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.
but you don't have to take our word for it. Here's what our students are saying...
Faculty of Arts
Faculty of Science
Faculty of Science
Country: United States of America
The Residence Advantage
When you live in Waterloo Residences, you’ll be surrounded by people and programs to help you achieve academic excellence.
Get a Higher GPA
International students who live on-campus get higher marks than those living elsewhere.
Pass and continue to your 2nd year
Living on-campus means passing your courses and progressing to your second year.
Graduation rates are higher with students who lived on-campus during their first year.
Student Support and Services
Living in residence gives you access to resources and support you wouldn’t get while living off-campus.
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
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 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
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
Example 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
Example Townhouse Floor Plans
*Prices subject to change.
Traditional housing options
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.
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!
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.
Semi-private Double room
Suite housing options
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.
Single room in a 3-person suite
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.
Single room in a 4-person suite
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.
Single room in a 4-person suite
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.
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.
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.
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.
You will receive a confirmation email up to 24-hours after you submit your Residence Community Ranking Form and $500 non-refundable deposit.
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.
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.”
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.”