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 peer leader to mentor and support first-year students’ academic goals, giving them greater access to their faculty and 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.