While graduate students are typically here all year long, most undergraduate students do not take classes during the summer months. The START International Orientation takes place just before the orientation week for all new students (Canadian and international). Therefore, if you attend the START International Orientation, you may find that campus is fairly quiet for the first few days. The new Canadian students and returning UofGuelph students arrive on the weekend of September 1 – 2, at which point the campus becomes a busy and exciting community of over 19,000 students. Please note that Monday, September 3 is a national holiday in Canada called Labour Day and therefore most stores are closed on this day.
Though there are fewer students on campus during the summer, all University of Guelph offices and services are open throughout the year. Most offices at the University are open from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm from Monday through Friday, except for holidays. Therefore, if you arrive slightly before START International Orientation begins, there will be staff available to welcome and help you.