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Applying to Residence: First-Year Students

Residence is guaranteed to all students entering first-year studies for the first time.*

To be guaranteed a place in residence, you must complete the online application and submit a $600 non-refundable deposit by June 1, 2020.

You will need to use your Laurier username and password to access the online application system.

Most first-year undergraduate students are offered admission to Laurier any time between January and mid-May for the academic term beginning in September. Our online residence application system is made available in early April, and we’ll usually email your building and room assignment in late July.

*Note: Students transferring to Laurier from another postsecondary institution are typically considered senior students (with the exception of students coming from CEGEP), and are not eligible for the residence guarantee. If you have attended another postsecondary institution, contact our office for clarification regarding your status when you apply for residence.


Student holding don sign

Role of a Don

Dons are upper year students whose role is to ensure the needs of their students and community are being met. Dons provide support, build genuine relationships with their students, promote responsible behaviour, act as academic and social role models and encourage respect and awareness of diversity. They facilitate programs and events to provide opportunities for personal growth, community building and to have fun!

Picking Your Preferences

Rooms are assigned based on preferences indicated on your residence application, and room availability. We do everything we can to ensure that students sharing rooms are compatible – that’s why the application form asks about your personal habits and preferences. If you’d like to share a room with a friend, we’ll also try to accommodate your request. When filling out your residence applications, form a roommate group with your friend and be sure that you follow all the roommate group rules outlined in the application. 

Meal Plans

All students living in residence (dormitory and apartment style) on the Waterloo campus are required to participate in a mandatory meal plan.

All students living in residence on the Brantford campus are required to purchase a residence convenience plan.

Moving In

Waterloo Campus

All first-year undergraduate residence students are expected to move into residence on either Sunday, Sept. 6 or Monday Sept. 7, depending on which residence you’re moving into. Before you move in, you must register at Laurier’s Athletic Complex building, located at the corner of King and University Streets. Your specific move-in date and time, which is based on the building you're moving into, will be included in your placement letter.

Brantford Campus

Move-in day on the Brantford campus is Monday, Sept. 7. Before you move in, you must register at the Research and Academic Centre West Building, 150 Dalhousie Street, between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Your specific move-in time, which is based on the building you’re moving into, will be included in your placement letter.

What’s in Your Suitcase?

We bet you’re wondering what you should pack. Residence rooms come fully equipped with a bed frame, mattress, dresser and desk. But you’ll want to add your own personality to your space – after all, this is your home away from home. Visit our New Residence Student page to see what items you should bring, and what items you have to leave behind.

Leave the Heavy Lifting to Us!

There will be plenty of student volunteers on hand to welcome you to Laurier and help you get settled in your new home.


If you want to purchase linens for your bed, Laurier has a partnership with Residence Linens, a company that will deliver coordinated bedding packages when you move in.

Fridge Rental

Coldex is a privately operated firm that, in affiliation with Laurier, provides you with the option of renting a small refrigerator for your residence room.