Waterloo Indigenous Student Residence

St. Paul's University College and Waterloo Indigenous Student Centre (WISC) are now offering a Living Community — just for Indigenous First Year Students!

Join our live-in Indigenous program which supports the unique needs of Indigenous students and allows you to develop social networks that can help you succeed. Facilitating the sharing of Indigenous knowledge and providing culturally relevant information and support services for all members of the University of Waterloo community, including Indigenous and non-Indigenous students, staff, and faculty. St. Paul’s University College (STP) is the proud academic home for the University of Waterloo's Indigenous Studies Minor program

The services we provide are premised on understanding, respect, and trust, as well as a recognition of and sensitivity to the different cultural values and rights of Indigenous peoples and cultures.

Living at St. Paul's

DanceIndigenous first-year students can expect to:

1. Build relationships and community networks that will support you as you begin your university life.

2. Benefit from:

  • Upper-year Peer Leaders who understand your experience and are trained to provide support
  • Participate in selected activities, such as the WISC Soup and Bannock days, POW WOW, and so many others
  • Support from trained residence leaders and access to resources

3. Learn from (and make friends with!) other first-year students in various academic programs.

Important to know

pow wow pic1. The Waterloo Indigenous Residence (WIR) is an enrichment program. The University of Waterloo has a considerable support network of tutors, help sessions, and workshops. The WIR supports students’ academic success indirectly by creating a sense of belonging and strong community connections and networks.

2. St. Paul’s is a co-ed residence and although the WIR is for Indigenous-identified students, there will also be non-Indigenous-identified students in this residence.

How to apply

1. Accept your Offer of Admission to the University of Waterloo

2. Fill out the University's online Residence Community Ranking form by June 1 at 11:59 pm, along with a $500 residence deposit. (This amount will also be deducted from your residence fees). You must rank St. Paul's first on this form in order to be in the Living Community.

3. Wait to hear that everything is in order. We'll also send you a personal information form so we can match you with an ideal roommate!

Upper Year Indigenous Students

Not a first year Student but still interested in Indigenous events, activities and residence? Upper year rooms are available too! Graduate students can check out the suites, private rooms, and grad apartments. Apartments are also available for families.

For more information, please contact wisc@uwaterloo.ca.

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Please contact us by email or by phone at 519-885-1460 x25212.


"My experience at St.Paul's was a very positive one. The orientation for my floor allowed me to meet many friends who I know I'll have lasting relationships with. I am fairly shy and it made it very easy to talk with and get to know everyone I was living around. Some of my best experiences of first year came from community events such as community dinners, floor events, and events from the Indigenous Centre. I am very grateful that this was the place I got to spend a transitional period in my life."-Noah Duffee, Kinesiology