When you apply to Residence at the University of Guelph you will be asked to fill in an application form. It’s important to fill out this form as fully and honestly as possible. It has various options that you can choose that can help match you up with the best possible roommate. For example, it asks about whether you smoke or not, as well as your preferred sleep schedule. Student Housing Services (the folks that run the Residences) uses this information to match you up with a roommate with similar interests.
Unfortunately, the application does not have space to request particular kinds of roommates (for example, a gay roommate or a queer-positive roommate). That being said, the University of Guelph prides itself on having a community accessible to everyone, and expects respect from all students, staff and faculty in regards to human rights. The University takes a very strong stance against discrimination based on sexual orientation. If you experience any issues on this front with a roommate, the residence staff (Residence Assistants (RAs) or Residence Managers (RMs)) will be able to help you explore your options and even help re-assign you to a different room if the situation comes to that.
If you are really concerned about a potential roommate, here are a couple of options:
- You can request to be roommates with someone specific, for example a friend, who is also attending.
- You can apply for a single room and fill out the section of the application that asks about special considerations.
- You can apply for residence in Arts House (Maids Hall). This residence is known for being particularly sensitive to small community needs as it is the smallest residence on campus.
- You can also call Student Housing Services directly and talk to them about your concerns.
The University of Guelph’s policies regarding discrimination are held by the Human Rights and Equity Office. Visit the link and you’ll find information about LGBTTTIQQ policies on the right side.
Added June 21, 2010
The following additional information regarding the roommate process for University of Guelph residences was received after consultation with the Residence Admissions & Marketing Manager:
- Students are able to identify a mutual request and we do our best to accommodate.
- New this year we have asked 4 additional questions to assist with roommate matching – in the past we relied solely on age (drinking & underage), smoking and academic program. This year we have added:
- Morning/Night person
- Preferred study locations
- Requesting a roommate who also abstains from alcohol
- We have a special consideration form that students in the past have used to self identify as LGBTIQQ2. Any negative concerns that we encounter are forwarded on to the Residence Life Management Team to assist.