Tuition fees are listed one term at a time and are subject to change on an annual basis by the University of Waterloo. You can access the most up-to-date information on tuition fee schedules for both domestic and international students through our Finance Office.

Term Duration
Fall Term September to December
Winter Term January to April
Spring Term May to August


  • University of Waterloo calculates tuition one term at a time.

  • Fees are listed for one term (one term = four months of study)

  • Costs are normally subject to change on an annual basis by the University of Waterloo.

  • Students admitted to a qualifying or non-degree program pay fees at the per-course fee corresponding to their program.

Co-operative education costs

A fee in the amount of $729.00 per four-month work-term will be charged to students using the services of Co-operative Education and Centre for Career Action.

Living costs

The following costs reflect average current costs for a single person living in Waterloo, Canada. Living expense costs are based on a four-month term.

Cost types – per term


Housing (room/one bedroom apartment)

$2,525 - 3,000

Books and supplies (varies by course and program)

$ 500 – 1,000

Food -groceries estimated at $235 per month


Other (transportation, entertainment, personal)

$1,500 – 2,000


$5,465 - $6,940/term

There are a number of accommodations available for you to live on and off campus. It's important to understand your options and choose a place of residence that is right for you.