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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.

Types of residences at Waterloo

We offer two groups of residences: the Campus Housing residences and four on-campus University Colleges.

  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 or at 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 145 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 residence application process, residences, meal plans, fees, and what students say about living in residence.


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.