THIS IS YOUR WATERLOO.

HOME SWEET WATERLOO

Beyond academics, your time at university is a series of big life experiences. From what you eat to who you meet, it all adds up to a journey that’s uniquely yours.

That’s why, at Waterloo, you always have options ­­– including where you live. Whether you choose on- or off-campus housing, you’ll catch quality Z’s and get support pursuing your big dreams.

THE LIVING IS EASY ON CAMPUS

More than a place to crash, Waterloo Residences are a soft place to land.

Increase your chances of academic success and access all the best resources the campus has to offer, all while you meet new people, have amazing experiences and feel supported by a community of friends.

On campus, you can choose from a variety of residence options.

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University College residences

  • Conrad Grebel
  • Renison
  • St. Jerome’s
  • St. Paul’s

Traditional-style Waterloo residences

  • Village 1
  • Ron Eydt Village
  • Claudette Millar Hall

Suite-style Waterloo residences

  • Mackenzie King Village
  • UW Place
  • Columbia Lake Village

SIX REASONS TO CHOOSE RESIDENCE

There are so many great reasons to call Waterloo Residences home. Here are the top six:

1. FIRST-YEAR GUARANTEE

Few things in life are for certain, so it’s worth taking advantage of this guarantee. As an incoming first-year student at Waterloo, you have a residence experience reserved just for you. That’s friends, fun and an enhanced experience – guaranteed.

2. UNFORGETTABLE FUN

From movie nights to midnight study groups to fun events, your residence experience and friendships at Waterloo will be ones you cherish for the rest of your life.

3. ULTIMATE CONVENIENCE

Not only are you a short walk from classes, food and coffee, your internet, utilities, maintenance, concierge services and even grocery shuttle are all included in your residence fees.

4. TIGHT-KNIT COMMUNITY

Each floor has an upper-year student called a don who supports and advises students and specializes in making your stay a great time. Dons plan activities and hold monthly meetings to help students have fun and get to know each other.

5. ACADEMIC SUPPORT

Along with quiet hours, study spaces, study skills workshops and a short walk to office hours, residence features drop-in tutoring for when you need extra help. Five nights a week, tutors come to students, offering a rotating schedule of subjects.

6. EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

From front desk assistants to residence ambassadors, paid and volunteer positions in residence help you gain valuable leadership skills and job experience.

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Staying safe on campus

We do everything possible to protect your safety while you live on campus. All residences require a WatCard or key for entry and are monitored by residence life staff. The campus has its own police service as well as Help Line Emergency Buttons located in parking lots and along paths for immediate communication with Campus Police.

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Be sure to download the WatSAFE app to your phone for quick and convenient access to campus safety and emergency resources.

COVID-19 measures in residence

The COVID-19 pandemic has temporarily reshaped the way students experience residence life. We’ve introduced fun new virtual events and activities to help students feel connected, engaged and academically supported during this time.

While campus will eventually return to normal, we have extensive measures in place right now to protect students living on campus.

  • New plexiglass shields at the front desks to keep both students and our front desk student staff safe, as well as in large areas if furniture placement alone does not provide proper distancing
  • Safe distancing practices within each residence following the most up-to-date public health recommendations
  • Cleaning and disinfecting all spaces to meet and exceed public health recommendations
  • Touchless faucets have been added to most of our public washroom spaces to decrease high-touch areas
  • Disinfectant wipe dispensers have been added to dozens of spaces throughout our communities
  • Foot door pulls, foot door levers and foot-operated elevator buttons reduce contact with surfaces
  • More than 250 hand sanitizing stations have been added throughout our buildings
  • Signage indicates traffic flow, maximum elevator occupancy, enter and exit doors and maximum room occupancy
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TURN UP THE EATS

Between on- and off-campus eateries, there’s food for every kind of eater, from the highly selective to the always adventurous.

Where food meets culture

The Waterloo Indigenous Students Centre hosts Soup and Bannock Days most Thursdays in the fall and winter terms. All students are invited to drop by, enjoy some good food and relax with friends.

The University of Waterloo Muslim Students Association hosts two iftar dinners every week of Ramadan. Iftars are catered specifically for students who live away from home to provide both a free meal and a community to bond and break their fast with.

Dietary options

We cater to all food-related requirements, including gluten-free, vegetarian, vegan, dairy-free and halal diets. Options vary by location, but you can check the nutrition symbols on our food packaging for guidance. At Mudie’s, Ron Eydt Village (REV) and the Market at Claudette Millar Hall (CMH) there are daily vegetarian, vegan and halal options at the hot tables, plus a large selection of build-your-own meals.

Don't see something you like? Food services staff are always happy to help.

MAKE YOUR BIG DECISION A LITTLE EASIER