Residence Deposits

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Complete your Residence Application with a $750 Deposit

Your application to residence at the University of Guelph is complete once you have paid a $750 deposit. confirming your intent to join us this fall. Applications without a completed deposit are incomplete and will not be considered for residence priority.

Before you pay the deposit, please be aware of our cancellation policies and penalties.


To pay your deposit you may use:


You may not pay using:

  • Personal Cheques (or other non-certified cheques)
  • Pay Pal or E-mail Money Transfers

NOTE: This applies only to the Residence Deposit. All other account payments (such as any costs for early arrival, etc.) are paid through your general student account through Student Financial Services.


Residence Deposit Confirmation 

Once we have processed your deposit on our end, your Housing Portal application status will be updated to "Complete and Full Deposit".

If you used online or telephone banking to send in the deposit, it takes three or more days to update the information. But don’t worry – we honour the date that you submitted the deposit through your bank.


Cancellation Policies & Penalties

Need to cancel your Residence Application? Send us your cancellation in writing to There are administrative fees involved, so be aware. You can find full Cancellation and Deposit Forfeiture policies in Section 18 of the Residence Contract.

Cancel before July 15 - forfeit $250

After July 15 - no deposit refund, forfeit $750


Residence Deposit Appeal

Did you cancel your plans to live in residence, but there are extenuating circumstances? If you don’t think the deposit forfeiture penalty should apply in your situation, and you want to appeal, send an email – with your supporting documents – to the Deposit Appeals Committee of Student Housing Services at


First-Year Student Residence Bursary

Need a little help? If you can show that you are in financial need, you can apply for one of five $500.00 bursaries. First-year students in any program are eligible, and you’ll need to stay in residence for your first year of studies. You can apply by completing the online Financial Need Assessment Form for Entrance Awards by April 15.

For more information check out the First Year Student Residence Bursary page on the Student Financial Services website.