Welcome students!

Posted On Wednesday September 01, 2021

The City of Waterloo extends a warm and neighbourly welcome to all new and returning students as they begin or continue their post-secondary education this fall, right here in Waterloo. 

“Conestoga College, University of Waterloo and Wilfrid Laurier University are top academic institutions in our community and around the world, so these students made the right choice,” says Waterloo Mayor Dave Jaworsky. “One of the best things about Waterloo is our community feel. I encourage all students to be good neighbours and get to know the people of this great city. I wish students all the best in their studies.” 

City staff continue to collaborate with the University of Waterloo (UW), Wilfrid Laurier University (WLU), Conestoga College, Wilfrid Laurier University Students’ Union (WLUSA), Waterloo Undergraduate Student Association (WUSA), Conestoga Students Inc, Waterloo Regional Police Services (WRPS), Region of Waterloo Paramedic Services and Region of Waterloo Public Health, to welcome students to Waterloo. 

This collaboration provides opportunities to share information about rental housing support, parking, noise bylaws and property standards, as well as fire and life safety. Due to the ongoing pandemic however, these opportunities will be virtual. 

The City of Waterloo website remains the primary source of information about parking, noise and other bylaws and rental housing support, as well as fire and life safety. WLUSA, UW and Conestoga Students Inc have City of Waterloo specific information posted on their respective websites and social media channels. Community partners and agencies will provide links to their respective websites to ensure students have the information they need to be safe and responsible. 

City of Waterloo staff will use its Instagram account throughout September to post engaging content, including welcome messages, fun things to see and do, information about making social connections, neighbourliness, fire safety, bylaws, active transportation, jobs and volunteer opportunities. Then, from October to December, city staff will launch a virtual bylaw education campaign to generate awareness of parking rules, rental housing support, property standards, noise bylaws and more. 


Temporary traffic redirection during the Labour Day long weekend

Due to the pandemic, and to abide by physical distancing protocols, students will move to Waterloo September 4 – 6, staggering entry for key pick-ups and moving into residence.

To make the transition as smooth as possible, traffic will be redirected temporarily on certain streets. Our goal, during this busy time, is to keep vehicles moving by easing congestion in the affected and surrounding areas. We ask residents to please be patient when driving around these areas during the long weekend. 

Lester Street

  • Lester Street will be one way, northbound traffic only, from Seagram Drive to Columbia Street West
  • No access to Lester Street (south from University Avenue West)
  • No access to Lester Street (north) from Columbia Street West
  • No left turns onto Columbia Street West from Lester Street
  • No left turns onto University Avenue West from Lester Street 

Sunview Street

  • No left turns from University Avenue West to Sunview Street 

Ezra Avenue

  • No left turns from Ezra Avenue to Albert Street
  • Traffic from Bricker Avenue, east of Clayfield Avenue, will turn left onto Clayfield Avenue and exit on Ezra Avenue 


For more information, please contact City of Waterloo enforcement services at 519-747-8785.



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Media contact:

Shelly Reed
Communications consultant