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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, the gym, places to eat, Student Life Centre, and more.

100% residence guarantee

First-year and transfer students are guaranteed residence. What do you need to do?

  • Accept your Offer of Admission by June 1, 2018 and
  • Submit your Residence Community Ranking Form and a $500 non-refundable deposit by 11:59 pm Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) on June 1, 2018, and
  • Meet any conditions outlined on your Offer of Admission

The guarantee does not apply if you miss the June 1st 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 20th and attend a personal interview.

Types of residence

  Main Waterloo residences (5) University College residences (4)
Located on campus? Yes Yes
Single and double rooms? Yes Yes
Suite/apartment style and traditional style? Both  Traditional style
Where do I eat? At residence or at outlets around campus At your residence
Meal plans Required for traditional residences;
optional for suite-style
Included in the cost of residence
How many students Range from 320 to 1381 students Range from 142 to 360 students
Learn more Waterloo residences website University Colleges website

Learn in residence

Living-Learning Community

Live in residence with students who share common interests.


Rez for entrepreneurs

Live at Velocity (tech start-ups) or St. Paul's GreenHouse (social entrepreneurs) after first year.

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Residence experience 

Visit Waterloo's main residence website for details.

Transfer student

Transfer students

College and university students are guaranteed a place in an upper-year residence.


Plan to live off campus?

Our Housing office can help.


Student ambassador leading a campus tourSee residence in person: book a campus tour.


Eating on campus

With 28 on-campus eateries, you'll have a large selection of food items to choose from such as burritos, quinoa bowls, and smoothies at Frsh, all-day breakfast at Modern Language's Diner, and make your own pho at South Side Marketplace.

Vegetarian? Observing Ramadan? Have allergies? We can help! See our common questions about eating on campus.


Special dietary needs?

Speak to a residence chef to ensure we're accommodating you. Bring in your own recipe and we'll try to use it in our menu.

Eating in Residence

Eating in residence

Residence cafeterias offer many choices, including crispy chicken wraps – a student favourite! Check out this week's menu!


Eating on campus

Get meals or your caffeine fix at Starbuck's, Tim Hortons, Pita Pit, Pizza Pizza, Teriyaki Experience, Booster Juice, and more.