Waterloo Residences acknowledges that we live and work on the traditional territory of the Neutral, Anishinaabeg, and Haudenosaunee peoples. The University of Waterloo is situated on the Haldimand Tract, the land promised to the Six Nations that includes ten kilometers on each side of the Grand River.
December International Student Stay Program
This holiday break, Campus Housing is pleased to host the December International Student Stay Program. Students who meet the eligibility criteria from Campus Housing will be able to stay in a suite-style residence over the break.
The program will have the support of Dons and on-call residence staff. Students will receive moving support, orientation programming and activities throughout their stay, as well as kitchen kits to outfit their temporary suite accommodations.
To keep you safe throughout your holiday stay, Campus Housing staff have implemented numerous safety measures including:
- Single occupancy bedrooms
- 2:1 shared bathroom ratio
- Enhanced cleaning and disinfection protocols
- Touchless faucets and doors
- Hand sanitizer and disinfecting wipes dispensers throughout residence
- Be a University of Waterloo undergraduate student on a study permit
- Have a confirmed two-term residence contract (fall 2020/winter 2021 or fall 2020/spring 2021) with Campus Housing
- Note: Both first-year and upper-students in Campus Housing are eligible.
If you are not eligible but are searching for accommodations over the winter break, please visit our list of short term accommodations.
Dates: December 23 – January 2
Cost: $360 + HST
- Eligible students will recieve a formal email invitation with the payment page and contract to digitally sign and send to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are eligible and did not receive the email invitation please email email@example.com.
Frequently Asked Questions
What residence will this take place in?
Residents joining the program will be placed in Columbia Lake Village – South.
What staff will be available?
Dons will be on duty 24/7 to support you. Programming and activities throughout your stay will be available virtually.
What will move-in and move-out be like if joining the program?
Students will move from their residence placement on December 23 into a designated placement to participate in the program within our Columbia Lake Village-South (CLV-S) community. Students will move out of Columbia Lake Village placements on January 2 and back into their previous residence room to continue their stay for the winter 2021 term. Moving support will be provided and shared in more detail when sign-up for the program opens.
Can I join the program if travelling Internationally to come to campus over the Holiday break?
Students who are travelling to campus and need to self-isolate as per Public Health guidelines will need to do so prior to moving into residence. Residence space can not be offered to students for this purpose. The COVID-19 Travel and Quarantine Checklist is a helpful guide for students travelling to Canada and preparing a 14-day quarantine (self-isolation) plan. There is a list of options and resources below that can help you find a place to stay during this time. Students can then make their own decision of the best accommodation option before moving into residence. Students will be required to plan their own activities and make payment directly with the accommodation provider.
Students interested in exploring the student rates at the listed accommodation providers below should contact the service provider directly. Please note rates and availability are not confirmed until you speak with the service provider directly.
Resources with student rates:
If it is happening in my current residence, can I just stay in my current room?
All students will leave their current rooms and move to the same space in residence as we have specific staff who will be supporting this program and running different events. This way all students can get to know each other and we can ensure that the Dons are easily accessible for student support.
Will this accommodate for any accessibility issues I may have?
This program will take place in building that does have stairs. We suggest you look into that residence and see if this courtesy program meets your functional needs. If not we suggest you reach out to Off-Campus short-term accommodations providers.
Will food services be available, and can I use meal plan money during this time?
The December stay program will be held in a suite-style residence and student registered will receive kitchen kits to borrow and use to cook food over the winter break. Food services will be closed, but the local plazas in the area are accessible by GRT.
If my friend and I are both staying can we stay together?
Due to availability we cannot guarantee roommate requests. While you may not be in the same townhome together, you will be in close proximity.
I am a two-term exchange student can I stay?
In order to be eligible for the December stay program students must meet the following criteria:
University of Waterloo undergraduate students on a study permit
Confirmed a two term residence contract (fall 2020/winter 2021 or fall 2020/spring 2021) with Campus Housing
Note: Both first year and upper students with Campus Housing are eligible. If you are a two-term exchange student and have a study permit you are eligible to register.
My exams end earlier than the program starts what do I do?
The December stay program will begin December 23rd. All students are given December 23rd as their move-out date from their current room and do not need to submit an Extension request form.
Do I need to move my things out of my room?
If you will be returning to your same room for the winter 2021 term, you will not need to take all of your belongings with you. You will need to bring:
Linens (sheets, blanket, pillow)
Chargers for your electronics
Warm clothes and outerwear for outdoor activities
Money for any purchases you need to make (groceries, ordering food, etc
Optional: Dishes, utensils, pots, and pans etc.
Pack as if you were going on a two week vacation and bring just your essentials.
My friend is not eligible but wants to stay residence with me, can they?
In order to participate for the December stay program students must meet the following criteria:
University of Waterloo undergraduate students on a study permit
Confirmed a two term residence contract (fall 2019/winter 2020 or fall 2019/spring 2020) with Campus Housing
Note: Both first year and upper students with Campus Housing are eligible.
If your friend does not meet this criteria they will not be eligible to participate in this program. If they are still searching for accommodations over the winter break, please have them visit our list of short term accommodations. You can still stay connected in the Waterloo area during the break.
Where do I pay for this program?
Campus Housing will be sending an invite to sign-up for the program to eligible students. At that point, students will be able to pay the $360.00 + HST online using credit card/ interact through the sign-up form and sign the program contract. This program is not paid directly to Quest. Please note that this cost is for the entire duration of your stay during the program. You are not able to sign up just for just a few nights.
I am eligible but I did not receive a sign-up email. What do I do?
All students eligible for the program will have received an email invite to sign-up in November. If you believe you didn’t receive this email message and are eligible, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Can I request a refund if I change my mind or my plans change?
No refunds will be given. Please only accept your contract and pay the program fee if you feel confident you will be staying over the winter break.