New Residence Students
Move-In Day Information
- Waterloo campus: Sunday, Sept. 3 or Monday, Sept. 4
- Brantford campus: Monday, Sept. 4
Residence registration for all first-year undergraduate students will be held on either Sunday, Sept. 3 or Monday, Sept. 4, 2017 (depending on which campus and which building you have been assigned).
- Waterloo campus: Registration is open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Athletic Complex on both Sunday and Monday.
- Brantford campus: Registration takes place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Research and Academic Centre West Building, 150 Dalhousie Street, on Monday.
Move-In Day Details
- Check your room assignment email to confirm your move-in date.
- Register and pick up your keys at the registration location (outlined above).
- Unload your belongings with the assistance of the student orientation week staff.
- 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 $50.
- Unpack and begin to organize your room. Storage in residence is extremely limited. Boxes, containers and suitcases should be returned home.
Be advised that on move-in day you will be asked by your residence don to provide $50 (cash or cheque) for your 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.);
- 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;
- Personal fridge units (see below for notes on fridge rentals);
- Pets (small fish tanks/goldfish are permitted);
- Candles and incense;
- 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 ownoffice/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 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. 17, 2017.
Wireless internet is provided in all residence buildings.
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.
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.
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The dining room is furnished with a table and chairs.
The living room has a sofa, chair, end tables and a coffee table. There is a cable TV hook-up. Laurier does not provide TVs in each apartment.
Note: There is no cable television hook-up in student rooms.
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. Basic cleaning supplies such as brooms and mops are provided. 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 King’s Court Residence, Marshall Street Apartments, Spruce Street Apartments, University Place or Expositor Place. 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 sex. 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.
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.
Note: There is no cable television hook-up in student rooms.
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 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.
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Students interested in a parking space for the 2017/18 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 21, 2017 for the request to be given consideration.
Students interested in a parking space for the 2016/17 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. 2.
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 appropriate and adequate insurance coverage for fire and property damage in public 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.
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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.
- Elissa Cressman, x3793: Waterloo campus residences
- Chris Eley, 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 five 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).
- Caitlin Feere, x4493: Bricker Residence and Willison Hall.
- Lindsay Tayler, x3605: Euler/Leupold Residences, King Street Residence, Macdonald House, Marshall Street Apartments and Regina Residence.
- Trent Barwick, x3620: Bouckaert Hall, C.H. Little House and Waterloo College Hall.
- Brandon Falcao, x2735: Hickory Street Apartments, King’s Court Residence and Spruce Street Apartments.
- Carley Webb, x2744: Clara Conrad Hall and University Place.
- Rachel Bessette, x5739: Expositor Place, Grand River Hall, Lawyers Hall, Lucy Marco Place and Post House.
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.