Incoming First-Years & Transfers

Live in residence, 100% guaranteed - first-year incoming students and transfer students! 

Living in residence means becoming part of a great community with support to help make your transition to University life as smooth as possible. You have the choice of living in one of Campus Housing’s 6 first-year residences or at one of Waterloo’s University Colleges as part of guaranteed residence. Learn more about the 100% residence guarantee (and all the residences included as part of the guarantee!) by clicking through our brochure. As an transfer student you are guaranteed a spot in residence - learn more

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Residence is guaranteed for all students starting their first year at the University of Waterloo. Joining the residence guarantee is as easy as 1, 2, 3:

Step 1.

Step 1: Get Guaranteed!


  • From February 1, 2022 - June 1, 2022


  • Accept your offer of admission from the University of Waterloo
  • Complete the First-Year Guarantee Residence application by June 1 at 11:59 p.m. EDT
    • Having trouble applying? Make sure to claim your WatIAm ID
    • Make sure to review your self reported gender to the University before you submit your residence application. Many students incorrectly report their gender on their OUAC application, which can impact roommate requests later in the process. By reviewing and addressing the issue before June 1 it can make your process smoother!
  • Pay your non-refundable housing deposit via Visa, Master Card or American Express Credit Card
  • Need Accessible Housing Supports? Complete an Accessible Housing application by June 1, 2022!
    • Housing accommodations can be made for medical, sensory, physical, environmental, psychological, allergy/dietary restrictions, or mental health conditions. 

What is the First Year Guarantee Residence Application? 


Step 2

Step 2: Share your preferences


  • June 14 to June 20


  • If placed with Campus Housing you will be invited to complete the Campus Housing Preference Form (CHPF) via email that lets you:
    • rank the different Campus Housing residences and room types 
    • choose what meal plan option you would prefer
    • submit a roommate request
      • Please note students may only submit one roommate request. To request a roommate, both students must have a completed Campus Housing Preference Form, be in the same application period (fall/winter or fall/spring) and have the same reported gender as themselves. Students in an LLC may not request specific roommates.


  • While the CHPF lets you provide your preferences it does not mean you are guaranteed your top residence choices! You may be placed in any one of our residence communities - all will give you room to grow and change as you experience life at University - all with support from our Campus Housing team. Residence is all about being open to new adventures, including trying a room that you never thought you would love!

Roommate FAQ's 

Step 3

Step 3: Accept your room assignment!


  • July


  • In July begin checking your Waterloo email address for your room offer and contracts
    • You can set up your Office 365 account starting late June.
    • Until you are able to set up your uwaterloo account in late June we will send all communication to the email you applied with!
  • Make sure you accept your contract before the expiry date!
  • If you do not accept your residence offer by the deadline you will lose your $500 deposit and room assignment.


  • We will be unable to change your room assignment once it has been offered out - all of our residences offer unique, supportive experiences. Even if you are not placed in your preferred buildings, a great residence experience is just around the corner. Make sure to learn more about your new residence by clicking through our residences page!
  • Want to learn more about the residence experience? Follow us on Instagram (@UWHousing)!

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Important Dates for Prospective Students



Tuesday February 1, 2022

First-Year Guarantee Residence application opens. Apply before June 1 to guarantee your space in residence!

March 2022

Visit us during March Virtual Open House for prospective students. Learn more about the event at

May 2022

Students who have received an Offer of Admission are invited to join us for You @ Waterloo day! Details about this event will be available at a later date.

Wednesday June 1, 2022

First-Year Guarantee Residence application and $500 deposit due by 11:59 p.m. EDT.

If you have a documented need that requires Accessible Housing Supports, submit the Accessible Housing application form by 11:59 p.m. EDT on June 1 at

Week of June 2

Missed the first-year guarantee deadline? Check for next steps.

June 14

You’re in! Check your email to find out if you’ve been placed in Campus Housing (a) or one of the University College residences (b).

a) You’re invited to complete the Campus Housing Preference Form. This is your chance to indicate your preferred residence and room style, choose your meal plan, request a roommate, and more! Visit for a video on how to fill out the form.

b) If you are placed in a University College, you will receive a residence offer directly from the university college in your email account. All future residence correspondence will come directly from your university college.

June 20 

Campus Housing Preference Form closes at 11:59 p.m. EDT. (Offical date TBD)

Late June

It’s time to set up your official University email account and be sure to check it regularly.


Confirm your residence contract, or lose your room! Room assignments begin and offers will be sent out from now until mid-August. Check your Waterloo email regularly to confirm your contract and secure your room in residence. Once confirmed, check your room assignment via the Welcome Home page.

Move-in Day!

Move into residence by early September. Check your Waterloo email in early August for move-in dates and detailed instructions

Frequently Asked Questions