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5 Things You May Not Know About The Turnkey Desk

September 8th, 2017

For the uninitiated, the Turnkey Desk in the Student Life Centre is the place to go when you need information about, well, just about anything! Originally known as the Campus Centre, Turnkey is operated 24/7, 365 days a year (yes, even Christmas!) and has been open almost continuously since 1968 to keep students safe and informed. Here are 5 Turnkey functionalities that you might not know existed.

1. They can tell you about what’s going on
Looking for something fun to do? Wondering what events are going on around campus? The pros over at Turnkey book thousands of events every year, so they’re in the know about all sorts of campus happenings.

2. They can help you get wherever you want to go
Regardless of your destination, the Turnkey Desk provides several services that will help you get there. Whether you want a map to explore Kitchener-Waterloo, a seat on the Greyhound, the Megabus, or GO Transit, or to refill your Presto card, they’re ready to help. They can also provide you with more information on FedBus, which provides round trips to Toronto, London, Burlington and Hamilton over the weekend.

3. They can help you get better grades
Well, not quite… but if you’re looking for a study room, whether it’s for a group project or some quiet time, Turnkey staff can tell you which ones in the SLC are available and help you book one. Fun fact: each of the four original Campus Centre study rooms had wood-burning fireplaces, and the Turnkeys used to deliver wood so students could build a fire while studying!

4. They’re the poster gatekeepers
Have an event you want to promote or something you think all students need to know? Apply to the Turnkey Desk to get your posters up around the SLC. If you’re looking to promote tutoring services, apply to them for a special yellow card to add yourself to the board.

5. They’re the DJs of the SLC
Really wanting to share that great new K-Pop album you found with the world? The Turnkey Desk controls the music that plays in the Great Hall, and have progressed through the years from records, to cassettes, to CDs and now to Spotify. Apply to them if you’re brave enough to share your musical taste with the rest of Waterloo’s student body.


Written by Tatiana Morand, Communications Assistant