Housing and Transportation

Waterloo offers guaranteed residence for first-year and transfer students.


On Campus

Waterloo has several types of residence. Read more about the types of residence available at Waterloo.

Residence Life

Living in one of Waterloo’s residences means becoming part of a great community that will make your transition into university life as smooth as possible. First-year and transfer students are 100% guaranteed a spot at one of the 5 first-year residences or at one of Waterloo’s University Colleges.

Waterloo’s Living Learning Communities allow groups of students from the same program or faculty to live in the same area of a residence. Each group has a senior student who can act as a mentor and offer guidance and support.

Waterloo Indigenous Student Residence Program supports the unique needs of Indigenous students and allows you to develop social networks that can help you succeed.

Off Campus

Waterloo’s Off-Campus Housing is a free resource open to all Waterloo students. It offers you a listing service to help you search for housing, as well as information about tenant rights, contracts, subletting and other off-campus issues.

Meal Plans

Whether you live in residence or off campus, finding a place to eat is made easier with the university’s meal plans, which give you access to both on- and off-campus vendors.

View Waterloo’s meal plans and prices.

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Public Transportation

The Waterloo Undergraduate Student Association provides you with a UPASS, a bus pass that allows you unlimited access to Waterloo’s Grand River Transit system. The cost of the UPASS is included in your student fees if you are a full-time student at Waterloo.

Parking Services

Waterloo has approximately 6,000 parking spaces to meet the increasing demands of the growing community. In addition to various parking lots available, Waterloo also has electric vehicle charging stations.

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