COVID-19 Protocol Update: 
As mandated by the government of Ontario, as of September 22, 2021 all indoor dine-in patrons must show proof of vaccination and government ID. Please have your Ministry of Health Vaccine Receipt (digital or physical) handy as well as a form of Government ID when you enter the Graduate House.
UW folks should already have submitted their proof of vaccination to be on campus. Vaccine records are not required for takeaway or outdoor areas.    
We appreciate your patience as we work through these new requirements. For more details about the campus check-in process, visit https://checkin.uwaterloo.ca/ 


As well, in accordance to governmental and UWaterloo guidelines, the Graduate House will be implementing the following protocol for protection of staff and patrons:

  • We are currently open for indoor and outdoor patio service.
  • All staff and guests are required to wear a mask when not seated at a table (unless medically unable).
  • Guests are encouraged to sanitize their hands upon entry and after touching common elements (we have sanitizer available).
  • Guest contact information will be taken for contact tracing. We’ll be implementing the AllCheckedIn QR code check-in system for all guests before entry. Paper and pen recording will be done if needed as well.  Guests will also be asked standard provincial screening questions upon entry.
  • Guests are to maintain 2m of social distancing between other parties at all times.
  • The Graduate House will be adhering to provincial guidelines for reopening with regards to party size, indoor/outdoor dining availability and other restrictions. PLEASE DO NOT REARRANGE THE FURNITURE. Our seating arrangements follow the required layout in accordance to health and safety guidelines.
  • The Graduate House takes cleanliness and sanitation seriously and is already compliant with municipal health standards. During this time, we will be enhancing our disinfection protocol of all surfaces as recommended.


The Graduate House occupies the original farmhouse (Schweitzer Farmhouse) on the south campus of the University of Waterloo. Affectionately known as the Grad House, the operations are owned by the Graduate Student Association – University of Waterloo (GSA-UW). The Graduate House is a hub for graduate students and their guests in a relaxed social space. It is a popular destination for the entire University of Waterloo community, where patrons can enjoy a home-cooked meal, meet with their peers and colleagues or just spend some time away from the office or lab.

The Graduate House has a relaxed and inviting atmosphere. The upper lounge is a great spot for marking papers, celebrating a thesis defense, holding a small presentation or hosting a small social gathering. The fully licensed boardroom is perfect for meetings and small private gatherings.  The outdoor rooftop patio is a nice place to unwind and enjoy fresh air.  The large main floor features a multi-functional room where grad focused activities are held. The main bar area is an excellent place to drop in to connect with old and new friends.

And, of course, feel free to contact us.

The Graduate House offers a calm environment to relax, eat and drink after a long day of hard work!

Temporary Hours:


University of Waterloo
200 University Ave W.
Waterloo, ON
N2L 3G1

On Tap

What makes our selection of craft beers unique?

Our rotating taps are lovingly selected from the local, micro Southwestern Ontario Beer/Cider scene—no faceless corporate breweries allowed!

We feature breweries as near as a 5 minute drive from campus, one of which is even owned by a former UWaterloo grad. How cool is that?!

We offer a wide variety of styles and flavour profiles from “hoptacular” to fruity sour, from German Style Wheat to English Style Stout.


Takeaway beer and food is now available!

With the purchase of any food item, add your choice of a tallboy beer from our rotating collection for $4.50 each (includes HST).

Or, enjoy a refreshing tallboy on our patio for $6.50 (includes HST)!

Grad Deals

Grad Student Pricing*

Confirm that you have paid your GSA/GH fees to get grad student pricing at the graduate house!

Introducing the new Tap & Go WATCard Reader.

How it works:

1. Bring your WATCard to the GH every time you order food.

2. Tap your WATCard at the GH Bar on the new Tap & Go reader before you order.

Free Coffee*

Graduate students, get free coffee all term at the Graduate House, if you have paid your GSA/GH Fees.

*All graduate prices and discount offers are subject to change.

Members who opt out of the Graduate House fee are welcome to use the Graduate House space, but will be charged a rental fee for room booking and are ineligible for graduate student price discounts.

Reservations & Group Bookings

Due to COVID-19, we will not be taking reservations, group bookings, or large parties at this time.

We will be operating on a ‘first come, first served basis’. Guests are encouraged to call ahead to see our current availability.

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We're hiring at the Graduate House!

Contact Us

Temporary Hours



Our Staff

Cam Bartel
Hospitality Manager

Contact for: Bookings,  Events & General Inquiries

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Fall Menu

All of our prices include 13% HST.

Snacks & Apps

Add Chicken* to Nachos – $5

* Nachos are Gluten Free


Add Chicken Breast* to any salad – $5



*Gluten Free Burger Buns Available

Add on Brie & House Pickled Onion or Pesto & Mozzarella – $3

*All chicken is hand-cut Halal from Sargent Farms in Milton

Vegetarian Menu

All of our prices include 13% HST.


Salads can be made Gluten Free


Comes with a side of home-fries or chef’s salad
Upgrade side to caesar salad or chili for $1


Comes with a side of home-fries or chef’s salad
Upgrade side to caesar salad or chili for $1

Add for $3

Gluten Free burger buns available

Full Pizzas

Pub Stuff

*Gluten Free

*Gluten Free

*Gluten Free substitutes available


For parties of 10 or more

All of our prices include 13% HST.


Appetizer/Dessert Trays

Full Pizzas



Drink tickets can also be arranged for your party