Waterloo Residences acknowledges 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 ten kilometers on each side of the Grand River.
All residents must accept their residence contract and terms before moving into their community.
Undergraduate first-year students
Residence and meal plan fees will be posted to your Quest account for each term.
A meal plan is required for dorm-style residences; Village 1 and Ron Eydt Village. Meal plans are optional for apartment-style residences where cooking facilities are available.
Fall term residents are required to sign a 2-term contract (for fall and winter or fall and spring).
Spring and/or winter term residents are eligible for 1-term contracts.
Graduate students & Students with dependents
- Residence fees are calculated per term or on a monthly basis, depending on your residence community contract.
Income tax information
Residence fees cannot be claimed as rent for income tax purposes. Under the Income Tax Act, universities are exempt from paying municipal property taxes.
The Ontario Income Tax Act stipulates that all students living in designated university (tax-exempted) student residences are limited to an Ontario Energy and Property Tax Credit claim based on an occupancy cost of $25 for the time they resided in the student residence. Therefore, the amount that can be claimed for income tax purposes is $25 and not the full amount of residence fees paid. On Line 6114 (Student Residences) of your income tax return, tick the box to claim $25 as your occupancy cost for the part of the year you lived in residence.
We do not issue a tax receipt for residence fees or meal plan payments.
For more information and to view the list of designated student residences, please visit the Ontario Ministry of Finance website and review the “Frequently Asked Questions” section.