Student Life
General Info
General Info
Moving In/Out
At St. Jerome’s University, we house students in the Fall, Winter and Spring terms. Move in days for these terms are outlined below.
Fall 2016
September 4, 2016 (First Year Students) Move in timeslot to be confirmed at the end of August.
September 7, 2016 (Upper Year Students) 1:00PM – 5:00PM
Winter 2017
January 2, 2017 (12:00PM – 5:00PM)
Spring 2017
April 30, 2017 (12:00PM – 5:00PM)
Students will hear from the residence office approximately 2 weeks prior to move in regarding procedures, timing and logistics.
If you are arriving from out-of-province, internationally, are part of an Varsity Athletics Team that requires early training campus, or are travelling from a significant distance please contact the Office of Student Experience in advance to arrange any required early or late move in.
Students are given 24 hours following their final exam in each term to vacate their residence room. For students that don’t have final exams during the exam period, we ask you to vacate your room 24 hours following the final day of class in each term.
Students returning to residence in the Winter term immediately following their stay in the Fall, are permitted to leave their belongings in their room during the December holiday break.
Students fulfilling the second half of their eight-month residence contract in the Spring term are required to move all of their belongings out of residence when they leave for the December holiday break.
Fees & Payments

The following are our fees for the 2016-2017 Academic Year


Room Type Fall Term (60%) Winter/Spring (40%) Total
Single Room $6,894.00 $4,626.00 $11,520.00
Double Room $6,504.00 $4,236.00 $10,740.00


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


What’s Included
  • All your meals
  • Nutritious breakfasts, lunches, and dinners to fuel your studies
  • Evening snacks in the Pantry
  • Accommodation of food allergies, dietary restrictions, and dietary choices
  • Themed dinners
  • Great service
  • Furnished room (bed, fridge, dresser, desk & chair, vanity, closet)
  • All utilities (internet, electricity, heating, A/C)
  • Access to fantastic programming
    • Intramural Program
    • International Service Learning opportunities
    • House Dinner
    • Formal
    • Designated Activities Coordinators who plan weekly events
  • Access to a multitude of spaces
    • Creative Space
    • Games Room
    • TV Rooms
    • Music Room
    • Fitness Room
    • Gymnasium (plus all the sports equipment)
    • The Buttery
    • Study Rooms
    • Storage (bikes, hockey equipment, etc.)
    • Chapel
What’s Not Included
  • Parking
  • Laundry
  • Bike and term storage (available at small cost).
  • Food at other outlets on the UW Campus or in the Community
The Embedded Value of a Residence Experience
  • Community
  • Leadership Opportunities – Don, AAC, SAAC, RLA, PALS, Campus Ministry
  • Personal development
  • A family away from home
  • A safe space to try new experiences
  • Dedicated support from staff and students
  • Foster new relationships
  • Excursions and activities with your floor
  • House Teams
  • Convenience
  • Proximity to classes – little to no commute time!
  • Close to Campus Resources like Health Services, Counselling, libraries, etc.
  • Closer to the PAC and CIF
  • On-site Laundry Facilities
  • Experience the best of both campuses and be part of a close-knit community

A non-refundable $500 deposit is required upon ranking your residence choices through the online ranking process 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 accounts four or five weeks before classes begin for the term and are due just before the term begins.  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 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.


In the design of our new residence community, we are fully compliant with the Accessibility For Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). We have made every effort to not only meet the minimum standard, but to design accommodations and amenities that are inclusive to all.


Students that have accessibility needs might find it helpful to arrange a tour of the various residences before determining which residence on campus will best meet their needs.


In order to increase your chances to access specific types of housing, please ensure you:


1. Contact Access Ability Services with your request for housing accommodations upon admission to the University of Waterloo.


2. Apply to on-campus housing that would suit your specific needs. (If in doubt of the type of housing that you require, Access Ability Services and/or staff at the specific residences can help).


3. Apply to the Independent Living Centre of Waterloo Region if you require attendant services. The Access Ability Services will assist with this.


4. Submit information outlining the rational for your specific housing request, accompanied by documentation supporting your particular request for housing from a medical professional, clinician, etc.


The Access Ability Services staff will work in collaboration with all Housing Departments in an attempt to meet your needs. Therefore prior notice of your circumstance is appreciated and required by the University in order to best support you in your transition to campus and to accommodate your needs in a timely fashion.


If you would like to discuss your special residence needs, please contact the Residence Office.


Single Rooms

Priority for single rooms is determined based on medical necessity with supporting medical documentation.  Students requiring a single room need to contact Access Ability Services and make arrangements well in advance of move in day.


Dietary Restrictions

Students with dietary restrictions should speak with the Office of Student Experience prior to completing an application to ensure we can maintain a menu to suit your needs.  In concert with our Food Service Partner, we make every effort to meet your specific needs.


Students moving into residence will be asked to complete a Dietary Restrictions Form. This information is provided to our Food Service Partner to ensure all parties are accommodated, where possible.



There are a range of allergies that our Food Service Partner is experienced in navigating. These range from serious allergies to less common highly specialized food sensitivities. Students are encouraged to advocate for themselves when their needs are in question.


Please note that even though our Food Service Provider makes every attempt to mitigate the specific allergies of our residence population, we cannot guarantee our facilities beyond the kitchen and servery are free from specific allergens of concerns. Please contact the Office of Student Experience to discuss your particular needs.


We encourage an open dialogue and free-flow of communication to ensure the safety and comfort of all.



Don’t worry, there’ll be more than just a hunk of tofu waiting for you. Our kitchen is experienced in preparing a wide variety of delicious and nutritious meals that meet your specific needs. 


Dietary Restrictions

Students who require specific diets due to medical conditions such as Celiac Disease, Diabetes and other intolerances are encouraged to advocate for themselves and maintain a free-flow of communication with our Food Services Partner. This will ensure their comfort and health on an ongoing basis.


Religious and/or Cultural Food Requirements

Though we do not guarantee our facilities meet the standards of a Halal or Kosher kitchen, many of the specific products we source are considered Halal or Kosher.


Once again, we encourage students to reach out and be upfront about their needs.