Student Life


At university, you can explore your interests, inside and outside of the classroom. You will have opportunities 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.

Looking for extracurricular opportunities? Check out the department of Student Life at U of G.

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Orientation Week

Orientation Week is 8 days of events that introduce you to the community at U of G. There are over 350 events for you that include academic and social events, pep rallies, 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.

Aboriginal Learners’ Clubs

The Aboriginal Student Association (ASA) represents the Aboriginal students at U of G. Its goal is to provide you with a culturally supportive environment and promote academic excellence. The ASA also helps to develop relationships between U of G and the Aboriginal community, increase awareness of Aboriginal issues and successes 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. Members may also organize your Orientation Week and student clubs. At U of G, you are represented by the Central Student Association (CSA) and the Graduate Student Association (GSA).

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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.

Read more 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. It is important that you reach out to the office as soon as possible to ensure the appropriate supports are in place for you at the start of the school year.

Safe Spaces (LGBTQ)

The Sexual and Gender Diversity Advisor provides personal and academic support for LGBTQ+ 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 Ask OUTline blog houses a number of great community resources and lots of information and guidance about the LGBTQA+ 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) in Student Life 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

Child Care

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

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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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