Residence Fees

Benefit from knowing that Renison offers some of the most affordable accommodations on the University of Waterloo campus. Your residence fees include our all-you-can-eat meal plan that ensures you will never go hungry!

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Eight-month contracts are available for the Fall/Winter or Fall/Spring Terms. Four-month contracts are possible for the Winter and Spring Terms only.

Spring 2024 Room Rates

for University of Waterloo undergraduate degree students

Room type Spring 2024 Term (40%)
Traditional Double Room  $5,014
Traditional Single Room  $5,529
Link Double Room $5,146

Link Single Room

$5,597
Traditional Single-occupancy Double Room
(Very limited)
$5,783

The meal plan is included in the residence fees.

2024 - 2025 Room Rates*

for University of Waterloo undergraduate degree students

Room type Fall 2024 Term (60%) Winter 2025 or Spring 2025 Term (40%) Total Price (2 terms)
Traditional Double Room  $8,160 $5,440 $13,600
Traditional Single Room  $8,999 $5,999 $14,998
Link Double Room $8,376 $5,584 $13,960

Link Single Room

$9,109 $6,073 $15,182
Traditional Single-occupancy Double Room
(Very limited)

$9,412

$6,275 $15,687

Your Residence Room Rate each term includes: 

  • $100 in WatCard Flex Dollars 
  • An all-you-can-eat meal plan 
  • Residence room accommodations
  • Student activities fee

Each term, students will be charged an additional $25 Renison Capital Improvement Fee. 

** Fees are subject to change pending board approval.

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The Residence fine print

DEPOSIT

A $500 deposit is required at the time of accepting your contract. This fee is non-refundable and will be applied to your final fees. 

PAYMENT

Residence fees are posted to students’ Quest accounts four or five weeks before classes begin for the term and are due just before the term begins. It is the student’s responsibility to monitor their account for updates that could result from changes to residence accommodations.

Students have multiple options for paying residence fees. More information about paying residence and tuition fees can be found on the University of Waterloo’s Student Accounts Web Page.

INCOME TAX

Residence fees cannot be claimed as rent for income tax purposes. Under the Income Tax Act, universities are exempt from paying municipal property taxes.  

The Ontario Income Tax Act stipulates that all students living in designated university (tax-exempted) student residences are limited to an Ontario Energy and Property Tax Credit claim based on an occupancy cost of $25 for the time they resided in the student residence. Therefore, the amount that can be claimed for income tax purposes is $25 and not the full amount of residence fees paid. On Line 6114 (Student Residences) of your income tax return, tick the box to claim $25 as your occupancy cost for the part of the year you lived in residence.  

We do not issue a tax receipt for residence fees or meal plan payments. 

For more information and to view the list of designated student residences, please visit the Ontario Ministry of Finance website and review the “Frequently Asked Questions” section.