First Year Residence Application De-mystified!


So, you want to go to Waterloo. While your mind may be focused on the AIF, don’t forget that once you get in, you’ll have to apply for residence!

Living in residence made a huge impact on my university experience. Most of my friends are from my floor, and it’s really easy to plan outings to explore the city because, well, we live together!

The process starts with the Residence Community Ranking Form, and as of February 1, 2019, the Residence Ranking Form opened! There, you’ll have until June 3, 2019 to pay your $500 deposit and rank the following communities from one to four (one being your most preferred):

  • Waterloo Residences
  • St. Paul’s
  • St. Jerome's
  • Rennison University

Now, I know what you’re thinking: where’s that CMH or REV residence I’ve seeing on @uwhousing on Instagram? All of V1, UWP, MKV, CLV and REV are a part of Waterloo Residences, and you’ll have a chance to rank those starting June 13 in a similar process.  If you choose one of the colleges, then there will be a special process by that college. And if you have no idea what all those acronyms mean, start here.

When making your rankings, consider the type of rooms in each community and the experience you’re looking for - lots of social time = traditional; more independence = suite-style. You can get a virtual tour of each residence here.

Don’t worry about who you’ll live with just yet. You’ll have a chance to submit your roommate request when you rank residences in June (one person only!). You and your roommate must have the same rankings.

One last thing - although the algorithm tries its best to get everyone in one of their top 3 choices, there’s always the possibility of not getting the residency you wanted. I have a few friends in that situation, but they ended up loving their residence anyway because of the people they met in it- and believe me, there will be many opportunities to meet the people you live with, whether it’s through residence events or just running into people in the halls and starting a conversation.

So now that you know a little more about the process, you can start thinking about what kind of university experience you want and how residence could potentially fit into it. If you have questions about deadlines, there’s a cute little checklist here. Good luck!