Applying to Residence

Students socializing outside Johnston Hall

It all starts here

Experience everything campus has to offer.

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! 


Apply NOW!

Updated September 7, 2023

We currently have a limited number of vacancies in many of our residence communities.  New applicants will be added to a residence waiting list in order of application and deposit date.  We will continue to make additional residence offers throughout the fall semester to maintain full occupancy.  

The Residence Application remains OPEN and new applicants are encouraged to apply. 

Learn more about residence priority for late applicants here.


2023 Late Applicant Guide

Browse the flipbook below to get a snapshot of everything you need to know before applying to residence. 

Click here to access the Application Guide full-screen. To download as a PDF, click here



How to Apply Video

We make applying to residence easy! Watch the video below for screenshots and a full walk-through of the application process. 



Application Checklist

  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. Browse the application guide above 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.


Ready to get started? 

Apply Now on the Housing Portal


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.