The vast majority of O-Week is completely free to participate in, however, there is one event in Waterloo that will require a ticket.


Laurier Orientation


Check out the extraordinary events we have planned for you!

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Meet the people working hard to make your first experience at Laurier a great one!


We've made a list of some resources to help make your time at Laurier comfortable and successful!



Take a look at our FAQ page!

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Blue Head Icebreaker 2016 - 2019

"O-Week gave me the chance to bond and form life-long friendships with my floormates and other first year students! All the O-Week events and activities were extremely fun and helped me fall in love with Laurier and showed me everything the school had to offer! I would encourage every first-year student to participate as much as possible because it's a great intro to your undergrad journey and an amazing opportunity to create memories you'll never forget!"

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Red Head Icebreaker 2018 - 2019

"Orientation Week was a huge part of my university experience from my first to last year at Laurier. It exposed me to an incredible community of people as well as allowed me to give back to a school that gave so much to me. The memories from my 4 Orientation Weeks will last me a lifetime!"

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O-Team Executive 2018 - 2019

"Participating in Orientation Week is the perfect way to shake off any initial nerves that being a first-year student has. O-Week creates this sense of community where you are able to meet other students outside your residence and experience the opportunities that campus has to offer. I had such a great experience that it inspired me to volunteer with the Students' Union for the next three years." 

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Blue Icebreaker 2018 - 2019

"O-Week was such a turning point in my life, I went from being a nervous wreck on moving day to feeling more at home than I ever could've imagine in the span of a week! It solidified some of my best friendships and encouraged me to become an active member of the Students' Union. Without the unconditional support and positivity of my Icebreakers, I never would've had the confidence to get as involved as I did, I'm so grateful for O-Week!"

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Gold Icebreaker 2017 - 2018

"O-Week is a must have experience going into university that's full of good vibes and fun! It's definitely where I met most of my closest friends and it's a great way to meet people in your classes. If you're big on networking, I'd highly recommend it."

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Blue Icebreaker 2018 - 2019

"Being a part of O-Week really helped me get acquainted with the different clubs and resources on campus. I made a lot of friends and tons of memories! It's great to be a Laurier Golden Hawk! 💛💜"

Welcome to Laurier, and congratulations on accepting your offer!


I know that things are a little different than imagined this year, but Laurier and its incredible community are here to help alleviate some of the “first-year jitters.” Students’ Union staff, volunteers and partners have planned this week in anticipation of your arrival. Their goal and my own is to help you thrive during your time at Laurier and onwards. This week’s programming will be filled with events, sessions and experiences that will help you meet new people, discover new opportunities, more information about your academics, and much more!

In addition to Laurier being an excellent institution for post-secondary studies, we pride ourselves on fostering an inclusive and caring community. The Students’ Union is, in its very essence: a union of the students. We represent, create opportunities, and advocate for the Waterloo and Brantford campuses’ undergraduates. You become a member of the Students’ Union as soon as you register at Laurier! Most employees and volunteers of the Students’ Union are themselves, students. Should you wish to get involved on campus (which I suggest you do!), hundreds of volunteer, club, and employment opportunities are available!

Meeting new people and being in a new environment with new demands made me feel anxious going into my first day at Laurier. The months leading up to my first year were filled with excitement and dread.  I now know that I was not alone; this feeling carries with students probably more now than ever before, having lived through a pandemic. I cannot imagine how it must feel, and I sympathize. Nevertheless, online classes have taught me how great it is to be a Laurier student and how lucky I am to be here.

I started my co-curricular career in my first year through residence programming. In the following years, I got involved in other university areas. I recognize that through these experiences, I have met some of my best friends and shaped my future career. I would not be where I am today had it not been for the great experiences and opportunities that Laurier and the Students’ Union have to offer, and I hope that whoever reads this gets involved! Our experiences at Laurier might differ, but the sentiment remains the same: Laurier is a great place to learn, build community and get involved.

For more information on the Students’ Union and how to get involved, check out our website and our Instagram @yourstudentsunion


Pegah Jamalof, President & CEO