When you first consider moving out of your parents’ home, the living space options can be a little overwhelming! Should you rent a pre-fab unit in a complex? Sprawl out artfully in a loft? Opt for an older building that’s chock full of charm and character, but also drafty and expensive to heat? Try condo living? Join a fraternity or sorority and live with other pledges? Or is luxury student living at ICON Students Waterloo right for you? Each of these accommodations has its advantages and downsides, so we’ve created this fun quiz to help you decide!
1. When it comes to your neighbors, would you rather:
A. Live among fellow students, so that it’s easy to socialize and give each other moral support.
B. Not know anyone’s names; the people who live next door or downstairs are neighbors, not friends.
C. Be surrounded by your closest buddies — and a few classmates who can help you cram for exams.
2. After a day jam-packed with classes, labs, club meetings, study groups, and trying to catch professors during their office hours, all you want to do is:
A. Relieve some stress with a restorative yoga session or a half-hour on the treadmill, then catch a movie.
B. Eat a spartan dinner of thin gruel, turn off your phone so no one can interrupt your solitude, and get to sleep by 8 p.m.
C. Bring your besties back to your place, order in some Chinese food, then spend the evening playing Overwatch on your Xbox.
3. How do you like to get yourself to classes?
A. A short walk. You love living as close to campus as possible, so you can pop home for meals or meet classmates at the library on a moment’s notice.
B. Drive your behemoth ‘75 Dodge Charger, which you inherited from your grandfather and are determined to drive into the ground. Never mind the expense of gas and insurance or the hassle of finding a parking spot.
C. On your bike. It’s good exercise, there’s no waiting for public transportation, and it’s more environmentally friendly than driving.
4. What’s your M.O. when you start to feel hungry?
A. Cook up delicious, healthy foods at home. There’s something therapeutic about making a meal from scratch, and it’s a true pleasure when you have high-end appliances. Plus you can prepare anything your cravings desire!
B. Take your chances at the cafeteria, or freeload off that one friend who always attends class with plenty of snacks.
C. Stroll down the street and scope out the many restaurants, cafes, and takeout places in the neighborhood. It can be hard to decide, but since you live so close, you’ll be able to try them all eventually.
5. Which environment makes you feel most focused and productive when you really need to study, read for class, or write a paper?
A. A quiet workspace dedicated solely to studying, where no one will interrupt your concentration. If you are heading up a group project, a larger but similarly secluded space that you can reserve ahead of time is ideal.
B. A crowded library. Sure, there are lots of distractions and it can be difficult to actually accomplish anything, but that’s where college students are supposed to study! Right?
C. Your own space. It’s convenient, comfortable, and private, and you have everything you need — a washroom, drinks, snacks, all of your textbooks and notebooks — close at hand.
Ready to learn what type of living space will be your best bet? Tally up how many As, Bs, and Cs you have, and read on for the results of the quiz!
It’s pretty clear that ICON is the perfect living arrangement for you as you earn your degree! Billed as the “next generation of student living,” ICON has plenty of practical advantages as well as fun perks. All apartments are fully furnished and provide designer kitchen appliances, in-suite washer and dryer, and a 42”-inch television for epic game nights or binge sessions. Or if you’re tired of Netflix’s offerings, see what’s playing at the onsite cinema!
You seem to be awfully serious about everything, and maybe just a tiny bit out of touch. Not to worry, though — after all, the university years offer a fantastic opportunity to expand your mind, challenge yourself, and learn new things from friends and professors. You can start by switching up your living sitch and seeing what things are like at ICON Students Waterloo! Chances are you’ll fall in love with its 24-hour fitness center, dedicated yoga studio, and quiet, private study spaces for individuals or groups.
We have a hunch that you’ll find plenty to love about living at ICON Students Waterloo. Bring your closest BFFs to share a Bond, Rubix, or Quad apartment. Enjoy close proximity to the University of Waterloo and other nearby schools, as well as many great eateries and establishments in the neighborhood. When your day’s classwork is done, meet up with other students in the casual, comfortable lounge or the rooftop patio. Challenge your roommates to a game of billiards or table tennis in the game room, or destress with some old-school arcade games.
ICON Students Waterloo is now leasing for May and September move-in dates. Visit our website or schedule a tour to learn more about all of our benefits and amenities!
Being a university student means scrounging up change for the laundromat or waiting on doing your laundry until you go home for break where your mom will wash it for free. When you are a university student, you subsist on inexpensive, filling foods like rice and beans, boxed mac-n-cheese, and of course instant ramen noodles. Right?
This picture not fitting into how you see yourself living throughout your post-secondary years?
In Western society, there are such strong associations between college kids and poverty that scrimping and pinching to make ends meet sometimes seems like a prerequisite for a degree. But there is no reason that someone who is pursuing their degree shouldn’t live the high life while they are enrolled.
That’s where ICON Students Waterloo comes in. Billed as “the next generation of student living,” the gleaming towers of ICON Students Waterloo are definitely a step up from dormitories or ramshackle old houses that have been divided into tiny studio apartments.
ICON Students Waterloo offers luxury and elegance from the moment you walk in the door. Its sleek, sophisticated design, not to mention the elegant decor, will make you feel as though you’ve booked yourself in at a five-star resort. There are three floorplans to choose from, and each is fully furnished as well as outfitted with high-end stainless-steel kitchen appliances. No heating up canned soup on a hotplate for you!
Instead, you can offer your guests a hearty homemade meal or some fresh-from-the-oven snickerdoodles to munch on as they watch the game on your 42”-inch flat-screen TV.
Are you accustomed to dorm living, where a communal shower put both privacy and ample hot water at a premium? Prepare to be delighted with the ensuite washroom at ICON330 that features a glass shower and granite countertops (just like in the kitchen). When your shower is done, you can toss that bath towel into your laundry hamper without a care in the world. After all, you can launder it anytime you want, using the washer and dryer conveniently located right in your unit.
ICON’s resemblance to a luxurious resort does not stop there. In fact, you’d be hard-pressed to decide which advantage you appreciate more: the new apartment itself, or the shared amenities that are just steps away from your front door. Retreat to a quiet, peaceful study room when you need solitude and silence. If you are craving company and want to socialize, stop into the cozy, comfortable lounge, where a fire is always crackling.
The building boasts an incredible basketball court, rooftop lounge, collaborative workspaces that will fuel your creativity, and a 24-hour fitness center featuring state-of-the-art exercise machines and even a chilled-out yoga studio. Oh, and did we mention the ICON330 movie theater? That’s right, you can enjoy the cinema experience without even leaving the building — let alone spending any money.
Sure, living in the typical student accommodations might be a growth experience that you’ll recall with fondness sometime in the future, but we think that you will look back on your experience at ICON330 with an entirely different feeling of appreciation and gratitude.
ICON Students Waterloo is now leasing for May and September. Go on, treat yourself!
Five Fantastic Reasons for Students to Choose ICON’s Luxury Living Space
Where do you want to live while you pursue your degree? Forget the unheated garret or ivory tower usually associated with higher learning; today’s savvy students choose luxurious living spaces with all the mod cons as an advantageous aspect of their college education. What are the benefits of living at ICON Students Waterloo? Let us count the ways!
- Convenience and Close Proximity
ICON is literally across the street from the University of Waterloo campus, and very close to Wilfred Laurier. That means you can get along very well without a car, which is an important consideration for many students, including international ones and those who simply don’t want to worry about the expense of upkeep, gas, and parking.
Living at ICON Students Waterloo, you’re just minutes to University Avenue and King Street, where you can grab a bite or a drink — anything from Asian fusion to a quick cuppa from Timmy’s — The location allows you the opportunity to dance the night away without making a long trekk, or to easily and quickly stock up on staples. Other destinations are an easy bike ride or bus trip away: Conestoga Mall, Walmart, and several beautiful parks for when you want to commune with nature.
- It’s a Breeze to Move In (and Out)
There are three distinct floor plans, suitable for two, three, or four residents. Each has a large, open-concept kitchen and living room area, plus a spacious bedroom with one or two double beds, separated from one another by the gorgeous, modern washroom. The Rubix and Quad units boast two full baths with beautiful glass showers and granite countertops, so there’s no squabbling over who’s taking too long with their morning ablutions.
Students who live in a standard dormitory or who rent off-campus flats find themselves struggling at the end of the spring semester with a van-load of furniture that must be relocated or put in storage. If you’ve ever had to furnish your own place from scratch, you know how odious, not to mention expensive, is to acquire a bed, dresser, nightstand, couch, chairs, dining table, etc. all at once – ICON suites come fully set up with modern furnishing packages.
What’s more, every ICON property comes equipped with all the modern conveniences you could ask for: an in-suite washer and dryer, a 42” flatscreen television, and high-end, stainless steel kitchen appliances.
When you lease at ICON Students Waterloo, all you need to move are your clothes, school supplies, and personal items. Everything else is already in place!
- Quiet Spots Help You Focus on Your Studies
Let’s face it; when the winter winds are howling or a snowstorm rages, the last thing you want to do is trek all the way across campus to the library. Wouldn’t it be a lot easier to throw on a hoodie and house shoes, and instead head to ICON’s dedicated study rooms? There, you’ll find a quiet place to cram for that chemistry test, write a paper for poly-sci, or brush up on British lit.
There are individual study spaces for when you need solitude, as well as larger ones that can accommodate small groups or a student and their tutor.
- ICON Is Where the Fun Is
When you call ICON Students Waterloo your home, you won’t have to venture far to have tons of fun. Of course, a night spent painting the town red is always enjoyable, but when it comes to weeknight diversions or lazy Sunday afternoon, there’s no place like ICON. Challenge your roommate to a game of table tennis, shoot some hoops on the rooftop basketball court, or forget all about your stress while you chase the high score of your favorite arcade games.
Not feeling competitive? See what’s playing at the onsite movie theatre. Relax in front of the lounge’s cozy fireplace. Or, head up to the rooftop lounge and soak in the sun.
- Staying Fit Couldn’t Be Simpler
A university education challenges and expands your mind, but it’s up to each individual student to make sure they get enough physical exercise. The workout facilities at ICON Students Waterloo make it super-easy to get your sweat on!
Whether you like to lift, run on a treadmill, use the elliptical trainer, or do a little downward dog to keep yourself centered, there’s no better place to do it than the fully equipped, state-of-the-art, 24-hour fitness center and yoga studio. With free wifi throughout the common spaces, including the fitness center, you can easily stream energizing tunes, follow a HIIT video, or listen to a podcast while you work out.
There you have it: five fantastic reasons to choose the next generation of student living at ICON. ICON Students Waterloo is now accepting applications for May and September 2020. Get started by taking a tour to see what we’re all about.
When you go on vacation, do you pack light, or bring enough stuff to last for an entire month of traveling? Do you consider yourself a packrat? Is cleaning house your idea of hell, or does it relax you? These are questions you should ponder as a young uni student moving out of Mom and Dad’s house; the answers could help determine what kind of dwelling you’ll call home for the next few years.
We’d like to make the case for minimalism. The apartments at ICON Students Waterloo are well-suited to this design choice, and we think you’ll fancy it too.
1. Your Time is at a Premium
Between the classes, labs, and time spent studying and researching, attending university is equivalent to a full-time job. Plenty of students also hold down a part-time position while they are earning their degree. And then there’s the socializing that’s so necessary for letting off steam.
Add it all up, and it’s easy to see that for a college student, free time is a very precious commodity — so why would you want to spend yours picking up and putting away clutter and dusting shelves full of tchotchkes? A minimalist living space means minimal cleaning. Swiffer the floors as necessary, wipe down surfaces with a rag and some all-purpose cleaner, and as for that clutter? Stash it in cute baskets, fabric cubes, or sleek metal bins and tuck those away on a shelving unit. Voila — a tidy, clean space and plenty of time to catch a movie in ICON Students Waterloo’s on-site theater.
2. Make Moves Easier
Of course, moving into an ICON Students Waterloo unit is already incredibly quick and simple. That’s because we provide all the furniture and plenty of other perks, too — like stainless steel kitchen appliances and a flat-screen television. So you needn’t worry about bringing a bed, nightstand, desk, couch, or coffee table.
Embracing minimalism makes packing and hauling even easier since your possessions have already been pared down. All you really need are the essentials: clothes, personal care items, textbooks, and laptop, maybe a few framed photos of your family and friends back home.
3. Can the Clutter for a Clearer Head
Have you ever heard the expression “tidy desk, tidy mind”? Our environments have a greater impact on our state of mind and overall well-being than you might imagine. When your space is chock-a-block with useless items, or when useful objects are not in their proper place, it saps a certain amount of mental energy.
You might not be consciously troubled by frills and frou-frou in your decor or flotsam and jetsam scattered across the countertops, but on some level we are influenced by the stuff of life. Hence the popularity of storage systems like California Closets, retail establishments like Solutions Store, and professional organizers — to say nothing of the Marie Kondo effect!
The units at ICON Students Waterloo offer loads of space, including streamlined storage options. Along with the open-concept design, the decor’s clean lines, and the comfortable but uncomplicated furniture, this lends itself perfectly to a minimalist lifestyle.
ICON Students Waterloo is now leasing for May and September move-ins. Schedule a tour to see for yourself how sleek and sophisticated this living space truly is.
College is one of the most exciting and influential experiences of a young person’s life, and it’s not much of an exaggeration to say that roommates have an awful lot to do with making your student years filled with laughter, love, and learning. Nevertheless, living in close quarters with another human being, especially if he or she is a stranger to you on move-in day, can be a stressful experience. When it comes to sharing a flat, ICON Students Waterloo sets you up for success. Let’s take a closer look!
Firstly, the accommodations at ICON are designed to make cohabitation a pleasure. Each 2 occupant unit contains discrete living spaces. The washroom is conveniently located right in the middle, demarcating your area from your roomie’s. Unlike many dorm rooms where you’re obliged to sleep and change clothes cheek by jowl with another person, this layout provides ample privacy.
The Rubix and Quad floor plans also have separated living spaces, respectively, giving their occupants a great measure of solitude.
Then there is the spacious open-concept living room and kitchen area. There is plenty of elbow room in each ICON unit; one resident can enjoy the 42”-inch flat-screen television that comes included in the suite, either watching their favorite show or playing video games with their buddies, while at the same time their roommate is putting together a big batch of vegetarian chili to feed all their friends before heading to the Business Lounge to get started on a project.
The inviting common spaces of ICON are wonderful for slightly larger get-togethers, whether you want to watch the game in the comfortably furnished lounge, meet up with your classmates to review notes in the quiet study areas or get a pickup game going on the enclosed, all-season basketball court. Having so many amenities right on-premise is also convenient if you just need some “Me Time” for an hour or two, but don’t feel like leaving the building and trekking through the weather to another, less cozy destination.
Need to work off some stress or irritation? Hitting the gym to lift some weights or get a good sweat going with a treadmill or elliptical is one of the best ways to ease tension and regain your equanimity. If it feels better to spend some time moving through asanas, go ahead and get your zen on in the yoga studio. Maybe you and your new roomie found through ICONS roomie-matching outlets can make it apart of your routine. There are even complimentary classes, so you can be assured your vrikshasana and utkatasana are on point.
Circumstances change, and there may come a time when one of your roommates needs to duck out of their lease. Or, maybe you want to line up a tenant to take your place while you travel for an internship or study-abroad semester. ICON Students Waterloo makes it a snap to find prospective roomies. Just head to the website; There you’ll find a bulletin board where you can post what you need or respond to others. All it takes is a couple of clicks, and your situation is resolved once again.
Lastly, let’s not forget that each ICON suite comes standard with state-of-the-art, stainless steel kitchen appliances and a washer and dryer. You might occasionally bicker with your suitemate about whose load of laundry takes priority or whose kombucha mysteriously disappeared from the high-end refrigerator, but having these conveniences in the suite translates into a much lower stress level, benefitting you and everyone around you!
ICON Students Waterloo is now leasing for May and September 2020 move-ins.
“All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy,” according to the old saying, and that definitely holds true when the work is studying. No matter how fascinating your classes may be, there are still times when schoolwork seems like drudgery. And although you might be happy to let your parents believe that you are in the library studying every moment you’re not in class, it is actually essential to your wellbeing to find balance between your intellectual labors and the rest of your life.
When you live at ICON Students Waterloo, it’s an absolute breeze to strike that balance!
Of course, your studies do come first. After all, you and/or your parents are spending a tremendous amount of money to guarantee a good education. If you squander this opportunity, you might not get another!
Some students find they do their best work while sitting up in bed, while others are motivated by the impersonal, unforgiving confines of a library carrel — it’s not the most pleasant place to be, so they are eager to finish up their work and get out of there. At ICON, you can have the best of both worlds.
Here, the study spaces are designed to be comfortable, but not so cozy that you can’t focus on the task at hand. They provide a change of scenery from your apartment, where there are so many distractions — the 42”-inch television, the company of your roommates, cupboards stocked with snacks, and of course the tempting oasis of your bed — but don’t require you to travel across campus. You don’t even have to leave the building.
There’s plenty of scientific and anecdotal evidence that points to the value of periodic breaks from intellectual activity. It might seem counterintuitive, but studying nonstop for hours on end is actually going to drive your productivity down. Researchers say that you should take a five- to ten-minute break each hour. For best results, do something entirely different; don’t just switch to the Discord tab on your laptop, but get up, move around a little, grab a snack or a glass of water, and toss on your favourite meditation App.
After three to four hours of quizzing yourself on French vocab, solving for X, or reading Dante’s Inferno, it is time for a slightly longer respite. A half an hour is a good length. During this time, head to ICON Students Waterloo’s lounge to warm up by the fire or chat with classmates. Sneak in some playtime in the game room. For a gentle pick-me-up, practice a short yoga flow in the dedicated studio. There are so many activities to choose from and enjoyment to be had, it might be difficult keeping your break to a mere thirty minutes, but stay disciplined! After your day’s labors are complete, the fun will still be there for you to take part in.
The streamlined, stunning kitchen in each suite at ICON is another space ripe with the promise of balance. In the mornings, whip up tasty green smoothies or a hearty frittata to fuel your day ahead. Stash healthy snacks like edamame, whole-grain crackers with hummus, grapes, and fat-free Greek yogurt in the fridge to nosh on throughout the day. When night falls and you’re ready to relax, you’ll relish the thought of making a meal with your roommates — or maybe just blending a pitcher of margaritas to celebrate the end of another productive day.
It isn’t always simple to ease up on your workload, decompress, and destress, but life at ICON represents the opportunity to live a wholesome, balanced lifestyle while earning your degree.
ICON Students Waterloo is now leasing for May and September move-ins.
When most people think of housing for university students, they likely picture a charmless cracker box of a dormitory, or perhaps a rambling, rundown Victorian home that’s been chopped up into studios and one-bedrooms.
It’s true that “students” and “luxury living” are two concepts that don’t often go hand in hand — but ICON330 has blended the two harmoniously.
Located just across the street from the University of Waterloo, this gleaming 25-storey residence boasts the kind of sumptuous amenities normally associated with a luxury hotel.
ICON is now leasing for May and September 2020 and invites prospective tenants to learn more about the atmosphere and amenities of what they call “the next generation of student living.”
Exercise buffs can get in a great workout without even leaving the building, thanks to a state-of-the-art fitness centre and beautiful basketball court. For students who are less athletically inclined, there’s a games room with billiards, table tennis, old-school arcade video games, and more.
Of course, there are also plenty of inviting common spaces where friends can meet to socialize or do schoolwork. Check out the rooftop patio to take in the magnificent view of campus, or catch a flick in the onsite movie theatre. When it’s time to buckle down and write a paper or prepare for an upcoming exam, students can take advantage of quiet, comfortable study lounges that offer both individual and small-group spaces.
The apartments at ICON combine comfort and convenience with a modern aesthetic. Residents will enjoy an open-plan living room already outfitted with a 42” flat-screen television for Netflixing or Xboxing; a private, ensuite bathroom with glass showers and granite countertops; stainless steel appliances in a high-end kitchen; in-suite washer and dryer; and chic, sleek sliding doors to provide privacy. What’s more, every one of ICON’s units is fully furnished — so students can say goodbye and good riddance to ugly, stained, hand-me-down couches and thrift-store mattresses.
Don’t have a roommate to share your apartment with? No worries — ICON makes it easy for such students to find one another with an online bulletin board service, where solo residents can post or respond to “Roommate Wanted” advertisements.
Would-be residents are invited to take a tour of ICON330 to see firsthand what the next generation of student living looks like!
ICON provides a plethora of reasons why they’re the ideal student housing solution.
One of the most stressful things most can imagine is searching for a new place to live—especially when you’re a student and require accommodation that will allow you to get to all your classes on time while still retaining the high level of comfort and relaxation required for you to call a place ‘home’. Luckily, there’s a perfect solution: ICON330.
ICON provides state-of-the-art, modern, fully furnished suites. When you stay with ICON, you won’t ever have to worry about waiting your turn for the washroom: every bedroom is equipped with its own private bathroom, newly upgraded with granite finish countertops and glass showers.
ICON has been billed “the next generation of student living” for a reason: you can work out in our gym overlooking the majestic Waterloo skyline, play a game of pick-up on our basketball court as the sun sets, or just lounge and relax with your friends on our rooftop patio after a long day of classes (which, by the way, are no more than a short walk away).
Don’t feel like leaving the comfort of your luxury suite to socialize? Invite your friends over to your spacious living room, which is equipped with a 42-inch television set. We can guarantee you’ll never be bored at ICON330, and insist that you take advantage of the entertainment provided by our in-building movie theatre, get in a game of billiards or ping pong in our games room, or stretch it out in our yoga room and fitness centre.
With all of these incredible amenities and resources, we’ve barely even touched on one of ICON’s greatest assets: it’s prime location. Located directly in the heart of Waterloo, ICON is within walking distance of a multitude of local cafes, restaurants, movie theatres, and more.
If you are in the mood to shop, there’s no shortage of places to visit—the nearby mall will definitely catch your attention. Not trying to waste money on eating out every night, or getting tired of too much fast food? It’s just a short distance to one of many grocery stores, and your suite has more than enough room to allow you to stock up on groceries for a relaxing night in with a home-cooked meal.
ICON330 provides students with everything they could possibly desire for housing, and then some. ICON is raising the bar in student living by providing exceptional service and unprecedented features, all within an innovative, beautifully designed living space.
When it comes to student housing, there are a few things on your checklist you want to make sure are ticked off: safety, amenities, location, and of course, comfort. ICON has all these requirements in spades.
From ICON330’s prime location, it’s only a short trip to both the University of Waterloo and Laurier University. It’s not just education that’s a hop, skip, and a jump away: an abundance of local cafes, restaurants, movie theatres, and more are easily accessible for leisure time. With nearby banks, gyms, and a mall, you’ll never be at a loss for something to do.
Living at ICON is an experience in and of itself. Every single one of the suites is fully furnished and ready for you to move into. This isn’t limited to the modern furniture and fully stocked kitchen with name brand, stainless steel appliances: the living room also comes equipped with a 42-inch flat-screen, wall-mounted television set.
Whether you’re ready to wind down for the night or getting ready to tackle a brand new day, the bathrooms at ICON will undoubtedly surpass your expectations and leave you feeling refreshed. Each bedroom receives its own private bathroom, finished with luxurious granite countertops and glass showers.
ICON330 also contains an impressive set of amenities. Students can enjoy a game of basketball on the impressive court, relax in the games room with games like billiards, ping pong, and more, or take a seat in the movie theatre to absorb some entertainment. ICON also offers a serene rooftop patio, shared and private workspaces where students can congregate for study and work purposes, and a state of the art fitness centre and yoga room so you can stay in shape and feel like the best possible version of yourself.
If you’re not sure how your rooming situation is going to pan out yet, ICON even provides a service in which we’ll help you be matched with anywhere from one to three roommates.
All in all, ICON330 is a fantastic choice to enhance any student’s experience by providing them with a safe and comfortable atmosphere.