Georgian College’s Barrie Campus residence provides not only accommodations, but also a welcoming, safe environment where students can make friends, get involved, grow and develop. Please take some time to explore our website to discover for yourself why the Georgian College residence is the preferred home of Georgian College students.
The residence houses 524 students in an eight-storey building overlooking the campus to the west and Little Lake to the north. Most residence suites accommodate two students (except three three-bedroom suites) with each student having a private bedroom. All doors in the residence, including bedroom doors, are controlled by electronic key card access to assist in the safety and security of our residents.
The Georgian College Barrie residence is professionally operated and managed by Campus Living Centres.
Here are few of the many advantages you will experience:
- fully-furnished suite features high speed wired internet access, TV with satellite television, and telephone with free local calls
- laundry facility, common kitchen and common lounges (with varying amenities in each), and a front desk staffed 24 hours a day
- avoid a 12-month lease and pay only for the academic year (eight months)
- live on campus and enjoy all college amenities (computer labs, library, cafeterias, etc.) – only steps away
- don’t worry about roommates who do not pay their bills
- take part in the events hosted by your resident advisor (RA) and Residence Student Council, or get involved as an RA or Residence Student Council team member
- participate in the many clubs and committees on campus
- enjoy the comforts the residence provides with secure building access (swipe cards), 24-hour front desk and video surveillance in various areas of the building
Your residence fees provide you with a comprehensive accommodation package. Don’t worry about all the “extras” – focus your energies on your studies. When you live in residence, fees cover accommodation costs, internet, local phone service, all utilities, furnishings, appliances, etc. The only other costs include parking, or if you decided to purchase a meal plan.
The residence has dedicated parking on campus located right next to the residence and is available for an additional cost. No parking is allowed in the campus lots overnight with the exception of the residence parking lot. Residents may purchase a parking pass from the Georgian College Parking office located on the first floor of the Administrative Centre (C Building).
Although all students in residence have a private bedroom, you do share the common area of your suite (bathroom and kitchenette) with one other person (two others in three-bedroom units).
By default, students are assigned a roommate of the same gender unless they opt in to our gender neutral housing community. If you do not request to live with a student of the opposite gender, you can only be assigned a roommate of the same gender. A student is never required to live with a student of the opposite gender if they do not wish to.
If you know someone else who will be living in residence and the two of you would like to room together, we can usually accommodate your request. One to two months before move in, you will have access to the roommate selection process in the housing portal. When this opens, you can request the student you would like to live with. The other student will be notified that you have requested him/her as your roommate and can either accept this request or reject it. If you both agree to be roommates (and you are both offered a space in residence), then our residence application software will pair the two of you as roommates. If you don’t know anyone else, you can search for a roommate based on profile questions or you can let us match you up with another student who has applied for residence.
During the application process, you will be asked a number of questions about yourself, such as whether you smoke, are you an early or late riser, etc. We use these profile questions to help match students who don’t have roommates requests with students with similar characteristics so it is important that you answer these questions honestly.
We will email you the name and contact information of your roommate before you move in. Once you receive this email, you can contact your roommate and get to know them better. Please refer to the Important documents section of the website for some sample questions you can ask your roommate in order to get to know him or her better.
Mom/Dad: If you are reading this, it means that you aren’t supposed to fill out your son or daughter’s application. Although we are sure that your son or daughter doesn’t smoke or drink, goes to bed early, gets up early, makes his or her bed every morning and cleans the bathroom at least weekly, we ask that you let your son or daughter answer the questions.
The residence is an eight-storey building with 24-hour controlled access comprised of mostly two-bedroom suites, with each student having a private bedroom. Suites also feature a kitchenette with a full-size refrigerator, microwave/convection oven, cupboards, sink and table with two chairs (three chairs in three-bedroom suites). Suites contain a three-piece bathroom with a shower unit and individual controls for heat/air conditioning.
Each bedroom in the suite is accessed via an electronic key card that will work on the main suite door and the individual’s private bedroom door, but not on the roommate’s bedroom door.
Each bedroom is equipped with the following:
- double bed with extra-long mattress (queen-sized sheets are a little wide, but work well)
- bed has two drawers underneath for more storage
- large desk with a chair
- dresser with three drawers
- telephone with local phone service (long distance with a calling card)
- television with satellite service
- network jack for internet access
- rolling pedestal with two drawers
- desk lamp
- closet with shelf space
Located on every floor of the residence is a large common lounge with a television and couches. In addition, public washrooms, common kitchen and laundry facilities are located on the first floor.
Behind the residence are two beach volleyball courts and a sports court which can be used for ball hockey, rollerblade hockey, basketball, etc.
- oversized double bed
- bedframe storage
- nightstand with lamp
- desk and work area with chair
- satellite television
- wired internet
- free local calls
- three-drawer dresser
- closet space/closet organizer
- full-size refrigerator
- kitchen table and chairs
- preparation area complete with sink and storage area
- stand-up shower
Items you may find useful while living in residence:
- cell phone
- computer/laptop and printer
- clothes hangers
- email addresses of family and friends
- surge protected power bar
- pillow, sheets, blanket and comforter for an extra-long double bed (queen size sheets will fit, they are just a little wide)
- hair dryer, curling iron, flat iron, etc.
- health card, medications with instructions and health insurance info
- housecoat and slippers
- kitchen supplies (plates, bowls, glasses, kettle, toaster, microwave containers, cutlery, cookware, etc.)
- laundry bag/basket and detergent
- pictures and posters
- school supplies
- small stereo and headphones
- toiletries, towels and soap
- toilet paper
- student card
- recreation and entertainment equipment
- bicycle and lock – bike can be stored in your room (please do not ride them through the building)
- cleaning supplies
- iron and ironing board
- additional desk/reading lights – torchiere lamps are NOT permitted
- appliances permitted in the residence include: blender, bread maker, coffee maker, contact grill (George Forman), crock pot/slow cooker, electric frying pan/skillet, food processor, food steamers, juicer, kettle, rice cooker, toaster, toaster oven
Do NOT bring the following items:
- appliances, including but not limited to –
- full size or mini fridge or freezers
- washers and dryers
- deep fryers, hot plates or other items with exposed elements and indoor grills are not permitted in the suites (toasters or toaster ovens may be used in the kitchenette area of the suites)
- candles and incense
- heaters and heat lamps
- mattress, book case and other furniture
- water cooler
- fax machineh
- halogen lamps
- telephone (one is already provided)
- TV (one is already provided)
Summer semester 2017
- March 1 – summer acceptance emails distributed
- April 15 – summer residence fee deadline
- April 15 – deadline to cancel summer application without financial penalty
- May 7 – summer move-in day
- May 9 – summer room inspection deadline
Fall semester 2017
- April 7 – acceptance emails distributed
- July 1 – residence fee deadline (Option 1 and 2)
- Aug. 1 – deadline to cancel fall/winter application without financial penalty
- Aug. 27 to Sept. 2 – Early move-in days
- Sept. 3 – official move-in day
- Sept. 5 – room inspection deadline
- Oct. 20 – residence fee deadline (Option 2)
- Dec. 1 – winter break extension form due
- Dec. 16 – residence closed for holidays
- Dec. 17 to Jan. 6 – holiday room inspections
Winter semester 2018
- Nov. 3 – winter acceptance emails distributed
- Dec. 1 – winter residence fee deadline
- Dec. 1 – deadline to cancel fall/winter application without financial penalty
- Jan. 7 – residence re-opens for second semester
- Jan. 10 – winter inspection form deadline (new students only)
- Jan. 19 – residence fee deadline (Option 2)
- Feb. 1 – resident advisor application deadline
- early February – applications available for academic year 2018-19
- March 1 – move-out form distributed
- March 31 – move-out form due
- April 21 – move-out day
- Barrie Residence Community Living Standards (pdf)
- Barrie Student Residence Agreement (pdf)
- Barrie termination/cancellation policy (pdf)
- Georgian College’s Sexual Violence procedure (pdf)
Other helpful documents
- Room transfer form (pdf)
- Appeal request form (pdf)
- Roommate discussion points (pdf)
- Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA) (pdf)
It is important for parents to understand that all residence staff must comply with the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. Consequently, without written permission from the student, no information will be released to parents.
All residence staff members recognize that this can be stressful for parents especially when they are concerned about their son/daughter. It also is upsetting for parents who are providing some or all of the financial support if they want to know information regarding their son/daughter. Parents are encouraged to discuss this with their college student. Any questions concerning the use of this information may be directed to Georgian’s Freedom of Information co-ordinator in Human Resources.
- $2,600 due April 15, 2017
- $650 due April 15, 2017
- $650 due May 15, 2017
- $650 due June 15, 2017
- $650 due July 15, 2017
Option 1 (save $125)
- $7,000 due July 1, 2017
- $1,875 due July 1, 2017
- $2,625 due Oct. 20, 2017
- $2,625 due Jan. 19, 2018
- $3,500 due Dec. 1, 2017
The deposit is a $200 refundable fee that is used to cover the cost of any damage or excessive cleaning charges assessed after you move out of your suite. Any associated charges that occur during the contract term must be paid by the due date indicated when you are billed for them. Please refer to the residence contract for full details.
If you are unable to meet the payment options set out in your acceptance email, please contact the residence to set up a payment plan.
You may pay your residence fees (including the application fee and security deposit) by cash, certified cheque, Interac, bank draft, money order or bill payments through your financial institution. Please note, we DO NOT accept personal cheques.
Students are able to move in to the residence early at a rate of $30 per day. For more information on early move-in, please refer to the Student Residence Agreement.
Once directed to the housing portal, click Register on the top right side of the page to begin the application process.
Note: Your residence application is separate from your application to Georgian College.
All our correspondence will be sent to you by email. Please make sure you check your email regularly so you don’t miss any time-sensitive information (offers of accommodation, acceptance and payment deadlines, etc.).
Georgian College and the staff of Campus Living Centres (CLC) are committed to making your stay at the Georgian College residence as safe as possible. Our well-trained, professional staff are dedicated to working with you to ensure a high level of public safety.
We hope the information below will heighten your awareness of the emergency procedures for this building. These procedures apply to all occupants of the residence, including but not limited to students, guests, visitors, Georgian and CLC employees, faculty and service providers/contractors.
Fire alarm procedures
The residence is monitored by a fire alarm system that can be activated by an automatic detector (smoke, heat or sprinkler) or by a manual pull station. The fire alarm will sound a pulsating alarm notifying residents to evacuate the residence immediately using an appropriate exit path. The main purpose of a fire alarm system is to notify building occupants and officials of a fire emergency. The fire department, Georgian College security, other required emergency services, resident advisors (RAs) and other residence staff are also summoned to respond and assist in the emergency.
Residence suites are equipped with two types of fire alarms, both an audible smoke detector and a heat detector.
The smoke detector is activated by minor smoke within the suite. Once the smoke detector has been triggered, only the alarm within the suite will be activated. Do not open the door to the hallway. Open your windows and bathroom door to clear the smoke from the room. If the smoke is heavy, exit the room and inform the front desk.
The heat detector is set off by excessive heat within the suite. Once the heat detector has been triggered, it will set off the main building alarm, and everyone must evacuate the residence.
The residence hallways are equipped with a smoke detector/heat sensor. Minor smoke or excessive heat will activate the building alarm. Everyone must evacuate the residence immediately. If someone activates the building alarm, under the provincial fire code, a fine could be applied. The fire department has a zero tolerance regarding smoke alarms that are tampered with. Please note: Residence staff will be testing the smoke detector regularly in your suite. Testing the smoke detector ensures that it has not been intentionally disabled. Any occurrence could result in disciplinary sanctions from management and/or a charge under the Fire Protection and Preventions Act with a maximum fine of $25,000.
False fire alarms
Causing false fire alarms is a crime and can cause serious injury or death as they delay firefighters’ response to victims of real emergencies elsewhere. This crime also disrupts the normal operation of the residence, incites undue fear in the young children who may be on site, and contributes to complacency toward future alarms and evacuations.
Everyone is asked to assist us in stopping false fire alarms. If you have any information, please report it to Campus Security at 705.722.5100, Barrie Fire Services, Barrie Police Services or Crime Stoppers. Rewards for information leading to arrest and conviction are available from Crime Stoppers and the college. To help deter false alarms, video surveillance has been installed in specific locations. If you see anyone tampering with pull stations or any fire equipment, please contact Campus Security immediately.
Persons with disabilities
People with disabilities and/or impairments are encouraged to advise management at the residence of their situation if they believe they may need evacuation assistance in the event of a fire alarm. It is also strongly recommended that they familiarize themselves with the evacuation procedures and the emergency exits. Persons with disabilities are the best source of information on their condition and needs. When offering or soliciting assistance for people with disabilities, have them direct you on the best way to help.
Unless there is imminent danger, untrained people should not attempt to lift anyone down or up the stairs. If someone uses a wheelchair or can walk but cannot come down the stairs:
- follow their directions and assist them to the best of your ability
- direct them or arrange assistance for them to be taken to the nearest accessible exit
Individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing may not hear audible alarms, so it is important to inform them of what is happening around them. If you are hearing impaired and would like a visual strobe fire protection device or a bed shaker in your suite, please see management. Use the following points to assist hearing impaired persons:
- gain their attention – tap them on the shoulder, turn lights on/off, wave your hands
- if possible, give them brief, written instructions or indicate through gestures that there is an alarm and that they must evacuate, e.g., point to a fire alarm or fire evacuation sign
- if necessary, help them proceed to the nearest exit
People with visual impairments may become disoriented, and may not know where to proceed during an emergency evacuation. Use the following points to assist them:
- gain their attention through vocal or physical methods
- explain the nature of the emergency
- guide them toward the nearest safe exit
- while guiding them to safety, tell them where you are going, and advise them of any obstacles, e.g., stairs, change in grade, when going through doors, etc.
- once safe, orient them as to where they are and offer further assistance
- stay with them until the emergency is over – do not leave them in unfamiliar territory
If you cannot leave your area, or have taken refuge because of heavy smoke, remain there and:
- dial 911 and give Barrie Fire Services the building address (101 Georgian Dr.) and your location including the floor and room number, or contact Security at 705.722.5100
- seal all cracks where smoke can enter, using a wet towel or sheet if possible
- keep low to the floor if smoke enters the room
- move to the most protected area of the room preferably near a window (if applicable) so you can signal firefighters by waving a piece of clothing or other material to get their attention
- wait to be rescued – remain calm and DO NOT panic or jump
The residence is equipped with a lockdown notification system that can be activated by security should the situation arise. We ask that you review the Georgian College Lockdown procedure available on the Georgian Campus Safety and Security page.
Take the proper steps if you or a friend need emergency health care while in the residence.
Call “0” for the Residence Services representative and request that an ambulance be contacted. Provide the front desk with your name, room number, location and brief details of the problem. This will allow us to direct emergency service personnel to you as quickly as possible. Remember that all residence staff are trained and available to you 24 hours a day. Put your safety first!
- emergency services: 911
- residence front desk: 7070
- residence: 101 Georgian Dr., Barrie ON L4M 6Z5, 705.722.5190, fax 705.730.5558, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.GeorgianCollege.ca
- Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre: 705.728.9802
- Georgian College security: 705.722.5100, ext. 5100
- Georgian College main switchboard: 705.728.1968
Our goal is to work with you to help you develop skills needed to become an independent and strong individual.
By promoting your personal and academic growth, we extend the educational experience beyond the classroom and lecture halls. The best part is, you choose how you’d like to get involved!
Getting involved in residence is easy, whether you enjoy social activities with your friends, helping others with academics, being part of the team by joining in athletics and recreation or making changes for everyone by being active in student leadership. It’s all here and it’s all for you!
In addition to life skills and becoming involved, you will also learn how your contributions help develop a unique and diverse experience. The Georgian College residence can help you learn what a global community feels like.
We have students from across the globe who will help you learn more about different cultures, languages and histories and how you fit into it all. Residence life is like nothing you’ve experienced before.
It’s all here for you!
You can make living on campus whatever you want it to be. We have many opportunities and a variety of ways in which everyone can join in and be part of it all. You can choose to join a committee like our Residence Student Council or you can simply come out and participate in the events being held by our Residence Life team. If you have any ideas for programs that you would like to see happen, please stop by the front desk and let us know.
Our residence staff members work hard to ensure that you have a positive experience in residence at Georgian. Below is a list of some of our residence staff roles.
General manager (GM)
The general manager is responsible for the operation of all facets of the Georgian College residence. The GM is committed to ensuring that your overall experience in residence is a safe, enjoyable and successful one.
Residence life co-ordinator (RLC)
The residence life co-ordinator is responsible for all matters related to student life. This includes overseeing the residence life program, providing support services to students and administering the judicial process associated with the residence community living standards. The RLC also supervises resident advisors and volunteers working in residence.
Residence services supervisor (RSS)
Working alongside the general manager, the residence service supervisor ensures the services and operations of the residence run smoothly. This encompasses many things including quality of maintenance and housekeeping.
Residence services lead (RSL)
Working alongside the residence services supervisor, the residence service lead ensures the services and operations of the residence run smoothly. This encompasses many things including quality of front desk and the application process.
Residence services representatives (RSR)
The role of residence services representatives is to aid students in their day-to-day life in residence. If students need help with something around the building, or just want to chat with someone, RSRs can be found at the front desk 24 hours a day. In conjunction with the RAs, RSRs complete nightly rounds of the building to help ensure the safety and security of the building and its residents.
Community advisor (CA)
The role of community advisor is to foster a community environment that eases the student transition into college and supports the personal and academic success of their students. The CA facilitates social and educational programs and creates a safe, respectful environment throughout the residence. They will also assist with areas such as roommate conflicts and low-level judicial processes associated with the Residence Community Living Standards.
Resident advisors (RA)
The role of resident advisor is filled by returning students who live in the building and plan educational and social activities in the residence. RAs provide valuable support and guidance to residents, while at the same time acting as liaisons with residence management. RAs complete nightly rounds of the building and are available through the Residence Life office or the front desk. RAs have the tools and knowledge to get you the answers, direction and assistance if you need someone to talk to.
Housekeeping and maintenance staff
Housekeepers and maintenance staff are responsible for the daily cleaning and maintenance of all common areas in the residence. Maintenance will assess work requests daily and perform repairs on the building and in suites as required. They also conduct daily preventative maintenance to reduce the probability of deficiencies that may cause inconveniences to our residents, guests and staff.
As a representative body of the residence student population, the Residence Student Council aims to enhance the residence experience and foster academic success by practising high quality student leadership through programming, volunteerism and student support initiatives. The Residence Student Council creates opportunities for residents to participate in leadership initiatives, learn valuable new skills and add value to the residence experience. Students may volunteer on committees, attend meetings or simply participate at council events. The Residence Student Council president and vice president positions are elected by the residents through an election process at the end of the current academic year for the following year. All residents are welcome to apply to be members of this volunteer council.
- check your drinking: How much do you drink? Do you drink too much? How do you compare to the average college/university student? Take five minutes to fill out this survey and learn about perceptions and habits related to alcohol. Once you complete the survey, it will give you information that may have a positive impact on your own perceptions and habits.
- iCopeU: Stressed out? Anxious? Feeling down? Want to learn about how to effectively cope with the challenges of student life? This interactive website has games, videos and multiple resources that will help you cope with some of the things you may find challenging or stressful while living in residence.
- Knowfire.ca: Fire safety awareness campaign information.
- SiOS: Self-injury outreach and support services.
Application and selection process
A lottery system will be used in late March early April to assign students to residence. Students living at least 50 kilometres away from the Barrie Campus will be given first priority in this lottery. All applications should be submitted online before the deadline.
Applications for the upcoming term are made available in February/March of the current academic year.
You will find out who your roommates are but we cannot give out your room number prior to your arrival. The reason for this is that changes to our room registry may occur before you arrive and we want to ensure we provide you with the correct information about your room. This information will be given to you upon your arrival.
Our goal is to provide you with accommodations where you will feel comfortable with your roommate(s). All our accommodations are provided in two and three-bedroom suites where each student has his/her own bedroom and shared kitchen and bath facilities. If you identify as a gender other than your birth gender, please contact us so that we can discuss options.
The residence has three two-bedroom suites that are designed for people who use wheelchairs. Each of the eight floors is accessible by elevator, enabling all students access to common areas of the building.
No. Georgian College established a policy in 2001 ensuring a smoke-free environment in all college buildings. Smoking is allowed only in designated areas on the campus.
There are several reasons a limit has been placed on the number of overnight guests allowed. Having guests in the building on a continual basis often leads to problems between roommates and other members of the residence community. And in fairness to all residents, the limit to overnight guests is to prevent non-residents from living in the residence at no cost. Our goal is to create a strong community for everyone living in the residence and this limitation helps us achieve this goal. The Residence Community Living Standards are used to determine consequences for residents who violate the guest policy.
If something breaks in your suite, please contact the front desk or submit a maintenance request by logging into your housing portal. By submitting a maintenance request, you authorize our maintenance staff to enter your room between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. to repair the damages you have requested. This repair may take a few days to get to, so we ask that you be patient. If it is an emergency, we ask that you alert our staff to the situation. Please note that any damage to the suite that has occurred at the fault of the resident will be billable. Visit the housing portal to create a maintenance request or to check on the progress of an existing request.
Residents can apply at the front desk to stay during the winter break. You must submit your application prior to Dec. 1 if you plan to stay for any part of the break. There is no additional charge for staying in residence during this time.
You are responsible for arranging adequate insurance coverage for all your belongings. The Residence’s insurance policy does not cover damage to or loss of your personal items. You should contact your family insurance agent to determine if you are covered under your parent’s home insurance and if so, for what amount.
We would be happy to have you visit the residence at a time most convenient for you. Please contact us.
The Georgian College residence is a “designated residence” for property tax and rent purposes, meaning that residence fees cannot be claimed on income tax returns. The only claim allowed is $25 for the year (with no receipt necessary), as directed by the Ontario government. For this reason, the college does not issue tax receipts for residence fees. For further information please visit Ministry of Finance.
A limited number of metered parking spots are available in front of the residence. Visitors may also park in the campus parking spaces during the day and into the early evening. If an overnight guest requires parking, the resident may purchase an overnight parking pass from the residence front desk.
Long distance phone calls are not included in residence fees. Long distance calls can be made with a calling card or prepaid calling card.
Sorry, pets are not allowed in residence. This is an effort to keep the environment clean and free of allergens.
A resident must be a student at Georgian College. If a student is not allowed to continue at the college for academic reasons, he or she will be required to leave the residence as well. In other words, if a student maintains satisfactory grades and remains in good standing, he or she may continue to live in the residence. Grounds for eviction from residence are outlined in Residence community living standards.
Nearly every relationship encounters conflict at some point. Hopefully, all of the parties involved can find an equitable solution to the issues at hand. In an effort to facilitate conflict within the residence and to promote a positive community, the RAs have been provided with conflict mediation training. If the people involved cannot find a solution initially, than it should be brought to the attention of an RA. It should be remembered that everyone involved in the conflict has to work together to provide a lasting solution.
Many people will be involved on residence move-in day to fulfil many tasks, from directing traffic, to assisting with unloading of cars, checking people in, controlling the elevators, staffing the Welcome Centre and to answer questions. We strongly encourage students and their families to have all belongings well labelled and packaged to aid the move-in process. We also encourage students and families to handle their own belongings to ensure items are handled with the utmost care.
For the most part, students under the age of 18 will be treated like any other student in the residence. However, in certain situations, we will take extra steps for students under 18. For instance, parents will be sent a copy of any letters sent to students as a result of a breach in the residence community standards. Once a student reaches 18, no further letters will be mailed to the parents.
That depends on the semester your son/daughter is on co-op. Residence contracts are available for the fall/winter semester (September to April), the winter semester (January to April) and the summer semester (May to Aug). If your son/daughter has a co-op during the winter semester, there are a couple of options available to him/her. If your son/daughter gets a co-op in the Barrie area, then he/she can simply continue to live in residence while working at his/her co-op. If your son/daughter gets a co-op position that is too far to commute, then after he/she moves into residence, he/she can complete a residence withdrawal form. Please contact the residence general manager if you have any questions.