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


Monday, June 3, 2024

iBASE Peer Mentors Needed!

Renison ELI is looking for past iBASE Students to be iBASE Peer Mentors this summer! As an iBASE Peer Mentor, you can share your knowledge and expertise with a group of three current iBASE students as they navigate classes, living in Canada and Waterloo, and the transition into studies at the University of Waterloo.

Student Events


Wednesday, June 12, 2024 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm EDT (GMT -04:00)

Fun with Dons

Join your residence dons for a unique experience in the cafeteria! Each event is a surprise planned by dons for the residence students and Renison community!

What can you expect?

  • High energy event
  • Snacks, games , and lots of fun!
  • The chance to connect with the dons and residence community

When and where?

Every Wednesday in June

7:00pm – 9:00pm

Renison Cafeteria

Thursday, June 13, 2024 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EDT (GMT -04:00)

Mature Student Coffee Chat

Join other mature students for a chance to relax between classes for snacks and good conversation!

What can you expect?

  • Friendly conversation with other mature students and Renison staff
  • A chance to create a community
  • Yummy snacks and a great atmosphere

When and where?

Thursday, June 13

12:00pm – 1:00pm

Link Student Lounge

Thursday, June 13, 2024 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm EDT (GMT -04:00)

Let's Get Active

Time to get those hearts pumping, Renison! Join your peer leaders for some fun and games outside (or in the Atrium, weather permitting).

What can you expect?

  • A surprise game of team sports with your friends
  • The chance to move and relax after class

When and where?

Thursday, June 13

3:30pm – 5:00pm

Meet in the Renison Atrium