Upper Year, Transfer & Exchange

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It’s true – residence is for upper years, too! With dedicated upper year spaces and options and exclusive programming to get you job ready, we’re certain the experience will enhance your time at Uwaterloo. Why live here as an upper-year? 

  • Jobs & Leadership opportunities 
  • All-inclusive living (includes all utilities and unlimited high-speed internet) 
  • Reliable and trustworthy maintenance services (with a great landlord!) 
  • Study and meeting rooms 
  • Grocery shuttle 
  • Staff and peer support  

How to Apply

Three Step Process

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1) Do Your Research and Decide

We have lots of options: traditional (dorm) style, suite (apartment) style, or a hybrid option (dorm style with an optional meal plan). Compare available residences to find the one that’s best for you! Next, decide if you’re applying with or without roommates (mixed gender requests welcome!).

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2) Apply

When you accept an offer, you are agreeing to be financially responsible for your entire residence contract. This means that while fees are not due until the fees arranged deadline for the term you apply for, you will be required to pay your full residence fees, and will not be refunded if you decide to cancel your contract before its end date.

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3) Accept

Check your Uwaterloo email often, as we will be sending offers soon after you submit an application. Accept your contract offer by clicking the link in the offer email and submit your $500 deposit, which is used to offset your residence term fees. You're all set!


Application Information  

 Upper-Year & Exchange  

Term Interest List Opens Application Opens Application Closes
Winter 2021 No interest list July 23, 2020  March 25, 2021 
Spring 2021 October 29, 2020  February 4, 2021 July 16, 2021 
Fall 2021 November 26, 2020 

Upper Year: March 4, 2021

Exchange: April 15, 2021

November 25, 2021 


Transfer students that would prefer to live with first-year students due to personal preference or to participate in living-learning/academic cluster opportunities can join the 100% Residence Guarantee. Please visit our incoming first-year page for more information. All other transfer students must apply for residence through our Upper-Year application.   

Term  Interest List Opens Application Opens Application Closes
Spring 2021 October 29, 2020  February 4, 2021 July 16, 2021 

Fall 2021 (complete the first year fall 2021 application to get 100% guarranteed)


February 1, 2021

June 1, 2021

Let us know you are interested - join the interest list!

There are currently no intrests list available. Please see our applications page for open applications. 

Frequently asked questions