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If you're confused about which application best suits your situation, contact us, we're here to help.

Enjoy all inclusive living and flexible, academic term-based contracts at Waterloo - no worries, no hassles.

First-year/Future students

Straight-out-of-high school or new to post-secondary education? If you have been admitted to a first-year program at UWaterloo, then you are an incoming first-year undergraduate student.

First-year applications

Upper-year/Returning students

Looking for the convenience, safety, and community of living on campus? Our residences are all inclusive, close to classes, and offer ongoing academic support.

Upper-year applications

Single & Exchange graduates

Single and exchange grad students are offered a one-term renewable contract. You may continue to stay in residence as long as you are registered full-time with the University.

Single & Exchange applications

Exchange undergraduates

Exchange students must be officially accepted to UWaterloo through an affiliated exchange program before they will be offered a Waterloo Residences contract.

Exchange undergrad applications


If you are a current UWaterloo student with live-in dependents (spouse/partner and/or children), you are eligible to live in our family residence at Columbia Lake Village-North (CLV-North).

Family applications

Transfer students

Find out more

Have you transferred to UWaterloo from another university or college? Please contact our office and we will guide you to which application you are eligible for.

Reserve your room

Secure a place in residence with a $500, non-refundable, deposit.

First-year deposits

A $500 deposit is to be submitted along with your Residence Community Ranking Form.

Upper-year & Grad deposits

A $500 deposit is paid online through your Offer of Residence.

Accepted forms of payment

  • INTERAC® Online

  • Certified cheque

  • Money order

  • Credit card*
    Note: We are unable to process Visa/debit hybrid cards at this time.

Move-in today

Contact us if you are looking for residence for the current term.

Undergraduate facts

  • Fall-term students must sign a 2-term contract (fall and winter or fall and spring).

  • Winter or spring term students may sign a 1-term contract.

  • Spring-term residents receive priority to apply for the following winter term.

Special cases & Exceptions

  • Co-op students on a local work term may apply as upper-year students.

  • Pharmacy students should apply as upper-year students.

  • Optometry students should apply as graduate students.

Have you signed an off-campus lease but wish to live with us?

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 res!