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Study or live at a University College

If you're looking for a smaller, close-knit residence or academic home base, then one of Waterloo's University Colleges may be for you!

students walk along pathway to the university colleges

Each of Waterloo's 4 University Colleges is a smaller community with its own character and distinctive programs where you can get involved and contribute.

  • Students in any program can take classes or live at a University College – or both!
  • Smaller communities with residence rooms for approximately 200 students each.
  • Most spaces for first-year students are in traditional-style rooms.
  • All 4 colleges have all-inclusive meal plans rather than the declining-debit WatCard dollars used by Waterloo Residences.

What are the advantages of living or studying at a University College?

The University Colleges are located on Waterloo's main campus and offer courses as well as residence. All 4 are much smaller than Waterloo Residences, which means you'll get to know almost everyone!

You'll study or live in a smaller community, have access to all services and facilities on the main campus, and earn a valuable University of Waterloo degree.

What does each University College teach?

Conrad Grebel University College

  • home to majors in Music and Peace and Conflict Studies

Renison University College

  • offers Social Development Studies, Social Work, Honours Arts, Honours Arts and Business, East Asian Studies, Studies in Islam, and Applied Language Studies
  • also home to the English Language Institute, which offers English courses to non-native speakers

St. Jerome's University

  • offers Honours Arts, Honours Arts and Business

St. Paul's University College

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