North Building Elevator Out of Service

Sept 30, 2022: Please be aware that the elevator that services the North Building (English Language Institute and classrooms) is out of service and awaiting a part. We anticipate that the elevator will be operational by the middle of next week; we will update the community as more details become available. We are sorry for the inconvenience. If you have questions or concerns regarding accommodation during this period, please direct them to Tanya Missere-Mihas

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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 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 Attawandaron (also known as Neutral), Anishinaabeg, 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 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. June 20, 2022COVID-19 information

    June 20 Update: Suspension of Masking Mandate After June 30

    Further to the announcement that was issued by University of Waterloo President, Vivek Goel, and Vice President, Academic & Provost, James Rush, please be advised that Renison University College will also be suspending the mask mandate after June 30, 2022.

  2. Sep. 29, 2022Reconciliation at Renison – the beginning of a journey
    Renison bridge and garden. Text reads Reconciliation at Renison.

    Earlier this year, Renison formed a new committee, the Reconciliation and Re-storying Steering Committee (RRSC) as a step along the institution’s journey to reconciliation and decolonization.

  3. Sep. 14, 2022Robin Stadelbauer – Finding Home
    Photo of Robin Stadelbauer

    Robin (right) was a shy, high school teenager when her family left their home in the Chippewas of Nawash Unceded First Nation and relocated to Waterloo. Robin immediately felt as though she had landed on a faraway planet. Being Indigenous without community or familiar symbols around, Robin struggled to find belonging.

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