Study or live at a University College

If you're looking for a smaller, community-oriented residence or a supportive learning environment, one of Waterloo's four University Colleges may be for you!

What is a University College?

A University College is a smaller community that offers residence and academic programs within the larger University of Waterloo.

The University Colleges each have their own character and distinctive programs where you can get involved and feel supported while you live and learn. You'll study or live in a close-knit community while having access to all services and facilities at Waterloo, in addition to those at the University Colleges.

Why choose one of Waterloo's University Colleges?

  • Residences are available to all Waterloo students, regardless of your program.
  • All-you-can-eat meal plans (and chocolate milk on tap!).
  • Opportunities to engage in student life programming and become a student leader.
  • Smaller class sizes that provide opportunities to interact with both professors and classmates.
  • Friendly communities for you to call home with additional resources and support.
  • Centrally located on the main Waterloo campus.

What makes each unique?

Renison University College

Visit the Renison website.

St. Jerome's University (SJU)

Visit the St. Jerome's website.

Conrad Grebel University College

Visit the Grebel website.

 United College

Visit the United College website.


How do you apply to live at a University College?

Renison, St. Jerome's, and United College are part of Waterloo's residence guarantee for first-year and transfer students. You'll be able to request to live in one of those University Colleges after you accept an offer of admission and submit a residence ranking form.

If you're interested in living at Conrad Grebel University College, you'll need to apply directly to residence at Grebel.

Want to learn more?

Download brochures about the University Colleges or learn about our tours and events.

Renison University College

Cassidy Wagler
Marketing, Recruitment & Outreach Officer
519-884-4404, ext. 28638

St. Jerome's University (SJU)

Jameson Olheiser
Admissions and Recruitment Coordinator
519-884-8111, ext. 28208


Conrad Grebel University College

Gemma Ricker
Student Life and Recruitment Coordinator
519-888-0220, ext. 24215

United College

Steve Prentice
Director, Student Life
519-885-1460, ext. 25219