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. May 19, 2023In Memoriam: Erna Borch
    Photo of Erna Borch in the centre, with two friends on either side.

    With sadness, we share that Erna Borch, a much loved and long-time member of our Renison community, has passed away at the age of 95. 

  2. Mar. 30, 2023Renison student receives prestigious scholarship
    Collage of photos from Daniel Qi as he toured Japan.

    Daniel Qi, a graduate student who took JAPAN courses at Renison, recently received a prestigious scholarship funded by the Japanese Government. This scholarship is offered by The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (English acronym: MEXT) to Canadian students wishing to pursue their studies at a Japanese university.  

  3. Mar. 21, 2023An Interview with Chiara, a 2023 JACAC Participant

    Meet Chiara (she/her), a student at UW who is in her 3A term of Honours Arts, majoring in Political Science and minoring in Speech Communications. On behalf of Renison and UW, Chiara, shown here at the Canadian Embassy in Japan, traveled to Japan this year as she participated in JACAC, the Japan-Canada Academic Consortium. Read the full interview below as she describes what her experience was like and how Renison supported her along her journey!

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  1. June 20, 2023Restorative Justice in Education
    Image with chairs placed around a tree. Also includes the title and date, along with the Renison and Conrad Grebel logos.

    Join us for a community gathering to connect and reflect on Restorative Justice in schools and classrooms, and to celebrate the launch of Dr. Crystena Parker-Shandal’s most recent publication, Restorative Justice in Education: Liberating Students’ Voices Through Relational Pedagogy.

  2. Aug. 25 to 27, 2023Celebrating 50 years - Renison Residence Reunion
    Two old photos featuring students from the 1970s, plus the logo from the Renison reunion event.

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