Residences & Meal Plans

Residence Price(s)

$5,879 – $7,823* (includes high-speed internet and all utilities; meals not included). *These fees are for 2019–2020. Updated fees for 2020–2021 will be available in February 2020. Fees include 2 terms (8-month contract required).

View our interactive budget for specific costs of residence, meal plans, tuition and more.

Room Types

Single, double and interconnecting rooms are available in traditional and suite-style residences. All first-year residences have single-gender floors and suites.


  • Roommate request available
  • High-speed internet and all utilities included
  • Residence Dons on each floor in each building, plus 24/7 in-residence support
  • Tutoring-in-residence program; counsellor-in-residence program
  • Job and leadership opportunities where you live; both paid and volunteer opportunities available
  • Study rooms; fitness facilities; music rooms, multi-faith rooms and libraries
  • TV/DVD lounges; grocery shuttle
  • Barrier-free suites and other accessible accommodations

For details about Waterloo's Living-Learning communities and Academic clusters, visit the Waterloo Residence website.

Residence Guarantee

A space in residence is guaranteed to students who meet the conditions.

To confirm this space, you must complete the online Residence Community Ranking Form and submit a $500 non-refundable deposit by 11:59 pm (ET) on June 1, 2020.

Details are available on the Waterloo Residence website.

Conrad Grebel University College is not part of the residence guarantee and has a separate application and procedure.

Deposit Required

$500 CAD, non-refundable.

Payment methods: INTERAC® Online, Visa, MasterCard, American Express or money order/bank draft.

Meal Plans

Required in traditional-style residences (declining balance meal plan starting at $4,904*); optional for suite-style residences.

*These fees are for 2019–2020 and based on 2 terms. Updated fees will be available in February 2020 on the Waterloo Residence website.

View our interactive budget for specific costs of residence, meal plans, tuition and more.

Other Information

You will receive acknowledgement and information about the next steps to take either from Waterloo Residences or from the individual University College residence where you have been placed.

At the University of Waterloo, first-year students can live in 1 of the Waterloo Residences or in 1 of the University College residences. For complete residence information, please check the information for all 5 residences: