Summer Hostel

East Village at Golden Hour

Summer Accommodation at the University of Guelph

Welcome to the University of Guelph! Our hostel is the perfect place to stay for anyone looking for affordable and comfortable accommodation during their summer stay in Guelph. 

Whether you are a student attending a conference, here for business, or simply visiting Guelph for a summer vacation, our hostel has everything you need for a pleasant and memorable stay. Available during the summer months, we offer a range of rooms to suit all needs and budgets, including both traditional residence and townhouse-style accommodation.

Our hostel is conveniently located on the University of Guelph campus, providing easy access to all the university's facilities and events. In addition, we are just a short distance from the heart of Guelph, with its vibrant downtown area, numerous restaurants, and cultural attractions.

At the Summer Hostel at the University of Guelph, we pride ourselves on providing a welcoming and friendly environment for all our guests. Our staff are dedicated to ensuring your stay with us is comfortable, enjoyable, and stress-free.

We look forward to welcoming you to our hostel this summer!


What We Offer

Watson Hall Floor Plan

We are offering both traditional and townhouse-style accommodations for the 2023 Summer Hostel season. 


Traditional Residence

Located in our North Campus, Watson Hall features spacious double rooms, a communal lounge, shared full washrooms, and laundry facilities located within the building. Rooms include two twin-size beds, desks, and wardrobes. 


East Village Single RoomTownhouse-Style Accommodations

Located in our East Campus, the East Village Townhouses are 4-bedroom units that include a full kitchen (no dishes) and open-concept living/dining room. The second and third floors each have 2 bedrooms and a bathroom. Each bedroom includes a twin-size bed, desk, and wardrobe. These air-conditioned units are perfect for those staying an extended period of time. 


When submitting a booking, you will indicate which accommodation type is preferred. After submission, our Summer Hostel team will review the request and confirm the booking. 



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Services Included

  • Bed linen is provided, however, towels are not. Please be sure to pack your own. Linens can be exchanged at the front desk at any time during your stay.
  • Toiletries (Shampoo, soap, toothpaste, etc.) are available at the front desk for purchase.
  • Parking on campus is included, and parking passes will be issued upon arrival.
  • Internet is free of charge. 
  • Free laundry facilities are available to all guests. 
  • Meals are not included. The Desk staff can refer you to dining locations, on or off campus.


Additional Information

  • All buildings on campus abide by a strict no-smoking policy.
  • Pets are not allowed in our residence buildings, with the exception of service animals.
  • All rooms require a $75.00 Key Deposit for each set of keys used for a room, which is taken in cash or credit upon check-in. This is refundable with the return of your keys at checkout. Please note: if a set of keys is lost, the cost for replacement is $75.00.


Hostel Rates

Traditional Residence Rates (per night, per person, taxes included)

  1-7 nights 8-14 nights 15-29 nights 30+ nights

Adult rate

(In double rooms, the second bed: $35.00/night)

$59.54 $47.41 $37.49 $33.08

Student rate

(with valid student ID)

$39.69 $35.28 $31.97 $27.56


STUDENTS - FULL SUMMER:  if you are a University of Guelph student taking summer courses, you can apply to live in residence for the full summer semester for the S23 semester rate of $2200. More information is available on the Summer Residence page.


Private Townhouse Rates (per night, per person, taxes included)

  1-4 nights 5-14 nights 15-29 nights 30+ nights

1 person

$110.25 $77.39 $54.02 $47.41

2 person

$85.99 $60.08 $42.44 $37.49

3 person

$79.88 $49.61 $31.97 $28.67

4+ person

$75.53 $46.86 $30.32 $27.56

*Fees are subject to change and will be confirmed after submitting a booking. 


To Submit a Booking

Booking requests must be submitted through the Summer Hostel & Conference Portal. You will be able to add the desired dates of your stay, select a room type, and provide the required contact information to the Summer Hostel team. 

Submitting a booking request does not confirm your booking. After the request is received, our team will follow up to confirm information including accommodation type, fees, and check-in instructions. 


Submit a Booking Here


If you have any questions or difficulties accessing the portal, contact us by emailing


Frequently Asked Questions

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What if I need to cancel my hostel booking?

No problem! Please let us know 24 hours before your scheduled check-in time. You may do so via email at: There is no cancellation fee for a reservation. 

Do I need to bring my own sheets? 

All hostel beds should be made up for you upon your arrival. During your stay, you are more than welcome to exchange your old sheets for fresh ones at the desk. We are also able to provide you with extra blankets, and pillows, should you require them.

How do I get to the University of Guelph?

Find full directions here on the University of Guelph website.

Where do I check in to hostel?

Most check-ins will take place at the East Residence Desk located in the East Village Town Hall. Your check-in location will be confirmed after submitting a booking. 

What are the hours of the front desk?

For the majority of the summer, our desk is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 

What if I didn't make a booking?

We're sorry, but due to limited availability, we are not able to take walk-in reservations this summer.  Please contact us in advance to inquire about availability or visit our booking site here.

I have additional questions, who can I contact?

Any questions related to Summer Hostel may be directed by email to


Watson Hall    East Town Hall