Applying for Residence

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 multi-occupancy traditional residence rooms to 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!

students sitting in residence with masks on


The Residence "Guarantee"

At this time, we are not able to confirm if we will be able to extend our Residence Guarantee to all new first year students.  Due to the dynamic and evolving nature of COVID-19 and the provincial response, we will continue to update our communication once we have better information about our residence capacity.

Residence for Fall 2021 may look a bit different than you may expect due to the COVID-19 pandemic. For example, online and hybrid classes, single rooms, and residence assignments by academic program are recent decisions. But rest assured, our goal still remains focused on making your campus residence experience safe, fun and supportive of your academic success.

We have made changes to our F20/W21 Residence Contract to reflect the dynamic nature of responding to the changing nature of the pandemic responce. Please read the Residence Contract before submitting your Residence Application and deposit.


Let's get started...

You’ve been accepted! You know you want to live in residence. Now what?

If we are able to offer a residence guarantee for the Fall 2021 semester, it will be communicated in your Offer of Admission.

If offered, your first question might be “Which is the BEST residence?” We’d like to suggest a better question: “Which is the best residence for ME?”

The answer to that depends on what you’re looking for in your residence experience.

  • Would you like to be with other students from your field of study, or does meeting people from other colleges interest you?
  • Does a traditional residence with rooms along a hallway appeal more than a shared apartment-style residence?
  • Is there a particular part of campus you’d like to be close to because you know you’ll have labs or classes there?

Keep in mind that all the residences offer events throughout the school year – some just for fun, and some with learning in mind.

Look at our 360 Residence Tours to learn about what each residence community has to offer!

Although we will be assigning most applicants according to academic program, please fill out your Residence Application with your buidling location preferences. Once all on-time applications have been received, the campus location(s) of each program will be finalized based on program size, although building location preferences may also be factored in to final assignments. Living-Learning Centre and Study Intensive preferences should also be indicated on your application. 

To apply:


Here’s what you need to have on hand before you start:

  • An offer of admission to the University of Guelph
  • Your Central Login from the University of Guelph (you will receive this in your Registration Package after you accept your Offer of Admission)
    • Note: If you do not have your Central Login, you can also login to the Housing Portal using your last name, date of birth and University of Guelph student ID number (7-digit number starting with 11... or 12...)


The Fall 2021/Winter 2022 Residence Application will be available in early February 2021.