Moving In

Images of students moving into residence.

Are you ready for residence? 

We are excited to welcome you to your new home away from home! This might be your first time moving into residence, but don’t worry. we’ve got everything under control. Our housing team members have got moving in down to a science.

Cover page of 2022 Move-In Guide.

Move-in for Fall 2022 will take place on Friday, September 2 through Sunday, September 4.

To facilitate distancing and traffic flow inside and outside our residences, you have been assigned a move-in timeslot. If your assigned time does not work for you, you can modify it in the Housing Portal based on availability. 

The 2022 Move-In Guide 

U of G’s 2022 Move-In Guide provides a comprehensive overview of your move-in experience. Download the Guide for everything you need to know about moving, including:

  • Our Move-In Supports
  • Packing List
  • Making Your Move-In Sustainable
  • Directions to the University of Guelph
  • Campus Food
  • Supports in Residence
  • And more!

Download the Guide and keep it handy for all your move-in-related questions. 



Move-In Maps

NEW THIS YEAR: Download your customized Move-In Map on the Housing Portal! Available once room assignments are released, this map includes directions to your residence, move-in timeslot, and booking information to make check-in quick and convenient.

Follow your Move-In Map directions to ensure you arrive in the right area of campus for check-in. With high traffic volume, you can anticipate that campus will be busy!

Move-In Map Sample

Click below to download general Move-In Maps for each area of residence: 

North Residence

South Residence

East Residence


To facilitate distancing and traffic flow inside and outside, you have been assigned a Move-In Time appointment. You can see your assigned timeslot in your Housing Portal once room assignments have been released. 


Managing COVID-19

U of G paused its COVID-19 vaccination and campus masking requirements. The University retains its ability to reinstate public health requirements, if needed and with short notice. While vaccinations are currently not required for those living in residence, that requirement may be reinstated. If you are planning to live in residence, we strongly encourage you and those assisting with move-in to get vaccinated as soon as possible. More information can be found on the University's COVID-19 website


Frequently Asked Questions

Below is a set of our most frequently asked questions related to move-in. For answers to other questions you have, please check our Move-In Guide and read it thoroughly!


Will you help me move?

Although we are here to guide and support you with your move, you are responsible for moving your belongings into residence.

Moving into residence is a physically demanding process. Elevators are not available in all residences and stairs may be required. Large and heavy items (such as mini-fridges) will need to be moved by you. Consider packing in a way that makes items light and easy to carry when possible.

We will have plenty of carts available for you to use but consider bringing your own if you have one!


Where will I check in?

Check-in takes place at one of our Residence Desks or a satellite check-in table depending on your residence. You will receive more details through email, and our staff will happily show you the way!


Where do I park?

Parking lots are designated on your Move-In Map. Parking is free in the designated lots during move-in.


Can I change my move-in time?

Move-in timeslots can be adjusted on the Housing Portal, pending availability. Limited timeslots are available to ensure that physical distancing and traffic flow can be maintained.


Can I move in early?

Early move-in is available in specific circumstances that require special consideration. Submit a request on the Housing Portal for early move-in and our admissions staff will review the request.

Students participating in START International, START Accessible, and START Indigenous do not need to submit the form. Your move-in date will be automatically adjusted to the day before the program begins.


Can I move in late?

For sure! If you will be arriving after Sunday, you can book a late move-in day on the Housing Portal. Per the residence contract, all students who have not checked in before the first day of classes will forfeit their room. If you know you are moving in after September 7, please send an email to

If you are running behind on your move-in timeslot, there is no need to inform Student Housing. We understand that things happen, and our staff will be happy to welcome when you arrive.


Can I bring my family pet during move-in?

Move-in is a busy time on campus. Any pets should stay at home.

If you have a service animal in residence, be sure to email to let us know right away if you haven’t already.


How many people can I bring to help move?

We encourage you to limit the number of people who are there to help you move to only those who are essential. You may bring ONE vehicle with you for your move. Fewer people in our residence buildings will make everyone’s move quicker and more efficient.

Once you have finished moving everything to your room, we ask that anyone other than the student leaves the residence building as soon as possible.


How long can my family stay after moving in?

Now that you’re a Gryphon, it’s time to enjoy all that campus has to offer! Your family is welcome to stay for up to two hours and take a walk on campus, grab a bite of our legendary campus food, or take a stroll in the Arboretum.

Please ensure that your car is moved to your designated parking lot before exploring campus to avoid being towed!


I’m living in West Residence or the Grad Houses. Where is my information?

Students living in West Residence or the Grad Houses can anticipate moving in on Sunday, September 4, 2022. An email will be sent to you with more specific information on where to go and what to expect.


Are guests allowed in residence?

Guests are not permitted in residence during move-in and Orientation Week. Anyone helping you move is expected to have left by the end of the day.


Where can I eat?

Hospitality locations will be OPEN across campus and are ready to serve you! Visit for a list of locations and hours. Please note that this link will not go live until closer to move-in.


I don’t like my room assignment. What can I do?

Our room assignments are done using a lottery system. In 2021, 89% of students received one of the preferences on their application, however, we cannot accommodate all requests. We have found that historically, once students move into their assigned residence, they grow to LOVE it and don't want to move.

If you aren’t happy with your assignment, the transfer request form will become available on the Housing Portal on September 20, 2022. If you believe we have made an error in your room assignment (i.e. a double room with someone of a different gender), please email and our staff will look into your situation.


What size are the mattresses in residence?

Mattresses in our residences are standard twin size. If you’d like to have bedding waiting for you upon arrival, check out Residence Linens.


How can I decorate my room?

It’s important to bring posters and belongings to make your residence room feel like home! Be mindful of how you attach things to walls. You are encouraged to use 3M command strips or other materials that won’t damage the walls to avoid charges.

Our residence desks will have sticky tabs available to make hanging those items easier, but you can also bring your own as quantities are limited.   


If you have a question that we haven't covered, please email