Who can live in Campus Housing?
- Undergraduate first-years (incoming students to university)
- Undergraduate upper-year students
- Undergraduate exchange students
- Graduate and Graduate Exchange students
Fall undergraduate residents must sign a 2-term contract (fall/winter or fall/spring)
Winter or spring term undergraduate students may sign a 1-term contract
Graduate and optometry students are offered one-term, renewable contracts
Students living in Campus Housing must be a registered full-time student in order to be eligible to live in residence (please see your terms and conditions for more information). If you do not meet the eligibility criteria, please review the 'Application Exceptions" column for eligibility requirement exceptions before applying.
- Co-op students on a local work term - please use the upper-year application process
- Pharmacy students - please use the upper-year application process
- Optometry students - please use the single graduate application process
- Transfer & CEGEP students (from another university or college) - please contact us for guidance
Step 2: Check your UWaterloo email account
An offer of residence will be emailed to your UWaterloo email address. Learn how to access your UWaterloo email here.
Step 3: Login to your Welcome Home page
The Welcome Home page allows you to view and make a decision on a residence offer or view roommate(s), meal plan and assignment information after an offer is accepted.
A $500 deposit is required as part of your Residence Community Ranking Form submission.
Upper-year and Graduate deposits
A $500 deposit is paid online through your Offer of Residence (we'll send a link to your UWaterloo email).
Deposit Payment methods
Accepted forms of payment
Visa/Debit hybrid card*
*Please select 'credit card' for Visa/Debit when playing online.
Important Financial Considerations
Our terms and conditions state that students who have accepted their residence contract are held financially responsible for the full length of their contract.
This means—should you choose to cancel your contract—you will be required to pay your full residence fees. Learn more about our withdrawal or cancellation policies here.
If you accept a residence contract for a term that has already begun, residence fees will be prorated from the contract start date in your offer of residence.
Calculating the total cost of residence
Traditional-style dorm residences require purchase of a meal plan per term in residence.
Suite-style apartment residences have optional meal plans as cooking facilities are provided.
All fees are to be paid at the beginning of each term on quest. Learn how to become fees arranged.
Income tax information
Residence fees cannot be claimed as rent for income tax purposes. Under the Income Tax Act, universities are exempt from paying municipal property taxes.
The Ontario Income Tax Act stipulates that all students living in designated university (tax-exempted) student residences are limited to an Ontario Energy and Property Tax Credit claim based on an occupancy cost of $25 for the time they resided in the student residence. Therefore, the amount that can be claimed for income tax purposes is $25 and not the full amount of residence fees paid. On Line 6114 (Student Residences) of your income tax return, tick the box to claim $25 as your occupancy cost for the part of the year you lived in residence.
We do not issue a tax receipt for residence fees or meal plan payments.
For more information and to view the list of designated student residences, please visit the Ontario Ministry of Finance website and review the “Frequently Asked Questions” section.