Everyone deserves an equal chance to learn and thrive where they live, and everyone in our residence community has a responsibility to support an equitable and welcoming learning and living environment. We deeply value the diverse contributions of Black, Indigenous, racialized and 2SLGBTQ+ students, students with disabilities; and actively commit to develop an inclusive and anti-racist community for all of our students. Prejudice or hate of any kind has no place in our residences. Campus Housing staff are committed to helping you find your space to learn and live in residence. Please contact Campus Housing if you have specific needs, or questions about our residence spaces and communities, or how you can get the supports or accommodations you need to thrive in residence. To learn more please see our Plan of Action: Campus Housing Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Anti-Racism response.
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.
Online application forms
Wondering when a specific application opens? Check out our important dates page!
If you are wanting to make an adjustment to your meal plan, please fill out this WatCard webform to request a meal plan change. The WatCard office as well as Campus Housing will no longer be accepting meal plan change requests through email. Please note that the form will open just prior to the start of term, and changes will be accepted through the first month of each term. For Spring 2022, those dates are April 25 – May 31, 2022.
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. The following applications are now open:
- Fall 2022 (fall/winter or fall/spring)
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. When you receive an offer, you will be required to accept your residence contract and pay a deposit to confirm your space.
Undergraduate – Upper years
Returning to residence 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. The following applications are now open:
Fall 2022 (fall/winter or fall/spring)
Due to high numbers of first year applicants to the University for fall 2022 and Campus Housing's first-year residence guarantee, we will likely have a limited number of upper-year spaces this fall.
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.
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. The following applications are now open:
Graduate students including
Exchange & Optometry
Enrolled in a masters, professional, or doctorate program? Campus Housing offers graduate students and optometry students one-term, renewable 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. The following applications are now open:
Note: Graduate students currently living with Campus Housing do not need to fill out a new application. Instructions for graduate renewals between terms will be sent by email.
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:
Joining this interest list means you'll be notified when we open our Winter 2023 residence applications. Joining this mailing list does not mean you have applied to residence only that you wish to notified when the application opens. This interest list is for exchange, undergraduate (first-year and upper-year) and graduate students only. Those interested in family housing please see above.
Important Fee Information
If you accept a residence contract for a term that have already begun, residence fees will be prorated from the date of contract acceptance.
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.