Commuter Students

Welcome Commuter Students!

Welcome to the commuter resource page! My name is Katie McLean and I am the Coordinator, Commuter Experience and Rental Living. I am always working on creative ways to improve student success and help our off-campus students feel welcome and supported. I offer one-on-one or group advising for commuters to assist in finding community and developing your connections and sense of belonging on campus. In addition to the work that I do, I also supervise two Peer Helper teams in Off-Campus Living who run events and workshops for commuter students and provide one-on-one rental and tenant advising. If you have questions or suggestions, or would like to book an online appointment, contact me at or

Commuter Engagement

Off-Campus Living Peer Helpers standing in the University Centre courtyard.

Our Commuter Engagement Peer Helper Team is here to help commuter students feel more engaged and find a sense of belonging on campus through events and activities that they coordinator just for commuters. Find out more about commuter student programming and events on GryphLife

Not sure if you're considered a commuter? You are if you live off-campus, inside or outside of Guelph! Connect with us to find out more!

Commuter Student Residence

Every year, as rooms in residence become available, Student Housing Services opens up a Commuter Student Residence for short-term stays. You'll typically see this service become available after Thanksgiving.  Private rooms include internet access, bed linens, and more.  This is a perfect option for commuters after a long evening of group work on campus.  For more information visit

Guelph Transit Bus Pass for UofG students

If you are an undergraduate or graduate student at the University of Guelph, you have access to Guelph Transit services through your Universal Bus Pass (UBP) [Note: the UBP is on-hold for the 2020-2021 academic year].  More information is available through the Central Student Association website. If you're a part-time student.  For up-to-date information about fares, passes, schedules, and route maps please visit


Locker rentals are available in 4 different buildings on campus:

  • University Centre (UC)
    • Locker rentals are administered by the University Centre Administration office on the second floor of the centre.  You can find more information on the University Centre website.
  • Athletics
    • Lockers are available for daily use (free) and membership rental (for a fee).  You can find out more at the Athletics website.
  • Thornborough / Engineering Building
    • Lockers in this building can be rented by Engineering students.  These students receive information about the building's rental policy directly.

Meal Plan for Commuters

The Ultra Food Plan is availability through Hospitality Services and has been designed specifically for off-campus students.   You can find out more information at the Hospitality website.

Parking Services

You can manage your Parking Services account online, which means you can purchase your parking pass online rather than waiting in line to pay.  Visit for more information. 

Rental Living

Rental Living programs through Off-Campus Living offer rental resources, workshops, events, tenant advising, and a rental listing service.  

Get Involved

From the Off-Campus University Student (OCUS) organization to intramurals to clubs, there are a lot of options for getting involved.  Check out some options here:

Want to stay up to date on all things commuter? Become a member of OCL on, and e-mail to be added to our newsletter mailing.