Official move-in day at the University of Guelph takes place Sept. 2, with about 4,800 students moving into campus residences this fall.
With some students arriving Sept. 1, motorists should expect minor traffic disruptions Friday on the campus ring roads as well as crowded campus parking.
Students assigned to academic learning communities and living learning communities will move in Sept. 1 between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. Parking lots P23, P24, P15, P44, P13 and P21 will serve as staging areas.
Traffic on South Ring Road, East Ring Road, Dundas Lane and Trent Lane will likely be busier near residence buildings. Macdonald Street on the north campus will be closed.
Students arriving from within 50 kilometres away may avoid move-in day congestion by dropping off belongings into residence rooms Sept. 1, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 2 is official move-in day for the majority of students and marks the start of Orientation Week.
Move-in will take place from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Gordon Street will be closed between Stone Road and College Avenue during that period. Anyone not required on campus for official business is asked not to drive onto campus between those times.
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 Ontario Veterinary College, Animal Health Lab and Lab Services should identify themselves to volunteers for access to the animal hospital and the lab.
In order to help prevent congestion, buses will not travel onto the campus Sept. 2.
All students have been assigned a scheduled move-in 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.