankings 2023
  • 126-150th in THE Reputation Rankings 2022


The University of Waterloo offers various residences and there is guaranteed accommodation availability to all the incoming students in their first year. The living-in residences provided by the University support the holistic development of the students and provide various features and infrastructure required for their growth and development.

About Location

The University of Waterloo's main campus is in Waterloo, Ontario. Waterloo is a prominent and fun city in Canada known for its museums, theatres, farmer’s market (the largest continually operating farmer market in Canada), Waterloo Park, Montrose Covered Bridge, also known as the Kissing Bridge, and other such attractions.

Various transport modes are available to reach the university campus from the airport, such as booking a seat with the Airways Transit, booking a seat with another shuttle service, or hiring a taxi, among other options.


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