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Waterloo Off Campus Housing: Know Where to Find the Essentials

Now that you have found or are looking for a place to live in Waterloo while you are in school it is probably a good idea to become familiar with your new city. Sure, you can find your way around campus, make it to the local pub, and find the most popular place to eat, however, do you know where the local grocery store is? If you can, that's a good start. The reality is that during their first year of school, many students rarely took any time to explore the city and are lost when it comes to finding essential services. Now that you are moving onto your second year, and are preparing to live in waterloo off campus housing, you need to know where the essentials are located. Knowing where grocery and other retails stores will not only save you time, it will also ensure you make purchases that help you stay within your budget.

The following is list of essential services that will help you with living off campus:

Grocery Stores and Pharmacies:

Now that you live off campus you are going to have to cook your own meals. For all of your food, personal hygiene, and household needs, the following grocery stores and pharmacies are close to the University of Waterloo campus and student housing. Use Google Maps or MapQuest to get specific directions to these locations:

  • Sobey's: 450 Columbia St. West
    Sobey's is open 24 hours and has a pharmacy in store.
  • Zehrs: Beechwood Plaza
  • Price Chopper, 425 University Ave.
  • Shopper's Drug Mart, 50 Weber St. N
    Open 24 hours


If you do not have a car there are a number of options to get around town, especially if you have a large amount of groceries. Here are the following options for students who live in Waterloo off campus housing:

  • Grand River Transit
    To check routes and schedules go to
  • Waterloo Taxi, 519-886-1200
  • United Taxi, 519-888-9999
  • City Cabs, 519-747-7777


There are two main shopping malls for students to fulfill their shopping needs:

  • Conestoga Mall: It is located on King St. N and Kraus Drive
    Stores: The Bay, Zellers, Winners, TD, Bell, Telus, Rogers Plus, Flight Centre, and many other retail stores (check the mall website for a full list of stores).
  • Fairview Park Mall: It is located on Fairway Rd. S. and Highway 8
    Stores: Wal-mart, Sears, The Bay, Bell World, Marlin Travel, and many other retail stores (check the mall website for a full list of stores).

Health care

If you require any form of medical attention there are a number of hospitals and walk in clinic in close proximity to student housing:

  • Hospitals:
    Grand River Hospital
    Address: 835 King St. West
    Phone number: 519-742-3611
    St. Mary's Hospital
    Address: 911 Queen's Blvd.
    Phone number: 519-744-3311
  • Walk in Clinics:
    The Doctor's Office
    Address: 13-170 University Ave. West
    Phone number: 519-725-1514
    Urgent Care Clinics.
    Address: 751 Victoria St. (Kitchener)
    Phone number: 519-745-2273

Knowing the contact information and location of these essential services makes it easier for you get what you need, plan your shopping trips accordingly, and save time for more pressing tasks. Finding Waterloo off campus housing is a great way to reduce living expenses, while still being in a central location.