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Residence Facilities
Residence Facilities
The St. Jerome’s University residence has been designed to foster community through its programs and physical spaces. Many of these amenities and services are located centrally on the main floor of Ryan & Siegfried Halls. There are various spaces and amenities that students should be aware of and should you have any questions, please consult the information below.
In Room Amenities & Services

Each of our residence suites 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 lockable drawer (bring a combination lock!) and storage area for books.

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Refrigerators

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!

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Sink and Vanity

Each room in residence is outfitted with a sink and vanity for your convenience.
 

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Internet

Our residence is fully wireless and integrated with the University of Waterloo's Eduroam network.

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Air conditioning

Rooms are air conditioned and temperature controlled. Makes for warm winter nights and cool summer days.

Mattresses

 

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.

 

Bunk Beds

 

The Residence Office has a limited number of bunking kits. Students interested in bunking their beds will be given the opportunity to participate in a bunk lottery during the first week of classes. There is a $50.00 per term charge per bunk kit.

 

Cleaning

 

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, Office of Student Experience, 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.

 

Residence Rooms, Double & Single
 
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Residence Floor Plan

 

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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 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!

 

 

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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, amps 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.

Internet

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.

Laundry

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.

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.

 

How do I get a Parking Pass?

 

These passes must be arranged in advance with the Office of Student Experience. 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.

The Buttery

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.

 

What is the Buttery?

 

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.

 

What are the hours?

 

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.

 

What does the Buttery offer?
 

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.

Wellness Centre

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!

 

Gym
 

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.

 

Fitness Programs

 

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 and
  • Mindfulness sessions

 

Wellness Pass

 

St. Jerome’s University offers all students who are part of the St. Jerome’s University Community access to a Wellness Pass. The Wellness Pass costs $20 per term and includes the following privileges:

 

  • Scheduled fitness classes by certified instructors

 

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 the Office of Student Experience 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 the Office of Student Experience. Any Office of Student Experience 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

 

Mail
Receiving Mail

 

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.

 

Student’s Name

St. Jerome’s University

Ryan OR Siegfried Hall, Room #

290 Westmount Rd. N

Waterloo, Ontario

N2L3G3

 

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.

 

Courier Services

 

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.

 

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

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.

 

Keys & Fobs
 

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).

 

Cameras

 

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.

Fire Safety & Emergency Procedures
Fire Alarms

 

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.

 

Fire Safety

 

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.

 

Emergency Procedures

 

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

    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?

     

    360 people, including 12 Dons.

     

    How many single rooms/double rooms are there?

     

    There are 180 single rooms in the entire 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)

     

    What does everything measure?
     
    • 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

     

    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

     

    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).

     

    When will the bunk bed lottery happen?
     

    That will happen within a week or so of you moving in. Once students are settled we will send out a survey asking students to respond if interested and conduct the lottery after that.

     

    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.