In wake of the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic, St. Jerome’s is committed to doing what is necessary to keep our residents safe. In doing so, we are also committed to providing students with the famous St. Jerome’s community feel, though it will look different given the circumstances. The measures we are putting in place come from direct consultation with public health officials. Student’s moving into residence can expect the following measures for this academic year:
- Coming to Campus/Moving In: Please check the Moving In/Out page for all updates about timelines and move-in procedures. This information will also be communicated to Incoming & Upper Year students by email.
- Programming and Events: All programming and events will take place virtually. In keeping with public health guidelines about minimizing gatherings, our upper-year student leaders will be pivoting to virtual platforms to provide programming to students. Here at St. Jerome’s, we’re lucky to have incredibly creative student leader groups who are working hard to come up with fun ideas for how to create community virtually.
- Room Styles: We are only offering single-occupancy rooms, students will not share their room with another student. We want to ensure that our students all have a space to themselves that they can relax and study without having to worry about possible contaminants coming from unknown sources.
- Facial Coverings: Students will be provided with and expected to wear facial coverings when they are anywhere in the building other than their own rooms to help limit the spread of COVID-19. St. Jerome’s is currently working to secure St. Jerome’s branded face masks so you can represent our wonderful community when you leave your room!
- Common Spaces: Communal spaces in our building will be unavailable pending further updates. Unfortunately, spaces of this nature can lead to significant transmission of the virus. This includes the following rooms:
- Music room
- Creative space
- Games room
- TV rooms
- Gym and fitness rooms
- Study rooms
- Guests: Guests in residence will be prohibited. A guest is defined as anyone who does not reside in the building. In order to keep our residents as safe as possible, managing who is allowed to come into the building is extremely important.
- Cleaning: Residence will have increased cleaning from our professional cleaning staff. Major touch points including but not limited to door handles and elevator buttons will be frequently disinfected to help manage the spread of COVID-19 on surfaces.
- Physical Distancing: All residents will be expected to abide by physical distancing guidelines in residence. In order to keep all residents safe, it is extremely important that students physically distance themselves from one another to limit to potential for an outbreak of COVID-19 in residence.
As the COVID landscape evolves and changes, students should expect measures to change throughout the year. Should these changes be implemented, students are expected to be flexible and adapt to the current state of the building.
For our students who decide that they would rather live off-campus this year, consider joining our brand new Off-Campus Community Program! The Off-Campus Community Program is an alternative to residence that allows students to still remain engaged with the St. Jerome’s community. For more information on this program, click here.
Each of our residence suites are equipped with modular furniture and a variety of amenities.
Our adjustable height beds in residence allow for students to store items underneath!
Desk & Chair
Each student living in residence is provided a desk with lockable drawer (bring a combination lock!) and storage area for books.
We're pleased to provide small table-top mini fridges for our residents. There's just enough space for a few drinks and some late night snacks!
Sink and Vanity
Each room in residence is outfitted with a sink and vanity for your convenience.
Our residence is fully wireless and integrated with the University of Waterloo's Eduroam network.
Rooms are air conditioned and temperature controlled. Makes for warm winter nights and cool summer days.
Our mattresses 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, beyond extravagantly comfortable, undergo a frequent cleaning and maintenance program.
Students are responsible for cleaning their own room, for which some cleaning supplies and equipment is available. Cleaning supplies will be made available in each custodial room—in the elevator lobby of each residence floor.. The condition of each room is the ultimate responsibility of the student. The onus is on the resident to report any damage or required repairs to a Don or the Residence Office immediately. Cleaning staff are responsible for cleaning the common areas and floor washrooms.
Upon check-out, students who leave their rooms in an unacceptable condition in the opinion of the Director, Student Affairs & Residence Manager, will be assessed a cleaning charge of $200.00. Students who leave residence without having their room checked by a Don, will receive a charge of $50.00.
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.
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.
Students with dietary restrictions should speak with Student Affairs 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 Student Affairs 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.
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.
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.
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 play video games on our plug-and-play gaming consoles. SJU's games hub is a place to disconnect, take a load off and be a kid again!
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.
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.
"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, amps and software for you to lay down your own sick beats.
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.
There is wifi available through the residence and community centre. Students access this through the University of Waterloo’s Eduroam network. This is a service available to all students and provides an evolving connectivity given the pace of technology.
St. Jerome's University does not provide hardwire ethernet connections nor does it allow for students and students are not permitted to connect using a third party vendor Internet Service Provider.
For more information about connecting, hardware and software requirements, please visit the Information Systems & Technology site at the University of Waterloo.
There are laundry facilities provided to students on the main floor of Ryan & Siegfried Halls. These are available at a cost of $1.50 per wash and per dry. Be sure to pack your loonies and quarters.
We’ve located our laundry facilities centrally so that students can be close by as their loads finish and clothes dry!
Students will need to bring their own detergent. Our washers are high efficiency and we recommend liquid detergent.
There are also drying racks and ironing facilities available.
If you’re unsure of how to use the laundry machines, please check the “Laundry Tips” poster in the Laundry Room.
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.
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.
Unfortunately, once distributed, St. Jerome’s University does not refund charges for parking passes.
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.
As part of our comprehensive food service program provided by Dana Hospitality, St. Jerome’s University offers an evening ‘pantry’ initiative. The Buttery is included in the price students pay to live in residence.
The Buttery is a kitchen located on the main floor of Ryan & Siegfried Halls where Dana Hospitality staff oversees a DIY-style snack program. Students can make a variety of food items as well as access cooking instruction and equipment.
The Buttery is open in the evenings from Sunday through Thursday from 8:00PM to 11:00PM. Students do not have access to the Buttery outside of the staffed hours.
The Buttery typically opens during the first week of class each term. A short floor orientation is booked so that students understand how they can use the space and access its offerings.
The Buttery is stocked by Dana Hospitality to ensure food safety and reduce the risk of cross-contamination. We ask that students do not bring their own ingredients or menu items to the space to ensure the comfort and safety of all residents.
If you have ideas or requests for offerings and programming, please contact Dana Hospitality.
We are pleased to be one of a small number of residence programs in North America that offers access to fitness, recreational and wellness initiatives within our residence community. At St. Jerome’s University, students are encouraged to consider their physical, spiritual and emotional wellbeing as much as they are their intellectual. All aspects of your wellbeing are important!
Education of the whole person. In addition to feeding your mind and spirit, SJU is committed to providing space for you to stay active and stay fit. With the creation of this new space, SJU will launch its own homegrown intramural and recreation program. Nearby showers and locker rooms are conveniently located so that off-campus students can join in the fun.
In collaboration with UW Athletics and Recreation as well as various community partners, we offer a suite of wellness programs for students. Watch out for:
- Yoga, Pilates, Zumba and
- Mindfulness sessions
Assumption of Risk
By voluntarily participating in St. Jerome’s athletic programs, all participants assume risk of injury. St. Jerome’s University does not accept responsibility for injury or loss incurred by any person participating in activities organized and administered by St. Jerome’s University. Each user is responsible for having their own personal medical, dental, and hospital coverage. Information about Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP) and Sunlife Financial (Student Supplementary Health Insurance) is available from the Federation of Students.
Participants should follow the guidelines below to enhance personal safety:
- Have annual physical examinations
- Warm up and cool down slowly (15 minutes before and after activity).
- Wear proper and safe equipment appropriate for facility conditions (i.e. footwear, eye protection, helmets, et. al.)
- Check equipment / facilities to ensure that it is safe and in good condition
- Report any unsafe equipment or facilities to Student Affairs prior to participating in any activity.
By voluntarily participating and using St. Jerome’s athletics facilities, you agree to adhere to and abide by all rules and policies set forth by Student Affairs. Any Student Affairs staff or volunteer reserve the right to ask you to leave if rules and/or policies are not followed.
In the event of life-threatening injury or emergency, call 911 and inform staff of the situation. First Aid kits, AED units and trained assistance can be found by calling 519-888-4567 ext. 28332
The residence office is pleased to receive mail for students living in Ryan & Siegfried Hall. In order for us to help ensure parcels and packages are received by their intended recipient, please be sure to address with the appropriate information.
St. Jerome’s University
Ryan OR Siegfried Hall, Room #
290 Westmount Rd. N
Student’s should ensure they change their mailing address upon departing from residence. The residence office can’t track and forward mail once students leave residence. Mail arriving after students move out of residence are returned to the sender.
All mail that arrives on campus arrives first to Central Stores at the University of Waterloo. It sometimes takes a few days for these items to find their way from Central Stores to St. Jerome’s University.
Parcels and packages arriving via courier service are typically dropped off at St. Jerome’s University front desk at the main entry to Sweeney Hall. Packages requiring payment for duties will only be received if payment has been pre-arranged by the student.
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.
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.
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!
We pride ourselves in 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.
Our Salto system is a keyless magnetic access system. This allows students 24/7 access into the residence building and secure access to their residence pods and rooms.
If you have any issues with your Salto magnetic fob, please contact the residence office immediately.
If you’ve lost your fob, please report it immediately to the Residence Office. There is a $50.00 replacement charge, payable by cash, debit, or cheque (made out to St. Jerome’s University).
Smile—you’re on camera! But only at exterior exits. We have a network of CCTV cameras that allows us to add an additional layer of security at our entrances and exits.
Should a fire alarm sound, the major concern is that the residents exit the building in a calm and orderly fashion. When a fire alarm is sounded, all residents must leave the building via their closest exit. Residents who detect a fire should sound the alarm immediately, contact a Don and promptly leave the building.
Smoke detectors are located in corridors and in each resident's room. Portable fire extinguishers are on each floor. Fire drills and instructions are held periodically. All residents are expected to respond and participate as instructed by their Don. Residence policy prohibits the use of candles, incense or halogen light fixtures. Misuse of any fire equipment, tampering with the fire alarm system, or causing a false alarm are offences under the Criminal Code of Canada and will bring severe penalties, that may include expulsion from residence.
In the event of a major emergency at St. Jerome’s University, please follow the steps outlined below to ensure your safety.
1. Tell Someone. Inform a Don immediately. Yell “fire!”
2. Trigger a fire alarm by pulling a pull station.
3. Evacuate the building immediately
4. Proceed to designated muster points
360 people, including 12 Dons.
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).
- Single Room: 13’L x 10’W
- Double Room: 16’L x 11’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)
- Vanity space: there is a mirror and a sink, with room around the sink for you to put things
- Mini fridge (17" W x 20" D x 20" H) – fridge only, no freezer
- 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
There are no shelves in the room or desk lamps. The only hooks are on the back of the door.
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).
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.
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.