A PLACE THAT SUPPORTS AND CELEBRATES YOU

To thrive at university, you need a home where you can be your best self. A soft spot to land that helps you succeed in every way – physically, mentally and socially. And a fun, welcoming community that feels like family.

Every year – for all of these reasons and more – thousands of new Waterloo students choose residence.

Living on campus gives you the convenience of a 5- to 15-minute walk between home, classes, food and libraries, as well as the support, resources and opportunities you need to succeed in university and after graduation.

93%


of students who chose residence in first year returned for their second academic year.

100%


There’s a spot for you, 100% guaranteed. Keep exploring to find the best fit for you.

79%


of students graduate after living in residence their first year

P.S. THAT’S 6% MORE THAN STUDENTS WHO DID NOT CHOOSE THE RESIDENCE EXPERIENCE

Find the best option for you

Everyone belongs in residence. Whether you’re looking for a small, tight-knit community or all the action of a larger residence, you can choose a home that’s perfect for your preferences and lifestyle. From dorm-style traditional rooms to apartment-style suites, Waterloo offers ten different residences across Campus Housing and the University Colleges (St. Jerome’s, St. Paul’s, and Renison). Like the Waterloo campus, residence is a global community with students who bring diverse experiences and perspectives. In residence, you’ll find both spaces and people to help you thrive.

Meet your cheering squad

If you’re worried about transitioning to university, we’ve got your back. Residence Life staff are here to make the adjustment as smooth as possible. Plus, you’ll have the support of your Don – an upper-year student that lives in your residence community. Your Don is a caring friend, experienced mentor, fun events planner and shoulder to lean on, all in one. During your first few weeks, they’ll plan social activities to help build new friendships on your floor. When things get intense academically or you’re feeling overwhelmed, both your Don and Residence Life staff can connect you with physical, emotional and social supports on campus. With an entire cheer squad behind you, you’ll have everything you need to succeed.

Nurture your interests

No matter what lights you up, residence offers opportunities to pursue your passions, learn new skills and gain leadership experience:

• Are you an aspiring entrepreneur? Discover our unique Concept in Residence program. Get coaching, funding and resources to launch your big idea.

• Looking to develop leadership skills, build job experience and even get paid? Residence communities regularly recruit for Residence Ambassadors, Peer Leaders, Front Desk Assistants or members of the Undergraduate Residence Advisory Committee.

• Do you prefer solo activities or quiet time with a few friends? Residences offer craft rooms, multi-faith rooms, music rooms, libraries and fitness areas.*

*ACCESS TO SHARED AMENITIES AND PROGRAMS IN RESIDENCE WILL BE BASED ON THE LATEST PUBLIC HEALTH GUIDANCE.

STRONGER SUPPORT, BETTER GRADES

When you choose to live in residence, you get access to built-in academic support that’s hard to find anywhere else. Let us help you reach your academic goals through: › drop-in tutoring › study skills workshops › individual and group study spaces › Living-Learning Communities and Academic Clusters, which let you live near other students from your program or faculty and, in some communities, get access to peer mentoring, professors, academic advisors and other faculty members Explore the list of Living-Learning Communities and Academic Clusters for fall 2022.

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