Jessica Riley
About the City...
“Guelph is a beautiful city. You can walk or bike between the University of Guelph campus and the charming downtown area--which features many unique independent businesses-- or take the Guelph transit system, which is free for U of G students. The Speed River is a beautiful place for a long walk, and the nearby weekly Farmer's Market offers great local produce, plants, flowers and more. Guelph is a lovely and relaxing city in which to study!”

The City of Guelph

Located in the heart of Southwestern Ontario (100 km west of Toronto), the City of Guelph offers the perfect setting to complement your graduate studies. Ranked as one of the top five places to live in Canada (Money Sense Magazine), Guelph prides itself on maintaining its small-town charm while providing urban amenities for families and single adults alike.

The city is characterized by many 19th-century limestone buildings including City Hall and the dramatic Church of Our Lady which dominates the city skyline. With just over 121,000 people, Guelph is a vibrant community and home to a lively downtown core, a thriving cultural community, diverse recreational activities, numerous shopping facilities and a variety of special events.

Recreational opportunities are everywhere. Cycling trails challenge off-roaders, and hiking trails link Guelph to Ontario's famous Bruce Trail. Our Ontario Hockey League (OHL) team, the Guelph Storm, plays in the Guelph Sports and Entertainment Complex. Guelph's River Run Centre offers concerts for fans of rock, pop, folk, classical and jass music, plus live theatre and lectures. With so many attractions you'll have no problem finding the perfect escape from the lab or library.

Definition of Guelph

The city was named in 1827 to honour King George IV, whose family name was Gwelf. The spelling has been altered over time, but it is pronounced just as it was 170 years ago and rhymes with 'self'.


University of Guelph
50 Stone Road East
Guelph, Ontario, N1G 2W1