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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.

First-year residence applications:


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:

Single & 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:

  • Spring 2015

  • Fall 2015 - Application opens June 8; first come, first served

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:

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:


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

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

  • 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!