We are excited to welcome you to your new home in Renison Residence!
Renison University College is one of the closest residences to your classes at Waterloo and has one of the largest meal plans. Supporting an intimate community of just over 100 residents every year, along with the lowest don-to-student ratio of 1:19, Renison has a unique environment that current residents describe as "close-knit community, friendly and fun". If you are looking for a place to find life-long friendships you will find it at Renison.
At one don for every nineteen students, we have the lowest don to resident ratio on the Waterloo campus. This means that you will have plenty of upper-year students to help you navigate university life in your first year.
What exactly is a don?
Our Dons are upper year students who have been trained extensively in first aid, fire safety, communication skills, dealing with roommate conflicts, and handling disciplinary problems.
The dons work very hard at making a close knit community on their floor. They plan many activities and have an open door policy.
When you live in Renison Residence, you will be asked to share your hobbies and interests with us before you move into residence. This will allow us to match you with a roommate who shares common hobbies and interests!
Here are Margaret and Nikita talking about what it is like to have a roommate at Renison.
Renison is home to the Social Developmental Studies (SDS), Warrior Academic Leadership Community (WALC), and Bridge to Academic Success in English (BASE) living-learning communities. This is an academically supported living arrangement where these students are grouped together in "clusters" in our residence.
Your friends, roommates, and classmates are all rolled into one, which means you'll get the best of both worlds. You'll find a small, caring place to call home that will help you focus on your studies.
|Incoming First-Year Students||Upper-Year Students|
Applying from February 1 to June 1
Once you have decided to attend the University of Waterloo, the next step is choosing where you will live in your first year. Renison works closely with the University of Waterloo (including Campus Housing and the University Colleges) to ensure all first-year students who apply for on-campus housing before June 1, 2022 will have a guaranteed place in our residences.
Applying after June 1
To apply after June 1, please complete the Renison Residence online application form.
|Please apply directly to Renison through our online application form.|
- 25% of beds are interconnecting suites with semi-private baths and central air
- Fully renovated rooms with extra storage, new furnishings and lighting
- Wireless internet everywhere
- New expanded Library part of the Tri-University drop-off and distribution centre
- Conveniently located on the University of Waterloo campus and only a short 5 minute walk from most classroom buildings
Laundry Facilities on site
Wireless Internet Access
(we call it our Moose Room!)
Social Lounges with Large-Screen TVs
Quiet Study Areas
...And much more!