University of Waterloo Overview

In the heart of Waterloo Region, at the forefront of innovation, the University of Waterloo is home to world-changing research and inspired teaching. At the hub of a growing network of global partnerships, Waterloo will shape the future by building bridges with industry and between disciplines, institutions and communities.

Swansea University currently has a University-wide agreement in place with the University of Waterloo.

Key Information


Semester 1 Semester 2
 8th September 2016- 22nd December 2016 3rd January 2017- 25th April 2017


Please note that costs will vary depending in the lifestyle that you lead and he accommodation and meal plan that you choose.


Incoming exchange students are provided with various housing options at the University of Waterloo. Please note however, that the availability of housing options does differ between terms (Fall, Winter or Spring).

Waterloo residences - (Columbia Lake Village South or Village 1)
Depending on the term, exchange students are placed in either Columbia Lake Village South (CLV-South) or Village 1 (V-1)                                     

Columbia Lake Village South - single rooms in 4-bedroom townhouses with shared kitchen, living room, and bathroom (meal plans are not required)

Village 1 - available winter and spring terms only. Single, interconnecting and double rooms (traditional style residence with required meal plan)

Waterloo Co-operative Residence Inc. (WCRI)Located across the street from the main campus, directly across from the Engineering building
4-month contracts available for all three terms (Fall, Winter, Spring) Dormitory style residence with shared kitchen, living room and bathroom. Note: Only the double room dormitory-style option is available to exchange students; apartments are not available.

If you are going to be here for 2 or more terms, or for either the Winter or Spring terms, you may apply for the other dormitory room options (single or large single)

University college residences - If you prefer to live in one of the university college residences, you should contact the appropriate college directly for application procedures. Please note however, that the college residences are not available during the fall term.

Off-campus housing - If you choose to live off-campus while studying at the University of Waterloo, the Off-Campus Housing Office maintains a listing of off-campus accommodation listings. Although it can be challenging finding 4-month contracts, the classified section is a great source for sublets and short-term accommodations. Off-Campus Housing can support you while searching for accommodations off campus and, while living off campus, if you need any assistance with your landlord, roommate(s), or other community issues.  Contact the Off-Campus Housing Office at

Global Opportunities Bursary - £1000

The Global Opportunities Bursary is available for students spending a semester or a year studying abroad outside of Europe as part of their degree (except Texas).

The International Development Office provides students with a £1000 bursary, once students have submitted all the necessary paperwork.

Please note

The prospect of studying at a university abroad is exciting, but there is also a lot of information you need to consider when choosing the right place for you. Below you will find summarised information which should help you with your decision. Please note that this information was accurate at the time of publishing and is subject to change. Be sure to confirm all information on the host university's website.