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.
Did you miss the 100% first-year guarantee for residence or the fall upper-year application? Apply to our Vacancy Application to be next in line for available rooms.
How does it work?
If students do not accept their residence contract, these rooms become vacant and are eligible to be offered to students who applied through the vacancy application. Offers will go out dependent on vacant space throughout the summer, however because they are not guaranteed, we do not have a specific date for when they will go out.
Applying is as easy as 1..2..3..4..
Step 1: Join the Vacancy Application
(You will have the opportunity to let us know your residence building preferences on this form!)
Step 2: Check your @UWaterloo email address
Check your @uwaterloo.ca email account regularly for updates. If you are offered a room, your contract and room assignment will be emailed to your @uwaterloo.ca address.
Don't have a @uwaterloo.ca email address yet? Offers and information will be sent to the email you applied with!
Step 3: Accept your contract
If you are sent an offer, accept your contract and pay the $500.00 non-refundable deposit before the expiry date listed in your offer.
Step 4: You're in!
Congratulations! You’re about to have a great living experience with Campus Housing!
Frequently Asked Questions
Where am I on the vacancy application?
Room offers will be sent as vacancies become available. Student type, gender, residence building preference and stream are all taken into consideration.
Please note: To view your spot on the Vacancy Waitlist please login to your Welcome Home page and click the “View your spot on the Vacancy Waitlist button”. We will also provide regular updates to vacancy applicants via email.
When will I receive an offer for residence?
Room assignments will be sent out as rooms become available.
How will I know when I get an offer for residence?
Residence contracts will be emailed to your @uwaterloo.ca account. Be sure to check this account regularly, as the offer will have a set expiry date. Don't have a @uwaterloo.ca email address yet? Offers and information will be sent to the email you applied with!
How do I check my @uwaterloo.ca email account?
Check out www.uwaterloo.ca/email for set-up instructions.
How do I accept my residence contract?
Visit the residence contract link in your offer email to accept and submit the $500 non-refundable deposit to confirm your spot.
What if I don't like my room assignment?
Room changes are not permitted before move-in as room assignments are offered based on availability. You will be sent an assignment based on the preferences you indicated on the vacancy application and the rooms that are available at the time your application is processed.
Where can I learn about the different residence options?
Please see the Our Residences section of our website.