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Residence Facilities
The St. Jerome’s University residence has been designed to foster community through its programs and physical spaces. Take a look at the information below to get prepared, and excited to live at SJU!  
J.R. Finn Residence - In Room Amenities & Services
We’re excited to re-open the J.R. Finn Residence Building for the Fall 2022 and Winter 2023 term to students who are enrolled in full-time courses on campus. Rooms in Finn are large single occupancy (the size of a double in our other residences!) and are newly updated, and equipped with modular furniture and a variety of amenities.


Want to check out our virtual tour of J.R. Finn? Click here

 

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Beds

Our adjustable height beds in residence allow for students to store items underneath! 

 

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Desk & Chair

Each student living in residence is provided a desk with ample storage space and a desk chair. 

 

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Refrigerators

A small table-top mini fridge with just enough space for a few snacks!

 

 

 

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Dresser

A five-drawer dresser adds storage space. 

 

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Chair

A comfy chair is provided for reading, studying, socializing, or gaming!

 

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Side Table

Perfect for a reading corner. Plus, this side table even offers a little more storage space. 

 

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Shelving Units

Built in shelving units that can be found on either side of the room including a bar to hang items on. 

 

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Garbage and Recycling

We provide a small garbage and recycling bin in each room with designated drop of areas for you to help keep your room tidy.  

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Want to check out our virtual tour of J.R. Finn? Click here!  
Ryan & Siegfried Halls - In Room Amenities & Services

Residence suites in Ryan Hall and Siegfried Hall are equipped with modular furniture and a variety of amenities.

 

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Beds

Our adjustable height beds in residence allow for students to store items underneath! 
 

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Desk & Chair

Each student living in residence is provided a desk with ample storage space and a desk chair. 

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Refrigerators

A small table-top mini fridge with just enough space for a few snacks! 

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Sink and Vanity

Each room is equipped with one sink and vanity.  

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Wardrobe  

Both single and double rooms have a wardrobe for hanging and storing clothes and other items.

 

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Dresser

Each resident is given two, two drawer dressers which are deep and wide creating lots of additional storage space. 

 
 

 

 

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Garbage and Recycling Bins  
We provide a small garbage and recycling bin in each room with designated drop of areas for you to help keep your room tidy.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

Residence Rooms, Double & Single
 
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Residence Room Dimensions
Sizing and Dimensions  

 

J.R Finn 

Residence room dimensions - 16’long and 10.5’ wide 

 

Siegfried & Ryan Hall  

Single room dimensions – 13’long and 10’ wide 

Double room dimensions – 16’long and 11 feet wide 

 

Mattress  

Mattresses in all residence rooms are Twin XL measuring 80” long by 36” wide. If you’re looking for linens, we encourage you to buy sheets marked Twin XL. We ask that you keep your own mattress at home! Our mattresses are very comfortable and undergo a frequent cleaning and maintenance program.

Washrooms

All shared washrooms at SJU are gendered. Each floor has a single use washroom accessible to students who identify reason for needing this space. These reasons could be connected to gender expression or accessibility requirements.  

Common Areas
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Creative Space

 

Our very own maker space. Have a creative passion? Need a space with all the right tools and supplies at your fingertips to make, create and inspire? SJU's commitment to providing  students with opportunities to explore their varied interests and hobbies as a way to find balance is reflected in this unique space.

 

 

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Games Room

 

We know that students can sometimes struggle to find balance in the challenging academic environment that is University. That's why we created the SJU Games Hub; a place to work on solving trigonometry problems at the pool table, discover the quantum properties of a ping pong ball in flight, or understand the nuances of software engingeering while you hook up your gaming consoles to our TVs. SJU's games hub is a place to disconnect, take a load off and be a kid again! 

 

 

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TV Rooms

 

Worried about missing the latest episode of your favourite TV shows? SJU has a long-standing tradition of community-television watching. From sitcoms and dramas, to sports and news, our TV rooms have always been (and will continue to be!) a place where residents can share in big television and cinematic moments.

 

 

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Lounge

 

Open. Light. Warm. Three qualities that were key in the design of this space. The kind of place that residence students can wander through in their slippers and pajamas--like their very own living rooms at home. Centrally located on the main floor of the new residence, the lounge is a common area where the magic of community will happen.  

 

 

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Music Room

 

"We need a place to jam!" That's what our students told us when we were designing our new residence. That's why we created a dedicated jam space for residents to strum some. Stairway and collaborate with each other to create new music. Just bring your instrument; we'll provide the power, drums and software for you to lay down your own sick beats. 

 

 

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Study Rooms

 

There are four group study rooms available to students living in residence at St. Jerome’s University. These are located on the main floor of Ryan & Siegfried Halls. These spaces are equipped with small table, chairs and a white board. Other student spaces are available throughout the St. Jerome’s University and University of Waterloo campuses. For a great list of these, please visit the Library page.

 

 

       

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Buttery

 

SJU students love the connivence and quality of the all you-care-to-eat meal plan, but there is something special about being able to make a quick snack for yourself, or a birthday cake for a friend. The residence Buttery is a small kitchen located on the main floor of Ryan and Siegfried. The buttery is stocked and staffed by Dana Hospitality (SJU food service providers) for light baking and cooking. Residents can access the Buttery from Monday to Thursday, 7:00pm to 10:30pm.

 

 

       

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Residence Laundry

 

There are laundry rooms in both Ryan and Siegfried and Finn residence buildings. This means that no mater your residence room allocation you will not have to take your laundry far. And if that isn’t convenient enough, the cost of laundry services is rolled into your residence fees. This means that no coins or cards are required!.

 

 

       

Wellness Centre

At St. Jerome’s University, students are encouraged to consider their physical, spiritual and emotional wellbeing as much as their intellectual. All aspects of your wellbeing are important! This is why SJU built a Wellness Centre offering both space and programming to keep active alongside other SJU community members. 

 

The wellness Centre is open to staff, faculty, and off campus students. It includes the three spaces below.  

 

Washrooms are cleaned daily be custodial staff at SJU.  

 

Gymnasium 

The gymnasium can be found on the main floor of the Siegfried and Ryan residence building. This is where you can shoot hopes, play floor hockey, badminton, dodge ball, the list goes on!  

 

Fitness Room

Looking to maintain or start a healthy workout habit throughout your undergrad? The fitness room is equipped with a Bowflex machine, stationary bikes, resistance bands, yoga mats, and the ability to connect your device to a tv in the room. It’s a great space to do a light workout with fellow SJU community members.  

 

Change Room

While residents typically return to their residence floors, upper year off campus students, as well as faculty and staff appreciate access to showers, and lockers in the Wellness Centre.  

Wellness Centre Programing  

Wellness Centre programming has looked different each year and ranges from organized intramurals exclusive

 

Bicycle and Large Sports Equipment Storage

You will receive an email asking you to identify the need for bike and store large sports equipment (i.e. hockey gear). You will need to submit a form on eRez Life before the assigned deadline to be given fob access to these spaces. 

There is no additional charge for access to the Large Equipment Storage area. There is a $50 charge for access to the bike storage area.  

Residence Facilities Cleaning

Common spaces: 

Cleaning staff maintain common spaces daily. I.E bathroom, pod area, social spaces, work out room etc. The cleaning staff mop, sweep, take out garbage, and clean surfaces. The cleaning staff are not tasked with cleaning up after residents. Students are responsible for returning furniture if move, disposing of their garbage appropriately, and maintaining general cleanliness of community spaces.  

Residence rooms:  

Students are responsible for cleaning their own room, and are encouraged to bring basic cleaning supplies to do so (Swiffer, rag, windex, small garbage bags). he condition of each room is the ultimate responsibility of the student and their roommate when applicable.  

Mail
Receiving Mail

 

The residence office is pleased to receive mail for students living in Ryan Hall, Siegfried Hall, and J.R. Finn Residence. 

 

Student Name

St. Jerome's University, Hall and Floor Level (e.g., Ryan 2, Siegfried 2, Finn 3, etc.) 

290 Westmount Rd N

Waterloo, ON, Canada

N2L 3G3

 

How do I send mail?

 

There are mailboxes located around campus, but we’re also happy to drop your letters into our outgoing mail. Please drop these off to the Residence Office with appropriate postage. Stamps can be purchased at the turnkey desk in the student life centre.

Storage

St. Jerome’s Residence does not have any storage space available for students.  Students moving out of residence must take all their belongings with them.

Garbage & Recycling

St. Jerome’s University does not provide in-room cleaning and/or garbage/recycling removal. When residents' in-room bins are full, they are asked to empty these into the custodial rooms on each level—adjacent to the elevator lobby.

 

St. Jerome’s University utilizes single-stream recycling which means all paper fibres, cardboard, cans and bottles can go into a single receptacle. Please don’t put garbage bags into the single stream bins!

 

Security & Access

St Jerome’s values our community and the sense of security and safety that comes from knowing those who live around you. 

 

It’s everyone’s responsibility to keep the community safe—so please report anything that seems out of the ordinary to residence staff immediately. 

 

Keys & Fobs 

  

Students are given 24/7 access into the residence building and their residence pods and rooms using their Salto fob. 

  

If you have any issues with your fob, please contact the Residence Team immediately. 

  

If you’ve lost your fob, please report it immediately to the Residence Team. There is a $50.00 replacement charge, payable by debit, or credit card.  

 

Cameras 

  

Smile—you’re on camera! We have a network of CCTV cameras that allows us to add an additional layer of security at our entrances, exits and some public common spaces. 

Accessibility

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 AccessAbility Housing 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, AccessAbility 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 AccessAbility 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 AccessAbility 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 AccessAbility Services and make arrangements well in advance of move in day.

 

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

Parking

St. Jerome’s University provides limited parking for students living in residence that require a parking pass. These spaces are located at Resurrection College across Westmount Rd. N. The lot is approximately a five minute walk to Ryan & Siegfried Halls and six minutes from JR Finn.

 

How do I get a Parking Pass?

 

These passes must be arranged in advance with Student Affairs. Students will be contacted during the term prior to their stay to put their names forward to participate in the St. Jerome’s University parking lottery. Once the lottery closes, passes are distributed at a rate of $150 + HST. These are payable by cheque (made out to St. Jerome’s University), cash or debit.

 

For students on 8 month contracts who want parking for the entire duration of the contract term, should indicate so at the time they enter the lottery.

 

What about refunds?

 

Unfortunately, once distributed, St. Jerome’s University does not refund charges for parking passes.

 

What happens if I don’t get a spot at St. Jerome’s University through the Parking Lottery?

 

Additional parking passes can be obtained through the University of Waterloo Parking Services. This can be obtained on move in day from the Parking Services Office on campus.

Maintenance

We fix things. If you notice something broken in your room or throughout residence, please take the initiative to complete a Facility Request.

FAQs
How many students are there in residence?
 

Ryan and Siegfried Hall - 360 people, including 12 Dons.

JR Finn - 38 people, including 2 Dons.

 

How many single rooms/double rooms are there?

 

In Ryan and Siegfried there are 180 single rooms in the residence and 84 double rooms. Per floor pod, there are 15 single rooms and 7 double rooms plus 1 Don room. In total, each pod houses 30 students (29 students + 1 Don).

In JR Finn there are 38 single rooms in the residence. Per floor pod, there are 18 single rooms and 1 Don room.

 

What does everything measure?
 
  • Single Room: 13’L x 10’W
     
  • Double Room: 16’L x 11’W
     
  • Finn Single Room: 13’L x 10’W
     
  • Mattress: Twin XL (80” L x 36” W x 7.5” D)
     
  • Bed Frame: 82” L x 39” W and roughly 24-32” off the ground (depending on if you have drawers underneath it)
     
  • Under the sink: 23” D x 30.5” W x 29”H (but the pipes take up about 10” x 10” x 10” of that space) - Siegfried and Ryan only
     
  • Vanity space: there is a mirror and a sink, with room around the sink for you to put things - Siegfried and Ryan only
     
  • Mini fridge (17" W x 20" D x 20" H) – fridge only, no freezer

 

What is in my room?
 
  • A double room has: 2 beds, 2 desks, 2 chairs, 1 wardrobe, 4 double drawer sets (that can fit under the bed), 2 hooks on back of door, garbage and recycling, 1 mini fridge, sink and mirror
     
  • A single room has: 1 bed, 1 desk, 1 chair, 1 wardrobe, 1 3-drawer set (that does not fit under the bed), 1 hook on back of door, garbage and recycling, 1 mini fridge, sink and mirror (Siegfried and Ryan), armchair (Finn)

 

There are no shelves in the room or desk lamps. The only hooks are on the back of the door.

 

When will I find out my room assignments? What about my roommate?

 

On move-in day. This includes if you have been placed in a single room or a double room.

 

If you require a single room for accessibility needs, you must register with AccessAbility Services and also clearly outline your need in your eRezLife profile.

 

Due to privacy reasons we do not release roommate information. This includes confirmation of your requested roommate (if you created a roommate group on eRezLife).

 

Do men and women share rooms/bathrooms?

 

All individual rooms are single gender. Floor pods will be single gender or co-ed; only students that request to be placed on a co-ed floor will be considered for these spaces. Washrooms in residence are single gender; we do have accessible washrooms that are single stall that can be accessed upon request should students require these spaces. 

 

Can I nail anything to the walls?
 

No. We ask students not to nail anything and to use the adhesives we have provided to hang things up. If you use adhesive hooks (such as 3M or Command Hook) please do not remove them from the wall; let our Facilities team do that at the end of the year.

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