Future Students
Application & Deadlines
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Application and Deadlines

As you’ve likely already discovered, starting university is a complex process that requires you to pay attention to forms, deadlines, and other conditions if you want to see your plans become reality. Getting into residence is no exception. Here’s what you’ll need to know about the process at Waterloo and SJU.

First-Year Guarantee - Conditions, Deadlines, How to Apply
St. Jerome’s is part of the University of Waterloo first-year residence guarantee. You’re assured of a spot in a residence on the Waterloo campus, but you have to meet the conditions and make sure you do your part.

First Year Residence Guarantee Process:

  • You must be admitted to a first-year program starting in the fall term and accept your new First Year Guarantee Residence Application no later than June 2, 2024.
  • You must submit your Residence Community Ranking Form, ranking SJU first, and paying the $500.00 non-refundable deposit by 11:59 pm EDT on June 2, 2024. The ranking form will be made available via email after you have been accepted to the University of Waterloo and typically opens in February.

In addition to ranking SJU first on the ‘Residence Community Ranking form’, you also have the opportunity to fill out the ‘SJU Residence Community Interest Form’ which will help us get to know you, help you learn more about SJU. Filling out this form is not mandatory but will make your name stand out on our list of residence applicants.

Important: Ranking St. Jerome's University Residence as your number one choice and filling out theSJU Residence Community Interest Form, will give you the best chance to be admitted into the residence, though it is never guaranteed


SJU Next Steps
  • If you’re placed at St. Jerome's University, we’ll send you further instructions and details about our residence contract.
  • We’ll also explain how to submit the Confirmation form and Housing Profile Questions. It’s your chance to tell us about your personality and lifestyle, which we’ll use for roommate selection, as well as details about your room-type preferences, accessibility needs, dietary restrictions, allergies, medical conditions, and any other relevant factors.


Winter 2024 Spaces Available

If you are interested in living at SJU for Winter 2024 we would love to hear a little more about you and what you are looking for. Please fill out the SJU Residence Community Interest Form. A residence team member will follow up with more details regarding a potential offer.

Room Allocations & Roommate Selection
We’ll use the information from your Confirmation and Lifestyle Preferences form to determine room allocations. If you’re living away from home for the first time, you might be a little nervous about sharing your space with a roommate. You’ll be glad to know that our hand-matching process will increase your odds of a positive relationship. And you might also like to hear about the countless students before you who have found lifelong friendships in residence.
Customized match-ups
Drawing on their extensive experience in guiding and supporting students in residence, our Residence Dons do their best to find compatible roommates based on similar interests and lifestyles. But they rely on what you tell them on the Confirmation and Lifestyle Preferences form that you submit when you’re confirming your place in the SJU residence. So this is the time to be honest about yourself!


Rooming with your BFF
If you and your friend want to live together, we’ll try our best to have that happen. If you’re both offered a space in the SJU Residence, and you’d like to room with each other, both of you should indicate your wishes on the "Roommate Selection" tab of the Confirmation and Lifestyle Preferences form. We’ll make every effort to grant your request.


Room and roommate allocations are completed at the end of August, just before the beginning of the fall term. When you join us on move-in day, you’ll find out which room you’ve been assigned to and who your roommate will be. 
Accessibility & Special Needs
If you have accessibility needs or other special circumstances, we want you to know that our goal is to work with you to help you participate in campus life to the fullest extent possible. We hope you won’t hesitate to request information, housing, and support that will accommodate your needs.


Maximize your chances of finding digs that will work for you
Following the advice listed here will increase your odds of accessing specific types of housing:
  • Our first recommendation is that you start the conversation as early as you can when you’re considering studying at Waterloo. That way, we’ll have ample time to explore the possibilities together well before the beginning of the term.
  • You might find it valuable to arrange a tour of all of the Waterloo residences before determining which one can best meet your needs.
  • As soon as you’ve been admitted to the University of Waterloo, you should visit the Accessible Housing website to find out more about requesting appropriate housing accommodation. If you’re not sure about the type of housing you require, they can help you work with the staff at each specific residence.
  • Apply to the on-campus housing choice that you’ve determined would best suit your specific needs.
  • If you require attendant services, you should also apply to the Independent Living Centre of Waterloo Region. Accessible Housing can assist you with this step as well.
  • You should be prepared to submit information outlining the rationale for your specific housing request, accompanied by supporting documentation from a medical professional, clinician, etc.
Important: The Accessible Housing office will work in collaboration with the Housing departments for all of the Waterloo residences in an attempt to meet your needs. Therefore, prior notice of your particular circumstances is appreciated and required by the University so that we can support you in the best way possible with your transition to campus and so that we can accommodate your needs in a timely fashion.
All documentation should be submitted no later than June 1 in order for it to be processed.
Single rooms
Priority for single rooms is determined based on medical necessity and requires supporting medical documentation. If you need a single room, you should visit the Accessible Housing website and make arrangements well in advance of move-in day.
Special dietary needs
We are able to accommodate a wide variety of special dietary concerns and allergies. Let us know if you have any questions and we would be happy to help!