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.

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Student Events


Monday, April 15, 2024 10:00 pm - 11:00 pm EDT (GMT -04:00)

Power Hour: Craft Night

Relax your brain and unleash some creativity this craft night!

What can you expect?

  • Painting, colouring or drawing, you choose!
  • A space to be creative and de-stress from your exam preparations
  • All craft supplies provided!

When and where?

Monday, April 15

10:00pm – 11:00pm

Dunker Family Lounge

Power hour events are Renison Residence Exclusive events.

Wednesday, April 17, 2024 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm EDT (GMT -04:00)

Music Jam

Bring your love of music to the DFL to jam with other Renison residents!

What can you expect?

  • Singing, guitars, drums, pianos – any instrument you have available!
  • Casual drop-in to play some songs and make new friends
  • All levels are welcome!

When and where?

Every Wednesday in April

7:00pm – 10:00pm

Dunker Family Lounge

Wednesday, April 17, 2024 10:00 pm - 11:00 pm EDT (GMT -04:00)

Power Hour: Hide N' Seek

Renison is a big place with lots of great hiding spots! But who will be the ultimate hide n’ seek player?

What can you expect?

  • You hide, the dons seek! (or vice versa!)
  • Find the best place to hide around Renison, but don’t give yourself away!
  • Take time to be a kid again during this power hour! It’s okay to relax a little when you’re studying!

When and where?

Wednesday, April 17

10:00pm – 11:00pm

Around Renison

Power hour events are Renison Residence Exclusive events.

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