Student Life
Moving In / Out

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Jess Huston
Residence and Student Life Coordinator
519-884-8111 x 28264
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Move In - Out Dates
At St. Jerome’s University, we house students in the Fall, Winter, and Spring terms. Move-In Days for these terms are outlined below.
Saturday September 5th & Sunday September 6th, 2020  


*Please consult your move-in emails OR email us to confirm your Assigned Move in Date & Time.  


  • In order to limit the number of people in the residence building, guests should plan to say goodbye to their student at the end of their assigned move-in period.  
  • Should you be arriving with a trailer, please make advance arrangements with us at, as our laneway and turnaround areas are very limited.  
  • If you require accessible parking, please make advance arrangements with us at, so we can have this ready for you!  
Move-In Day Expectations  


  • Students should limit the number of guests two (2) additional people during move-in day
  • Cleaning of high-touch surface areas will be completed between move-in periods.  Families are kindly required to leave at end of their student’s assigned move-in period to facilitate this cleaning
  • Masks need to be worn by all residents and their guests during move-in day in all public spaces (including hallways, stairwells, elevators, washrooms and common spaces). Our residence is a home for many students coming to campus for the first time and it is our priority to keep these shared spaces clean and safe for students who are moving into residence at SJU
    • We encourage families to bring their own masks, however, will have some available for you if you do not have one for the day
  • Many of the entrances and exits will be one-way only, so we ask that all residents and move-in guests be respectful of signage and direction of traffic, practicing physical distancing in all spaces
  • If you, your move-in guests, members of your household, or people with whom you’ve been in contact are experiencing COVID-related symptoms on move-in day, you SHOULD NOT come to residence. Please contact our Residence Office* to let us know, and we will work with you to arrange an alternative move in day
  • The cafeteria will NOT be open for cash sales on Move-In Day. Food can be purchased at the Waterloo Plaza restaurants, or other surrounding restaurants in the area.  Residents’ first meal in the cafeteria will be dinner on their designated move-in day


COVID Assessment 
A self-assessment of each student and the 2 move-in Guests is required before moving in. 


Before Coming to the University:  
  • Before coming to the school it is imperative that the parent/guardian and student complete the Region of Waterloo Public Health COVID-19 Self-Assessment AND 
  • Be free of COVID-19 symptoms 
  • Not have been in close contact with any individual diagnosed with COVID-19 or exhibiting potential COVID-19 symptoms 
If the self-assessment indicates recommendations for care/isolation, and/or the conditions a) or b) are not met, do not come to St. Jerome's University.
Winter 2021
Sunday, January 3rd, 2020
12PM and beyond
Spring 2021
Sunday May 2nd, 2020
9AM and beyond
Students will hear from the residence office approximately two weeks prior to move-in regarding procedures, timing, and logistics.
COVID-19 Residence Move-In FAQs 

Q: I’m trying to make my travel plans, can I self isolate in residence for 14 days before move in?  


Students who are travelling to campus and need to self isolate as per Public Health guidelines will need to do so prior to moving into residence.  Residence space cannot be offered to students for this purpose. There is a list of options and resources below that can help you find a place to stay during this time. Students can then make their own decision of the best accommodation option before moving into residence.  Students will be required to plan their own activities and make payment directly with the accommodation provider. 


Resources with student rates:


Please connect with our Residence Office to let us know that you will be self-quarantining for this time, and to arrange a move to residence after this period.  


Q:I have a study permit but am not sure that I will be able to travel. When do I have to make my final decision to live in residence in order to receive my deposit refund?  


Any student with a study permit will be provided additional flexibility when finalizing their plans for Fall 2020.  If you are no longer able to come to campus as intended, please let us know.    


If your decision is made once you have a contract, please contact Jess Huston to receive a refund of your residence deposit.    


We understand that plans have and will continue to change as we approach the Fall 2020 term.  Therefore, please let us know before move in if you will not be arriving.  


If you are arriving from out-of-province, internationally, or are travelling from a significant distance, please complete the Early Move-In Request Form on eRezLife by Friday, August 7th, 2020. We can never guarentee that all early-move in requests will be approved. 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. 


Q: I'm immunocompromised or have a chronic medical condition and I am going to be living in residence in the Fall. What should I do? 


People of any age with either a chronic medical condition or who are immunocompromised are at higher risk of getting severely sick from COVID-19. The best way to protect yourself in the Fall is to follow all current public health guidelines, including:


  •  Stay in your residence room and practice physical distancing from your fellow residents as much as possible
  •  While all residents will have a private bedroom for the Fall, residents will share washrooms. If you feel physical distancing cannot be maintained, consider wearing a non-medical face mask or face covering to provide an extra barrier
  •  Limit touching your face, nose, and eyes
  •  Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol
  •  Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces in your room such as doorknobs and handles
  •  Avoid sharing items such as dishes, drinking glasses, cups, eating utensils, bedding, towels, etc.

For individuals living with a chronic illness or who are immunocompromised, here are some practical steps to consider taking in preparation of your move to residence:


  •  Discuss any concerns you might have about living in residence with your doctor       
  •  You may be eligible for special housing accommodations as a result of a documented disability. To find out more information about accessible housing, please click here
  •  Talk to your doctor or pharmacist about getting an emergency supply of any prescription medication  
  •  Make sure you always have at least a 30-day supply of prescription medications or supplies on hand in case you need or want to stay in your residence room for several weeks
  •  Keep all regularly scheduled medical appointments and maintain all medications and treatments as usual
  •  Connect with a physician on campus at Campus Wellness to learn more about on campus support or resources available

Sources: Public Health Ontario and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


Moving Out
Students are given 24 hours following their final exam in each term to vacate their residence room. For students that don’t have final exams during the exam period, we ask you to vacate your room 24 hours following the final day of class in each term.
Students returning to residence in the Winter term immediately following their stay in the fall, are permitted to leave their belongings in their room during the December holiday break.
Students fulfilling the second half of their eight-month residence contract in the Spring term are required to move all of their belongings out of residence when they leave for the December holiday break.
Moving out of Residence? 
While it may be 'goodbye' from living in residence, you are a part of the SJU community, and are always welcome to remain involved and engaged!
The Upper Year Handbook is a resource for you, compiled by students who've been where you are now and where you are headed. We get it, this time is all at once nerve-wracking, new, and exciting; and we want to offer you the best advice we can from the experiences we've had.