4 Things You Must Know About Brantford

In September you’re going to embark on an adventure like no other! Attending university in Brantford is like stepping back in time but still holding onto today’s innovative, creative thinking. Laurier Brantford is a small, tight-knit community full of Golden Hawk pride. Before you step onto campus, read these must-know things about your new home away from home.

1. Downtown Brantford and the Laurier Campus are the same thing!

You’ll live, study, eat and enjoy your student experience mostly in downtown Brantford. As you walk to class, you’ll see businesses, houses and services that aren’t associated with Laurier. This will definitely enhance your experience as you get to enjoy everything that Brantford has to offer with long drives.

2. The architecture is classically beautiful.

Most of the places you will be living, studying and taking classes in are part of historic downtown Brantford. One of my on-campus residence experiences is staying in Post House, which is named after an old post office! Some other buildings like Carnegie Hall and Odeon were old libraries and movie theatres. Pretty neat eh?

3. The Golden Hawk Community is Small but Mighty

Laurier Brantford IS small. We’re roughly 25% of the Laurier student body. Some say that’s a bad thing but they are WRONG! Having a small student body means you’ll be saying “Hi”, “Hello” and “Howdy-do” (does anyone say that anymore?) everywhere you go. After Orientation Week, you will know so many of your fellow Golden Hawks from first year and upper years, as well as staff and faculty, making you feel right at home.

4. Orientation Week is a Right of Passage

As the title says, your Orientation Week will introduce you to the Laurier experience. You will get to know a lot of people – including your new best friends – and learn all the fun stuff the Students’ Union has to offer. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and I highly recommend diving in. I promise O-Week will be a great start to your university career – you can hold me to it since I’m running O-Week this year!

See you in September!

Matthew Coomber, Orientation Program Facilitator (OPF) – Brantford

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