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With a 100% residence guarantee for first-year and transfer students, you can live in the middle of the action. You'll be close to your classes, labs and tutorials, the Student Life Centre, gyms, places to eat, and more.

Each of Waterloo's first-year residences offer personal and academic support such as Living Learning Communities, residence life staff, and social activities to help you adjust to living away from home.

Love where you live

Your home-away-from-home should suit your budget and personality. Choose from traditional or suite-style residences through Campus Housing or University College residences. No matter where you live on campus, you’ll find personal and academic support, new friends, and exciting experiences.

  Campus Housing residences University College residences
Located on campus? Yes Yes
Available to any first-year student? Yes Yes
Single and double rooms? Yes Yes
Suite/apartment style and traditional dorm style rooms? Both Traditional style
Where do you eat? At residence and outlets around campus At your residence
Meal plans Required for traditional residences; optional for suite-style All-you-can-eat style meal plan, included in the cost of residence
How many students in each residence? 320 to 1380 students 140 to 360 students
Learn more Campus Housing residences University Colleges

All you need to know about residence at Waterloo

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To thrive at university, you need a home where you can be your best self. A soft spot to land that helps you succeed in every way – physically, mentally and socially. And a fun, welcoming community that feels like family.

Visit our Campus Housing website to learn about the residences, applying, meal plans, fees, and what students say about living in residence.

Unbeatable eats

Whether you’re looking for an in-house smoked brisket poutine from Brubakers Food Court, a vegan curry from Ev3rgreen Café, or wanting to order off the Waterloo Food Services mobile app and have your lunch delivered to you, our on-campus eateries and cafés have plenty of choices.

And you're never far from a coffee shop like Starbucks, Tim Hortons, or William's. Plus student-run locations are great for good coffee and cheap snacks. Need caffeine late at night? Grab a coffee, food, snacks, and more 24/7 in the Student Life Centre!

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Eating in residence

Meal plans make it quick and easy to enjoy fresh local food throughout the day – and for your late-night snacks. With halal, plant-based, and made-to-order options, we have your dining and snacking needs covered.

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Special dietary needs?

Allergies? Gluten-free? Not sure where you can eat to suit your dietary choices? With a registered dietitian available to meet with you, eating on campus should never be a worry or concern!

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Eating outside of residence

Grab lunch at Pita Pit, Pizza Pizza, Teriyaki Experience, Booster Juice, and more.