Finding Us

The University

CTRL-A is a club at the University of Waterloo. The University of Waterloo is located at 200 University Avenue West, Waterloo Ontario [here].
We’re assuming you can get directions from google maps to get to the University because, honestly, we sometimes get lost worse than Ryoga on a bad day, so giving you directions would be like some appropriate simile I should put in here.

Specific Rooms

For the shows, we’re usually in Arts Lecture room 116 (AL 116). Arts Lecture is a squat, white, bunker-like building across the quad from the Dana Porter Library, the tall, white, bunker-like building that looks kinda like a ten-story-tall sugar cube on stilts. Not to be confused with Modern Languages, the squat, brown, bunker-like building down the steps from Dana Porter. Room 116 is pretty hard to miss, especially when a show’s on, so we’ll leave that as an exercise for the reader.

Project nights are always in SLC 2109, which is up the stairs on the right just past the Tim Hortons, if you enter SLC from the side facing Ring Road.

The rest of our events, and many of our shows for that matter, end up scattered all throughout AL, MC, EIT, or wherever. To find out the room, check the weekly news update or sign up for our mailing list.

If you aren’t familiar with the layout of the school, you can use this campus map to try to navigate the campus. Once inside a building, you should hopefully find a map posted somewhere by the door. All else fails, bug an exec or message the forum for further details!


Parking at UW is a complex and uncomfortable experience. If you attend the university you probably have a good handle on where to park, and may even have a parking pass, so you don’t need my help. For visitors, you can start here. One thing they fail to mention is that I know from experience the parking lot outside St. Jerome’s University is free on weekends, starting after 5PM on Friday. Anywhere else, you’d have to experiment and find out yourself. Refer to the map for the locations of the indicated lots.


If you’re a poor student-type or were fortunate enough to get this far in life without an internal combustion monstrosity, you might be arriving in the area by bus. Long-distance-wise, if you’re coming from Toronto, a bus leaves for Waterloo every hour or two and will take 1.5-2.5 hours to get here (depending on whether it is an express or whether it goes through Cambridge or Guelph). Once here, your best bet to get to campus is to take the 7e or 7d. Same goes to those of you who are coming to campus from the north or south. If you’re coming from the West, you might get lucky with a 12 going along Keats Way, otherwise, you’ve probably come up with your own tricks to get to UW. Routes and Schedule information are available for both Greyhound Canada and GO Transit. If you’re in the area, there’s a handy trip planner for the local Grand River Transit available here.