Residences & Meal Plans

Residence Price(s)

$4,941 - $7,955

Fees displayed are for 2017 - 2018 and are subject to increase for 2018 - 2019. They are an estimate only.

Room Types

All dormitory- and apartment-style residences are smoke-free. Single and double rooms are available in each style of residence. Residence buildings are 54% dormitory-style and 46% apartment-style.


  • Roommate requests accepted
  • Internet service included
  • Residence Life program including a Don on each floor
  • Laundry facilities
  • Lounges
  • Quiet study floors
  • Residence Learning Communities
  • Special needs accommodation
  • Residence council available to all first-year students living in residence

Residence Guarantee

Residence is guaranteed to all students entering postsecondary education for the first time, who submit their application and deposit by the posted deadline.

Students with a midterm admission average of 90% or higher are guaranteed their choice of building style and room type, space permitting. Midterm average will be calculated based on your top six 4U/M (or equivalent) grades that are available as of June 1, 2018.

Deposit Required


Meal Plans

All students are required to purchase a meal plan. Students in dormitory-style residences can choose from our 5-Day All Access Plan, or our 7-Day All Access Meal Plan. If you live in an apartment-style residence, you are required to participate in the Apartment Meal Plan. 

We can accommodate special dietary needs and requests.

Waterloo Meal Plans

5-Day All Access Meal Plan — $5,000
  • $750 OneCard Flex dollars ($375 per term)
  • Monday to Friday unlimited access to the Fresh Food Company
  • 5 FFCo guest passes per year
  • Tax savings
7-Day All Access Meal Plan — $5,400
  • $550 OneCard Flex dollars ($275 per term)
  • Unlimited access to the Fresh Food Company, 7 days per week
  • 7 FFCo guest passes per year
  • Tax savings
Apartment Meal Plan* — $2,080
  • $2,060 OneCard Flex dollars ($1,030 per term)
  • Tax savings

*An apartment-style resident can upgrade to an All Access Meal Plan by contacting the OneCard office after their residence assignment. 

These prices are based on the 2017-2018 fees, and prices are subject to increase for 2018-2019. Prices include a $50 levy for All Access Plans and a $20 levy for the Apartment Meal Plan.

The Fresh Food Company

The Fresh Food Company provides flexibility to have a quick snack or a full meal to suit any schedule. It is led by a team of chefs and features an all you care to enjoy rotating menu with a focus on quality, convenience and ultimate flexibility. The Fresh Food Company provides a variety of options such as stone fired pizza, stir-fry, salad bar, deli, grill, sushi and more. The Fresh Food Company is the ideal location on campus to accommodate special dietary needs such as allergies or food intolerances as a variety of alternative options are available.

OneCard (student card) flex dollars may be used for any non-food purchases and are accepted at the following on-campus locations:

  • Fresh Food Company (Dining Hall)
  • Terrace Food Court (Union Market, Bento Sushi, Williams Fresh Café, Extreme Pita, Purblendz, Mr. Sub, Pizza Pizza, Smoke's Poutinerie and Harvey's)
  • Second Cup
  • Starbucks
  • Subway
  • Tim Hortons
  • Byte 75 Café
  • Wilf’s Restaurant

You can request to change your plan up until September 30 by emailing After September 30, the plans are locked in for the academic year. Dormitory and apartment meal plans are non-refundable and non-transferrable. If you have a remaining balance on your OneCard flex dollar account (April 30) these funds will roll over to the next academic year.

Other Information

Visit the residence website for further information.