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Residence at Waterloo

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With a guaranteed spot in residence, you'll be living in the middle of the action. Be close to your classes, labs, the gym, places to eat, the Student Life Centre, and more.

First-year students

  • Accept your Offer of Admission by 11:59 pm Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) on June 1, 2018 AND
  • Submit your Residence Community Ranking Form and a $500 non-refundable deposit by 9 am Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) on June 11, 2018, AND
  • Meet any conditions outlined on your Offer of Admission.

Learn more about the residence process for first-year students. The guarantee does not apply if you miss the June 11 residence 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.

Transfer students

Reserve your guaranteed residence spot by applying to one of our upper-year residences.

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.


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Live at one of our ideas incubators Velocity or St. Paul's GreenHouse after first year.

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Residence experience 

Visit Waterloo's residence website for details or to learn about living off campus


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.