Residence Learning

Students studying together.

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 RateHigher 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 rateHigher 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 GPAHigher 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.


As found in an Academia report from 2008 - 2013.



Students having a tutoring session

Living-Learning Communities

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.

Students collaborating over a laptop.

Academics in Residence

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.



Students working on science projects

Science Academic Clusters

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.

Students working on science project

Concept in Residence

Concept in Residence offers events and programming throughout the year, on topics like business, start-ups, working on side projects, and/or learning professional skills, as well as expert advice provided by our Student Entrepreneurship Coaches.