The University of Waterloo is home to four affiliated University Colleges: St. Jerome's University, Renison University College, St. Paul's University College, and Conrad Grebel University College. Any Arts student can apply to live at any of the University Colleges. They are located right on campus close to the "Arts" end of campus. No matter where they live, Arts students may also choose to co-register as a student at St. Jerome’s or Renison, allowing them to be part of these vibrant communities while earning their University of Waterloo degree. Courses at the University Colleges are open to all students across the University of Waterloo campus.
Conrad Grebel requires a separate application form; all other residences are part of the UWaterloo Residence guarantee and Residence Community Ranking form. Your Residence Contract will be due by mid-July; specific dates to be determined.
The University Colleges may be a great fit if:
- you want to be a part of a smaller, close-knit community
- you're enrolled in a program that offers a Living-Learning community at one of the University colleges.
- you'd like participate in exciting student life and service learning opportunities
Some of the University Colleges (St. Jerome’s, Renison, and Conrad Grebel) have religious affiliations, but everyone is welcome into their inclusive caring communities. Campus Ministry teams at those Colleges focus on partnering with student service to help promote health and wellness, faith and spirituality, offer support and guidance, and opportunities for worship.
If you choose to live elsewhere, you're still welcome to enroll in courses taught at the Colleges and be a part of the vibrant University College communities. Many students prefer the smaller class sizes and the unique student spaces. If you want to become a student of the University of Waterloo and the University College, you can co-register at St. Jerome's or contact email@example.com to co-register at Renison.
St. Jerome's University
St. Jerome's offers three fantastic International Service Learning Experiences for their students, a robust student life experience, and a personalized student success supports. St. Jerome's offers courses in 13 Arts disciplines! Students can live in a one of a kind residence at St. Jerome's, opened in Fall 2016. Currently, St. Jerome's has approximately 600 full and part-time students, one residence accommodating 360 students. St. Jerome's is a dynamic community!
Renison University College
Renison is a place to learn, with personalized academic supports and small class sizes. Renison offers programs that range from Social Development Studies, Social Work and Culture and Language Studies. You can take courses in language and culture including: Chinese, Korean, Japanese, and Arabic.
Renison is also a place to live for 200 residences from all six Waterloo faculties. It’s a campus that is well-known as an intimate and friendly community for students, and an ideal place to make the transition to university life. Renison offers Living-Learning communities for Social Development Studies students, Varsity Athletes, and BASE students.
Conrad Grebel University College
Conrad Grebel houses the Mennonite Studies, Peace and Conflict Studies and Music programs, in addition to a variety of different disciplines. Grebel is a place to explore your creative side and to stretch your worldview. Grebel is home to 142 residence students, both upper year and first year. Every week students, faculty and staff gather together for a meal and speaker. Our inclusive meal plan means you'll enjoy Grebel’s home-cooked meals every day of the week!
St. Paul's University College
St. Paul’s is the home of the University’s only French-language residence floor (La Bastille), the Waterloo Aboriginal Education Centre, and St. Paul’s GreenHouse, a live-in social innovation community for students after first year. St. Paul’s offers classes in International Development, Native Studies, and Religious Studies. St. Paul's also offers the GreenHouse opportunity, a great way for Arts students to engage in social innovation and entrepreneurship.