Housing and Transportation


Where you live and how you get to your classes are an important part of university life.

Waterloo gives you information to help you decide whether you should apply for residence or seek housing off-campus. If you live off campus, you’ll also get information about public transportation options and availability of parking services to help you with your commute.

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On Campus

Waterloo has 2 types of residences for students:

  • Traditional style with double, single or interconnecting rooms in a dormitory setting.
  • Suite style, which offers single or double rooms in an apartment or suite setting.

Off Campus

Waterloo’s Off-Campus Housing is a free resource open to all Waterloo students. It offers you a listing service to help your housing search as well as information about tenant rights, contracts, subletting and other off-campus issues.

Meal Plans

Whether you live in residence or off campus, finding a place to eat is made easier with the university’s meal plans, which give you access to both on- and off-campus vendors.

View Waterloo’s meal plans and prices.

Residence Life

Residence life is about more than where you live – it is where you will find a community. With a senior student mentor to guide you, you will have the chance to participate in exciting programming that builds on what you’re learning inside the classroom while getting to know students from different programs.

Learn more about residence life at Waterloo.

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Public Transportation

Waterloo’s Undergraduate Student Association provides you with the UPASS, a bus pass that allows you unlimited access to Waterloo’s Grand River Transit system. The cost of the UPASS is included in your student fees if you’re a full-time student at Waterloo.

Parking Services

Waterloo provides parking services for community members and visitors. There are various parking options and rates, plus programs that support alternative transportation such as bikes and carpooling.

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