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.
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.
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: 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?
- A chance to rank your preferred residence community between Campus Housing, St. Jerome's, St. Paul's and Renison
- Conrad Grebel is not part of the 100% residence guarantee
- This is NOT where you rank residences, room types or request roommates, etc. - that comes in Step 2!
- You can also let us know if you are interested in a Living Learning Community when you rank your residence communities
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!
How can I select more than one roommate?
We understand you may have a group of friends you want to live with as you begin your journey together as Warriors. While we wish we could offer the option to select more than one roommate, our system is set up to provide you with the opportunity to submit one roommate request. We are dedicated to providing equal opportunity to all students who have applied to residence to have a chance to live in any of our residence types.
We are a group of 3 – how can we placed in a suite together?
Unfortunately, our system only allows roommate pairs. Your group of 3 will need to discuss whether to pair off or not to select a roommate. We understand living with someone you know will ease some anxiety with your transition to University; however, residence is a highly social environment. We encourage you to take this opportunity to meet new people. All of our residences offer a great experience, and even if you do not all live together, you can visit each other and get to know the other residences! If you have any concerns once you’ve moved into residence, you can work with a Residence Life Don, an upper-year student living in residence, to support you.
We are a group of 4 – how can we make sure we all end up together?
The Campus Housing Preference Form is designed for us to get to know you better. We understand that the 4 of you may want to live together. We recommend that the 4 of you pair off and accept each other as pairs of two, and all select the same residence as your top choice. While this does not guarantee the 4 of you will end up together, you have a higher chance of living with at least one of your friends. As a reminder, while your preferences are taken into consideration, we cannot guarantee you will be placed in your top choice of residence or with your selected roommate.
Can I select a roommate with a different reported gender?
No, you and your requested roommate must have the same reported gender. If you have listed "U" gender on your profile, you will not be able to make a roommate group with others that are "M'' or "F". If this is a mistake, please complete the Gender Update Form and contact the Registrar’s Office to have your reported gender changed.
My older sibling was able to select more than one roommate when they lived in Campus Housing as a undergraduate first-year student – why can’t I?
We understand you may have heard from older siblings or alumni that they were able to select or specifically request multiple people as roommates. Our system changed a few years ago, and you are now only able to select one roommate.
I was told by someone that if I call or email in, an exception can be made and I can select more than one roommate – is this true?
No – exceptions cannot be made. Our system is set up to only allow one roommate selection. If you call or email , we’re happy to answer any questions you have however we are unable to make exceptions and allow you to pick more than one roommate.
Someone told me that if I call or email in, an exception can be made, and I can select more than one roommate – is this true?
No – exceptions cannot be made. Our system is set up to only allow one roommate selection. If you call or email, we’re happy to answer any questions you have; however, we are unable to make exceptions and allow you to pick more than one roommate.
My friend and I are in different study terms – can we be roommates?
No, if you and your friend are in different study terms, you will be unable to select each other as roommates. Learn more about the compatibility of streams and sequences.
I am in an LLC (Living Learning Community), why can’t I live with my friend who is not part of an LLC?
As part of the LLC, you are unable to select your roommate – your floor will consist of many students who are in the same program and faculty as you. If you have any questions about the Living Learning Communities, please email email@example.com
I met the First-Year Guarantee deadline but my friend applied through the Vacancy Application – since we are both in first-year, can we request each other as roommates?
Unfortunately, since your friend missed the First-Year Guarantee deadline, an assignment in residence is not guaranteed. Your friend will receive communications throughout the summer on spaces available; however, should you be placed in a double room, you will be placed with someone who has also completed the First-Year Guarantee Application by the deadline.
Step 3: Accept your room assignment!
- 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)!
Learn more about:
Tuesday February 1, 2022
|First-Year Guarantee Residence application opens. Apply before June 1 to guarantee your space in residence!|
|Visit us during March Virtual Open House for prospective students. Learn more about the event at uwaterloo.ca/future-students/tours-events|
|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 uwaterloo.ca/accessible-housing/
Week of June 2
|Missed the first-year guarantee deadline? Check uwaterloo.ca/campus-housing for next steps.|
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 uwaterloo.ca/campus-housing 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.
|Campus Housing Preference Form closes at 11:59 p.m. EDT. (Offical date TBD)|
|It’s time to set up your official University email account and be sure to check it regularly. uwaterloo.ca/office-365/#accessaccount|
|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 into residence by early September. Check your Waterloo email in early August for move-in dates and detailed instructions|
Frequently Asked Questions
Will I need to be vaccinated to live in residence?
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.
Campus Housing offers direct on-campus housing at the University of Waterloo with a choice of six different residences; three buildings that offer traditional-style dorms (Village 1, Ron Eydt Village, and Claudette Millar Hall) and three buildings that offer suite-style apartment living (Mackenzie King Village, UW Place, and Columbia Lake Village South). Students in their first year are placed together according to their academic streaming and are typically separate from upper-year students. Strong communities are built with the assistance of Dons on each floor. Meals plans are optional depending on the type of community (traditional or suite-style). Meal plans, run by UW Food Services, offer a wide range of dietary options across campus. Meal plan money left over at the end of the year is carried over to the next term. Similarly, if money runs out, additional flex dollars may be added at any time. When you join Campus Housing, you have access to the eateries, amenities and study spaces of all the other Campus Housing residences. There is so much opportunity to find the perfect study space, the best snack, and the ideal supports and services.
The University College Residences (St. Jerome's University, Renison University College, St. Paul's University College and Conrad Grebel University College*) are like mini-universities within the larger UWaterloo community. They are located on-campus and offer courses within the Waterloo faculties. In the University Colleges, students are placed together through various methods. Residents living at any of the University Colleges are Waterloo students from across all programs. Meal plans are included in the price and are provided by the residence's on-site cafeteria (but not flexible across other eateries). There is no declining balance meaning you won't run out of money on your food plan.
*Please note: Conrad Grebel is not part of the 100% Residence Guarantee
What residence is closest to my faculty?
Remember that you can have classes in any building, not just those associated with your faculty - so it's hard to say! In general, walking across campus generally takes about 15 minutes. Check out a campus map to see for yourself.
Do men and women share rooms/bathrooms?
All individual first-year rooms and apartments are single gender; however, each floor or house may be single or mixed gender. Washrooms are always single-gender.
What is included in my residence fee?
Living in residence means all-inclusive living - no worries during your time with us! You also won't have to worry about signing a lease, landlords, or subletting your room while you're away from school.
Residence fees include:
- a fully-furnished room
- all utilities
- 24-hour security and Front Desk assistance
- high-speed, unlimited Internet (ResNet) in your room
- cable TV in common areas
- on-site laundry
- eateries in the traditional dorms
- residence life programming (including tutoring and a counsellor in residence)
- on-call maintenance
- housekeeping services (varies by residence)
- access to all amenities in any of our residence facilities - gyms, music rooms, multi-faith rooms etc.
Which residence is the best?
Each residence has many services and experiences to offer students and no two students are completely alike. Some residences offer more independence while others offer more convenience; some offer more social interaction, while others offer more privacy.
Differences aside, all of our residences offer a strong sense of community, support for academic pursuits, full-time professional staff, and many amenities to make it feel like home.
I won't have access to the Internet this summer - Can someone else submit my contract for me?
Yes. If you are unable to submit your residence contract, someone else may submit it on your behalf. This person is not responsible for any contract infringements that may occur. If someone else submits your contract for you, you will be responsible for any problems. Please refer to your terms and conditions.
Do I have to get a meal plan?
If you live in a traditional-style residence, you must purchase a meal plan for every term you are living in residence. You will not have cooking facilities in your room and are expected to eat most of your meals in the residence eateries and food service outlets.
If you live in a suite-style residence, meal plans are optional. You may wish to purchase one if you plan on eating some of your meals in the food services outlets on campus.
Your dietary needs can be met for both traditional and suite-style meal plans! If you have food allergies or a restricted diet for religious reasons, the residence eateries will probably be able to accommodate you. Vegetarian and halal food is available in both Campus Housing cafeterias, and the Village 1 cafeteria opens 2 hours before dawn during Ramadan. For more information contact UW Food Services.
Am I guaranteed to get my first choice of residence or room type
No. The residence guarantee only guarantees you a room in residence. Many students select the same room type and/or residence community, and there are only so many rooms in each residence. Therefore, it is not possible to guarantee every student their first choice. Our process ensures that the maximum number of incoming students are assigned to one of their top choices.
AM I GUARANTEED A PLACE IN RESIDENCE? (TRANSFER STUDENTS)
If you’re an incoming transfer student we guarantee a spot for you in residence if you apply by June 1, 2022 and if you meet certain conditions.
- Accept your offer of admission online at www.ouac.on.ca.
- Meet any conditions outlined on your Offer of Admission.
- Apply online for two terms in residence (either fall/winter or fall/spring) using the upper-year undergraduate application - students transferring from another university please send an email to housing@uwaterloo before you apply.
If I submit my First-Year Guarantee Residence application and my Campus Housing Preference Form right away, will I have a better chance of getting my first choices?
No. This is not a first-come, first-served process. Everyone who submits these forms on time has an equal chance of getting their first choice.
Can I live in residence after my first-year?
Absolutely! Campus Housing reserves spaces for upper-year students each term. Upper-years are also placed into their communities, not mixed with first-year residents. You can still request roommates, and unlike first-years, upper-years may also choose to live in mixed-gender apartments. We offer contracts tailored to academic streams - you only have to sign a contract for the terms you are on campus. We even have spaces available for students who are working locally on a co-op work term.
I missed the guarantee – can I still apply for residence?
Yes – you can apply to our Vacancy Application to be next in line for available rooms. Learn more about the vacancy process.