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New to the University of Waterloo? Do this first! 

  1. Claim your WatIAm ID and  

  2. Set up Two-Factor Authentication!  

Wondering when a specific application opens? Check out our important dates page!

Help & Support

Confused about which application to use? Want to understand how residence assignments are made? Contact us, we're here to help!

Important Notes

  • We strongly recommend that you stay up to date with your COVID-19 vaccinations to reduce the risk of your future Waterloo studies being interrupted. While our vaccination requirement has been lifted, we could reinstate it at any time.
  • Please note: offers for residence are made on a rolling basis, taking into consideration a number of factors such as student type, accessibility needs, eligibility requirements, and more. While we aim to accommodate as many applicants as possible, a space in residence is not guaranteed.   

Online Application Forms

Undergraduate First-Years

Straight out of high school or new to post-secondary education? If you have been admitted to a first-year program, you're considered an incoming first-year student.  

Click the apply now button to access the Fall Residence Guarantee! 

Please note that first-year applications for the fall residence guarantee require a residence deposit at the time of application. For all other terms, you will not have to pay a deposit when submitting an application.  

Collège d’enseignement general et professionnel (CEGEP) students apply for the residence guarantee.

Undergraduate Upper-Years

Returning to residence, on a local co-op, or interested in living on campus for your next term?  You are considered an upper-year student. We offer dedicated upper-year floors and programming tailored to the upper-year experience.  

Click the apply now button to see which residence applications are open! 

Please note that you will not have to pay a deposit when submitting an application. When you receive an offer, you will be required to accept your residence contract and pay a deposit to confirm your space. 

Transferring from another post-secondary institution for a fall term? Apply to the upper year application before June 3, 2024 and email to let us know you are applying to guarantee yourself a spot in residence.  

Pharmacy students apply to upper year housing.  

Undergraduate Exchange

Accepted to Waterloo through an affiliated exchange program? You are considered an exchange student. Welcome! Please note that we will not be able to assign you to a residence if you have not yet been accepted to the University of Waterloo.  

Click the apply now button to see which residence applications are open! 

Graduate and Graduate Exchange

Enrolled in a masters, professional, or doctorate program? Campus Housing offers graduate, graduate exchange and optometry students contracts in our dedicated graduate townhouse community. You can stay in residence as long as you are registered full-time with the University. If you are bringing dependents to Waterloo, please refer to the Family housing application.  

Click the apply now button to see which residence applications are open! 

Note: Graduate students currently living with Campus Housing on a 4-month renewable contract do not need to fill out a new application. Instructions for graduate renewals between terms will be sent by email.

Graduate students on an 8-month non-renewable contract will need to re-apply.


Bringing your family to campus with you? Waterloo students with live-in dependents are eligible for family residence. Bring your spouse or partner and/or up to two children to live with you in our family residence community in Columbia Lake Village-North. Learn more about family housing and apply below.