Applying for Residence

Students walking in masks outside Lambton Hall


The Residence Priority Deadline has now passed and all applicants will be placed on a waiting list. Students without a previously submitted application are strongly encouraged to seek off-campus accommodation. For support and resources, connect with the Off-Campus Living Office

Where Campus Comes to Life

Congratulations on receiving your Offer of Admission to the University of Guelph! 

Residence living at the University of Guelph is an integral part of University life. You aren’t just coming to Guelph – you are coming to the University of Guelph! Living in residence will maximize your opportunities for growth, development and enjoyment of your University experience.

We at Student Housing Services love providing residential environments and services that promote student success. Residence living is your foundational support for changing lives and improving life during your time at the University of Guelph. Our residence buildings circle the campus like a wheel – you live minutes from everywhere you need to be.

We are very proud of being named one of Canada's top comprehensive universities and thrilled that you are joining our community. We believe that living on campus is a great way to start your first year at Guelph! Over 80% of all new incoming students choose to live on campus in their first year. We offer a wide variety of living accommodation styles – from traditional residences with shared common areas to suites and townhouses. Residence life support staff, 24-hour desks, events and programs, and connecting with other new students are only a handful of reasons why residence living is a great way to start your new life as a Gryphon!


Residence Priority

Our goal is to welcome as many students as possible to our campus residences in the fall with full occupancy of our residences.   Secondary school students coming to the University of Guelph entering their first year will have priority for residence in Fall 2023.  The deadline to apply for residence and pay the deposit is JUNE 1, 2023.

If space is available after we have accommodated incoming secondary school students, additional offers will be made to first-year transfer students, graduate students and upper-year returning students.  


How to Apply Video

Applying to residence can feel like a daunting process. Watch the video below to see Grace and Avery, two first-year residence students walk you through the process! 


Click here for an accessible transcript of the video.


Application ChecklistCover of our 2022 Residence Viewbook, "Living on Campus"

  1. First, accept your Offer of Admission to the University of Guelph.  Congrats, you are now a Gryphon!
  2. Next, think about what kind of residence experience you would like to have living on campus. 
    1. Download our Residence Viewbook and see the many residence options available. 
    2. Explore our Residence Tours page - 360 tours, videos, and more.
  3. Submit your Residence Application on the Housing Portal
  4. Pay your $750 Residence Deposit to complete your application.


That's it!  Once we receive your residence application and deposit, you will receive an email confirmation to your email address.  We encourage you to check your email account regularly.


COVID-19 UPDATE:  U of G paused its COVID-19 vaccination requirement on May 1, 2022. 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 to get vaccinated as soon as possible.  More information can be found on the University's COVID-19 website.


All students and all student Residence Contracts are subject to the University’s COVID protocols which may be amended from time to time and on short notice. Failure by a student to abide by any COVID protocol could be grounds for student discipline or immediate termination of a student residence contract or both.


Ready to get started? 

Apply Now on the Housing Portal