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Off-Campus Living

The Off-Campus Living (OCL) office provides a number of services for students, staff, faculty, landlords, and community members. Click through the links below for more information on rental and tenant advising, trip planning and transit information, and resources for landlords and neighbourhood residents.

Information for Students Living Off Campus

Commuter Student Programs and Resources

Programs and resources for commuter students including community building activities, commuter student residence information, transportation information, parking, meal plans, how to get involved on campus and more.

Rental Living Resources

Rental resources and listings, tenant advising, workshops, and events.

Landlord Information and Resources

Visit the Places4Students webpage for landlords to create a profile or call 1-866-766-0767 to speak with a customer service representative. View and post listings on the main site.

Contact Katie McLean (kmcl@uoguelph.ca), Coordinator, Commuter Experience and Rental Living, to learn more about how you as a landlord can get involved with off-campus initiatives such as workshops and our annual rental housing fair, or to join our landlord listserv.

Guelph Neighbourhood Visits

Off-Campus Living is committed to working with students and neighbourhood residents to foster positive neighbourhood relations. As a part of our response to neighbourhood concerns about student behaviour off campus, Off-Campus Living initiates neighbourhood visits to student homes to speak about student activities and how these activities impact the neighbourhood.

If you would like to speak with a representative of Off-Campus Living about the Neighbourhood Visit program in your area, please contact us at 519-824-4120 ext. 53357 or email us.

Restorative Practices

Over the past year, Off-Campus Living has introduced an approach to working with some off-campus issues that involves restorative practices. Restorative practices involve responding to issues that have caused harm in a community by focusing on identifying the harm caused by the offender and repairing the harm through a collaborative process. This collaborative process involves the offended, the offender, and the community. This approach brings the individuals together to engage in repairing the harm and restoring the relationship. This approach could, for example, involve students, neighbourhood residents, and community members coming together to participate in a facilitated discussion to share how they have been affected by the harm and then working together to establish a process for restoration that is often unique to the individuals involved.

If you are interested in initiating a Restorative Practice process in your area, or if you would like to volunteer with the program, contact us at 519-824-4120 ext. 56276 or email us.

Additional Neighbourhood Information and Resources

The University of Guelph introduced the Community Standards Protocol in the fall of 2010 as a tool for responding to problematic student behaviour off-campus in a collaborative effort involving the University, Guelph Police Services, By-Law Enforcement, neighbours, and students. Read more...

The Town & Gown Committee was established to provide a forum for stakeholders to address issues of common concern that may include neighbourhood development/community relations, housing, the environment, economic activities, charitable/volunteer programs, recreational and cultural events, and health and safety issues. This group has been established as an informal body to facilitate discussion.

Vision: Harmonious neighbourhoods where students live in Guelph.
Mandate: Collaborating to enhance neighbourly behaviour and community engagement among students, landlords, and other community members in Guelph.
Meetings: Meetings of the Town and Gown Committee are held approximately four times per year.  If you are interested in attending the meeting as a member of the public, you can find out more information by emailing the contacts below:

  • Kathryn Hofer, Director, Student Experience, University of Guelph. khofer@uoguelph.ca
  • Dave Wiedrick, Manager Bylaw Compliance and Security, City of Guelph, 519-822-1260 ext. 2520, dave.wiedrick@guelph.ca

Each September Off-Campus Living teams up with with volunteers and staff, including  City of Guelph, Guelph Police, Guelph Fire Fighters, neighbourhood residents, students, and University representatives to welcome students into off-campus neighbourhoods and share information with them about life in Guelph.

Volunteers visit students living in the community to deliver resource information and answer questions about the City of Guelph. Volunteers also connect with local residents who may have questions about living in a community with students. 

Residents are welcome to volunteer with the program each year and can find out more about how to register by contacting our Off-Campus Living office at ocl@uoguelph.ca or by calling 519.824.4120 ext. 56276

Visit the Right Foot Forward webpage.