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Incoming first-years

Straight out of high school or new to post-secondary education? If you have been admitted to a first-year program, you're considered an incoming first-year student.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Upper-year undergraduates

Returning to residence or would like to live on campus for your next term? We offer all inclusive, dedicated upper-year floors in residence. Upper-year residence applications:

Exchange undergraduates

Welcome! Please note that you must be officially accepted to UWaterloo through an affiliated exchange program before we are able to offer you a home in Waterloo Residences. Exchange residence applications:

Graduate students (& Exchange graduates)

Did you know you can stay in residence as long as you are registered full-time with the University? We offer graduate students a one-term, renewable contract - you decide how long you'd like to live with us! Single & Exchange residence applications:

Family housing

Are you a current UWaterloo student with live-in dependents (spouse/partner and/or children)? You are eligible to live in our family residence in Columbia Lake Village-North. Family residence application:

Help & Support

Confused about which application to use? Contact us, we're here to help!

Information & Exceptions

Deposits & Payments

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.

First-year process: 
A $500 deposit is required as part of your Residence Community Ranking Form submission.

Upper-year  Graduate process:
A $500 deposit is paid online through your Offer of Residence (we'll send a link to your email).

Accepted forms of payment:

  • INTERAC® Online,
  • Certified cheque,
  • Money order,
  • Credit Card,
  • or Visa/Debit hybrid card *Please select 'credit card' when paying online.

Application exceptions

Student types

  • 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

Contract conditions

  • 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

Have you signed an off-campus lease?

If you have already signed a lease off-campus, you are obligated to abide to terms and conditions within the lease. It is uncommon and difficult to break a lease agreement. Once your lease expires you are always welcome to apply to live in rez!