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Exchange students

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.

With the option to live in any one of our 6 residences which include suite-style or traditional living, we have a space that’s right for you. Find out more about our residences, or apply now!

Undergrad student contract terms

Undergrad 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 student 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.