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Renison University College

If you're looking for a small, close-knit residence or academic home base that is a five-minute walk to most buildings at the University of Waterloo, then Renison may be for you!

Renison is a smaller community with its own character and distinctive programs where you can get involved. For students purusing a University of Waterloo degree, you can live and study at Renison while having access to all of the services and facilities on the main Waterloo campus. Think of it like a small, friendly neighbourhood, within a larger city - it's the best of both worlds!

Territorial Acknowledgement

With gratitude, we acknowledge that Renison University College is located on the traditional territory of the Attawandaron (also known as Neutral), Anishinaabe, and Haudenosaunee peoples, which is situated on the Haldimand Tract, the land granted to the Six Nations that includes ten kilometres on each side of the Grand River. Our active work toward reconciliation takes place across our campuses through research, learning, teaching, community building and outreach, and is centralized within the work of our Truth and Reconciliation Working Group and the University of Waterloo’s Indigenous Initiatives Office

Future Students

Find out if Renison is right for you by visiting the Future Student Section

Current Students

If you're already part of the Renison community, visit Current Students for information about student services, advising, courses offered, and more!

Continuing Education

Are you looking for ways to gain skills, or want to find courses to take out of interest? Renison's Community and Professional Education department offers diverse continuing education programs and events.

Residence and Student Life

Renison welcomes students from across all University of Waterloo faculties into its residence each year. Find out more about our vibrant Residence and Student Life community now!

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  1. Aug. 23, 2021COVID-19 information

    In observance of public health recommendations and in keeping with announcements from the University of Waterloo, the following initiatives are now in place at Renison University College:

  2. Mar. 13, 2021Our website has a new look!

    You may have noticed that we have changed a few things on our home page and in our navigation. We welcome comments and feedback on the new look and feel; we want to make sure it works for all of our visitors!

    To send a note, please contact and your comments will be passed along to our web team. 

  3. Aug. 31, 2021Dr. Craig Fortier uses Humber River to explore role of memorialization in maintaining settler/colonial narrative in Canada. 
    Craig Fortier

    Dr. Craig Fortier, a professor in Renison’s Social Development Studies department, recently published “The Humber is a Haunting: Settler Deathscapes, Indigenous Spectres, and the Memorialisation of a Canadian Heritage River” in the peer-reviewed journal, Antipode. The article, published in the August 2021 issue, examines the ways in which the Humber River in Toronto has been memorialized and used to solidify “Canadian” cultural identity, while ignoring its Indigenous history.

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  1. Sep. 21, 2021Back Home Again: Resilience after Disaster
    Event image with image from movie Back Home Again, animated animals looking out over a town.

    About this event

    What is it like to live through a disaster? Whether it affects a small population, perhaps only a single family, or an entire community, country, or continent, a disaster can affect all aspects of life and have a significant impact on mental health.

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