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Fees & Payments

The following are our Residence Fees for the 2021-2022 Academic Year


Room Type Fall Term (60%) Winter/Spring (40%) Total
Single Room $7,874.29 $5,424.52 $13,298.81
Double Room $7,474.29 $5,024.52 $12,498.81

*The fees listed above are a flat rate to which HST is not applied.


Due to COVID-19 response measures, residence rooms at SJU will be single occupancy for Winter 2022. 


Students who sign a 1-term contract for Winter 2022 will pay the Winter fee only. Residence fees for the Winter term are $5,424.52. 



A non-refundable $500 deposit is required upon ranking your residence choices through the Residence Community Ranking Form OR at the time of accepting your contract.


The deposit will be credited to your UW fee statement during the first term of your residence contract. Residence fees include an all-inclusive meal plan and all incidental, activity and miscellaneous fees are included.



Residence fees are posted to students' Quest account four to five weeks before classes begin for the term and are due just before the term begins.  Fees are due according to the University of Waterloo's fee payment schedule. It is the student's responsibility to monitor their account for updates that could result from changes to residence accommodations.


Students have multiple options for paying residence fees, including certified cheque or money order, bank payment, bank transfer or international wire transfer.  More information about paying residence and tuition fees can be found on the University of Waterloo's Payment Options Page.


Tax Returns

For income tax purposes, students in residence do not pay taxes on their residence fees as the University residences are on tax-exempt land.


If you lived in a residence at a designated Ontario university, college, or private school residence, you can claim only $25 as your occupancy cost for the part of the year you lived in such a residence.


Ontario tax credits are funded by the province. Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) administers the program on behalf of Ontario through the federal income tax system. Claim your $25 tax credit on form 5006-TC ON 479 Ontario Credits (student residence line 6114) included in your federal T1-General income tax return. An official letter from the University is not required as the student completes the information requested in the declaration for the property tax credit.  The University will not provide such letters.


The Canada Revenue Agency stipulates that you cannot claim meals and lodging as tuition fees. Current information on CRA regulations and guidelines for tuition and education amounts can be found online on the Students and Income Tax page.

What's Included
  • All your meals—including nutritious breakfasts, lunches, and dinners to fuel your studies
  • Great service
  • Furnished room (bed, fridge, dresser, desk & chair, vanity, closet)
  • All utilities (internet, electricity, heating, A/C)
  • Unlimited WiFi throughout the building
  • Housekeeping of common areas - increased in high-traffic areas for prevention of COVID-19
  • Access to PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) in Residence
  • Laundry 
  • Access to fantastic programming
    • Wellness Programming
    • International Service Learning opportunities
    • Designated Activities Coordinators who plan weekly events
What's Not Included
  • Parking
  • Bike and term storage (available at small cost).
  • Food at other outlets on the UW Campus or in the Community
The Value of the SJU Experience
  • Community 
  • Incredible amenities 
  • Leadership opportunities 
  • Personal development 
  • A family away from home 
  • A safe space to try new experiences 
  • Dedicated support from staff and students 
  • Foster new relationships 
  • Virtual activities with your floor 
  • House Teams 
  • Proximity to classes – little to no commute time! 
  • Close to campus resources like Health Services, Counselling, libraries, etc. 
  • On-site, coin-less Laundry Facilities 
  • Experience the best of both campuses and be part of a close-knit community