University of Guelph

New Science Complex (Photo: David Arthur)

University of Guelph

The University of Guelph is ranked as one of Canada’s top comprehensive universities because of our commitment to student learning and innovative research. We are dedicated to cultivating the essentials for our quality of life – water, food, environment, animal and human health, community, commerce, culture and learning. The University community also shares a profound sense of social responsibility, an obligation to address global issues and a concern for international development.

Student Life

University of Guelph is more than just a place to live and learn. It is here that you will find involvement at every level, in a variety of organizations, clubs and activities. Join a club, run for student government, rock climb, dance or DJ – your interests are met here at the U of G.

Our Student Government, the Central Student Association represents all undergraduate students.

As a student living in residence you will be represented on a variety of campus committees by Interhall Council. Interhall organizes social, cultural and educational events in residence. There are also separate student governments affiliated with each academic college.

At Guelph you’ll enjoy a huge range of out of class opportunities. With more than 100 student-run clubs on campus, including those in the performing arts, media and service groups, you’ll be able to make a difference, learn something new and connect with others who share your passions. For a list of student clubs this semester, see


Life at University is better with active bodies, engaged minds and community connections. At Guelph your athletic options are virtually endless. Our nationally and internationally recognized programs are a source of campus pride. Our extensive intramural, recreational and intercollegiate programs involve more than 16,500 students. We have programs for every interested Gryphon.

The policy of this Association has been and is, to encourage athletic sports, to promote physical culture, to maintain an amateur standing and to provide rational amusement and recreation for its members. At no time has the association fallen short of its objective. It may be that certain branches of sport have received more attention than others, but this has been due to some branches being generally recognized as more popular than others.

Hockey has always held a prominent place in athletics, but as a covered rink has not been readily available our teams lacked practice. General skating, however, in the years 1911, 12, 13 has been provided for the students by renting one of the town rinks for one night per week and has proved a great success. Hockey and skating will become even more popular now, as the students have cooperatively built a rink that will facilitate matters considerably.

The indoor baseball team each year enters the City League and has performed very creditably.

Intermediate Intercollegiate Basketball is the classic served up by the basketball team. Though no championships have been won, the O.A.C. standard is a fast one. Swimming and water polo have received considerable attention, but since the winning of the championship in 1912, polo has made remarkable strides. The annual Field Day is the gala day of the fall term. The last few years have brought to light many individual athletes and have tended to bring several ordinary athletes to a high state of development and efficiency. The freshmen indoor meet, the athletic concert, boxing and wrestling contests make athletics popular during the winter term.

If you are interested in competing for Guelph on an Intercollegiate team, we encourage you to contact the coach. Visit the Athletics website for contact information.

Student Housing

Before you arrive on campus, before you unpack your bags, you’ll feel welcome here at Guelph. From our supportive and caring community, to our first-year residence guarantee that offers a diversity of accommodation options – you’ll feel right at home here!

Some of you will be moving away from home for the first time and selecting a residence to spend your first year in. With ten different residence buildings to choose from, you’ve got a lot of choice!

They range from apartment style – some several stories high, with alcove settings – to traditional older architecture with ivy covered exteriors. To check out floor plans or the Photo Gallery visit the Housing website .

Eating On Campus

‘Minimum’ to ‘Varsity’, we’ve got your hunger covered! That’s the range of the five sizes of meal plans offered to you. They cover those with lighter appetites and those who just can’t seem to get enough. The food selection and quality that is available to you is exceptional! Believe us when we say ‘This is no high school cafeteria!’

At Guelph, all food items are individually priced – just like a restaurant! You only pay for what you order.

When you purchase a Meal Plan, food dollars are deposited into a food account, linked to your Student Identification Card. When it’s time to eat, all you need is your ID card. Every time you choose a snack or meal, simply present your student ID card to the cashier and the appropriate food dollars will be deducted from your account.

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