Student Life
First Year Residents

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Emily Litster
Student Affairs Administrative Assistant
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First Year Residents

We’re glad you’ll be joining us next year as you begin your journey into University life. At St. Jerome’s Residence, we pride ourselves on providing students with a one-of-kind residential experience. With a combination of diverse residence life programming, opportunities to connect what you learn in the classroom with your residence experience, community service and experiential learning opportunities, we provide residents with a truly unique experience.


IMPORTANT: Please read this before you get started


For the most up-to-date information related to the COVID-19 pandemic and how we are working to manage our residence operation, click here.


Your experience will look different for Fall 2020 than what you may have seen on previous visits to SJU or in the way you envisioned your start to University; Some specific changes to Residence will be noted below, and we encourage you to read more about what the SJU Community is doing to support students, regardless of where they are living. Click the Off-Campus Community Program menu below to see more about this program.


Residence Contracts at the University of Waterloo and St. Jerome's consist of an eight-month contract comprised of two four-month academic terms. Students can choose to live in residence during the following term combinations:

 Fall 2020 and Winter 2021; OR
 Fall 2020 and Spring 2021


Please note that at this point, you are only confirming details for the first term (Fall 2020) of your eight-month contract. By confirming your Fall 2020 residency, you will also automatically reserve your space in Residence at St. Jerome’s for either the Winter 2021 term or the Spring 2021 term. We will contact you in the near future to confirm your rooming preferences for the second half of your contract (Winter 2021 or Spring 2021). Not to worry though, your space with us for all eight months will be reserved once you complete this process!


In your Upper Years, you are welcome to live at SJU again! Upper Year contracts are available for two term Fall contracts and single term Winter and/or Spring contracts. Find more information for Upper Year Residence here!


Single term Winter and Spring Contracts may be available for Winter 2021/Spring 2021, dependent on residence occupancy. Winter term contracts typically open in the Fall term - further information will be updated as these applications become available.


For specific information about residence fees, facilities, your residence contract and handbook, and our comprehensive, all-inclusive meal plan, please consult the appropriate areas of this site!

Off-Campus Community Program

Looking to live off-campus and still want to be a part of the SJ community? No problem! Beginning this year, SJ is offering students the opportunity to participate in a virtual, off-campus community. Just like residence, students will have an upper-year student (Off-Campus Don) who is committed to supporting them and providing them with opportunities to integrate themselves into the famous St. Jerome’s community. They are happy to be a first point-of-contact who can answer student’s questions or refer them to other folks who specialize in the specific area students are looking for support in (like our Wellness Coordinator, Academic Advisor, etc.).  The Off-Campus Don will also plan and facilitate remote programming such as Netflix parties or video dinners with the students in their off-campus community.


This program is available for:


1.    Incoming co-registered students who are choosing to live off-campus
2.    Incoming students who intended to live at St. Jerome’s this year, but decided to live off-campus instead
3.    Upper-year students who intended to live at St. Jerome’s this year but decided to live off-campus instead


To enroll in the Off-Campus Community Program, fill out this form. If you decide you want to enrol after this date, please email and you will be placed into a community.


Information for Families and Caregivers

Due to COVID-19 and our continued efforts to stay connected with students and their families in a virtual setting, we have prepared an adapted resource for families and caregivers. We call it "A Guide to the First Year in Residence and the St. Jerome's Community."


In this resource, you'll find lots of helpful tips, Frequently Asked Questions and people to connect with at St. Jerome's to have those questions answered, as well as updates about our student life programming and how students will be able to be able to build connections in our new virtual environment. 


You can access this resource here.

Confirm Your Spot

I've received an offer, how do I confirm my spot at SJU? 
If you’ve received an email offer from St. Jerome’s Residence as part of the First Year Residence Guarantee (usually in mid June!), you’ll have to confirm your place in residence, accept your contract and complete our Lifestyles Preferences Form. Just follow the steps below to secure your spot at SJU:
  1. After following the link below, a new window will open. Click on, "Create Account" and follow the prompts (you will need your Student ID #).
  2. Once you have entered your information you will be e-mailed a unique username and password that will enable you to log in to eRezLife, our residence database and confirmation portal. This email will come from so watch your junk mail box.
  3. Work through each portion of the confirmation. You can save your responses as you go along, logout and log back in to complete your responses.
  4. Be sure to take your time to complete the Lifestyles Preferences Form honestly and thoroughly with as much information as you can provide. The information you submit here will become the basis for your room allocation!
  5. The deadline to complete and submit the online residence confirmation and Lifestyles Preferences Form is 11:59PM EDT on Friday, July 3rd, 2020

Roommates & Room Allocations

For Fall 2020, all residence rooms will be single occupancy. Residents may be placed in double rooms for this term but will not have a roommate for this term.


We still encourage students that have an accessibility requirement for a single room to complete the Accessible Housing form through AccessAbility Services by June 1st, 2020. 


At this time, we cannot guarantee that Winter 2021 and/or Spring 2021 will be single occupancy.


Can I Room With a Friend? 
For Fall 2020, all residence rooms will be single occupancy, so residents will not have roommates. We will not be taking roommate requests for the Fall 2020 term.
Moving In
Move in Fall 2020

*Note: Move-In Day for the Fall 2020 Term will experience some changes from our typical move-in day process. Please be sure to check back on our website and/or your assigned UWaterloo email address for updates from St. Jerome's University. We commit to sharing information as quickly as we are able so that you can make plans for arriving to campus. 


Move in day for first year students is Saturday, September 5th, 2020 and Sunday, September 6th, 2020.  We ask that you please arrive during your designated move in timeslot. This timeslot will be communicated to you before move-in weekend. Due to the volume of students moving in, we cannot accomodate students moving in earlier than the designated schedules on Move-In Day. 


Travelling to Campus

St. Jerome's Residence can be accessed only from a driveway off of Westmount Rd. North (you can't access SJU by vehicle from the Unviersity of Waterloo Ring Rd.). Once you arrive in our driveway, there will be volunteers waiting to direct your vehicle to your designated loading zone and parking area. Free parking is available on site during the day. 

Should you be arriving with a trailer, please make advanced arrangements with the Residence Office as our laneway and turnaround areas are very limited. 


Early Move In

Only students with special extenuating circumstances (out of province/international students) can apply to move in early. Please complete the Early Arrival Form form on eRezLife by Friday, August 7th, 2020. Approval of these requests will be communicated throughout the summer. Early move-in requires these requests to be approved - you will not be granted early-move in unless this approval has been communicated. 


Waiting list

First Year Students should complete the Residence Community Ranking form to apply for a space in Residence. 

For more information about this process can be found here:

What to Bring to Residence

School Supplies

  • computer and printer
  • back pack
  • binders, paper, and notebooks
  • pens and pencils
  • stapler, scissors, ruler, pencil sharpener, three hole punch
  • computer paper
  • paper clips

Clothing and Laundry

  • clothes
  • shoes suitable for walking
  • slippers
  • bathrobe
  • hangers
  • laundry basket/bag + detergent/softener
  • loonies and quarters!! ($1.50 per wash or dry)
  • umbrella

Bath and Grooming

  • shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, toothbrush/toothpaste, razor and other toiletries
  • a container to transport toiletries to and from the washroom
  • flip flops for the shower
  • towels and wash cloths
  • hair dryer
  • hygiene products
  • tissues

Bedding and Decoration

  • twin XL (single) size sheets and blankets
  • pillow
  • photos of friends and family
  • posters and room decorations (the Residence Office will provide students with approved adhesives)

Appliances and Electronics

  • desk lamp (not halogen)
  • automatic shut-off coffee maker or kettle
  • power bar with a surge protector
  • headphones
  • music and movies
  • camera


  • WatCard (if you have it already)
  • health card
  • bank card
  • driver's license/other ID card


  • snacks and drinks, water filter
  • basic dishes - bowl, coffee mug, water glass, basic cutlery and dish soap
  • bicycle and helmet

What not to Bring

  • candles or incense
  • halogen lamps
  • heaters or heat lamps
  • air conditioner
  • cooking appliances (hot plates, toasters, rice cookers, microwaves, crock pots etc. are not allowed in residence rooms)
  • your own furniture (University provided furniture cannot be removed from the room)
  • pets (not allowed in residence)
  • illegal substances, materials or weapons

There isn’t a lot of extra space in your room for suitcases and containers so collapsible duffel bags or boxes are best.