Parents and families

Welcome to Waterloo Residences, the best choice for your student's home away from home.

Life in residence is a rewarding experience that will build your student’s confidence, strengthen relationships and set them up for a greater chance at academic success over the next four years.

While your UWaterloo student heads out on their new adventure, this guide is here to help you, because we understand that this year is as much about supporting you as it is about supporting your student. Explore, learn, and feel free to ask us any questions you may have.

From all of us at Waterloo Residences to you we’d like to say, welcome home.

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Application process

Applying for residence as a first-year is a simple experience. Fill out a few online forms and receive your contract by email.



Living in residence is an investment in your student's academic success. Find out how much residence and meal plans are.

Important Dates

Important Dates

Want to know when your student should expect a residence contract? This page has all the important dates in one place.

Campus Safety

Campus safety

Nothing is more important than your student's safety in residence. Learn more about what measures are taken to ensure a safe residence experience.

Food Services

Food Services

Have specific questions about menu's, hours of operation and meal plans? Food Services manages all eateries in residence.

Contact Information

Contact information

Want to contact Waterloo Residences? Visit our contact page with all important contact details and hours of operation.

What to pack

What to pack

Wondering what your student should bring to residence? Visit our helpful online checklist before you pack!


Move-in information

To ensure a smooth move-in experience, we invite you to learn more about the move-in process.

Welcome to Residence Guide

Welcome to Residence Guide

All incoming first-years are invited to visit our online welcome guide that helps answer any questions, offers tips, and guides students to important information.

Mental Health and wellness

Mental Health and Wellness Guide

A helpful guide of all the services and resources available to your student regarding their mental health and wellness.

Waterloo Store

W Store

Your one stop shop for course materials, school supplies, UWaterloo gear, dorm room essentials and more! Check us out in South Campus Hall.

We want to help you feel more relaxed and confident that your child will be safe, happy, and healthy living in residence.

Learn how you can help and when to take a step back and allow your child make decisions that are right for them.