COVID-19 Updates

Read the latest COVID-19 updates.

January 5, 2023: Face coverings now optional. Renison continues to maintain a supply of face coverings. Employees are invited to order their face covering through the online order form.  Students can pick up masks in the Registrar’s Office, Moose Tracks and the English Language Institute (ELI) Hub.

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 pursuing 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 Anishinaabeg, Hodinohsyó:ni, and Attawandaran (Neutral) 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 from mouth to source. Our active work toward reconciliation takes place in all corners of our campus through research, learning, teaching, community building and outreach. We are guided by the work of our Reconciliation and Re-storying Steering Committee and Anti-Racism and Decolonization Spokescouncil, as well as the University of Waterloo’s Office of Indigenous Relations. 

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. Jan. 5, 2023COVID-19 information

    January 5, 2023: Face Coverings Now Optional

    Renison University College is committed to the health and well-being of all of our community of students, faculty, staff and community members. We recognize and appreciate that our community is made up of a diverse group of individuals, many of whom have a heightened risk of complications as they relate to COVID-19 and its variants, and we thank everyone for considering the needs of others in our community when engaging in activities that bring you in close proximity to other community members.

  2. Jan. 11, 2023Renison mourns the passing of Michael Smyth
    Dr. Michael Smith wearing a Renison hoodie.

    It is with deep sadness that Renison University College announces the passing of long-time faculty member and former Associate Dean, Dr. Michael Smyth. Michael joined Renison in 1975 as a professor of Psychology in the College’s young Social Development Studies program. He quickly became a very popular lecturer, loved by students and colleagues alike.

  3. Dec. 1, 2022Renison Coffee now available
    Moose flying a yellow plane, with text reading 'Morning Moose Coffee now available, order now

    Renison's new Morning Moose Coffee Blend and Moose Mugs are now available for purchase at Renison!

    How to purchase your coffee and/or mug(s)

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  1. Mar. 18, 2023March Break Open House 2023
    Renison residence | Two WALC members meet in the garden

    Coming to March Break Open House?

    Don't forget to check out the small close-knit community that Renison has to offer Waterloo students. While you are ironing out your program details, make sure you take a residence tour and test drive where you want to live next year too! 

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