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.
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 Campus Housing’s 5 first-year residences, or at one of Waterloo’s University Colleges.
At Waterloo, residence is guaranteed for all incoming first-year students. What do you need to do?
On Monday, February 1, 2021, the Residence Community Ranking Form will be available to all incoming first-year students to complete and submit with their $500 non-refundable housing deposit. We recommend incoming students only submit the form and non-refundable deposit if they have accepted their offer to the University of Waterloo. The Residence Community Ranking Form will remain open until Tuesday, June 1, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. EDT. All incoming first-year students who submit their Residence Community Ranking Form and $500 non-refundable deposit by the June 1 deadline will be a part of the 100% Residence Guarantee.
Download our printable checklist to stay on top of key dates, then apply below. (updated November 2020)
Part 1 - Residence Community Ranking Form
Accept your offer to the University of Waterloo
Congratulations on becoming a Waterloo Warrior!
Prepare to apply for Residence
Research the difference between Campus Housing, and the University College communities (St. Jerome's, St. Paul's and Renison). Check out available meal plans, Living-Learning Communities, and visit us during March Break Open House on March 2021 or You @ Waterloo Day on May 2021.
Go online and complete the Residence Community Ranking Form
The online form (RCRF) opens Monday, February 1 and closes on Tuesday June 1 at 11:59 p.m. EDT.
On this form, you are only selecting which on-campus residence community you'd like to live with and which living-learning community you would like to join.
If you have a housing accommodation request, you must complete the Housing Disability Verification Form and submit it by the June 1 deadline.
Pay your non-refundable $500 deposit
To complete your form submission, you must make a $500 CAD non-refundable deposit. Payments can be made online by credit card to ensure the deposit is received by the deadline.
Accepted to Campus Housing
Check your email on Thursday, June 10 to find out which residence community (Camous Housing or the University Colleges) you will be joining. If you are in Campus Housing, you will receive a confirmation from Campus Housing with next steps.
Accepted to a University College Residence
Students in University College Residences will receive next steps directly from that University College through email by Thursday, June 10.
Part 2 - Campus Housing Preference Form
Understand your Campus Housing Residence Options
Visit our residences page and check out your residence options. Now is the time to think about which residence you want to live in, the room styles, meal plan options, and who you'd like to live with.
Want to live with a friend? You can! The preference form allows you to request to live with one roommate in any style residence. Read more about roommates and how rooms are assigned here.
Complete the Campus Housing Preference Form
Form opens Thursday, June 10. Closes Thursday, June 17 at 11:59 p.m. EDT.
The Campus Housing Preference Form allows you to indicate your preferences for building, room type, meal plan and roommate request.
Part 3 - Accept Your Residence Contract
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 7.
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.
Our housing allocation process takes into consideration all the information shared with us through the Campus Housing Preference Form, including any accessibility needs, living-learning communities, and residence and roommate requests. This also includes the personal interest questions on the Campus Housing Preference Form. 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. Note that we will be sending out room assignment offers and contracts throughout July and August. If you don’t get an offer immediately, don’t worry. Check your UWaterloo email account every few days to make sure you don’t miss the deadline.
Part 4 - Get Ready for Residence!
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.
Get connected with us
Get excited! Follow our blog and social channels to get a glimpse into what's to come. Check out videos as you make your way to your new home.
Checklists & Printable swag
If you have any questions, need assistance or would like to apply for first-year residence, please contact us:
Facebook Messenger: https://www.facebook.com/uwhousing
Phone: 519-888-4567, ext. 32679
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.