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.
When you live in Waterloo Residences, you’ll be surrounded by people and programs here to help you achieve academic excellence.
Living in residence fosters academic success
Higher retention rate
93% of students living in residence their first year would continue to be enrolled into their second year - compared to 90% off-campus.
Higher graduation rate
79.3% of first-years would go on to graduate after living in residence their first year - compared to 73% off-campus.
Higher first-year GPA
First-year students had a higher GPA of 2.6 when living in residence their first year - compared to 2.5 off-campus.
Small groups of students in the same faculty or program who live together in the same area of residence are part of a program called living-learning communities. Each group has an upper-year mentor to support first-year students' academic goals, giving them greater access to their faculty, along with related programming to help them be successful.
Along with quiet hours and silent study spaces, residence features drop-in tutoring for those that might need extra help. Five nights a week tutors come to the students offering a rotating schedule of subjects that can be found online. Study skills workshops are also offered in residence to help students develop the best habits for academic success.
In an Academic Cluster, incoming Science students can choose to live near other first-year Science students. Clusters of about 15 Science students are placed within larger residence communities of 50-60 students in total.
WERC is a community with mentors (Entrepreneurs in Residence), resources, and events to help students grow in their entrepreneurial skills and meet like-minded individuals. WERC is available to anyone in or affiliated with residence.