Welcome to St. Paul's!

St. Paul's University College offers residence, academic courses, and learning opportunities to students at the University of Waterloo. We are affiliated with the University and are located on its main campus.

St. Paul's purpose is to support the University of Waterloo community by providing a unique learning environment that educates social innovators to shape a just and humane world.

University of Waterloo courses are taught at St. Paul's, including courses in International Development, the Master of Development Practice program, Indigenous studies, Human rights minor, Religious studies and Canadian studies.

The Waterloo Indigenous Student Centre is also located at St. Paul's.

GreenHouse is a social impact incubator that offers programs, opportunities and a community for students to develop problem solving skills, to form innovative ideas and make new forms of sustainable impact around social or environmental change.

Many Waterloo students – both undergraduate and graduate – choose to live at St. Paul's. Some come here for the community, some for the learning experience, and some to be part of special opportunities like the Environment Living Learning Community and the Women in Engineering Living Learning Community.


    In earlier correspondence, we conveyed a strong expectation that students living in our undergraduate residences should get a COVID vaccination. I am writing today to inform you that, pursuant to a new directive from the Medical Officer of Health for the Region of Waterloo, vaccination is now a requirement. 

  2. June 25, 2021Statement Regarding the Discoveries at the Marieval Indian Residential School

    The faculty and staff of the College join people across the country in expressing their condolences to the members of Cowessess First Nation and to all who have been harmed, directly or indirectly, by Canada’s system of residential schools. The discovery of approximately 750 unmarked graves on the site of the former Marieval Indian Residential School is a bitter sequel to news that emerged from Kamloops two weeks ago. While the discovery of even one unmarked grave is too many, it is certain that further discoveries will be made in the coming months at other sites across the country.

  3. June 8, 2021Message Regarding the Murders in London

    We write to you today on behalf of the College to express our solidarity with all Muslim members of the St. Paul’s community. We condemn the recent murder of four members of a Muslim family in London and are appalled by the hatred and bigotry that engendered it. Those of us who live, work and study at St. Paul’s regard its diversity as one of its primary strengths.  We are pleased that our community includes many Muslim members and we want them to know that they have our full support in these difficult days.

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  1. Aug. 11, 2021GreenHouse Announces Winners of the Social Impact Fund for Spring 2021 Term
    Winners of the Social Impact Fund

    At the end of this spring term, seven innovation teams pitched their latest ventures to a panel of judges for GreenHouse's 23rd Social Impact Showcase.

  2. Dec. 8, 2020GreenHouse announces latest Social Impact Fund awardees
    Social Impact Fund

    On November 25, a number of enthusiastic GreenHouse innovators came together to pitch their latest ventures to a panel of judges from across St. Paul’s community during its most recent Social Impact Showcase, with all four presenting ventures winning funding. 

  3. June 18, 2020Waterloo youth solve community challenges at GreenHouse virtual showcase
    animation of boy about to run a race

    On June 2, GreenHouse hosted the Youth Innovation Showcase, a virtual capstone event for the Youth Innovation Program. This virtual showcase highlighted the innovative solutions developed by 27 youth from across the Waterloo region. These solutions served as answers to challenges identified by the three host organizations: Carizon, Reception House (RH) and the Volunteer Action Centre (VAC). 

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