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Residence at Waterloo

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Living in residence puts you in the middle of the action. Be close to your classes and labs, athletic facilities, the Student Life Centre, libraries, and more. Get the full university experience while making friends and memories that will last long after graduation.

Most students live in one of our 6 main residences. You also have the option of living in University College residences, which are located right on Waterloo's campus and offer smaller residence communities where you can get really involved. 

First-year students are guaranteed residence

You’re guaranteed residence in one of our main Waterloo Residences or one of 3 on-campus University Colleges if

  • you're admitted to a first-year program, and
  • you accept your Offer of Admission by June 1, 2017, and
  • you submit your Residence Community Ranking Form and a $500 non-refundable deposit no later than 11:59 pm Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) on June 1, 2017, and
  • you meet any conditions outlined on your Offer of Admission

This guarantee does not apply if you miss the June 1, 2017, deadline.

Conrad Grebel University College is another on-campus residence that is not part of the guarantee. If you’d like to live at Grebel, you’ll need to complete an application well before May 29th, 2017 and attend a personal interview.

Living in residence

Types of residences

Double and single rooms are available in traditional dormitory-style residences where you'll eat in your residence cafeteria or at food outlets around campus.

Apartment or suite-style residences offer single or double rooms with a shared living room, bathroom(s), and a kitchen where you can make meals.

Eating in residence

Enjoy fresh meals and snacks from 40+ on-campus food outlets.

You’ll find vegan, halal, and kosher options plus choices if you have food allergies or other dietary restrictions.

Learn about meal plans or check out this week's menu

Learning in residence

Enhance your first-year experience by choosing to live with students who share common interests.

There are more than a dozen Living-Learning Communities, relating to different programs and co-op.  


Not in first-year? Want to live off campus?

Transfer students

Transferring to Waterloo? We can make life easier by guaranteeing you a place in an upper-year residence.

Upper-year students with dependents

Upper-year students with dependents and exchange students can apply for residence; however, the guarantee does not apply.

Off-campus housing

If you'd like to live in the surrounding community, Waterloo's Off-Campus Housing office provides resources to help you find rental accommodation.


Learn more about residence

Review our common residence questions or visit Waterloo's main residence website for details on the residence experience, how residence works, and Living-Learning Communities.