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Fees & Payments

The following are our Residence Fees for the 2023-2024 Academic Year


Room Type Fall Term (60%) Winter/Spring (40%) Total
Single Room $8,660.77 $6,023.85 $14,684.62
Double Room $8,060.77 $5,423.85 $13,484.62

*The fees listed above are a flat rate to which HST is not applied.


What is included in Residence Fees?

All you Care to Eat Meal Plan 

  • All your meals—nutritious breakfasts, lunches, and dinners to fuel your studies 

  • Evening snacks in the Buttery 


Community Programming 

  • I.E Service Learning, Community Dinners, Campus Ministry, End of Term Formal,  etc. 





  • Residence Upkeep (Housekeeping of common areas and maintenance)  

  • Laundry (no coins required) 

  • Furnished laundry room 

  • All Utilities (internet, electricity, heating, A/C) 

  • Beautiful common areas (tv rooms, games rooms, creative space, etc.)  

  • Furnished residence room 


You are paying for more then a residence bed and meal plan. SJU is a whole person experience where we want you to experience things that help shape you in positive ways!  


A non-refundable $500 deposit is required upon ranking your residence choices through the First Year Guarantee OR at the time of accepting your contract. 


The deposit will be credited to your UW fee statement during the first term of your residence contract. Residence fees include an all-inclusive meal plan and all incidental, activity and miscellaneous fees are included. 


Residence fees are posted to students' Quest account four to five weeks before classes begin for the term and are due just before the term begins.  Fees are due according to the University of Waterloo's fee payment schedule. It is the student's responsibility to monitor their account for updates that could result from changes to residence accommodations. 


Students have multiple options for paying residence fees, including certified cheque or money order, bank payment, bank transfer or international wire transfer.  More information about paying residence and tuition fees can be found on the University of Waterloo's Payment Options Page

Tax Returns

Residence fees cannot be claimed as rent for income tax purposes. Under the Income Tax Act, universities are exempt from paying municipal property taxes.  


The Ontario Income Tax Act stipulates that all students living in designated university (tax-exempted) student residences are limited to an Ontario Energy and Property Tax Credit claim based on an occupancy cost of $25 for the time they resided in the student residence. Therefore, the amount that can be claimed for income tax purposes is $25 and not the full amount of residence fees paid. On Line 6114 (Student Residences) of your income tax return, tick the box to claim $25 as your occupancy cost for the part of the year you lived in residence.  


We do not issue a tax receipt for residence fees or meal plan payments. 


For more information and to view the list of designated student residences, please visit the Ontario Ministry of Finance website and review the “Frequently Asked Questions” section.