Guelph 101: Student resource guide

Guelph 101: Student resource guide

Get on top of U of G’s student resources 

Frances Esenwa | The Ontarion

Aboriginal Resource Centre (ARC)


Facebook: @uofgstudentlife

Twitter: @UofGStudentLife

ARC provides a warm and caring environment that is open to everyone. ARC works to increase the representation and success of Aboriginal cultures and heritage within the campus community.

Community Engagement & Global Citizenship (CECG)


Facebook: @uofgstudentlife

Twitter: @UofGStudentLife

CECG fosters leadership and social change through active collaboration and meaningful learning experiences. This organization challenges students to imagine what is possible, to seize opportunities to deepen their learning, and to affect individual and collective transformation as active, global citizens.

Co-operative Education & Career Services (CECS)


Facebook & Twitter: @RecruitGuelph

CECS is an essential on-campus resource for students and alumni. It provides guidance through programs and services to help you achieve your career potential. CECS offers assistance at all stages of the job search process from building the perfect résumé, performing a stellar interview, to accepting job offers.

Counselling Services


Offers individual counselling sessions to help support students as they work through the personal challenges that impair their ability to succeed at school and in other areas of their lives.

Diversity and Human Rights (DHR)


Facebook & Twitter: @GuelphDHR

The role of the Office of Diversity and Human Rights is to help maintain an environment within which all persons, regardless of their personal characteristics, feel that they are treated with dignity and respect. The DHR’s staff, together with a large number of interested University community members, work toward meeting the University of Guelph’s standard of protecting human rights.

Guelph Black Student Association (GBSA)


Facebook: @guelphblackstudents

Instagram: @gbsa__

The GBSA — formerly known as C.J. Munford Centre is a resource centre for diverse and minority students at the University of Guelph. Although a volunteer-driven organization for students, the GBSA is open to all campus and community members who are interested in learning about issues related to people of colour.

Guelph Resource Centre for Gender Empowerment and Diversity (GRCGED)


Facebook & Twitter: @grcged

GRCGED is a student-funded, collectively-run resource centre for people of all or no genders. They advocate anti-oppression issues within a feminist framework, recognizing that issues of gendered oppression consist of struggles against all systems of domination.

Health & Performance Centre (HPC)


Facebook: University of Guelph – Health and Performance Centre

Twitter: @HPChotline

HPC offers a wide range of diagnostic, rehabilitation, and health promotion services, including physiotherapy, massage therapy, chiropractic therapy, and sports medicine. The services are offered on a fee for service basis — many are covered by the student health plan.

Multi-Faith Resource Team


Facebook: Multi Faith

The Multi-Faith Resource Team is comprised of communities from a number of different faiths, all working together to meet the religious and spiritual needs of the University community. The Multi-Faith Resource Team is committed to promoting friendliness, religious understanding, harmony in diversity, and spiritual growth on campus.

Off Campus Living (OCL)


Facebook: @OCL.guelph

Twitter: @UofGStudentLife

OCL works closely with students, residents, city staff, landlords, and city councillors to help facilitate communication and to ease the way for students who live in Guelph. They also provide a range of programs and services to support students in making the transition to off-campus living, in navigating new relationships with landlords, house mates and neighbours, and — through the Information Desk — finding their way on campus and in the local community.

Office of Intercultural Affairs (OIA)


Facebook: @OIAstudents

Twitter: @UofGStudentLife

The OIA serves the campus community by fostering an environment of cultural competency and diversity. At the intersection of academic and co-curricular learning the OIA offers intentionally designed programming and services that foster leadership and community development within intercultural, international, and multi-faith contexts.



Facebook: @UoGOUTline

Twitter: @outline_uog  

OUTline provides confidential and anonymous peer support and information on services relating to sexual orientation and gender diversity to all individuals and families in the University of Guelph and surrounding community, especially those in the early stages of the coming out experience and those most at risk. Services include OUTline ONline, community events, CampOUT, Ask OUTline, and workshops.  



Facebook: Safewalk: Guelph

Twitter: @GuelphSafeWalk  

Phone number: Dial 53200 from any campus phone

SafeWalk is a student-run volunteer organization that provides people on campus with a safe and reliable escort after dark. This service is available between 7:30 p.m. and 2:30 a.m., seven days a week during the school year, and is free of charge. To access SafeWalk, call the number above, use the free SafeWalk button on any Bell pay phone, use the emergency blue pole phones located around campus, or approach a pair of SafeWalk walkers.

Student Accessibility Services (SAS)


Facebook: @UofG.StudentAccessibility

SAS offers specialized programs and services to students with disabilities registered at the University of Guelph (full-time or part-time undergraduate and graduate). Their advisors, support staff, peer helpers, and volunteers work with students, faculty, and staff in the provision of programs and services designed to assist students with disabilities in participating fully in university life, and in maximizing campus accessibility.

Student Health Services


Student Health Services supports students’ academic success by providing comprehensive health promotion, disease prevention, and primary medical care to students, their families, and visitors to campus. The services offered include a dispensary, nursing, physician, dietitian, and mental well-being.

Student Help and Advocacy Centre (SHAC)


Facebook: @StudentHelpAndAdvocacyCentre

Twitter: @SHAC_uog

SHAC is a student-run advocacy and referral centre that advocates for students on a human rights, legal, housing/tenancy, academic, and financial basis. SHAC staff and volunteers will assist students in a confidential and compassionate manner to provide them with the information they need. SHAC strives to eliminate the discrimination against people facing all forms of oppression.

Student Housing Services


Facebook: @studenthousingservices

Twitter: @UofG_Housing

Student Housing Services provides residence space and services for over 5,000 students as well as two accommodation locations for students with families. Student Housing aims to promote students’ personal and academic success by providing communities staffed by teams who respond to student needs.

Student Life


Facebook: @uofgstudentlife

Twitter: @UofGStudentLife

Student Life supports students in the many transitions they experience — from the time they are admitted until they graduate. They are committed to the development of the whole student and, as such, help students explore their capacity for leadership, overcome barriers to learning, and assume the responsibilities of a global citizen. During Orientation Week the Centre for New Students, part of Student Life, collaborates with more than 100 campus partners to deliver a range of events and activities designed to expose new students to the rich network of opportunities that exist on campus.

Student Support Network (SSN)


Facebook: @ssnuoguelph

Twitter: @SSN_UoGuelph

The SSN offers a peer-support drop-in service that is located in Raithby house. It operates in the fall and winter terms from 12 p.m. to 10 p.m. from Monday to Friday while classes are in session or until 8 p.m. during exams. SSN offers confidential, non-judgmental listening and support. This service is delivered by a team of student volunteers who receive extensive training in active listening and communication skills.

The Library and Learning Commons


Facebook: @McLaughlinLibrary

Twitter & Instagram: @uglibrary

The Learning Commons is based on a partnership model designed to support and enhance undergraduate and graduate student learning, writing, research, numeracy, and technology at the University of Guelph. Our core services are located on the first floor of the McLaughlin Library in recognition of the Library as the central gathering place for students to study.

The Wellness Education Centre (WEC)


Facebook: @WellnessUofG

Twitter: @Wellness_UofG

The WEC is a resource centre that provides information on alcohol consumption, body image, eating disorders, drugs, smoking, human rights, LGBTQ+ issues, mental health, sexual health, physical health, nutrition, and spirituality. In addition, they offer workshops, resources, and cooking classes.

Undergraduate Academic Information Centre (UAIC)


Facebook: @UAICUGuelph

Twitter: @UAIC_UGuelph

The UAIC is located in the University Centre. It provides general information on policies and procedures to undergraduate students and acts as a referral centre to other campus resources.

Photo by Frances Esenwa/The Ontarion.