Accept your offer of admission and residence

Accept your Offer of Admission

Deadline: June 3, 2019 unless otherwise specified on your Offer of Admission

Follow the instructions on your Offer of Admission. Most students will accept their offer through the Ontario Universities’ Application Centre (OUAC). If you have problems accepting your Offer of Admission, please call the OUAC at 519-823-1063.

You should log into Quest to see if there are conditions on your Offer of Admission and the deadline for meeting those.

If you wish to begin your studies in a later term, you may request a deferral of your admission.

Reserve your place in residence

Deadline: June 10, 2019 (extended!)

If you miss the deadline, you will not be guaranteed a place in residence. You must also accept your Offer of Admission by June 3.

First-year student? Submit your Residence Community Ranking Form and pay your residence deposit on our Housing and Residence website by June 10 to be 100% guaranteed.

Transfer student? Apply by June 3 to guarantee a spot in one of our upper-year residences.

Architecture student? Email for help with finding housing near the School of Architecture in Cambridge.


Which residences are part of the guarantee? 

Students in residence room taking a selfie Waterloo Residences: Ron Eydt Village, UW Place (includes Claudette Millar Hall), Village 1, Columbia Lake Village, and Mackenzie King Village

Chef cooking meal in residenceOur on-campus University Colleges: Renison, St. Jerome's, and St. Paul's.


Conrad Grebel University College is an on-campus residence that is not part of the residence guarantee. If you'd like to live there, you'll need to apply to Grebel before the end May and participate in a group or Skype interview.

Scholarships and bursaries

Beginning in early May, you'll be able to use Quest to view any entrance scholarships and bursaries you've been awarded. If you receive a scholarship and/or bursary, an "Entrance Award Offers" link will appear in Quest below the program to which you have been admitted.

In most cases, when you accept your Offer of Admission, you’re automatically accepting your scholarship and/or bursary. Be sure to read the bursary and/or scholarship information carefully for any conditions or requirements.

If you applied to Renison University College or St. Jerome’s University and have received a scholarship from them, follow any specific instructions included in your Offer of Admission.

Change your mind about which university to attend?

If you've already accepted an offer of admission to an Ontario university, you may accept a different offer through the OUAC website without penalty up to June 3. If clicking on "accept" does not work, or if you haven't applied using an OUAC 101 or 105 application, you'll need to contact us at or 519-888-4567, ext. 33106.

Financial deposits for Ontario high school students

If you're an Ontario high school student, no Ontario university can require a financial commitment from you until June 3.