The University of Guelph will move about 5,000 new students into residences this fall, including a group to live near campus at the newly created Biology House.
Some students will move in their belongings Friday, Sept. 2. Motorists should expect minor traffic disruptions that day on the campus ring roads and increased use of campus parking.
Saturday, Sept. 3 is official move-in day for the majority of students — 4,300 students are expected to move onto campus — and also the start of Orientation Week.
Move-in runs from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sept. 3, with Gordon Street closed between Stone Road and College Avenue. Anyone not required on campus for official business is asked not to drive onto campus during that period.
Only new students will be able to use McGilvray Road, South and East Ring roads and Dundas Lane, as well as parking lots P31, P13, P17, P18 and P19.
Student Housing Services (SHS) asks that other motorists not use parking lots adjacent to South Residences (P13 and P14), Lennox/Addington (P23 and P24) and East Residence (P16) on either Friday or Saturday.
Access to South Ring Road adjacent to One Stone Rd. (Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs building) will also be restricted to move-in traffic. Clients of the Animal Health Lab and Lab Services should identify themselves to volunteers so they can be guided to the lab.
In order to help prevent congestion, buses will not travel onto the campus Sept. 3.
New this year is Biology House, a U of G residence at the Best Western Plus Royal Brock Hotel just south of campus across Stone Road. Due to unexpected demand for residence spots, about 200 students in the College of Biological Science will live this year at the hotel, along with full-time Residence Life staff.
All students have been assigned a scheduled move-in appointment time, route and holding location for residence unloading zones. Volunteers will help students with move-in.
For more information, visit the SHS website at housing.uoguelph.ca.