Apply to live at Grebel

Apply today!

  • Read the important application information.
  • Fill out the Grebel residence online application.
  • You can apply to Grebel's residence before you have an academic offer from UWaterloo.
  • Don't apply concurrently to Grebel and UWaterloo residences...once you are on UWaterloo's list... it complicates your Grebel residence application. There is no risk of losing a spot at UWaterloo residences as Grebel makes housing decisions prior to the UWaterloo deadline.
  • Part of our application process is participation in a group interview. These are fun and informative! Check out what Ananya says about the interview in a 1-minute video.
  • We'll be in touch after we've received your application to talk about  next steps.

Any questions regarding your residence application can be directed to grebelstudentservices@uwaterloo.ca

Important information

Grebel is among the smallest residences on the University of Waterloo campus. Our size contributes to a great sense of community so you will get to know everyone at Grebel!

Grebel is not part of the 100% guarantee offered by all other residences at UWaterloo. This is because we are a multi-year residence...meaning after your first year, you can come live at Grebel again and again! 

Because we are not part of the 100% guarantee, you will need to submit a Grebel residence application seperate from other UWaterloo housing (and not concurrently). We follow-up with all applicants in an interview. The interview gives each of us the opportunity to learn a little more about each other and to explore if Grebel is a good fit!

We also have some off-campus options for connecting to Grebel. If this interests you, inquire at grebelstudentservices@uwaterloo.ca

Note: if you apply for fall, you must also apply for winter and/or spring


Residence Application Form

Residence applications are now being accepted for:

  • Winter 2023, Spring 2023

  • all terms in the 2023/2024 academic year

Important: This is not an application for academic admission. Acceptance to Conrad Grebel residence is contingent upon being admitted to an academic program at the University of Waterloo.


Take Note: This application requires you to respond to 8-9 short answer questions with a maximum word count of 200 words each. As this document cannot be saved within the application, please prepare your answers in a separate document then cut and paste them into the correct field when prompted. Below are the questions. A photo is requested prior to submission. This photo will not be published unless/until you have signed a contract with Grebel, at which time a photo release form will be issued.

  1. Choose one or two experiences over the past 3 years and describe their impact/influence on you (ie: academics, sports, music, travel, art, drama, writing, clubs, faith experience, etc.).
  2. Describe yourself ─ your personality, qualities, characteristics, etc.
  3. What current issues concern you and why (ie: environmental, political, cultural, social justice, etc.)?
  4. What are your future goals and interests and how do they relate to your program choice at UWaterloo?
  5. Grebel encourages community engagement. There are intramural teams, clubs, choirs, ensembles, student leadership positions, chapel, service trips, musicals and much more. Where could you see yourself getting involved?
  6. Grebel teaches UWaterloo courses in the following subject areas: Peace and Conflict Studies, Music, History, Religious Studies, Sociology and Mennonite Studies. These courses address big questions of life, help us understand the world and inspire civic responsibility. As such, residents are encouraged to take a Grebel course (or courses) taught by Grebel faculty. As opportunities arise for you to choose a Grebel course, which subject areas interest you and why?
  7. Grebel is rooted in Christian values from an Anabaptist/Mennonite tradition. We promote emotional, spiritual and intellectual growth. We emphasize the importance of reason and imagination, equity and inclusion, faith and action, integrity and personal commitment. In this community you will be supported and challenged. Elaborate on why you want to live in a residence with these emphases.
  8. Grebel is a residence community with students from 1st – 4th year. Explain why you think this is important and share your interest and ability to make a multi-year residence commitment.
  9. In addition to the questions above, there will be a place where applicants can express their interest in Grebel's Living-Learning communities (L/L). L/L communities are small groups for peer and faculty support and extra-curricular learning. Student can join L/L communities to enrich their university experience. Grebel has three L/L communities (listed below). If you are interested in learning more about Grebel's L/L communities, check out the link BEFORE filling in the application (right-click to open in a  new tab).
  • PACS (for students academically interested in Peace and Conflict Studies)
  • Music (for students from ANY faculty interested in music courses, choirs and/or ensembles
  • PeaceTech (for students from ANY faculty interested in peace and technology)
  • International Math/Music (for first and second year international students studying in the Math faculty and living at Grebel)

If you encounter any issues when submitting this form, please contact Student Services @ grebelstudentservices@uwaterloo.ca