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|
Live in residence with students who share common interests.
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Visit Waterloo's main residence website for details.
College and university students are guaranteed a place in an upper-year residence.
Plan to live off campus?
Our Housing office can help.
See 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
Residence cafeterias offer many choices, including crispy chicken wraps – a student favourite! Check out this week's menu!