Residence Waitlist

Students walking by Lambton Hall

Residence waitlists are generated when demand surpasses the number of room assignments available within Student Housing. Students may view their residence waitlist number under the "My Details" section of the Housing Portal

There are five waitlist categories for Fall 2022. Priority, transfer, upper-year, late applicant, and graduate student. 

 

First-Year Priority Waitlist

The priority waitlist was created for students who are coming directly from high school and that applied and paid the $750 deposit by the June 1 deadline. Student Housing is working to clear this list as soon as possible. Offers will be made throughout the summer and into the fall semester until the list is cleared. 

 

How was the waiting list created?

The pool of applicants based on the waitlist was generated based on proximity to campus, with the hope that students can find temporary solutions for accommodation or commuting until a residence placement is available. Positions on the waitlist were randomly generated from the pool of students who submitted their residence application and deposit on time and who did not receive a housing offer. First-year students coming to U of G from high school are given top priority on the list.

 

What is the University doing to increase residence capacity?

We are actively seeking further residence capacity for those on the waiting list. Where appropriate, room capacity is being increased to accommodate additional students. Several common spaces are being converted into residence rooms and furnished to feel like home. We are exploring additional space off-campus. Over the summer months, we usually have some residence cancellations, which will free up additional spots.

 

When will I know if I am getting into residence?

As capacity becomes available, we will begin contacting students in order of their position on the waiting list. The Housing Portal will be updated regularly as your position on the waiting list changes. Continue to monitor your University of Guelph email every two weeks for additional updates. 

 

Transfer Student Waitlist

Transfer students who applied and paid the $750 deposit by the June 1 deadline will be offered residence once the priority waitlist has been cleared. It is highly unlikely that we will be able to offer you a spot in residence before classes begin in September.  We recommend that you seek alternative housing or make arrangements to commute, if possible.

 

Upper Year (Returning) Student Waitlist

Once residence priority and transfer students have been placed in offers, returning students will be offered residence, pending availability. The returning student waitlist was created using a lottery system for all students who applied and paid the $750 deposit by the June 1 deadline. It is highly unlikely that we will be able to offer you a spot in residence before classes begin in September.  We recommend that you seek alternative housing or make arrangements and connect with the Off-Campus Living Office.

 

Late Applicant Waitlist

All applicants who apply after the June 1 deadline are placed at the end of the waitlist, in order of the date that both their application and deposit were received. It is highly unlikely that we will be able to offer you a spot in residence before classes begin in September.  We recommend that you seek alternative housing or make arrangements and connect with the Off-Campus Living Office.

 

Graduate Student Waitlist

Graduate students are placed on a separate waitlist and will be offered residence when there is availability within the Grad Houses and West Residence. Applicants who are new graduate students that applied and paid the deposit by the priority deadline will be prioritized for offers, followed by returning graduate students and late applicants. It is highly unlikely that we will be able to offer you a spot in residence before classes begin in September.  We recommend that you seek alternative housing or make arrangements and connect with the Off-Campus Living Office.

 

Cancelling from the Waiting List

You may cancel without penalty at any time while you are on the waitlist. Please notify the Residence Admissions office as soon as possible by sending an email via your @uoguelph.ca email account to housing@uoguelph.ca. You will receive a full refund of your deposit if you are still on the waiting list (meaning that you are not yet eligible to be provided with a room assignment). If you are eligible to be assigned when you cancel, the usual cancellation charges will apply.

 

Extenuating Circumstances

Have some extenuating circumstances? If you think you should be taken off the waiting list, you can initiate a Waitlist Appeal by emailing appeals@uoguelph.ca. Your appeal should also include any supporting documentation (such as medical documents or proof of bank error) in order to validate your appeal and expedite a decision.