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Protecting Yourself Against COVID-19

November 22, 2021


With cooler weather and more people gathering indoors, Ontario is seeing an increase in COVID-19 cases. As part of the residence community, we must all work together to help keep ourselves and each other safe. Practicing COVID-19 safety measures is still the best way to protect yourself and others. Please remember to follow all U of G’s  COVID-19 Safety Measures including:

  • wear a mask when indoors and when within six feet of another person outdoors.

  • Practice physical distancing where possible. Minimize indoor gatherings and stick to small group gatherings outdoors.

  • Clean your hands frequently – use alcohol-based hand sanitizer or soap and water

  • Practice respiratory etiquette (cover your coughs and sneezes)

  • Complete the U of G COVID-19 Screening Tool daily and follow its direction.

If you have any symptoms- isolate yourself immediately and call Health Services to arrange testing (519-824-4120, Ext. 52131). On weekends testing can be done at the community assessment centre located at 400 Southgate. Call 1-226-773-1922 to arrange an appointment.

You should seek testing as soon as possible, even if you have only one of the following symptoms: Fever (37.8 degrees Celsius of higher), chills, new or worsening cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, difficulty swallowing, nasal congestion (not related to seasonal allergies), a loss of taste or smell, pink eye, a headache that is unusual or long lasting, muscle aches, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, or extreme fatigue.

If you are feeling sick, inform your Residence Life Staff Member (RA).You will be provided with supports and information on next steps

Those who have a university-approved vaccination exemption are reminded that they must upload a negative rapid test result at least every 72 hours. More information on rapid testing requirements are available online.

If you have any additional questions, please call the COVID-19 Call Centre at 519-824-4120 Ext. 53906.


Vaccination Required for all Faculty, Staff and Students Attending Campus

August 16, 2021


Read the lastest news about how we are keeping you safe at the University of Guelph.

Vaccination Required for Students Living in Residence

July 23, 2021


The health and safety of our community are our top priority. We are excited to welcome you to campus, and remind you of the importance of following our COVID-19 safety precautions.

Get vaccinated - U of G will require students living in our Guelph campus residences in 2021-22 to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or to receive an exemption based on medical or other grounds protected under the Ontario Human Rights Code.

Learn more about U of G’s vaccine requirements for those living on campus on our COVID-19 Vaccine FAQ page.

Follow our COVID-19 safety protocols - To help keep everyone safe, students living in our residences must follow our COVID-19 safety procotols, including:

  • wearing a mask in all indoor common spaces in residence, such as hallways, lobbies, stairwells and elevators.
  • practicing proper hand hygiene by washing their hands often and using available hand sanitizer
  • physically distancing by staying at least 2 metres (6 feet) from others and limiting close contact to only your suitemates/roommates.
  • following posted occupancy limits for shared spaces
  • completing U of G’s COVID-19 screening form every day and following its direction.

Learn more about U of G’s COVID-19 safety protocols on our Return to Campus website.

Updated COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions for students living in residence


Residence Application Remains Open

June 3, 2021


New first year students receiving a late offer of admission are encouraged to apply for residence beyond the June 1, 2021 deadline.  We have a limited number of additional residence spaces available.  To apply, follow the steps on our How to Apply section or proceed directly to Housing Portal


Residence Guarantee for New Incoming First Year Undergraduate Students 

May 6, 2021


In anticipation that a significant number of our incoming students will receive at least a first dose of COVID-19 vaccine prior to the beginning of the Fall 2021 semester, the University of Guelph Student Housing Services is pleased to offer guaranteed residence to all first year undergraduate students.

The Residence Guarantee is conditional upon meeting the residence application and deposit deadline of June 1, 2021. 

As we plan for the 2021-2022 academic term we must look past our current state of COVID and provincial framework responses to what the environment is projected to be like this fall.  We continue to take guidance from university experts, the government and public health authorities.  

As the residence environment is densely populated and requires the communal use of washrooms, lounges, dining halls and public areas, it is strongly advised that all students seek out COVID-19 vaccines in advance of taking up residence on campus.

Our planning for Fall 2021 continues to be dynamic.  We will continue to monitor the new developments around COVID-19 and will make adjustments to planning and protocols as appropriate. 


Frequently Asked Questions

about the Residence Guarantee


If I have already submitted my application and deposit, do I need to resubmit?

No, your current application remains active.  If you have applied, but not yet paid your deposit, please do so by June 1 to confirm your guarantee.  We ask that you log in to your active application and review it for accuracy. We have added a new question about vaccination that should be completed before we start room assignments.  You can log back in to your application through the Housing Portal.

Can I update my application to change my preferred room type or residence location?

Yes, you can log back in to your active application and adjust your preferences on the Housing Portal.

Will students require a vaccine to stay in residence?

Vaccinations are an important step in bringing us safely out of the COVID-19 pandemic. We strongly encourage everyone who is eligible for vaccination to get vaccinated. Students living in residence are expected to follow all U of G COVID-19 safety measures to help protect themselves and the residence community.

Will triple and quad rooms be available?

            No, we are limiting assignments to single and double rooms only.

What will residence look like this fall?

Although all residences will be open in the fall, we will only be offering accommodation in single and double rooms therefore reducing our overall residence capacity.  We will practice COVID-19 health and safety measures that may include the requirement to wear masks and to practice physical distancing.  We continue to seek the advice of Public Health and will communicate all health and safety requirements to you prior to your arrival in September.  Due to the communal nature of residence we strongly urge you to obtain your COVID-19 vaccine when one is made available to you.  We will send communication to you with more detail about moving in and COVID-19 protocols later in the summer.

Will I get to choose my residence?

On your Residence Application, you will have the opportunity to give us four different residence location preferences in rank order.  Our residence guarantee provides you with a space in residence, but we can’t guarantee you will receive your first choice of residence location.

What are my chances of getting my preferred residence?

It is impossible to accurately predict because there are several factors at play that determine room assignments, such as: a) what residence you selected as your preference, b) how many spaces are available in your preferred residence, c) how many other applicants asked for the same residence, and finally d) your room assignment priority number, which is determined by a random lottery.  

You can read more about how we perform room assignments at  Some exceptions are made for individuals who have received President’s Scholarships or those with documented medical needs.

What if I have special circumstances?

If you have a medical condition or other circumstance that may impact your residence assignment please visit or reach out to us by email at or by phone at 519-824-4120 ext. 58700.

Will Living Learning Centres and Academic Clusters be available?

We will be offering the following Living Learning Centres this fall:  Indigenous House, International House, Eco House, La Maison Française and Arts House.   Academic Clusters will be available in all programs.  Locations for each cluster have not yet been confirmed.  Learn more about all of our Residence Learning Communities.

How can I pick a roommate/suitemate?

After June 1, we will send further instructions about how you can add a specific roommate or suitemate(s) to your residence application. In our traditional residences, only single and double rooms will be assigned. Remember, we encourage all students to obtain a COVID-19 vaccine prior to moving into residence. 

When will I know my room assignment?

We are anticipating that room assignments will be released at the end of July. You will receive an email to your account from Residence Admissions to let you know that your room assignment is posted on the Housing portal with instructions on how to view it.

What if I don't like my assignment?

Our experience tells us that once students settle in and meet their community members their comfort and satisfaction with their assignment increases and they no longer want to transfer. After room assignments are released in late July, we will only be able to make room transfers for medical reasons, and only if we have spaces available. If you have a specific reason(s) for needing a transfer, you may be asked to provide documentation. 

Can I see a room and go on a tour?

Unfortunately, the COVID pandemic means that we cannot offer in-person residence tours at this time.  But we do have lots of other ways to look inside our residence and rooms – residence video tours, 360 tours, and floor plans.  Visit our website at 

Will I have to pay more for my residence room if I am assigned a single room? 

Our fees are set according to room type and building location. If you are assigned a single room, a single room rate will apply.  A list of our F21/W22 residence fees can be found on our website.     

If I submitted the residence deposit and decide not to live in residence, will I get this deposit back? 

If you change your mind before July 15, you will receive a refund of $500 of the $750 deposit.   If you receive an offer and cancel AFTER July 15, you will not receive a refund.

Can I apply to residence before accepting my offer of admission? 

Yes. The deadline for both accepting your offer and submitting your Residence Application and $750 deposit is June 1.   It doesn’t matter which order you complete these tasks as long as you meet the June 1 deadline.

Can I still live in residence if some (or all) of my courses are online? 

The University of Guelph is planning for face-to-face delivery for most courses. It is anticipated some faculty will leverage remote technologies and teaching approaches that have proven effective during the past year to make greater use of blended and hybrid teaching. This will not affect your residence guarantee. For up-to-date information on course delivery, visit the University of Guelph COVID information page.

If COVID numbers continue to increase, what will happen if you need to reduce the numbers in residence?

In consultation with our Public Health unit, we have protocols in place to reduce the potential for transmission of the virus.  Further restrictions (such as no gathering and isolation practices) will be implemented as needed.   We will continue to follow our outbreak response plan.  With increased vaccinations and education of our students, we are optimistic that we can offer a safe and supportive residential environment for our incoming students. 


If you have additional questions about the residence guarantee, please reach out to us at