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August 12-16, 2019 in Waterloo, Ontario

Travel and accommodations

Selected Areas in Cryptography (SAC) 2019 and the SAC Summer School will be held on campus at the University of Waterloo, in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.

Location on campus

The SAC Summer School and SAC main conference take place at the University of Waterloo main campus, in the Davis Centre (DC) room 1301 and 1302. You can also access the live map.

Campus map with locations on campus for SAC

Getting to Waterloo

Find the various ways to get to the City of Waterloo and the campus by air, bus, car or train.

Getting from Toronto Pearson Airport (YYZ) to Waterloo

You can travel between Toronto Pearson Airport at Waterloo by shuttle or taxi, though note that you need to reserve in advance. Travel time is about 1.25 hours outside of rush hour. Allow 1.5-2 hours during rush hour.

There is no direct public transit between Toronto Pearson Airport and Waterloo. You can find suggested public transit connections that would take 2.5+ hours via Google Maps.


Non-Canadian conference attendees should check Canada’s current entry requirements in advance of their travel. In particular, there is a new entry requirement that:

“Visa-exempt foreign nationals are expected to have an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) to fly to or transit through Canada. Exceptions include U.S. citizens, and travelers with a valid Canadian visa. Canadian citizens, including dual citizens, and Canadian permanent residents cannot apply for an eTA.”

Click here to determine whether you need an eTA, visitor visa, or nothing at all.

Check out Visit Canada for details on border information, extending your stay and more.

Submitters who may require a visa are encouraged to begin the process early, and in particular, can contact the organizers after submission, but prior to the notification deadline to request a letter of submission.


The University of Waterloo offers on-campus accommodations and there are several local hotels.

On-campus accommodations

Single-bed dorm rooms are available on campus at St. Paul’s University College. We have reserved a special rate of $55/night for bookings completed by July 8. If you’re booking on campus, enter “SAC 2019” in the “Name of the conference” field; once you fill out the form, you will receive an email from St. Paul’s with further instructions.

Local hotels

Best Western
2899 King St. E. (@ Weber St.)
Kitchener, ON N2A 1A6
519 894-3500

Comfort Inn
190 Weber St., N.
Waterloo, ON N2J 3H4
519 747-9400

Courtyard Marriott - St. Jacobs Waterloo
50 Benjamin Rd., E.
Waterloo, ON N2V 2J9
519 884-9295
Toll free 800.972.5371 (North America)

Delta Hotels - Waterloo
110 Erb St. W.
Waterloo, ON N2L 0C6
519 514 0400
Toll Free - 888-890-3222

Destination Inn
547 King St., N.
Waterloo, ON N2L 5Z7
519 884-0100
Toll free: 866.222.9175

Homewood Suites By Hilton Waterloo/St. Jacobs
45 Benjamin Road
Waterloo – N2V 2G8
Tel: 519.514.0088
Toll Free: 844 204 8627