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. Each of our University Colleges has its 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.

Each of Waterloo's University Colleges offer

  • residences available to all Waterloo students, regardless of your program
  • an all-you-can-eat style meal plan (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

What makes each unique?

Renison University College

St. Jerome's University (SJU)

Conrad Grebel University College

St. Paul's University College


How do you apply to live at a University College?

Renison, St. Jerome's, and St. Paul's 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, submit a residence ranking form, and pay a residence deposit.

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 book a campus tour to visit in person.

Renison University College

Margaret Girodat
Marketing, Recruitment, and Outreach Officer
519-884-4404, ext. 28638 

Visit the Renison website

St. Jerome's University (SJU)

Tommy Mayberry
Manager, Outreach and Recruitment
519-884-8111, ext. 28353

Visit the St. Jerome's website


Conrad Grebel University College

Rebekah DeJong
Student Life and Recruitment Coordinator
519-888-0220, ext. 24215

Visit the Grebel website

St. Paul's University College

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

Visit the St. Paul's website