Residences & Meal Plans

Residence Price(s)

$5,673 – $7,549* (includes high-speed internet and all utilities; meals not included). *These fees are for 2017-2018. Updated fees for 2018-2019 will be available in February 2018.

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

You can use our interactive budget to estimate your first-year costs and resources.

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 in each building
  • Tutoring-in-residence program; counsellor-in-residence program
  • Residence council
  • Study rooms; fitness facility; piano room
  • TV/DVD lounges; grocery shuttle
  • Barrier-free suites and other accessible accommodations

For details about Waterloo's Living-Learning communities, see:

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, 2018.

Details are available at

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


Deposit Required

$500, non-refundable.

Meal Plans

Required in traditional-style residences (declining balance meal plan starting at $4,248*); optional for suite-style residences.

*These fees are for 2017-2018. Updated fees will be available in February 2018 at:

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: