Academics in Residence

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Academic Support Options

Residence offers an environment that supports academic achievement by encouraging mutual respect amongst residents, specified quiet hours, and many free programs and services to help you succeed academically. 

Drop-in Tutoring

Campus Housing drop-in tutoring is available for all University of Waterloo students. The drop-in tutoring program provides you with a welcoming environment where you can receive support and are encouraged to develop your academic skills. Each tutoring session is staffed by Tutors who are upper-year undergraduate or graduate students from the associated faculties.

Tutoring is currently on pause for the Spring 2022 term. More information about tutoring for Fall 2022 and Winer 2023 will be updated in late spring term (ie. mid to late August). 

Interested in becoming a tutor? 

Tutors are hired each term to run drop-in tutoring sessions for first year courses in specific subjects. Prospective applicants must be in good academic standing as determined by their faculty and must have done well in the courses being offered.  Courses offered changes each term based on the academic course offerings and the faculties.  Tutor roles are typically hired in the term prior to the position starting (e.g., Winter 2022 will be hired during Fall 2021 term). 

If you are interested in learning more about the Tutor role please visit our Jobs and Leadership webpage or email 

In addition to drop-in tutoring, check out these services to support your learning and academic success:  

The following resources can also be helpful in building resiliency, handling roadblocks, and developing healthy and effective habits:  

Study Spaces

We know that having a quiet place to study is important for staying focused. Your room can be a great place to study but if you need a change of scenery, here are a few study spaces to choose from*: 

  • Grand Commons 
  • Claudette Millar Great Hall 
  • Columbia Lake Village Common area 
  • Floor lounges 

Quiet study: 24-hour open quiet study space will be available in the Claudette Millar Great Hall. Each residence has quiet hours beginning at 11 p.m. on weeknights and 1 a.m. on weekends. During exam periods, quiet hours are extended to 23-hours per day in each residence building.  *Capacity limits and access to study spaces may vary due to COVID-19 safety measures in place 


If you have any questions regarding drop-in tutoring program, please email Campus Housing Tutoring.