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


Saturday, June 22, 2024 11:00 am - 5:00 pm EDT (GMT -04:00)

Visit to the KW Multicultural Festival

Join your peer leaders on a trip to enjoy the KW Multicultural Festival! This festival is a full day of cultural sharing, delicious food, and wonderful performances!

What can you expect?

  • Take the ION from campus to Victoria Park
  • Check out booths, try different foods, and watch live performances of different music, dance, and more on the main stage
  • Learn about new cultures and traditions!

When and where?

Saturday, June 22

11:00am – 5:00pm

Meet in the Renison Atrium

Bring your WatCard to take the bus to Downtown Kitchener

Click this link to learn more about the festival.

Monday, June 24, 2024 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm EDT (GMT -04:00)

Capture the Flag

Compete against your friends in this classic summer camp game!

What can you expect?

  • Divide into two teams. Each team will receive one item which is their “Flag”
  • Your team will have up to 10 minutes to hide your flag somewhere in Renison or outside (weather permitting)
  • Once your flag is hidden, both teams will spend the rest of the time trying to find the other team’s flag
  • First team to get possession of the other team’s flag wins!

When and where?

Monday, June 24

4:30pm – 5:30pm

Meet in the Renison Atrium

Tuesday, June 25, 2024 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm EDT (GMT -04:00)

Paint and Plant

It’s officially summer! That means plants and creativity galore! Join us to paint a plot and “adopt” a little succulent to take home!

What can you expect?

  • Pots, plants, and painting supplies will be provided
  • Bring your creativity to decorate your own little pot
  • Select a plant and learn how to properly pot it with soil
  • Take your new plant home 😊

When and where?

Tuesday, June 25

3:30pm – 5:00pm

Renison Atrium

Note: pots and plants are limited and will be provided on a first come, first served basis.