Welcome to Renison Student Experience and Housing

Get involved in our vibrant student community!

At Renison University College, we strive to have a dynamic student experience where everyone belongs. 

Our Renison community includes degree students studying in our Social Development Studies program, School of Social Work, Culture and Language Studies courses, as well as our credit-free courses and English Language Institute. We are also proud to have our own Renison Residence, which is centrally located on the University of Waterloo campus and is home each term to more than  residents from all six of Waterloo's faculties.

Renison's residence has become known for its small, intimate, and family-like community of residents making it an ideal place for incoming students adjusting to university life. Come and be a part of the family!

Joining our close-knit community means benefiting from outstanding opportunities for learning and scholarship through an interactive and inclusive environment. Students in residence live in truly a multicultural environment, where they will develop awareness, knowledge and skills for a globalized world. 

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Students celebrating in the Great Hall

What does Renison Student Experience & Housing do?

Renison's Student Experience and Housing helps our students in many ways! 

Access Support

Being part of a smaller community within a larger community is an awesome thing about being at Renison. One-on-one meet-ups and connecting with our team is one example! Your Renison student leaders are here to support you, too!

Get involved

With our events and workshops, student volunteer opportunities, student leadership committee opportunities, there's so many ways to be part of our community!

Feel at home

If you lived at Renison, you would be home by now. Our Renison Residence is home to 214 students at any given time, with wrap-around support to help you adjust to your new surroundings.

Build experience

Whether you're a Peer Leader, Residence Don, Connection Desk Assistant, or a Programs Assistant, there are many paid leadership opportunities at Renison to help you build your skills. 

Find your way

The University of Waterloo can feel like a city within itself! Our Moose Tracks Connection Desk is here to help you with any questions you have about life at Renison and Waterloo -- as well as a place to find a tasty snack.

Student Experience & Housing News


Student Events


Wednesday, February 28, 2024 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EST (GMT -05:00)

Chill with RASC

Relax between classes and spend some time with your Renison Academic Student Council!

What can you expect?

  • Good snacks
  • Great company
  • A chance to connect with your RASC reps!

When & where?

Wednesday, February 28

12:00pm – 1:00pm

Renison Cafeteria

Thursday, February 29, 2024 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EST (GMT -05:00)

Sip & Stitch

What can you expect?

Sip on a warm drink and chat with friends while you learn the knitting basics and make your very own sweater! Your co-op student, Izabell, will be there to support you through your knitting journey.

This event is Bring Your Own Yarn. You will need 3 to 5 balls of #4 medium weight yarn, 100g each. Knitting needles, drinks and snacks will be provided.

If you have any questions, please stop by Room 0209.

When & where?

Thursday, February 1, Thursday, February 15, Thursday, February 29

12:00pm – 1:00pm


Thursday, February 29, 2024 8:30 pm - 10:30 pm EST (GMT -05:00)

Coffee House Hosted by RENISIX

Cheer on your fellow residence students or show off your own talents at the Coffee House! Interested in performing? Talk to your don!

What can you expect?

  • Performances by Renison Residence students
  • Coffee, tea, and snacks provided!

When & where?

Thursday, February 29


Renison Cafeteria

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