The official start to the new school year begins this week at the University of Guelph.  

Approximately 5,000 undergraduate students will move into residences between Friday, Sept. 2 and Sunday, Sept. 4. Students have been assigned individual move-in appointments between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. 

The following University-owned roads will be closed to all but move-in traffic during this time: South Ring Road, East Ring Road, Dundas Lane and Macdonald Street. 

Gordon Street will remain open from Stone Road to College Avenue during move-in. Motorists should expect heavier-than-normal traffic in the area. This includes Stone Road, College Avenue, University Avenue, Smith Lane and Victoria Road. 

To reduce traffic congestion, buses will not travel onto campus during move-in. Instead, they will use the parking lot at 80 Stone Road W. Cyclists and pedestrians on Gordon Street are strongly advised to exercise caution at major intersections, especially South Ring Road and College Avenue. 

Effective traffic flow is a key priority for all involved with move-in to ensure emergency personnel can respond appropriately. Anyone not required to be on campus is asked to avoid travelling to the University during move-in.  

Those who must be on campus are asked to consider walking or cycling. Higher-than-normal traffic, especially on roads closest to residence buildings, is expected for those driving to campus.  

The following parking lots will be closed during move-in and all vehicles must be removed: 

  • North Martialing lot – P19, P20, P44, P47 
  • East Martialing lot – P18, P16 
  • South Martialing lot – P31, P8, P9 
  • North long-term parking – P23, P24, P49 
  • East long-term parking – P14, P15, P7 
  • South long-term parking – P13 
  • Student Housing Staff and Volunteer Parking – P11 

The 2022-23 school year kicks off with Orientation Week (O-Week) events Sept. 4-11.  

Classes for all U of G students begin on Thursday, Sept. 8. 

For more information, visit Student Housing Services or Campus Parking Services.  


Kimberly Moser