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.
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
- Staff and peer support
How to Apply
Three Step Process
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!).
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.
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!
Frequently asked questions
Will I be living with first-year students?
We try to maintain upper-year clusters for our upper-year and exchange students as much as possible in our communities so that you can be surrounded by your peers.
Transfer students that join the guarantee will be assigned with upper-year students. We typically try and assign older transfers in the guarantee with upper-year students.
However, you will definitely have the opportunity to meet new students in all years in the various common spaces throughout residence.
Where are upper-year students placed in residence?
See our Compare Residences page to find out what buildings are offered for the term you’re looking for.
I AM IN A CO-OP PROGRAM, CAN I LIVE IN RESIDENCE WHILE WORKING ON CO-OP?
Yes. You can live in residence while on co-op for any term, as long as you have a co-op job that is approved by CACE. Residence contracts match your academic stream so you only pay for the terms you’re on campus – no worries about finding a subletter!,
We do not guarantee residence for upper-year students. We do encourage you to apply early for the best chance at getting the room you’re hoping for.
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.
CAN I CHOOSE MY OWN ROOMMATE?
Yes! On your upper-year or exchange application form you will be given an option to select one or more roommates. So long as you and your roommate both request each other and are on the same stream we will do our best to place you together. Mixed gender requests welcome!
CAN I CHOOSE A ROOMMATE WHO IS IN FIRST YEAR?
No. We do not allow upper-year students to live with first-year students. We feel that it is important for first-year students to experience residence life with others who are in the same situation as they are.
WHAT IF I CHANGE MY MIND ABOUT LIVING IN RESIDENCE? CAN I CANCEL MY RESIDENCE CONTRACT?
Our terms and conditions states that students who have accepted their residence contract are held financially responsible for the full length of their contract.
This means—should you choose to cancel your contract—you will be required to pay your full residence fees. Learn more about the process to cancel or withdraw from residence.
DO I HAVE TO GET A MEAL PLAN?
If you are wanting to make an adjustment to your meal plan, please fill out this WatCard webform to request a meal plan change. The WatCard office as well as Campus Housing will no longer be accepting meal plan change requests through email. Please note that the form will open just prior to the start of term, and changes will be accepted through the first month of each term.
I LIVED IN RESIDENCE IN FIRST YEAR AND I AM NOW LIVING OFF CAMPUS. CAN I CONTINUE THE MEAL PLAN PROGRAM AS AN OFF-CAMPUS STUDENT?
Yes. If you have unused meal plan dollars from a previous year they will roll over to the following term. You can also add a new meal plan to your Watcard as an off-campus student. For more information on the meal plan options for off-campus students, visit the Food Services website.
DO I NEED TO PAY A DEPOSIT?
Yes. There is a $500 deposit required at the time of confirming your upper-year contract for residence. This deposit will be applied to your residence fees once they are posted to your Quest account.
CAN I HAVE THE SAME ROOM I HAD IN FIRST YEAR?
Unfortunately, we cannot guarantee these requests. If you really enjoyed a previous residence community you can rank it as your first choice, but we cannot guarantee that you will be placed exactly where you want.
CAN I LIVE IN A LIVING-LEARNING COMMUNITY OR ACADEMIC CLUSTER AS AN UPPER-YEAR STUDENT?
All Living Learning communities are for first-year students as they focus on material in the first-year courses. If you are looking for academic support in the residences you can find more information.
MY FRIEND IS A DON. CAN I LIVE ON HIS OR HER FLOOR?
Unfortunately, we cannot take specific floor requests. You can rank the building as your first choice, but we cannot guarantee that you will get exactly what you request.
CAN I MOVE IN EARLY / LATE?
There will be Early Arrival forms and Late Arrival forms available approximately one month prior to the start of the term. You must complete these forms if you will not be moving in on the designated move-in days. Please note that we cannot accept early arrival requests more than one day earlier than the move in date as we have residents living with us every term. If you have specific requests, please contact us.
I AM AN ORIENTATION LEADER. CAN I MOVE IN EARLY TO FULFIL MY DUTIES AS A LEADER?
You can complete an Early Arrivals form to request to move in one day before the official move-in dates. This will be before Orientation Week begins.
I AM LOOKING FOR HOUSING AT THE LAST MINUTE. IS LIVING IN RESIDENCE STILL AN OPTION FOR ME?
My off-campus housing arrangements are not working out. Can I move into residence part way through the school term?
This depends on how early in the term you are applying and if we have vacancies in our residence. Please contact us to find a solution.