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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

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! Email 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

You’ll likely want a bus pass to help you get around town. In Guelph, your bus pass is carried on an “On Your Way” card. This is a pre-loadable card, that can be loaded with individual trips or a monthly pass. You can pick-up your On Your Way card (the type of card you want is the “post-secondary” one) at a number of convenience stores around Guelph. Find out which location is nearest you here: Where to buy bus fare and OnYourWay fare card - City of Guelph . Once you have your card, you can re-load it online. If you’re living off-campus in Guelph, make sure to check the bus routes nearby so that you’ll be able to make it to your classes and other commitments easily. You can find bus schedules, where to load your On Your Way card, and trip planning resources here Guelph Transit - City of Guelph.


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.