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Video Tour: Suite-Style Residence

Welcome to Waterloo Residences! We encourage you to visit all the residences, both traditional and suite-style, at the University of Waterloo. As a first-year student you may be placed in any of the first year residences, traditional or suite style. This video will provide an overview of the three Waterloo suite-style residences; UWP, MKV, and CLV-South. UW Place, also known as UWP, is the largest of the residences and is home to both first-year and upper-year students. Mackenzie King Village, MKV for short, is our newest first-year residence and is a much smaller community. While Columbia Lake Village South, also known as CLV, is our only townhouse-style residence and is home to first-year, upper-year, and exchange students. One key difference between traditional and suite-style residences is the meal plan! In suite-style residences, meal plans are optional because students have access to a fully equipped kitchen. For more information on the Optional Value Plus Plan, visit the link provided on screen. You will find that each building has plenty to offer including laundry facilities, storage space, community centres, and lounges. Other amenities include a ResNet connection in all rooms. ResNet is the on-campus high speed internet provider. All three residences have a front desk that is open from 8am to midnight. These desks are staffed by Front Desk Assistants who are there to answer your questions, rent out recreational equipment, and provide general assistance. Each suite in every building comes with a fully equipped kitchen, including a fridge, an oven and a stove. The suites are also furnished with a kitchen table and chairs, a couch, and end tables. Between you and your roommates you will need to bring dishes, cutlery and small appliances such as a microwave, toaster, and rice cooker. We encourage you to get in touch with your roommates over the summer to decide who will be responsible for bringing what. A grocery shuttle is available for all suite-style residences every Saturday afternoon. It alternates between Food Basics and Zehrs. First we’ll take a look at UW Place. UWP has 1,354 bed spaces for first-year students. As a first-year student, you will be placed in either a court or a hall, both of which are suite-style arrangements but have different layouts. You could have anywhere from 1 to 3 roommates depending on the layout of the suite you have been assigned to. We also have some suites with bunk beds making them 3 person suites — you should be prepared to live in this type of layout as well. Each suite comes with 1 to 2 bathrooms and students are responsible for cleaning their suite themselves. Mackenzie King Village, MKV for short, is home to 320 first-year residents who live in 4-person suites. Most floors are co-ed but suites are single gender for first-year students. Many students choose MKV as their first choice and space is very limited, so we encourage you to check out all of our Waterloo Residences communities. Your room in MKV includes a bed, mattress, drawers, closet, desk, chair, and a garbage pail. The fully equipped kitchen and common areas provide lots of space for students to hang out in their suite. The suite has two washrooms and students are responsible for cleaning their own suites. Last in our tour of suite-style residences is Columbia Lake Village or CLV. If you live in CLV-South you will live with 3 other students in a townhouse. Each resident will have their own bedroom and there is one bathroom for everyone to share. Students are responsible for cleaning their own townhouse. Each bedroom comes with a bed and mattress, desk, chair, small dresser, garbage pail, and a closet. From October to April, there is a shuttle provided for students living in CLV. The shuttle leaves from the Community Centre and makes several stops around campus. Need a study break? Be sure to check out your residence lounge! Each floor has its own lounge with a TV and DVD player which you can use at anytime. A lot of residents will get together to hang out, study, or watch TV together. It’s a great place to meet people, especially during orientation week. To socialize in a larger area, all residences have a shared common area. You will have access to movies, pool tables, and a big screen TV. You can also sign out board games, DVDS or equipment for the ping pong and foosball tables. Each floor or group of houses will be assigned to a Don, which is an upper-year student who will live near you in rez. Your Don will help you become acquainted with university life and will act as your support system to help you transition into your new home. They plan social events such as floor dinners and trips to the movies. They are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to help you answer any questions you may have. You have reached the end of our suite-style residence tour! We hope we have shown you a little bit about life in residence at the University of Waterloo. We believe residence is a great experience for all first-year students! We promote academic success and will help you build a support system to make the most of your first year. Residence is the right FIT for everyone! If you have any other questions, please contact us at [email protected] We hope to see you soon and thank you for watching our tour!


Bill Primo

Jun 6, 2014, 11:15 pm Reply

Hello, thank you very much for the suite-style residence tour. One question though, if we are responsible for cleaning our own rooms, do we have to bring in a vacuum cleaner or will there be at least one of them stationed per each room?

Waterloo Residences

Jun 6, 2014, 6:55 pm Reply

Hi @Bill- glad you enjoyed the videos, hope they helped with what to expect at Waterloo! Don't worry, you will not need to bring a vacuum (we provide access to them). Check out the "what to bring" list for suggestions on what to pack: https://uwaterloo.ca/housing/current/move-in/suite-style

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