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Incoming first-years



Live in residence, 100% guaranteed 


Living in residences means becoming part of a great community, with support to help make your transition to University life as smooth as possible. You have the choice of living in one of Waterloo Residences 5 first-year residences, or at one of Waterloo’s University Colleges.

At UWaterloo, residence is guaranteed for all incoming first-year students. What do you need to do?



Printable checklist


100 guarantee

Download our printable checklist to stay on top of key dates, then apply below.


The Road Home

Confirm and start planning

Setup your UWaterloo Email

Set up your UWaterloo email 

Your residence room assignment offer and contract will be sent to your UWaterloo email address beginning the week of July 9.

Note: Offers will continue to be sent out to students throughout the summer. So if you don't get an assignment right away, no worries! You're still guaranteed a room in residence.

Room allocation magic

Room allocation

Our housing allocation process assigns you a number and then places you in a room assignment based on your residence preferences, roommate groups, and personality traits. This process may run several times until we maximize the number of students in one of their top choices. Learn more about how we assign rooms.


Accept your residence contract offer

Be sure to accept your offer before the expiry date! If you do not accept your residence offer by the deadline you will lose your $500 deposit and your room assignment.


Ready to move in!

Move-in Information

Prepare to arrive

Visit our move-in page to find out your move-in day, locations to pick up your keys, and download directional maps to find your way home.

Connect with us

Get connected with us

Get excited! Follow us on our social channels to get a glimpse into what's to come. Check out videos or even tune in to our Spotify playlist as you make your way to your new home.

Packing list and printable swag

Checklists & Printable swag

Wondering what to bring? Check out our packing list. Start thinking about decorating your room - check out our printable swag!




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Contact us

If you have any questions, need assistance or would like to apply for first-year residence, please contact us:

Facebook Messenger:

Text Message: 226-406-5415 (Please note this number is only for text messaging and is not to be used for phone calls)

Phone: 519-888-4567, ext. 32679
Fax: 519-746-8152.


We are open Monday - Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. EDT, and are happy to advise you on next steps.