Congratulations on your offer and welcome to University of Waterloo!
There are a lot of details to consider when studying internationally. We believe in fostering a supportive living environment that will take the stress out of your transition to Canada. There are many benefits to on campus living. Here are just a few:
- All-inclusive living, which includes furniture, utilities, high-speed internet and a weekly a grocery shuttle!
- Dedicated Residence Life team who are there to connect you with the support you need to thrive physically, mentally, academically, and socially.
- Each floor is monitored by a Residence Life Don, and facilities are only accessible by WatCard. A dedicated campus police service and system of help lines also ensures a safe and secure environment.
Exchange students must be officially accepted to Waterloo through an affiliated exchange program before they will be offered a Waterloo residence contract. Please note at this time that we only offer two-term contracts for the fall/winter terms.
Exchange student residence options
CLV is a suite-style residence, with single rooms in 4-bedroom townhouse.
V1 is a traditional-style residence, with single, double and interconnecting rooms.
UWP is a suite-style residence with single rooms in a 2,3 or 4-person suite.
NRB is a traditional-style residence, with single rooms and semi-private rooms.
MKV is a suite-style residence, with a single room in a 4-person suite.
Undergraduate contract terms
Undergraduate students are required to sign a two-term contract for the fall term. The fall contract is for fall and winter.
One-term contracts are offered for the winter and spring terms.
Graduate contract terms
Single grad students are offered a one-term renewable contract.
You can continue to stay in residence as long as you are registered full-time with the University and return your renewal contract by the deadline date given.
If you are an exchange student and you will be studying full-time as a graduate student at the University of Waterloo, please complete the single graduate residence application.
Frequently asked questions
How much does it cost to live in residence?
Please visit the fees page for up-to-date residence costs.
How can I pay the $500 residence deposit?
Credit card, Visa/Debit hybrid card, INTERAC® Online, Certified cheque or money order are accepted.
If I decide not to come to the University of Waterloo, do I get my $500 deposit back?
No. Please review your terms and conditions for full financial obligations.
How do I view my fees owing?
How do I pay the remainder of my residence fees?
The remaining residence fees will be included with your tuition payments.
You can use a combination of payment methods to pay the balance on your student account.
Am I guaranteed a residence space?
Exchange students are not considered to be first-year students and do not fall under the first-year residence guarantee. Residence space for exchange students is limited and applications are processed on a first-come, first-served basis.
When can I move in?
Move-in information will be sent to you approximately 1 month before the start of the term.
Do I have to bring my blanket, pillow, and bed sheets?
Yes, you can bring these items with you or they are available to purchase from Residence Linens.
Do I have to purchase a meal plan or can I cook myself?
Will I be living with Canadian students?
Rooms are divided into 4-bedroom units, we cannot guarantee that every student will have this opportunity.
Can I live with a friend?
Yes, you can request to be placed with someone you already know.
Can I live in residence for one-term only?
For the fall term a two-term contract is required.
One-term contracts are offered for winter and spring term.
Can I stay in residence during the holiday break between December and January
when the University is closed?
Due to safety concerns because the University is closed and there is no supervision, students can not stay in residence during the holiday break.
See our short term accommodations list for local options.
What can I do if I need an extension beyond my scheduled move-out date
for the winter or spring term?
How do I get a Waterloo student ID Card? (WatCard)
Your WatCard is your University of Waterloo student identification card.
To get your WatCard, visit the WatCard office in the lower level of the Student Life Centre (SLC).
You will need to present proof that you are a student (a print off from Quest will suffice), as well as photo identification.