St. Paul's University College

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Coordinates: 43°28′20″N 80°32′50″W / 43.47222°N 80.54722°W / 43.47222; -80.54722

St. Paul's University College
Established 1962
Type Public
Religious affiliation United Church of Canada
Principal Graham Brown
Undergraduates available
Postgraduates available
Location Waterloo, ON, Canada
Campus Urban/Suburban, campus of University of Waterloo 4 km^2 (1000 acres)[1]
Affiliations AUCC, IAU, COU, ATS, CIS, CUSID

St. Paul's University College is an affiliated college of the University of Waterloo, located in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. The college has two functions: first, it is a residence for both undergraduate and graduate students of the University; and, second, it offers classes to all University students.


St. Paul's was founded in 1962 by the United Church of Canada (UCC) and first opened its doors to students in 1963. The UCC's goal was to provide a place where students of any background, denomination, religion, or academic program could come to study and be stimulated academically, intellectually, and spiritually.


Saint Paul University has residences at 190 and 196 Westmount Rd. North.[2] St. Paul's has two residence communities: the undergraduate residence and the Graduate Apartments.

Undergraduate residence[edit]

The undergraduate residence opened in 1963 and houses 192 students on eight "floors". Seven of these floors - Empire, Wildside, Penthouse, Alcatraz, Dungeon, Oasis, and La Bastille - contain double accommodation and have been in use since the opening of the college. The remaining floor, Purgatory, opened in September, 2003 and has single accommodation. Empire was formerly known as Apathy, La Bastille was formerly known as Olympus, and Wildside was formerly known as W5 (Wild Wonderful Women of the West Wing).

The residence has several traditions that are unique to the college. The fall term begins with a week-long Orientation Week that is run jointly with the other residences and faculties to acquaint incoming first-year students with the campus. St. Paul's Orientation Week is traditionally centered around winning the Golden Beanie. Early in the fall term, the entire college plays a game of capture the flag, and another game entitled "Gotcha" where the residents try to tag and eliminate each other through survival of the fittest. Also in the fall term, the male residents on Empire organize the Empire Wine & Cheese.

The Winter Formal is held in the winter term and is a night with a dinner and dance. In early March, the annual Blackforest Coffeehouse showcases talent from both the college and the region; most performers present musical acts, although other acts (such as magic or spoken word) are sometimes showcased.

Each school night, toast and several spreads are made available at Toast Time so that students can have a study break. Other regular activities include writing workshops, intramural sports teams, and community dinners.

La Bastille, a floor that houses 17 French-speaking students, is the only such floor on the Waterloo campus. A tutor from France lives on the floor from September through April to help stimulate French-language growth in the students. Occasionally, students from La Bastille will eat together over a conversation in French or watch a French movie.

Facilities that are available to students include a cafeteria with full meal service, three lounges, a library and study hall, a chapel (now mainly functioning as a multipurpose classroom), and a games room.

Graduate Apartments[edit]

The Graduate Apartments at St. Paul's opened in September, 2004. The building houses over 100 graduate students in 80 apartments and suites. There is a variety of designs available in the units, including single accommodation, double accommodation, and accommodation to house the student's family. There are also 8 rooms available to visitors of the University (such as parents, researchers, and visiting professors).

Academic programs[edit]

St. Paul's offers a small number of courses in the areas of Spirituality and Personal Development, Native Studies, and Religious Studies. St. Paul's was the home of the Canadian Studies program; however, the program closed at the end of the 2004-05 academic year.

The College will propose a new program to the University of Waterloo administration in the area of International Development. This program will be a multidisciplinary program that teaches students about volunteerism and philanthropy and how to use it across the globe.

Aboriginal Student Services[edit]

St. Paul's is home to the University of Waterloo's Aboriginal Counsellor. The counsellor is available to members of the university community for counselling, academic advice, and liaising to aboriginal resources. The Aboriginal Counsellor works closely with the Aboriginal Students Association to provide opportunities for aboriginal students to explore and celebrate their heritage.

Events that are organised that are of interest to aboriginal students include weekly speakers as part of the NATST 370 course and the annual SUNDANCe Pow-Wow.

Environmental Studies Living Learning Community[edit]

In 2007, St. Paul's welcomed ES students into the new Living and Learning Community. This program offers students the chance to live with their classmates and attend many faculty oriented events as well as social programming.


  • Graham Brown (1999–present)
  • Helga Mills (1994-1999)
  • William Klassen (1989-1994)
  • François Gerard (1978-1988)
  • Alan M. McLachlin (1965-1977)
  • Douglas J. Hall (1962-1965)

See also[edit]


  • Dr. Kenneth McLaughlin 'Enthusiasm for the Truth: An Illustrated History of Saint Jerome's University', (Waterloo: University of Waterloo Press © 2002)
  • Dr. Kenneth McLaughlin 'Waterloo: The Unconventional Founding of an Unconventional University' (Waterloo: University of Waterloo Press © 1997)
  • Dr. Kenneth McLaughlin 'Out of the Shadow of Orthodoxy: Waterloo @ 50' (Waterloo: University of Waterloo Press © 2007)
  • Professor Brian McKillop, 'Matters of Mind: The University in Ontario, 1791-1951' (Ottawa: University of Ottawa Press © 1951)


  1. ^ "About UW". Retrieved 2007-08-14. 
  2. ^ Ontario University Residences list

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