Renison University College
Come experience the University of Waterloo with Renison University College in a supportive academic community where everyone can follow their passion. You will also have the opportunity to experience the uniqueness of each individual that walks through our halls as being part of a close-knit residence community consisting of 207 people.
Discover why studying at Renison is such a rewarding experience. You can check out the credit programs on offer for undergraduate, postgraduate, and graduate programs. You can also look into our Community and Professional Education programming.
This site contains information on course prerequisites, residence, and a variety of supports Renison offers to students such as course selection and accommodation. We aim to make studying at Renison a great learning experience as well as one in which you’ll make new friends and enjoy a great lifestyle in a great city, Waterloo.
If you have other questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.
What is a University College?
The University Colleges are located on Waterloo's main campus and offer courses as well as residences. All 4 are much smaller than Waterloo Residences, which means you'll get to know almost everyone!
You'll study or live in a smaller community, have access to all services and facilities on the main campus, and earn a valuable University of Waterloo degree.
What makes Renison unique?
If you're looking for a smaller, close-knit residence or academic home base that is a five-minute walk to most buildings at Waterloo, then Renison University College (Renison) may be for you!
Renison is a smaller community with its own character and distinctive programs where you can get involved and contribute.
- Students in any program can take classes or live at a University College – or both!
- Smaller community with residence rooms for 220 students with the lowest Don to student ratio on campus (1:20).
- Most spaces for first-year students are in traditional-style rooms.
- A five swipe per day meal plan (largest meal plan at Waterloo) rather than the declining-debit WatCard dollars used by Waterloo Residences.
Renison University College acknowledges that we live and work on the traditional territory of the Attawandaron (Neutral), Anishinaabeg, and Haudenosaunee peoples. The University of Waterloo is situated on the Haldimand Tract, the land promised to the Six Nations that includes ten kilometers on each side of the Grand River.
- June 12, 2019
Today, the Renison community celebrated the convocation of its students with a champagne toast!
- May 22, 2019
- May 9, 2019
Go to Korea this summer and experience Korean language and culture on Jeju Island!
Join us for a 2-week program abroad at Jeju National University (JNU)
AUGUST 5-16, 2019
- Aug. 9, 2019
Experience art, music and food at Renison’s night market!
With a variety of vendors, there will be lots of sights and sounds to enjoy while you savour cuisine from all over the world.
Join us for a family-friendly evening to help celebrate Renison’s 60th anniversary.
- Aug. 15, 2019
THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED. PLEASE CHECK LATER FOR FURTHER DETAILS.
The four University Colleges at the University of Waterloo are getting together to host an epic alumni evening of craft beer and snacks. This progressive tasting will end at Grebel for coffee and dessert.
- Sep. 21, 2019
Join us to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the One Sky Festival at Renison University College. This FREE community event is perfect for families and will include live music, dance performances, local delicacies, and face painting!
When: September 21, 2019
When: 11am - 2pm
Where: Renison University College (240 Westmount Rd N, Waterloo)
- Nov. 3, 2016
IN TODAY’S FIERCELY COMPETITIVE LANDSCAPE, YOU CAN’T AFFORD THE RISK OF CHOOSING THE SCHOOL THAT IS NOT THE EXACT FIT FOR YOU!