Residence and student life

Many of your best university memories will undoubtedly come from experiences like late nights chats in residence, meeting new people through clubs, or scoring the winning goal for your soccer team.

With guaranteed residence 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 and academic clusters, residence life staff, and social activities to help you adjust to living away from home.

Student clubs and staying active

Our campus is packed with opportunities to get involved no matter how unique your interests. Between our clubs, teams, sports leagues, societies, and events, there’s something for everyone!

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250+ clubs

Explore your interests and meet new friends through clubs and student societies.

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Staying active

Compete or play for fun in Waterloo's sports and campus recreation programs.

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A city for students

Enjoy life in our student-friendly city that's home to 2 universities and a college.


Eating on campus

Whether it's vegan and vegetarian smoothies and flatbreads at Frsh, the all-day breakfast at ML's Diner, or creating your own pho at South Side Marketplace, our 38 on-campus eateries mean that you'll always have plenty of choice.

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 coffee, food, snacks, and more 24/7 in the Student Life Centre!

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Special dietary needs?

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

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Eating in residence

Getting a residence meal plan gives you access to an incredible range of food at a variety of locations.

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Eating outside of residence

With a meal plan, you can also eat or get your caffeine fix at Starbucks, Tim Hortons, Pita Pit, Pizza Pizza, Teriyaki Experience, Booster Juice, and more.