Applying and accepting
Apply for residence through an online form
Whether you're a first year student, upper-year, exchange student, grad or family, you can Apply for Residence Here.
Check your UWaterloo email account
Check your account for an email from Waterloo Residences. This email will contain a contract offer. Learn how to access your UWaterloo email here.
Login to your Welcome Home page
Once you accept your contract, you are able to login to your Welcome Home page. This platform allows you see your roommates, view your residence contract and more.
While you don't have to pay first and last months' rent, we do require a $500 (non-refundable) deposit to reserve your room! Paid deposits are deducted from your final fees owing.
A $500 deposit is required as part of your Residence Community Ranking Form submission.
Upper-year and Graduate process:
A $500 deposit is paid online through your Offer of Residence (we'll send a link to your UWaterloo email).
Our terms and conditions states that students who have accepted their residence contract are held financially responsible for the full length of their contract.
This means—should you choose to cancel your contract—you will be required to pay your full residence fees.
Learn more about our withdrawal or cancellation policies here.
- Co-op students on a local work term - please use the upper-year application process
- Pharmacy students - please use the upper-year application process
- Optometry students - please use the single graduate application process
- Transfer students (from another university or college) - please contact us for guidance
- Fall residents must sign a 2-term contract (fall/winter or fall/spring)
- Winter or spring term residents may sign a 1-term contract
- Spring residents get priority placement for the following winter term
Calculating total cost
To calculate the total cost of residence, add together the full year (or term) fee of your assigned residence, plus the full year fee of the meal plan selected (if applicable).
Traditional-style dorm residences require purchase of a meal plan per term in residence.
Suite-style apartment residences have optional meal plans as cooking facilities are provided.
All fees are to be paid at the beginning of each term.
Accepted forms of payment
Visa/Debit hybrid card*
Certified cheque or money order
*Please select 'credit card' for Visa/Debit when playing online.
Income tax information
Residence fees cannot be claimed as rent for income tax purposes. Under the Income Tax Act, universities are exempt from paying municipal property taxes.
The Ontario Income Tax Act stipulates that all students living in designated university (tax-exempted) student residences are limited to an Ontario Energy and Property Tax Credit claim based on an occupancy cost of $25 for the time they resided in the student residence. Therefore, the amount that can be claimed for income tax purposes is $25 and not the full amount of residence fees paid. On Line 6114 (Student Residences) of your income tax return, tick the box to claim $25 as your occupancy cost for the part of the year you lived in residence.
We do not issue a tax receipt for residence fees or meal plan payments.
For more information and to view the list of designated student residences, please visit the Ontario Ministry of Finance website and review the “Frequently Asked Questions” section.