Tips Tuesday – Episode 6: Applying to Residence

Posted: Tuesday, April 18, 2017 - 11:17

Tip #1: Apply by the June 1 Deadline

Be sure to complete your online application and submit a $500 residence deposit by 11:59 pm on June 1. If you don’t, we can’t guarantee you a spot in residence! You’ll need to apply online at, and click on the APPLY ONLINE button. Be sure to read and follow the instructions for completing the application!

Tip #2: Be Prepared!

Before sitting down to fill out the online application, you’ll need to make sure you’ve got your 7-digit UofG ID number handy (found on your offer of admission letter).

Tip #3: Play the Lottery

The Student Housing lottery, that is. When you apply to residence, you can indicate up to four choices for your preferred building or Residence Living Community (RLC) and room type.

For instance, if you really want to live in Johnston Hall, you can indicate that building for each of your four choices, but select a different room type (i.e. single, double, triple, or quad) for each choice. It’s important to note that space in our smaller buildings fills up quickly,  and regardless of choice, over 50% of new students will end up being assigned to live in South Residence (or largest residence).

Tip #4: Tell Us the Important Stuff

If you have medical, personal, religious, cultural or other circumstances we should consider and take into account when assigning you to a room, you’ll need to ensure that you submit a Special Consideration Request Form along with your residence application.

Tip #5: Decide if You Want to Live On Campus or Off

While we don’t require all first year students to live on campus, it is the overwhelmingly popular choice. That said, there are resources available to help you find your dream off-campus accommodations through Student Life should you decide that living in residence isn't for you.

Student Life will provide you with an online Rental Listing service (the best time to look for September accommodations is in July, or earlier), let you know what to look for in a place, and provide sample rental agreements. Check out Student Life for more info!

Tip #6: Stay in Touch!

The folks over at Student Housing know that you’ll likely have questions about your residence application, which is why they encourage you to contact them with any questions you may have. If you choose to email Student Housing, please be sure to use the email account (if you’ve been assigned one), and include your 7-digit student ID number in all correspondence, and remember to sign all letters and faxes! Their contact info is:

Residence Admissions Office
Maritime Hall
University of Guelph
50 Stone Road East,
Guelph, ON N1G 2W1
Telephone: 519.824.4120 Ext. 58701
Fax: 519.767.1670

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University of Guelph
50 Stone Road East
Guelph, Ontario, N1G 2W1