Consider your options and alternatives
From time to time, we understand it may become necessary for students to consider cancelling their contract or withdrawing from residence.
Before this happens, students are strongly advised to meet with their community's Residence Life Co-ordinator (RLC). The RLC can provide options, resources, and referrals to assist students in their decision-making process.
Our terms and conditions states that students who have accepted their residence contract are held financially responsible for the full length of their contract.
This means—should you choose to cancel your contract—you will be required to pay your full residence fees.
Students can find relief to this financial responsibility by:
Submitting an appeal
Certain occasions may have grounds to submit an appeal to release a student from being financially responsible for their contract. All decisions regarding reimbursement of residence fees will be made by the Residence Fees & Contract Appeals Committee.
Learn more about the residence fees and contract appeals process.
Finding a replacement for their residence contract
Your replacement must:
- be enrolled as a full-time UWaterloo student or on a local co-op work term (winter and spring only)
- not already have a residence contract with Waterloo Residences or a University College residence
- be the same academic student type (i.e. undergraduate students will only replace undergraduate students, graduate students will only replace graduate students)
- match the spaces we have left (i.e. if we only have female spaces left you must find a female replacement)
You can find a replacement through your friends, classmates, student classifieds, etc. Once you find a possible replacement, please email email@example.com. Staff will make sure replacements are eligible for residence and the vacancies we have. If they are eligible, the replacement student should submit an online application. A student will not be granted a refund (minus a $500 administration fee) until their replacement has confirmed their contract.
Velocity students: please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for replacement details.
Waterloo Residence is 100% occupied
If Waterloo Residences reaches 100% occupancy for the term you have withdrawn from, you will be notified by the Housing department.