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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

The Department of Residence will accept applications to live in residence on our Brantford and Waterloo campuses for the September 2021 – April 2022 academic year. Applications are now open. 

Wilfrid Laurier University continues to respond to provincial and federal directives related to the COVID-19 pandemic. In the event that a request is made by the province to modify our service delivery model for a portion of the academic year, we will promptly notify all applicants and make any necessary adjustments to your application.

For the latest information on Fall 2021, visit our Future Students Frequently Asked Questions page. We post the latest updates about Fall course delivery, residence, student life, and more. 

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. 

For Residence Life

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


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


Apartment: Single

$7,376 – $9,118


Apartment: Double

$5,400 – $6,980



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 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.


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.


Striking Out on Your Own?

Laurier has partnered with, 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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