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New Residence Students

Move-In Day Information


  • Waterloo campus: Sunday, Sept. 2 or Monday, Sept. 3
  • Brantford campus: Monday, Sept. 3

Check out the online Laurier Move-In Booklet for information regarding what to pack, the move-in process, and Orientation Week!


Residence registration for all first-year undergraduate students will be held on either Sunday, Sept. 2 or Monday, Sept. 3, 2018 (depending on which campus and which building you have been assigned).

Waterloo Campus

Registration takes place on Sunday Sept. 2 and Monday Sept. 3 in the following two locations:

  • Athletic Complex - 75 University Avenue West, Waterloo
  • Lazaridis Hall - 66 Balsam Street, Waterloo

To ensure a smooth move-in process, the Department of Residence has created 2 distinct timeslots on the Sunday and Monday move-in days. Each day has a morning timeslot of 9 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. and an afternoon timeslot of 12:15 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Students will be given a move-in day and timeslot, based upon the residence building and room that you have been assigned. Review the move-in day schedule (below) to find out your move-in day and timeslot, and registration location.

Students are expected to move in during their designated day and timeslot. Following these instructions will assist in reducing wait times; however move-in days are busy, so please have patience.

Brantford Campus

Registration takes place on Monday Sept. 3 in the Research and Academic Centre West Building, located at 150 Dalhousie Street, Brantford.

Students will be assigned a distinct move-in time of either the morning timeslot (9 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.) or the afternoon timeslot (12:15 p.m. to 3 p.m.), based upon the residence building and room that you have been assigned. Review the move-in day schedule (below) to find out your timeslot.

Students are expected to move in during their designated day and timeslot. Following these instructions will assist in reducing wait times; however move-in days are busy, so please have patience.

Move-In Day Details

  1. Register and pick up your keys at the registration location for your residence building.
  2. Unload your belongings with the assistance of the student orientation week staff.
  3. Meet your residence don, who will ask you to:
    • Complete and sign a residence room check-in form.
    • Complete and sign a residence medical form (have your health card available).
    • Pay the mandatory community fund of $40 ($60 if you are assigned to a Residence Learning Community or Learning Cluster).
  4. Unpack and begin to organize your room. Storage in residence is extremely limited. Boxes, containers and suitcases should be returned home.

Community Fund

Be advised that on move-in day you will be asked by your residence don to provide $40 (cash or cheque) for your community fund. Students who are living in a Residence Learning Community or Learning Cluster will be required to pay $60 for their community fund. This is a one-time payment for the fall and winter academic terms. These important funds are managed by the community to facilitate events, activities and trips, and to purchase/rent general items for community use.

Move-In Day Community Meeting

Your first community meeting is scheduled the day you move in. Your don will provide location details during check-in. This meeting will provide you with an excellent opportunity to meet your community, receive important building orientation information, and become familiar with our residence staff.

Advice on What to Pack

There will not be enough room to bring everything you own. You’ll want to make your new room as comfortable and familiar as possible, so we suggest you pack posters, photos and other small personal items.

You should pack the following:

  • Bed linens, pillow, and comforter;
  • Alarm clock;
  • Robe and slippers;
  • Desk lamp (no halogen bulbs);
  • Headphones for personal audio/equipment;
  • Power bar with surge protection (must be certified for use in Canada);
  • Personal recreation equipment (roller blades, football, frisbee, etc.);
  • Computer;
  • Laundry basket and detergent;
  • Clothes hangers;
  • Personal toiletries and toilet paper; and
  • Kitchen items (see below for notes on kitchen items).

Items not permitted in residence:

  • “Large speakers” and “big” stereo systems;
  • Subwoofers for computer sound systems;
  • Amplifiers;
  • Personal fridge units (see below for notes on fridge rentals);
  • Pets;
  • Candles and incense;
  • Draperies;
  • Halogen lighting of any kind;
  • Heaters and heat lamps;
  • Furniture from home, including couches, beds, bean-bag chairs, mattresses, etc. (You are permitted to bring your own office/desk chair);
  • Beer bottles and cooler bottles;
  • Electrical outlet wall tap (octopus plug);
  • Noise-cancelling headphones; and
  • Drinking paraphernalia (e.g. funnels, beer pong tables, etc.).

Living in Residence

All students must read Laurier’s Residence Guidebook, which contains all you need to know about living in residence, and what is expected of you. The terms and conditions set out in the guidebook are a part of the contract between Laurier’s Department of Residence and yourself, so be sure to read it carefully! You’ll also be advised of the policies by residence staff upon arrival to residence.

We’ve outlined a few key topics below, but please refer to the guidebook for a complete overview. We hope that you will take advantage of all of the opportunities living in a residence community presents!

Telephone Service

Telephone service is not provided in your residence room. You are responsible for arranging for your own telephone service provider. It is strongly recommended that you consider using a cell phone, and you are encouraged to carefully review your phone service options once you arrive on campus to avoid any unnecessary roaming charges.

Telephone service of some kind is mandatory for all Laurier residence students. You are expected to submit your telephone number to your residence life don by Sunday, Sept. 16, 2018.

Internet Service

Wireless internet is provided in all residence buildings.

Refrigerator 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.

Bedrooms and Bedding Packages

Each bedroom/dorm comes equipped with a bed frame, mattress, desk, chair, bookshelves, closet, wastebasket and recycling bin.

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.

Wall Hangings

You may hang items on the walls. However, decorations must not present a fire hazard due to their size/material, and they cannot exceed more than 20% of the wall and ceiling space.

We will provide you with hanging materials when you move in. These materials are the only hanging materials permitted in residence.


Smoking is prohibited in residence and within 10 metres of all university buildings.

Living/Dining Room

The dining room is furnished with a table and chairs.

The living room has a sofa, chair, end tables and a coffee table.


The kitchen is equipped with a large fridge and a full stove. There is plenty of cupboard space and a large sink or sinks for washing dishes. Students must provide their own pots, pans, dishes, cutlery and other cooking necessities. Remember that you are sharing the kitchen with other roommates — you may wish to only bring the essentials initially and then decide as a group which items to add, such as toasters, kettles, a microwave, etc.


You are responsible for cleaning all rooms in the suite, including bathrooms. Residence staff make regular inspections of all common areas and bathrooms to ensure cleanliness is maintained. Custodians may provide minimal cleaning of some areas, but students must clean the majority themselves. 

You are responsible for the removal of garbage from your suite/apartment and all bedrooms. There are designated areas for garbage disposal in or near each building.

Common Areas and Laundry Facilities

Bricker Residence, University Place, Post House and Expositor Place offer designated 24-hour common rooms with furniture and a television. Laundry facilities are available throughout these residence buildings. The cost of operating the laundry machines in Bricker Residence has been incorporated into your residence fees. Laundry fees have not been included in residence fees for those that reside in leased residence buildings. Machines located in these buildings are coin and/or card operated.

Regina Residence students will have access to laundry facilities at King Street Residence.

The university is not responsible for lost or damaged clothing. Certain laundry facilities also provide irons and ironing boards. Your don will provide you with an orientation to these common areas in September.


Bathrooms are single gendered. Although bathrooms are cleaned on a frequent basis, you are responsible for cleaning up after yourself. Personal items must be kept in your room.


Custodians are responsible for maintaining the public and common areas of the residences. Residents are responsible for the cleanliness and condition of their room and for personal litter in public areas.

Common Areas

There is a 24-hour lounge that is available to all students in each building. Most buildings provide furniture, entertainment equipment (such as pool tables), and a television.

There is a kitchen and lounge located on each floor, shared by the students of that community. The kitchen comes equipped with cooking facilities and a fridge. The lounge has furniture and a television.

Laundry Facilities

Laundry facilities are available throughout these residence buildings. The cost of operating the laundry machines has been incorporated into your residence fees. Certain laundry facilities also provide irons and ironing boards. The university is not responsible for any lost or damaged clothing. Check with your don for specific information.

Mail Service

Mail is delivered daily, Monday through Friday, to each residence building. Your mailbox may be shared with your suite mates.

It is your responsibility to ensure that all your contacts have your correct residence mailing address. Mail with an incorrect or incomplete address is typically delivered to Laurier’s Residence office for correction and re-distribution. The Department of Residence accepts no responsibility for delays in re-directing mail that is incorrectly addressed for students living in residence.

Mail will not be forwarded after final exams in April; all mail will be returned to sender.

If a parcel does not fit in the mailbox, you will receive a “parcel card” from Canada Post in your mailbox. It is then your responsibility to pick up the parcel at the postal outlet address stated by Canada Post during their specified hours of operation. Parcels cannot be delivered to you.

Parking Permits

Students interested in a parking space for the 2018/19 academic year can apply for one by completing the section within the online residence application. After the residence application deadline, students can apply for a parking permit by completing and returning the Parking Application form. Completed parking applications must be received in Laurier’s Parking and Transportation office by 4:30 p.m. on July 13, 2018 for the request to be given consideration.

Students interested in a parking space for the 2017/18 academic year can apply for one by completing the online Parking Application form. Applications are due August – check the parking webpage for dates and more details.

Parking permits can also be purchased for the Market Centre Parkade through Service Laurier starting Sept. 4.

Insurance on Your Belongings

Laurier does not provide insurance or assume liability for personal belongings in residence. It’s advised that you check with your parent/guardian’s homeowner’s policy and/or your insurance representative to ensure that contents coverage is extended to your residence room.

Note: The student occupying a residence room/unit shall carry all risks property insurance for their own property and public liability/tenant's legal liability insurance during the term of the residence agreement and any renewals or extensions thereof, at the student’s own expense. Such policies shall be written on a comprehensive basis with limits of not less than $2 million for any one occurrence. Upon request by Wilfrid Laurier University, the student shall provide proof to Wilfrid Laurier University that such insurance is in full force and effect. The student expressly agrees to indemnify and save Wilfrid Laurier University harmless from and against any and all claims, actions, damages, liability and expenses in connection with loss of life, personal injury and damage to property, or any of them, arising from any occurrence in or about the Residence occasioned in whole or in part by any act or omission of the student or anyone permitted to be in or about the student’s room/unit or the residence by the student.

We're Here to Help

Residence Life Managers

The residence life managers are responsible for the overall supervisory, developmental and conduct-related functions in the Residence Life program. This includes monitoring the residence buildings and supervising, training and developing the residence life management team and staff.

  • Candice Bean, x4616: Waterloo campus residences
  • Tolu Kayode, x3793: Waterloo campus residences
  • Jennifer Greene, x5856: Brantford campus residences

Residence Life Area Coordinators (RLACs)

RLACs are professional, full-time, live-in staff responsible for the operations of designated residence communities. Our seven RLACs facilitate the day-to-day management of the buildings; work to maintain Laurier’s standards of community living; provide individual counseling; and train and supervise residence staff.

RLACs have offices located on the main level of King Street Residence (Waterloo) and Grand River Hall (Brantford).

  • Katrina Kostecki, x2735: Bouckaert Hall, King Street Residence and Regina Residence
  • Jennifer McCluskey, x4493: Bricker Residence and Willison Hall
  • Tyler McKone, x3620: Bridgeport House and 260 Regina St Apartments
  • Alero Ogbeide, x3605: Euler/Leupold Residences, Macdonald House and Waterloo College Hall
  • Courtney-Lynn Riviere, x4512: King’s Court Residence and Little House
  • Carley Webb, x2744: Conrad Hall, University Place and 32 University Ave Apartments
  • Carla Mangahis, x5739: Expositor Place, Grand River Hall, Lawyers Hall, Lucy Marco Place, Post House and Wilkes House.

Residence Dons

Among the most exciting features of our Residence Life program are the residence dons assigned to each community.

  • Dons are upper-year students who are carefully selected by the Residence Life management team and receive extensive training to ensure that they meet the needs of the students living in their community.
  • Dons create a community environment through building relationships, providing support, promoting responsible behaviour, encouraging awareness of diversity and respect, and acting as an academic and social role model.
  • Through programming, dons provide both an out-of-the-classroom learning experience designed to encourage personal growth, and provide social activities to enhance personal relationships and to have fun!

First-Year Leadership Opportunities in Residence

Looking for an extracurricular opportunity at Laurier? Whether you were involved in high school and looking to continue your out-of-classroom activities, or this is your first time applying for a leadership opportunity, we offer a wide variety of volunteer positions with various scopes of responsibility and time commitments through our student leadership programs.