Waterloo Residences acknowledge that we live and work on the traditional territory of the Neutral, Anishinaabeg and Haudenosaunee peoples. The University of Waterloo is situated on the Haldimand Tract, the land promised to the Six Nations that includes six miles on each side of the Grand River.
Family housing benefits
Whether you are a single graduate, exchange student, or have a family, we have a place for you.
- No 12-month lease, great landlord.
- Safe neighbourhood.
- Surrounded by other student families.
- Reliable and trustworthy maintenance services.
- Onsite support from Residence Life Coordinator.
- Campus shuttle to and from campus.
- Great supports for spouses such as conversation circles.
- Community Centre and recreational programming.
Term details and how to apply
As per the President's email on March 20, 2020 in regards to COVID-19 and the Spring 2020 term in order to keep our students, staff and spaces safe, we will continue with our unprecedented measures in residence buildings. You will not need to be on campus to complete your classes next term. For this reason, we are not accepting new bookings for residence during the Spring 2020 Term.
The fall 2020 family wait list will open at 9 am on April 2, 2020.
The winter 2021 family wait list will open at 9 am on August 13, 2020.
Paying for rent
Paying for rent is simple and available online! Pay for rent here.
Frequently asked questions
To apply for family housing, you must:
- Ensure you meet the eligibility criteria of family housing as outlined in our Family Terms and Conditions
- Be prepared to provide the necessary documentation (outlined below). Please note you are not required to submit your family eligibility documents until phase 2 of the application process; however, an offer from Waterloo Residences will be conditional based on the submission of these documents.
- Add your name to the wait list or the term(s) for which you are seeking housing. By filling out this form, you will be considered for all/any month in the term (e.g. for spring term, May, June, July and August). This wait list is based on a first come first served basis.
- Beginning 60 days prior to the first month of the term (e.g. for May 1, by February 28) and continuing at the end of each month of the term, Waterloo Residences notify you by email about our current vacancies
- If there is space available, you will be sent an offer to apply for residence and asked to confirm your interest within 24 hours to receive an official application. At this time, if you no longer require housing you are free to unsubscribe; otherwise, you will continue to remain on the family wait list for the term applied for, and notified of our vacancies monthly.
- Once you have confirmed your interest, Waterloo Residences will send you an official application by email. Within one week of receiving this email, you will be required to submit the official application as well as eligibility documents in order to hold your vacancy.
- Once documents have been vetted and approved, you will be referred to the Family Terms and Conditions and sent an official contract. You will be required to submit this signed contract along with your non-refundable deposit by the deadline date to Waterloo Residences (usually within 1 week).
- You will receive a final confirmation that your residence has been reserved for you once we receive your signed contract and deposit.
- If there is no space, you will be sent an email to indicate we are full. At this time, if you no longer require housing you are free to unsubscribe; otherwise, you will continue to remain on the family wait list for the term applied for, and notified of our vacancies monthly.
What documents are required to apply for family housing?
If your family members (spouse/partner and/or children) will not be with you when you arrive, please indicate this on your application and be prepared to provide their immigration and flight information (if applicable). We need to ensure your family will be joining you before we are able to offer you a family unit. In order to prove that you fulfil the eligibility requirements of the residence, you will be required to provide us with the following:
If you are a couple:
marriage certificate, or
a document signed before a commissioner for taking affidavits/notary public in which both parties swear/affirm that they have been living in a common-law relationship for at least one year AND a notarized copy of a document dated at least 11 months ago proving the existence of a shared lease, bank account, credit card or utility bill.
If you are a single parent:
adoption documents or birth registration paperwork or school registration paperwork AND
proof of custody of the child/children such as separation/divorce/custody documents.
If you are a couple with child/children:
marriage certificate, or
a document signed before a commissioner for taking affidavits/notary public in which both parties swear/affirm that they have been living in a common-law relationship for at least one year AND a notarized copy of a document dated at least 11 months ago proving the existence of a shared lease, bank account, credit card or utility bill AND
adoption documents or birth registration paperwork or school registration paperwork.
Where can I get these documents and what is the cost?
The University of Waterloo has Commissioners for taking Affidavits available to Waterloo students through the Registrar's Office. They are located in Needles Hall. These Commissioners can help you with the documents we require, including notarization. Their services are free of charge to Waterloo students involved in University of Waterloo business.
Alternatively, there are numerous Notaries Public throughout the Kitchener/ Waterloo community, and other areas, which could perform this service for you. Their fees will vary depending on the organization.
When do I have to get these documents?
You do not need to send us these documents until we have sent you a conditional residence offer.
How much is the non-refundable deposit?
The non-refundable deposit is equivalent to one month's rent and will be applied to your first month's rent.
How do I pay my rental fees?
Students living in a family unit pay the rent monthly. Payments may be made online or at the Columbia Lake Village Community Centre front desk.
What is the length of the contract?
Students with dependants are offered a 4-month tenancy agreement, with the opportunity to renew for an additional term.
Can I claim my CLV-North rent on my income tax return?
Students in residence, including family housing, do not pay taxes on their residence fees as the University residences are on tax-exempt land. On Line 6114 (Student Residences) on your income tax form, you can claim $25 as your occupancy cost for the part of the year you lived in residence. You do not need to have proof of residence or tax receipts for residence fee payment.
We offer an online Off-Campus Housing Listing service that can be accessed from anywhere.
Some students at UWaterloo choose to live off campus in the Kitchener-Waterloo community and our Off-Campus Housing office can help.
Located in the Student Life Centre, Off-Campus services include:
- Local apartment listings
- Free lease reviews
- Sublet agreement forms
- Information for short-term accommodations
- Assistance to students looking for a place, or experiencing problems with the place they’ve found
- Additional resources to help you with your search
Start your search early! Whether you’re looking for housing on or off-campus, spaces are limited, especially during the fall term (September to December).
Note that most self-contained apartments aren’t furnished, except for stove and refrigerator. Be aware that rental and lease periods will vary, but 12-month leases are standard.
Look for places that are located on a bus route - Grand River Transit makes stops on campus.
Are you arriving on campus early?
Temporary accommodation on campus is available during the months of May to August. Contact UW Conferences Services (519-884-5400) for more information.
Located in the heart of uWaterloo’s main campus, St. Paul’s offers apartments and suites in a quiet building with lots of common space. Live with fellow students and scholars from all over the world. A fitness room, outdoor patio and parking are available to residents. Singles, couples and families are all welcome. For more information, visit St. Paul's or call 519-885-1465, ext. 212
Short term stay
If you're looking for temporary accommodation while visiting Waterloo, here are some suggested locations.
For hotels, please ask directly about special UWaterloo pricing!