Student Life

Overview

At university, you can explore your interests, inside and outside of the classroom.

You will have the opportunity to attend social events or join a student club. You might also like to play extracurricular sports or, if you live on campus, become involved in your residence community. In this section you will find more information about student life at U of G.

Read more about student life at U of G.

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Orientation Week

Orientation Week is a week of events that introduce you to the community at U of G. There are more than 350 events, including academic and social events, a pep rally, concerts and more.

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Clubs and Societies

General Clubs

U of G has a wide range of clubs to suit your interests. Some of the clubs you can join include Amnesty International, Dumbledore’s Army, Students for Literacy and the Debate Society.

Indigenous Student Clubs

The Aboriginal Student Association (ASA) represents the First Nations, Inuit and Métis students at U of G. Its goal is to provide you with a culturally supportive environment and promote academic excellence. The ASA aims to develop mutually productive relationships between the University of Guelph and the Indigenous community. The ASA strives to increase awareness of Indigenous Affairs and provide extracurricular social activities, resources and peer support.

Students’ Union

Your student union plays an important role at university. The union advocates on behalf of students on campus and in the community. At U of G, you are represented by the Central Student Association (CSA) and the Graduate Student Association (GSA).

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Athletics

Varsity Athletics

U of G is home to the Gryphons varsity sports that range from field hockey to lacrosse. The Guelph Gryphons participate in both Ontario University Athletics (OUA) and Canadian Interuniversity Sport.

Find more information about varsity athletics at U of G, including try-out dates.

Recreation and Intramurals

U of G offers recreational sports and leagues regardless of your skill level. Recreational sports at U of G include hockey and volleyball. Joining a team is a great way to meet other people and stay active, whether you are continuing to play a sport or starting a new one.

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Student Services

Student Accessibility Services (SAS)

If you have a disability that requires accommodation and support, Student Accessibility Services is available to help you. Contact the office as soon as possible to ensure the appropriate supports are in place for you at the start of the school year.

LGBTQ2IA+ Student Advising

The Sexual and Gender Diversity Advisor provides personal and academic support for LGBTQ2IA+ undergraduate and graduate students.

OUTline is the U of G’s resource and support service specializing in questions relating to sexual orientation and gender identity. Hop online to chat with a trained LGBTQ2IA+ volunteer on your computer, laptop or smartphone. This service is confidential and anonymous, great if you want to chat, ask questions and/or inquire about resources. The OUTline News and Ask OUTline blog houses a number of great community resources and lots of information and guidance about the LGBTQ2IA+ community in Guelph.

Guelph Queer Equality (GQE) is a student run group at U of G that provides a safe space and supportive environment for all people in the trans, bisexual, lesbian, gay, questioning, gender queer, asexual, intersex or generally queer community and their allies. People of all races, religions, sexual orientations, genders, ages and abilities are welcome.

Multi-Faith Resource Team

The Multi-Faith Resource Team (MFRT) is made up of representatives from a number of faith communities who work together to meet religious and spiritual needs on campus. The team consists of the following faith communities:

  • Buddhist
  • Catholic
  • Protestant (Ecumenical Campus Ministry, Guelph Campus Ministry and the Evangelical Fellowship)
  • Hindu
  • Jewish (Hillel Guelph and Chabad of Guelph)
  • Muslim
  • Spiritual but not Religious

Don’t see what you are looking for? The MFRT will do their best to connect you with resources in the local community.

Child Care

You can access child care on campus at the Child Care and Learning Centre (CCLC).

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Security

Campus Community Police maintain and monitor campus safety through a number of programs, including secure access to buildings and residences, crime prevention, a Safe Walk program and emergency phones located around campus.

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