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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

 

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 2019 and Winter 2020; OR
 Fall 2019 and Spring 2020

 

Please note that at this point, you are only confirming details for the first term (Fall 2019) of your eight-month contract. By confirming your Fall 2019 residency, you will also automatically reserve your space in Residence at St. Jerome’s for either the Winter 2020 term or the Spring 2020 term. We will contact you in the near future to confirm your rooming preferences for the second half of your contract (Winter 2020 or Spring 2020). 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, and our comprehensive, all-inclusive meal plan, please consult the appropriate areas of this site!

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 Lifestyles 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 @erezlife.com 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 Lifestyles 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 Lifestyles Preferences Form is 11:59PM EDT on Thursday June 20,  2019


Roommates & 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.

 
When will I find out about my room type and roommate? 
 
St. Jerome's completes its room allocation process toward the end of August. Approximately half of our beds are in single rooms and the other half are in double rooms. 
 
When making single room allocations, we start with students that have verified accessibility requirements and have submitted a Disability Verification Form to the Housing office by June 1st. Remaining single rooms are allocated based on a lottery.  Students who are placed into a single room will receive an additional fee of $390 on their fee statement in the last week of August.
 
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 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!
 
Can I Room With a Friend? 
 

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 Lifestyle Preferences Form. We’ll make every effort to grant your request.

Moving In
Move in Fall 2019 
 

Move in day for first year students is Saturday, August 31st, 2019.  We ask that you please arrive during your designated move in timeslot; Due to the volume of students moving in, we cannot accomodate students moving in earlier than the following schedules on Move-In Day.

 

Last names A-L-  9:00AM - 12:30 PM
Caregiver & Parent Info Session- 11:30 AM
 
Last names M-Z 1:00PM - 4:00PM
Caregiver & Parent Info Sessions-  3:30 PM

Our first meal being a Welcome BBQ beginning at 5:00pm for our new first year students and Orientation Leaders. If you can't make it until after 4PM, don't worry, we can take care of your check-in when you arrive. 

The Residence Office will contact all students at the beginning of August with more details surrounding 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- this is a fillable PDF, so you can complete it, save it, and send it to info@sju.ca by August 9th, 2019. 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: https://uwaterloo.ca/housing/incoming-first-years

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
  • loonies and quarters!! ($1.50 per wash or dry)
  • 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

Documentation

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

Miscellaneous

  • 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.