Welcome home to Waterloo Residences

Waterloo Residences is a great place to start your journey. More than just a place to sleep, our residences will increase your chances of academic success by giving you access to all the best resources the campus has to offer, while also introducing you to new friends, and lots of fun experiences.

Welcome to Residence

but you don't have to take our word for it. Here's what our students are saying...

Meet Jessica

Faculty of Arts
Country: Indonesia

Meet Areej

Faculty of Science
Country: Dubai

Meet Celeste

Faculty of Science
Country: United States of America

Students studying in residence

The Residence Advantage

When you live in Waterloo Residences, you’ll be surrounded by people and programs to help you achieve academic excellence. 

  Higher GPAGet a Higher GPA

International students who live on-campus get higher marks than those living elsewhere.  

 PassedPass and continue to your 2nd year

Living on-campus means passing your courses and progressing to your second year.

 Reach GraduationReach Graduation

Graduation rates are higher with students who lived on-campus during their first year.


Learn more about how living in residence fosters academic success by checking out our Living Learning Communities and Academics in Residence programming.

Student Support and Services

Living in residence gives you access to resources and support you wouldn’t get while living off-campus.

Housing Advisors

housing advisor

Housing Advisors are full-time staff who advise students on their housing options. They can guide you  through the application process,  and answer any questions you have about your residence application or contract. You can contact them by email, or by calling 519-888-4567, ext. 32679

Front Desk Assistants

Front Desk Assistant

FDAs are upper-years that work at the Front Desk of every residence building.They greet students during move-in when they are picking up their keys. They are also a great resource throughout the term if students have questions about academic programs, the City, campus and community resources, or adjusting to student life.

Residence Life Dons


Dons are upper-year students who live and work in residence. They provide support and guidance to their students, and plan events and meetings to help students get to know each other and have a good experience while living in residence.



Duty Staff

Duty Don

Duty Staff are available from 8PM-8AM, 7 days a week, for students who may need overnight support.

Residence Life Coordinators


RLCs are full-time staff that live on campus and are on-call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. They look after the safety of students and Dons in residence

Tutors in Residence


Drop-in Tutoring is available at no cost to any student that lives in residence. Access this free service if you are looking for:

  • Relaxed space to study in the company of peers or on your own
  • Help with understanding course concepts and material
Students relaxing in residence

All inclusive. All valuable.

All-inclusive pricing. No hidden costs. No surprises. Get to the top of the class with exclusive drop-in tutoring sessions. Join study skill workshops and training sessions to give you tools proven to help you succeed. Access exclusive study spaces and quiet hours so you can concentrate.

  • Unlimited high-speed Internet.
  • All-inclusive utilities (Electricity, Water, Heat).
  • Don and peer support as you transition into life on campus.
  • Technical support at the Residence IT Service Desk.
  • 24/7 Front Desk assistance.
  • 24/7 Maintenance support.
  • 24/7 Security and controlled access.
  • Residence specific amenities (Games, movies, lounges, meeting rooms).
  • Fully furnished rooms and living spaces.
  • Exclusive group and quiet study spaces.
  • Exclusive academic programming for first-years (Living-Learning communities, drop-in tutoring, leadership opportunities and workshops).
  • Exclusive access to multi-faith prayer rooms, fitness and music rooms.

On-campus residence options

Traditional (dorm) Style Residence Options

Choose between a private single room, shared double room, or a shared interconnecting single room at one of our three Traditional Dorm Style Residences. Washrooms are cleaned for you and shared with your floor. Meals are prepared fresh daily by our chefs. They also ensure your special dietary needs are met.

Meal Plan: Required

Price range for 2 terms:
$5,775 - $7,061* CAD
plus required meal plan

Example Single Room Floor Plan

Single room

Example Double Room Floor Plan

Double room floor plan


Suite (Apartment) Style Residence Options

If you enjoy the privacy of your own room, and the ability to cook your own meals, our suite-style residence options are for you! Live with like-minded students and enjoy your own single room with a shared kitchen and washroom within your single-level apartment or two-story townhouse.

Meal plan: optional

Price range for 2 terms:
$6,140 - $7,684* CAD

 Example Suite Floor Plans

3 Person Suite

Eby hall floor plan

4 Person Suite  

4 person suite

Example Townhouse Floor Plans

First floor common space

CLV First floor plan

Second floor bedrooms and bathroom

CLV second floor


*Prices subject to change.

Traditional housing options

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Village 1

Village 1 (V1) was the first residence built for students at the University of Waterloo. With a long history, it is here where many first-year students will call home.

Residence Tour


Room Tour

Single room

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Ron Eydt Village

Ron Eydt Village (REV) is a first-year exclusive residence, with plenty of social and academic programming to make your first year in residence a memorable one!

Residence Tour


Room Tour

Double room

Claudette Millar Hall

 Claudette Millar Hall

Claudette Millar Hall (CMH) is located in UW Place and offers single and semi-private double rooms, plenty of study space, and a variety of dining options.

Residence Tour


Room Tour

Semi-private Double room


Suite housing options

UW Place

UW Place

UW Place (UWP) is centrally located to campus, Waterloo Park and University Plaza. he privacy of having a single room combined with the social benefits of living in a shared suite. Students have a kitchen in their suite to prepare their own meals.

Residence Tour


Room Tour

Single room in a 3-person suite

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Columbia Lake Village

Columbia Lake Village South (CLV-South) is a vibrant townhouse community with a diverse population of students, at different stages in their university careers, and is surrounded by nature. Units are fully furnished.

Residence Tour


Room Tour

Single room in a 4-person suite

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 Mackenzie King Village

Mackenzie King Village (MKV) offers the privacy of having a single room combined with the social benefits of living in a shared suite. Students have a shared kitchen in their suite to prepare their own meals.

Residence Tour


Room Tour

Single room in a 4-person suite

Food in Residence

Curious about the food?

Whether you have a required meal plan and try new food in the eatery every day, or you decide to cook meals that remind you of home in your own kitchen, residence offers a variety of food options and cuisine styles, depending on your preferences.

You can use your mandatory or optional meal plans in any of our residence eateries, as well as at any of the Food Services locations on campus if you prefer to eat close to class.

If you prefer to cook your own meals in your Suite Style Apartment Residence, you can use the Grocery Shuttle to easily get the ingredients you need.

For Suite Style residents, we also have optional meal plans so you can have the best of both worlds.

Learn more about our residence eateries and check out the weekly menu! If you have any questions about food options, or a dietary restriction please connect with Food Services. They are more than happy to help.

Want to hear some stories of International student experiences with food in residence? Check out our blog mini-series!

Your next steps

After you accept your offer of admission to the University of Waterloo, you would follow these 4 steps to live in residence.


Complete the RCRFStep 1

The 100% Guarantee application period has now passed. If you are interested in living in residence this fall, complete the Residence Community Ranking Form by June 1, 2020 at 9:00 a.m. EDT.

If you have an accessibility request, you must complete the Housing Disability Verification Form and submit it by the June 1, 2020 deadline. 

DepositStep 2

Submit your $500 CAD non-refundable housing deposit to guarantee you a room in residence.

Deposits can ONLY be made by credit card or Interac online and have to be received  June 1, 2020 at 9:00 a.m. EDT.


ConfirmationStep 3

You will receive a confirmation email up to 24-hours after you submit your Residence Community Ranking Form and $500 non-refundable deposit.

Check emailStep 4

In early June, check your email for your residence community confirmation and next steps, including ranking your building and room type preferences, requesting a roommate, and selecting your meal plan.


Stay on-top of key dates in the residence application process. Learn more about the first-year process by clicking below.

Students in kitchen


Meet Inaara

Faculty of Arts
Home country: India

“Living in Village 1 has made everything so easy. The transition from living at home to living on campus was truly amazing. Living in residence is fun because I have met new friends and I can get help from them or even from the drop-in tutors. The food I eat in the cafeteria was a big concern for my parents but after I told them that I get literally everything, they were delighted and so am I. I am thankful that I chose to live in residence, as making Waterloo my new home has been very easy, which I believe is the most important thing for an international student.”

Meet Shivam

Faculty of Math
Home country: Kenya

"As an international student, I was scared about meeting people from different cultures and was not sure how would I transition from the initial awkward encounters to the comfort of friendship. However, living on campus, the floor don was really welcoming which erased some of my hesitation. As time passed, I was able to transition to the comfort zone of becoming friends with the people I saw in my dorms. I enjoyed attending community events (Black and Gold) and the Maximize Potential certificate program (which I have recently started attending) and felt as though I belonged (more in the second year as I over the jitters of being a sophomore). Truly, living on campus in the first year as well as my second year has helped me to form new friendships and discover myself.”


Contact Waterloo Residences

Have questions? Visit our FAQ page!

Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Student Life Centre
Room 0134
University of Waterloo
200 University Ave West
Waterloo, ON, Canada  N2L 3G1

Phone: 519-888-4567, ext. 32679
Fax: 519-746-8152.

Email: housing@uwaterloo.ca

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