Gordon Hall


Image of Gordon Hall Front View


Welcome to Gordon Hall - home of our Biological Science Cluster! 

We are excited to offer Gordon Hall starting in Fall 2023!  As an academic cluster for students in the Biological Sciences, this tight-knit community is a short walk to campus and features spacious rooms (mostly queen beds, see below), with ensuite washrooms and additional amenities.

Gordon Hall is located at 785 Gordon Street.  This dedicated facility is leased and managed by University of Guelph Student Housing Services and is home to 160 students. 


New Community, Same Immersive Residence Experience

Our experience with off-campus adjacent residence accommodation has historically been incredibly positive. The additional room amenities and community-building opportunities of an academic cluster promotes collaboration and a sense of belonging at U of G. Students who live in Gordon Hall continue to be involved in campus life, including Orientation Week, Athletics, Student Wellness, extracurriculars, eating in campus dining halls, and more. 


Hall Features

  • Large double-occupancy rooms with 2 beds (either Twin or Queen), 2 dressers and desks, a mirror, closet, and an ensuite washroom
  • Co-ed accommodation (single gender)
  • 24 hour front desk services
  • Residence Life Staff support, including an Assistant Residence Life Manager, Residence Assistants and a Cluster Leader
  • Close proximity to campus, with a 5-minute walk and convenient transit options (closer to the heart of campus than East Residences!)
  • Dedicated lounge spaces for students to socialize
  • University of Guelph meal plan required, with quick access to grab-and-go food options on site.
  • Directly across the street from a grocery store, as well as food outlets that accept the University of Guelph meal plan, including pizza, shawarma, brunch, bubble tea, and more.
  • Unlimited wireless internet included


Floor plans with bed sizes.  Download PDF

Floor Plans for Gordon Hall

Room Pictures

The following are images of a typical room, however, please note that all rooms are not exactly the same.  Some have a sunken sleeping area, some are corner units, some are longer and others are square.  ALL ROOMS will have the same basic furnishings:  two beds, two dresser drawer units, two desks, two chairs, two bedside tables, lamps, mini-fridge, large screen TV, air exchange/AC unit, one coat closet and en-suite bathroom. Shower curtains will be provided. Garbage bags and toilet paper will be available at the Front Desk.  

View of Gordon Hall Service Desk

Front Lobby Service Desk 

Grab and Go Food Area In Lobby Gordon Hall

Cafe 785 in Lobby (updated photos coming soon)

Queen Room Corner Layout

Queen Corner Room

Typical Queen Bed Room Gordon Hall

Queen Standard Room


Queen Room Dressers

Queen Room Dresser # 1 and Desks

Twin Room Furnishings

Twin Room Dresser # 1 and Desk # 1

Twin Bed Room Sleeping Area View

Twin Room View

Bathroom Type 1

Standard Bathroom


Residence Fees

The room rate for Gordon Hall is $8,972 (fall and winter semester). A meal plan is required.  Learn more about residence fees here.

Room Type Location Deposit Fall Payment Winter Payment Total Fee

Double Room with


Gordon Hall - Biology House South $750 $4,486 $3,736 $8,972



Move-in for Gordon Hall will take on September 2, with timeslots being assigned on the Housing Portal. Students check in directly on site at 785 Gordon Street.

Additional details will be communicated through email to applicable students. 


Frequently Asked Questions

Below are some common questions we have received. More information will be released to students living in this community as it becomes available. All questions regarding Gordon Hall should be directed to Student Housing by emailing housing@uoguelph.ca


Q: Where is Gordon Hall exactly?


A:  Gordon Hall is located at 785 Gordon Street, which is located a short 7-10 minute walk from the main campus and South Residence at 785 Gordon Street.  The name Gordon Hall is based on its location on Gordon Street. Gordon Street was named by city founder/settler John Galt, who chose the name to honour Margaret Gordon, the first woman settler who had ventured "this far into the wilderness.”

Q:  I need to buy sheets - what size should I buy?

A:  All rooms have queen-size beds, with the exception of rooms 120, 121, 122, 123, 224, 225, 233, 234 and 235 which have twin-sized beds.   See floor plan.

Q:  Is there a mini-fridge and television?

A:  Yes, all rooms have one mini-fridge and a television.  You are also welcome to bring your own mini-fridge if desired.

Q:  Is Gordon Hall air-conditioned?  Do the windows open?

A:  Yes, Gordon Hall is air-conditioned.  Windows are non-operable but there is an air exchanger in each room.  

Q:  Do I need a Meal Plan?  How will I access healthy meals?

A:  Yes, meal plans are required as there are no full kitchen facilities. University of Guelph Hospitality will be setting up a small cafe in the main lobby.  All campus dining halls are open to Gordon Hall residents.  The reusable take-out container program is ideal for having your meals on campus and/or taking food home to reheat at your convenience.  Gordon Hall will have microwaves available.  Most students are on campus each day for classes and can access any dining hall for healthy meals, for both eat-in and take-out.  Students may use any of our Hospitality locations on-campus and can spend flex dollars at numerous restaurants in the Harvard Estates Plaza across the street, including Osmow's, Ray's Chinese, Popeye's, and BarBurrito. 

Q:  Is there WiFi in the rooms?

A:  Yes, all rooms will have unlimited WiFi. If you have a WiFi printer, you will need to bring a printer cable, as you will not be able to set up your own private network using a router.

Q:  Do I have to clean my own ensuite washroom?  Are supplies included?

A:  Ensuite washrooms and rooms are considered private space, and you are responsible for cleaning and supplies (i.e. soap). Toilet paper will be provided. Our on-site custodial staff will clean all shared spaces, hallways, study rooms, lobby, common areas, kitchenettes, etc.  A vacuum cleaner will be available for sign out at the service desk for student use.

Q:  What security measures are in place? 

A:  Students living in Gordon Hall will have dedicated use of the building.  The Front Door will be accessed through ID card access and all students will have room keys to their room space. We have live-in staff on site - an Assistant Residence Life Manager, 6 Residence Assistants, and a Cluster Leader.  The University Safe Walk program is available for Gordon Hall residents.  Staff will be available on-call to respond to situations in the evenings and will be working with the Campus Safety Office and Guelph Police. 

Q:  Where do I do laundry? 

A:  Laundry services are included in your residence fees and are available within the building. 

Q:  Is parking included? 

A: University of Guelph Yellow parking pass must be purchased for use on campus as well as the Gordon Hall parking lot.  Gordon Hall residents can park overnight on site.

Q:  How was the residence rate set?

A:  All residence rates are set using a variety of factors, including but not limited to, room size, services, amenities, ensuite washroom, etc.  There are a wide variety of room layouts and sizes throughout our residence system, so we use a range of inputs. The Gordon Hall rate is the same as a North/South single room using these inputs.

Q:  How much storage will be available?

A:  All rooms have a closet and large dresser.  A dresser unit will be added, as well as a second desk and chair.  Rooms with a Queen bed do not have under bed storage. Twin bed rooms have additional under bed storage space.

Q:  Can I bring small appliances (i.e. toaster, kettle?) 

A:  Access to a microwave will be available.  Small appliances with a heating element (ie. toaster) must be used in the ventilated kitchenette area for fire safety reason.  This is also a policy in all campus residences.  Fire safety systems are very sensitive to toast or steam and could set off an alarm.

Q:  Is there an elevator?

A:  There is no elevator.