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Becoming a Golden Hawk means more than just cheering on our (really good) varsity teams – it means being a student who cares about your community, who works hard in the classroom, and who takes advantage of all the learning opportunities that can happen outside the classroom, too.


COVID-19 Update

Students living in residence for the 2021-2022 academic year on either our Waterloo or Brantford campus will be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 before their scheduled move-in date. This requirement has been strongly recommended by both the Waterloo and Brantford Public Health units because of the high density of students, and the many common spaces within our residence buildings, which will make it challenging to isolate effectively, should a student become infected.

You are encouraged to have your first dose of a Health Canada-approved vaccine before your move-in date. We recommend that you receive it at least 14 days before arriving on campus. Those who cannot get vaccinated before moving in will have one week following their move-in date to receive their first dose, with the university helping to facilitate access to vaccines, subject to supply. Students in residence who cannot be vaccinated due to medical reasons or other grounds protected under the Ontario Human Rights Code will be able to submit an accommodation request.

For additional details, please read the Residence Fall 2021 FAQ.

Community Starts Here

Going away to university may be the first time you’ll live away from home. This new freedom is exciting, but it’s also an adjustment.

Immerse yourself in a community of support from your first day at Laurier, where staff and upper-year students are committed to your personal growth, development and safety. Share this new beginning with friends and create lifelong connections with the people you meet.

Our residence buildings are more than just a place to sleep and study; they are strong communities that encourage personal growth and development. 

#1
For Residence Life

Laurier ranked #1 for Residence Life and Extracurricular Activities in Maclean's University Rankings in 2019, 2018 and 2017.

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We Saved a Spot for You

We guarantee residence* to all undergraduate students attending a postsecondary institution for the first time. To be eligible for the residence guarantee, your application needed to be received, including your non-refundable $600 deposit, by June 1, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. 

Rooms are assigned based on preference and availability. You can request to live with a friend; otherwise, we’ll do our best to pair you with a roommate who has habits similar to yours.

*While Laurier endeavours to honour its residence guarantee, the University will not be liable for any failure or delay in providing residential accommodation when such failure arises out of any cause or causes beyond its reasonable control. Learn more about our Residence Guarantee.

Residence Fees

Below are rough estimates of residence costs. The fees displayed are for 2020/21 and are subject to increase for 2021/22. Visit our Residence Fees page for a full breakdown of costs by each of our residence buildings.

Estimated Cost of Residence

Residence Style

Waterloo Campus

Brantford Campus

Dorm (Single and Double)

$6,472 – $8,114

N/A

Apartment: Single

$7,376 – $9,118

$7,515

Apartment: Double

$5,400 – $6,980

$7,011

Cancellation

For the 2021/22 academic year, the residence cancellation deadline is June 30, 2021 to be eligible to receive a refund of the residence deposit. Email housing@wlu.ca for more details. 

Accessible Accommodations

Students who require special consideration in the room assignment process based on a documented medical need or disability must submit a completed Residence Disability and Medical Verification form as part of their application. Forms will be reviewed to determine if any housing accommodations need to be considered when finalizing room placements.

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Why Live in Residence?

Living in residence gives you plenty of opportunities to get involved, which can mean a quicker, easier transition to university. Residence students also have access to special activities planned just for them by their residence house councils.

Leave Class, Keep Learning

Residence Learning Communities in both Waterloo and Brantford give you a chance to live in themed environments that expand on concepts learned in class and spend more time with students who share the same interests.

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Striking Out on Your Own?

Laurier has partnered with Places4Students.com, an off-campus housing website that specializes in providing students, schools and landlords with a quality rental property listing service. To view available rental property listings, roommate and sublet listings, visit:

Students studying on the Waterloo campus may wish to visit Ezra-Bricker Student Apartments to assist in their search for off-campus rental accommodations. Ezra-Bricker Student Apartments have a number of properties are that close to the campus and are owned by Laurier, but are managed by Campus Living Centres.

Off Campus but Still Connected

Just because you’re living off campus or staying at home, that doesn’t mean you should be cut off from the action. You can still enjoy all the benefits that a residence community offers by joining LOCUS (Laurier Off-Campus University Students), which provides off-campus students with academic, social and personal support to ensure that you won’t miss out on Laurier’s on-campus experience.

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