Student Life
First Year Residents

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Emily Litster
Student Affairs Administrative Assistant
519-884-8111 x 28335


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First Year Residents

We’re glad you’ll be joining us next year as you begin your journey into University life. At St. Jerome’s Residence, we pride ourselves on providing students with a one-of-kind residential experience. With a combination of diverse residence life programming, opportunities to connect what you learn in the classroom with your residence experience, community service and experiential learning opportunities, we provide residents with a truly unique experience.


IMPORTANT: Please read this before you get started


For the most up-to-date information related to the COVID-19 pandemic and how we are working to manage our residence operation, click here.


Your experience will look different for Fall 2021 than what you may have seen on previous visits to SJU or in the way you envisioned your start to University; Some specific changes to Residence will be noted below.


Residence Contracts at the University of Waterloo and St. Jerome's consist of an eight-month contract comprised of two four-month academic terms. Students can choose to live in residence during the following term combinations:

 Fall 2021 and Winter 2022; OR
 Fall 2021 and Spring 2022


Please note that at this point, you are only confirming details for the first term (Fall 2021) of your eight-month contract. By confirming your Fall 2021 residency, you will also automatically reserve your space in Residence at St. Jerome’s for either the Winter 2022 term or the Spring 2022 term. We will contact you in the near future to confirm the second half of your contract (Winter 2022 or Spring 2022). Not to worry though, your space with us for all eight months will be reserved once you complete this process!


For specific information about residence fees, facilities, your residence contract and handbook, and our comprehensive, all-inclusive meal plan, please consult the appropriate areas of this site!

Information for Families and Caregivers

Due to COVID-19 and our continued efforts to stay connected with students and their families in a virtual setting, we have prepared an adapted resource for families and caregivers. We call it "A Guide to the First Year in Residence and the St. Jerome's Community."


In this resource, you'll find lots of helpful tips, Frequently Asked Questions and people to connect with at St. Jerome's to have those questions answered, as well as updates about our student life programming and how students will be able to be able to build connections in our new virtual environment. 


You can access this resource here.

Confirm Your Spot

I've received an offer, how do I confirm my spot at SJU? 
If you’ve received an email offer from St. Jerome’s Residence as part of the First Year Residence Guarantee (usually in mid June!), you’ll have to confirm your place in residence, accept your contract and complete our Lifestyle Preferences Form. Just follow the steps below to secure your spot at SJU:
  1. After following the link below, a new window will open. Click on, "Create Account" and follow the prompts (you will need your Student ID #).
  2. Once you have entered your information you will be e-mailed a unique username and password that will enable you to log in to eRezLife, our residence database and confirmation portal. This email will come from so watch your junk mail box.
  3. Work through each portion of the confirmation. You can save your responses as you go along, logout and log back in to complete your responses.
  4. Be sure to take your time to complete the Lifestyle Preferences Form honestly and thoroughly with as much information as you can provide. The information you submit here will become the basis for your room allocation!
  5. The deadline to complete and submit the online residence confirmation and Lifestyle Preferences Form is 11:59PM EDT on Thursday, June 17th, 2021

Roommates & Room Allocations

Residence rooms at SJU will be single occupancy for Fall 2021 and Winter 2022. 


We still encourage students that have an accessibility requirement for a single room to complete the Accessible Housing form through AccessAbility Services by June 1st, 2021. 


Can I Room With a Friend? 

For Fall 2021 and Winter 2022, all residence rooms will be single occupancy, so residents will not have roommates. We will not be taking roommate requests for these terms.
Moving In
Move in Fall 2021

Move in day for all students living in residence will take place on Sunday, September 5th, 2021. More information will be communicated to you later in the summer. Please be sure to check back on our website and/or your assigned UWaterloo email address for updates from the Residence Office.  We commit to sharing information as quickly as we are able so that you can make plans for arriving to campus. We ask that you please arrive during your designated move in timeslot. This timeslot will be communicated to you before move-in weekend. Due to the volume of students moving in, we cannot accomodate students moving in earlier than the designated schedules on Move-In Day. 


Travelling to Campus

St. Jerome's Residence can be accessed only from a driveway off of Westmount Rd. North (you can't access SJU by vehicle from the Unviersity of Waterloo Ring Rd.). Once you arrive in our driveway, there will be volunteers waiting to direct your vehicle to your designated loading zone and parking area. Free parking is available on site during the day. 

Should you be arriving with a trailer, please make advanced arrangements with the Residence Office as our laneway and turnaround areas are very limited. 


Early Move In

Only students with special extenuating circumstances (out of province/international students) can apply to move in early. Please complete the Early Arrival Form form on eRezLife by Friday, August 13th, 2021. Approval of these requests will be communicated throughout the summer. Early move-in requires these requests to be approved - you will not be granted early-move in unless this approval has been communicated. 


Waiting list

First Year Students should complete the Residence Community Ranking form to apply for a space in Residence. 

For more information about this process can be found here:

What to Bring to Residence

School Supplies

  • computer and printer
  • back pack
  • binders, paper, and notebooks
  • pens and pencils
  • stapler, scissors, ruler, pencil sharpener, three hole punch
  • computer paper
  • paper clips

Clothing and Laundry

  • clothes
  • shoes suitable for walking
  • slippers
  • bathrobe
  • hangers
  • laundry basket/bag + detergent/softener
  • umbrella

Bath and Grooming

  • shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, toothbrush/toothpaste, razor and other toiletries
  • a container to transport toiletries to and from the washroom
  • flip flops for the shower
  • towels and wash cloths
  • hair dryer
  • hygiene products
  • tissues

Bedding and Decoration

  • twin XL (single) size sheets and blankets
  • pillow
  • photos of friends and family
  • posters and room decorations (the Residence Office will provide students with approved adhesives)

Appliances and Electronics

  • desk lamp (not halogen)
  • automatic shut-off coffee maker or kettle
  • power bar with a surge protector
  • headphones
  • music and movies
  • camera


  • WatCard (if you have it already)
  • health card
  • bank card
  • driver's license/other ID card


  • snacks and drinks, water filter
  • basic dishes - bowl, coffee mug, water glass, basic cutlery and dish soap
  • bicycle and helmet

What not to Bring

  • candles or incense
  • halogen lamps
  • heaters or heat lamps
  • air conditioner
  • cooking appliances (hot plates, toasters, rice cookers, microwaves, crock pots etc. are not allowed in residence rooms)
  • your own furniture (University provided furniture cannot be removed from the room)
  • pets (not allowed in residence)
  • illegal substances, materials or weapons

There isn’t a lot of extra space in your room for suitcases and containers so collapsible duffel bags or boxes are best.