First Year International & Exchange Students

Welcome! If you’ve come from outside Canada to attend the University, living in residence will make your experience both easier and more rewarding. You’ll live in the midst of our learning community, close to everything you need.

We are pleased to offer a guaranteed spot in residence to all new international first year students who are:

  • full-time
  • attending in semester one
  • in an undergraduate program

All new incoming exchange students are also offered a guaranteed place in residence.

To make sure you get a spot, your application and deposit must be received by the Residence Admissions office by the deadline.

When you are ready, APPLY ONLINE.

There are several methods of paying the deposit that are available to all students. In addition, we can also accept credit card deposit payments by Visa or MasterCard, but only for students outside of Canada. If you wish to pay by credit card, please complete the Credit Card Authorization Form to authorize us to charge the deposit to your card, and send the form to us by fax or mail. Please do not send your credit card information by email. If you are unable to access the credit card deposit form, please contact us and we can send a paper copy to you.

Arriving Early or Late

Picture of a comercial airplane taking off.Due to international travel arrangements, you may require accommodation earlier than the official residence opening date. Please contact resdesk@uoguelph.ca and we can help.

If You Need to Arrive Late

If you will be arriving in Guelph after the first day of class, please notify Residence Admissions of your late arrival date. Otherwise, if you have not checked in, we may assume that you are not coming and assign your room to someone else.

Residence Closing Between Semesters

The residence buildings are normally locked and closed during the weeks between the final first semester exams in December and the beginning of classes in January. You are expected to vacate your residence room within 24 hours of completion of your final exam. If you are writing an exam in the final time slot, you are required to leave no later than noon on December 17, 2016.

You may leave your personal belongings in your residence room if you are returning to that room in January.

If You Need to Stay Between Semesters

If you are not able to return home, and need a place to stay during this time between the fall and winter semesters, please let Student Housing know as soon as possible. We are sometimes able to arrange for rooms in one residence to be available for students in this situation. This can’t be guaranteed, however, and there will be an additional cost for this arrangement.