Updated: September 21, 2021

All students, staff, faculty, and visitors must follow the steps and complete the training on U of G’s Return to Campuses website before coming to any University of Guelph location. You must be vaccinated against COVID-19 to access U of G buildings and University-managed facilities.

Learn how to safely navigate our on-campus spaces on our Return to Campuses website.

Buildings and Facilities

As of Sept. 1, 2021, all University buildings are open and accessible following standard University operating hours. You must be vaccinated against COVID-19 to access our buildings and managed facilities.

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Need a place on campus to study or to participate in remote learning? Try these options:

University Centre
6:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily

  • UC Student Lounge – Level 1 (near the bus loop)
  • Peter Clark Hall – Level 0 – 62 individual study spots (available 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. only)
  • Individual study desks throughout Level 1 and Level 2

Summerlee Science Complex
7 a.m. to 10 p.m.

  • Atrium – reduced capacity to accommodate physical distancing

McLaughlin Library
Hours vary

  • Building at 50 per cent capacity – about 2,150 seats available
  • Lounge seating, tables and carrels available
  • Bookable individual study space and graduate study space

Guelph Gryphons Athletics Centre
Hours vary

  • UGAA Student Lounge – Level 2 – 30 spots
  • Limit of two people per table. Please do not move the furniture.
  • This is not considered quiet study space as there is an operational Booster Juice in the lounge and other activity happening nearby.
  • Students must swipe in at Client Services before accessing the UGAA Student Lounge.

The University aims to make additional on-campus study spaces available soon.

You have specific responsibilities when using on-campus study space. Learn more about them in the Student Study Space framework. You must be fully vaccinated to come to campus.

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U of G has taken a number of steps to ensure healthy air flow and appropriate ventilation in our buildings on campus. Learn more on the Physical Resources Building Readiness page.

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Yes, the McLaughlin Library building is open. 

The library continues to support students by offering online resources and virtual services.

Students who have concerns about access to technology to support their alternative delivery format courses and exams should review our Academics FAQs.

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The University Centre is open.  Visit the University Centre’s website for more information.

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Yes, the Athletics Centre and facilities are open. Learn more on the Department of Athletics website

Following provincial regulations, those wishing to access the Athletics Centre, Field House and the Gryphons Centre Arena must provide proof of vaccination and photo ID. Learn more on the Fit and Rec website

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Yes, the University of Guelph Arboretum trails and parking lots are open between dawn and dusk. When walking through the Arboretum, follow recommendations from public health about physical distancing by ensuring two metres of space between yourself and others. If you cant maintain distance, please wear a mask.

All Arboretum buildings are closed to the public.

Learn more on the Arboretum’s website.

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Yes. The University Bookstore is open for in-store shopping and curbside pickup. Check the Bookstore website for hours of operation.

You can also shop online at https://bookstore.uoguelph.ca for your course materials, apparel and merchandise.

Contact the Bookstore at bookstor@uoguelph.ca if you have any questions.

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Yes. Student Health Services has changed the format for some appointments to reduce the risk of exposure to and transmission of COVID-19. Learn more about the services available and how to prepare for your appointment on their COVID-19 FAQs page.

The Health and Performance Centre is open for in-person appointments.

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To help reduce the spread of COVID-19, most University events are being held online.

For information on a specific event, contact the event’s organizers. Check the University’s events calendar for more information.

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Our usual dining options are open and operational. See the full list of dining options and hours on the Hospitality Services website.

The CSA’s Bullring is open Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Brass Taps is open in the University Centre.

Following provincial regulations, those wishing to access Brass Taps, the Bullring and the Lookout must provide proof of vaccination and photo ID. 

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Charges for parking on campus resume Sept. 1, 2021. Learn more about parking on campus this fall.

Standard parking rules will be enforced (e.g., obstructing fire route, loading zones or building entrances/egress and unauthorized use of an accessible parking).

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The Undergraduate Academic Information Centre (UAIC) will be open during regular University business hours. Find the UAIC in its new space in the University Centre – Level 1 (South) starting Sept. 7.

Program counsellors (linked to your degree program, i.e., BA) and faculty advisors (linked to your specialization, i.e., Major Accounting) are providing academic advising services in fall 2021. Find contact information for program counsellors and faculty advisors at https://www.uoguelph.ca/uaic and connect with them to determine how their service will be provided (i.e., in-person, Microsoft Teams or phone appointments).

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Yes, GO Transit is still running stops at the University Centre.

When planning your trip:

  • Check your schedule before heading out
  • Pre-load your PRESTO card with the app, as cash is no longer accepted. Students save more!
  • Wear a mask when you’re on GO Transit.

Learn more on the GO Transit website.

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The University of Guelph is working with Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health to determine which University supplies can be provided to local organizations to help in the response to COVID-19. Do not independently donate any University supplies.

If you are asked by an outside organization to donate supplies, please respond with the following:

The University of Guelph is working with Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health to determine the best way to coordinate and donate available University supplies to help with the community response to COVID-19. All donations will be coordinated through Public Health.

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