A note for incoming Fall 2020 students:

Due to COVID-19-related space constraints, we have made the difficult decision to put Science Academic Clusters on hold for the 2020-2021 academic year.   

While you are still entitled to receive all the supports available to every student in residence, this means that you will not be physically clustered with other science students. You may be placed in any of the available residences based on your Waterloo Preferences Ranking Form and live near students from any faculty.  

We understand that these are notable changes. Know that we are committed to creating a great residence experience despite the circumstances. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to reach out to the Living Learning team

Live near peers who are also pursuing their passion for science.

Join your Academic Cluster

In an Academic Cluster, Science students can choose to live near other first-year Science students.  Clusters of about 15 Science students will be placed within larger residence communities of 50-60 students in total. 

Joining an Academic Cluster will help you easily meet other first-year Science students.  Whether it is walking to class together or forming a study group, building relationships with and learning from peers is an important part of the first-year experience. 


Residences with Science Academic Clusters

Science Academic Clusters will be located in UW Place (including Claudette Millar Hall) and Village 1.  Students who select a Science Academic Cluster will have the opportunityto rank their preference between the following room types:

New Residence Building

Claudette Millar Hall 

CMH is a traditional-style residence, with single rooms and semi-private rooms.

vILLAGE 1Village 1 (V1)

V1 is a traditional-style residence, with single, double and interconnecting rooms.



UW Place (UWP)

UWP is a suite-style residence with single rooms in a 2,3 or 4-person suite.


Please note that selecting a Science Academic Cluster guarantees you a place in a cluster, however, it does not guarantee that you will receive your first choice of room type. Many students select the same room type and there are only so many rooms available to the Science Academic Clusters. Therefore, it is impossible to guarantee every student their first choice.

How to join


Incoming students can indicate their interest in a Living-Learning Community on the Residence Community Ranking Form during the residence application process.



If you have any questions regarding Living-Learning Communities, please email Living-Learning or call us at 519-888-4567, ext. 31314.


Student profiles

Read what it's like to live in a Living-Learning Community or to be a Peer Leader.

How to apply

Indicate your interest in the Living-Learning Community on the Residence Community Ranking Form during your residence application process.


The Science Living-Learning Communities are open to all first-year students entering Biology or Physical Sciences (both regular and co-op) in September.

Students entering the Life Physics program are also eligible to join the Physical Sciences Living-Learning Community.


If you have any questions regarding Living-Learning Communities, please contact Living-Learning or call us at 519-888-4567, ext. 31314.