Before I Arrive...
There's so much to know before coming! We hope this will help you to become a bit more familiar with life at Renison and what to expect...
COVID-19 Vaccination Requirements for Residence
As of May 1, 2022, the University of Waterloo and Renison University College will no longer require COVID-19 vaccinations to live in residence. This procedure follows the COVID-19 guidelines provided by the Government of Ontario.
You will find out where you are living when you arrive. To protect the your privacy and the privacy of other residents we do not share residents’ contact information.
Our residence floors have funky names! As a Resident, you will live on one of the following floors:
- Down Under
- Moose Crossing
You will learn which floor you will be joining when you move in!
Residence Contract and Community Standards
The Residence Contract and Community Standards is an important document that all current residents agree to abide by. It outlines the terms and conditions of your contract with Renison and your rights and responsibilities as a resident.
Read the document: Residence Contract and Community Standards (PDF)
Bikes and Parking
Many students bring bicycles to get around campus although most buildings are within a 10 minute walk from Renison. Students who bring bicycles have the opportunity to store them indoors in our bike shed. You will need to provide your own lock.
Bikes are not permitted in rooms or hallways. All bikes must be removed at the end of contracted period.
A limited number of parking passes are available. Students who wish to secure a parking space for the year can do so by contacting email@example.com.
Short term parking is available in our parking lot. Parking is secured by a gate accepting card only. Overnight parking is available to permit holders only.
Once I Arrive...
Sunday, September 3 is the official move-in day for the Fall 2023 term! Once you arrive at Renison University College, here's some helpful things to know...
When should you arrive?
Renison Residence's official move-in day will take place on Sunday September 3. More information will be shared in August about move-in day. You are also able to move in after these times or on a later day if you prefer. To help reduce congestion, we are asking students to move in during these specific times:
- Students with Family Names Beginning with A-L:
Move in to Renison Residence between 9:00am to 12:00pm
- Students with Family Names Beginning with M-Z:
Move in to Renison Residence between 12:00pm to 3:00pm
What if I want to move in early?
If you are an international student or a student who lives out-of-province, you may be eligible to move into Renison Residence early.
At present, we are allowing students to move in as early as Wednesday, August 30.
Our residence building is full with students in August so we have very limited spaces available to move in earlier than September 3. Each request will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis to be approved by the Housing Manager and Assistant Director, Student Experience and Housing. To request to move in early, complete the early move-in form before August 11.
Once you arrive
Once you have parked
- You will directly enter the building from the parking lot area. If you are moving in on September 3, you will be greeted by our Student Experience and Housing team.
- You will receive your room assignment and keys at this time. You will be asked to sign any additional paperwork, and you will also receive your WatCard, your official University of Waterloo student card.
- Our friendly helpers will assist in unloading your car and getting your belongings to your room.
- You may be asked to move to another parking lot once you have unloaded your belongings from the car depending on the flow of traffic.
Once moved in
- Once settled in, you’ll have the opportunity to meet your Don and explore Renison and the University of Waterloo.
- Join us for an outdoor BBQ (or indoor themed dinner in case of rain) on September 3 in the late afternoon.
- In the evening, you will get to know your floormates at your first floor meeting at a time stated by your Don.
- Kick start your social life by joining us for orientation events throughout the week.
Who am I going to meet?
We are excited for you to meet our Student Experience and Housing team!
- Jen Burton, Housing Manager
- Ryan Connell, Assistant Director, Student Experience & Housing
- Scott McLeod, Chaplain
- Stefany Kraft, Student Experience Coordinator
- Dons from all Renison residence floors
Orientation Week is your chance to get acquainted with UWaterloo and Renison University College. The week is full of useful information sessions with your faculty as well as many of the services on campus. You can also participate in fun events to get to know your peers and build a social network. More details on the events are to come!
Once I Get Settled In...
Once you have moved in and your settled in your residence room, here's helpful information you'll want to know next.
Renison's cafeteria offers 19 meal times per week:
- Breakfast, lunch and dinner Monday to Friday
- Brunch and dinner on Saturday and Sunday
- Two main entrees plus vegetarian and pasta options
- Daily features on the grill and salad bar
- Soup, dessert, and beverage stations
- Pizza oven
- Takeaway lunches and late dinners (available upon request)
- Interactive and hands on cooking classes with our head chef and your peers
- Themed meal nights such as a Hawaiian luau
- Late night snacks during exam weeks
- Food services are provided in-house by Renison staff
The all-inclusive meal plan ensures that you will have plenty to eat without worrying about money or a declining card balance.
The advantage of the Renison meal plan is that you never worry about going hungry and you never have to deprive yourself because you're on a tight budget.
The meal plan at Renison University College is included in your residence fees.
Sustainability at Renison
The Renison Green Team is comprised of staff, faculty, and student representatives from every department across Renison. Our goal is to provide expertise for the development and implementation of environmental and sustainability initiatives in and around Renison.
Where can I compost my food waste?
- Be mindful of what you are composting. Signs are posted to help you.
- If you are using My Pantry, please use this green organic bin in the cafeteria as well.
Where do I recycle? (Eg. plastic, paper, coffee cups & lids, pizza boxes, take out containers, etc.)
- Sort your recycling and garbage in your residence rooms and residence floor, around Renison and the UWaterloo campus. If you aren’t sure where something goes or if it can be recycled, use the Shift:Zero sorting guide and app.
- Styrofoam goes in the garbage (eg. take-out food Styrofoam containers)
- Every residence floor contains recycle and garbage receptacles along with visual sorting guides.
- Cardboard recycling (eg. pizza boxes): flatten, and place beside the recycle and garbage bins. Cardboard does NOT go in the plastics or papers bin.
- Battery recycling: Batteries are a household hazardous waste and must not be placed in garbage or recycle bins. To properly recycle batteries, drop them off at the Moose Tracks Connection Desk in Renison or check the Shift:Zero app for various drop-off locations around campus.
- Reusable Mug program: Bring your own hot beverage travel mug and save 20 cents on coffee or tea at all Food Services outlets across campus, including Renison cafeteria; save 50 cents at the Funcken Café at St. Jerome’s; save 10 cents at Starbucks or Tim Hortons. Even better, ask for a hot beverage punch card at Renison cafeteria cash and you will get your 10th hot beverage free!
- Paper coffee cups go in the grey paper recycling campus bin and plastic lids in the blue container recycling campus bin.
- Recycle used pens, markers, and mechanical pencils at the Moose Tracks Connection Desk in Renison or check the Shift:Zero app for various drop-off locations around campus.
- Need a reusable tote bag? Ask for a free tote at the Moose Tracks Connection Desk in Renison. Limited quantities available.
- Textbooks: Bring used textbooks to the Textbooks For Change drop box located outside the Renison library. They are donated to partner universities in Africa, sold online or efficiently recycled.
I want to be involved with Renison and UWaterloo sustainability. What can I do?
- Join the Renison Green Team. Email Renison Green Team if you are interested.
- Support UWaterloo sustainability events: sign up to be a Green Volunteer.
- Send suggestions/feedback about Renison’s sustainability practices to firstname.lastname@example.org. There are random prize draws throughout the year for great suggestions!
Reading and Media Resources
- Check out the University of Waterloo Sustainability Guide for tips and resources on how to work, live, and study more sustainably.
- Sign up for the Sustainability Office newsletter here.
- Follow UWaterloo Sustainability on social media: Twitter | Instagram | LinkedIn
- Read about Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
- Download the Shift:Zero app: