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 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.


Printable checklist


First year checklist

Download our printable checklist to stay on top of key dates, then apply below. (updated November 2020)


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