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:
- Your suite comes fully furnished and features high speed wired internet access, TV with satellite television and telephone with free local calls.
- The residence is equipped with a laundry facility, common kitchen, common lounges (with varying amenities in each), and a front desk that is 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.) – you are only steps away.
- You don’t have to worry about roommates who do not pay their bills.
- Take part in the events hosted by your resident advisor (RA) and residence council or get involved as an RA or residence council team member yourself.
- 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. You don’t have to worry about all the extras so you can focus your energies on your studies. When you live in residence, your fees cover your accommodation costs, internet, local phone service, all utilities, furnishings, appliances, etc. The only other costs would be if you required 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 card from the Georgian College Parking office located on the first floor of the Administrative Centre (Building C). Learn more about parking for residence.
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 him or her better. Please refer to the Residence Life 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. The residence is comprised of mostly two-bedroom suites, with each student having a private bedroom. Each suite has a kitchenette with a full-size refrigerator, microwave/convection oven, cupboards, sink and table with two chairs (three chairs in three-bedroom suites). The suite also contains a three-piece bathroom with a shower unit. The suite has 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:
- A double bed with extra-long mattress (queen size sheets are a little wide, but work well)
- The bed has two drawers underneath for more storage
- A large desk with a chair
- A dresser with three drawers
- A telephone with local phone service (long distance with a calling card)
- A television with satellite service
- A network jack for internet access
- A rolling pedestal with two drawers
- A desk lamp
- A closet with shelf space
Located on every floor of the residence is a large common lounge with a television and couches. A common kitchen is located on the first floor, as well as a study lounge and coin-operated laundry facilities. The washers and dryers are $1.50 each ($2 for front load washers) to operate a typical cycle. These machines accept only quarters and loonies. Two change machines are available, one in the laundry room and one in the lobby of the residence.
Behind the residence are two beach volleyball courts and a SportCourt which can be used for ball hockey, rollerblade hockey, basketball, etc.
Oversized double bed
Nightstand with lamp
Desk and work area with chair
Free local calls
Closet space/closet organizer
Kitchen table and chairs
Preparation area complete with sink and storage area
Items you may find useful while living in residence:
- Alarm clock
- Cell phone
- Computer/laptop and printer
- IPod or other MP3 player
- Digital camera
- Clothes hangers
- Email addresses of family and friends
- Surge protected power bar
- DVD player
- 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: dishwashers, microwaves, 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
- Cigarettes, cigars and pipes — the residence is smoke-free
- Heaters and heat lamps
- Waterbeds and other furniture
- Water cooler
- Bar fridge
- Fax machine
- Halogen lamps
- Telephone (one is already provided)
- TV (one is already provided)
Summer semester 2016
March 1 – Summer acceptance emails distributed
April 15 – Summer residence fee deadline
April 15 – Deadline to cancel summer application without financial penalty
May 8 – Summer move-in day
May 10 – Summer room inspection deadline
Fall semester 2016
April 8 – Acceptance emails distributed
July 1 – Residence fee deadline (Option 1 and 2)
Aug. 1 – Deadline to cancel fall/winter application without financial penalty
Aug. 28 to Sept. 3 – Early move-in days
Sept. 4 – Official move-in day
Sept. 6 – Room inspection deadline
Oct. 14 – Residence fee deadline (Option 2)
Dec. 1 – Winter break extension form due
Dec. 17 – Residence closed for holidays
Dec. 18 to Jan. 7 – Holiday room inspections
Winter semester 2017
Nov. 2 – Winter acceptance emails distributed
Dec. 1 – Winter residence fee deadline
Dec. 1 – Deadline to cancel fall/winter application without financial penalty
Jan. 8 – Residence re-opens for second semester
Jan. 10 – Winter inspection form deadline (new students only)
Jan. 20 – Residence fee deadline (Option 2)
Feb. 1 – Resident advisor application deadline
Feb. – Applications available for academic year 2017-18
March 1 – Move-out form distributed
March 31 – Move-out form due
April 22 – Move-out day
- Barrie Student Residence Agreement (pdf)
- Barrie residence handbook (pdf)
- Barrie termination/cancellation policy (pdf)
- Georgian College’s Sexual Violence procedure (pdf)
Other helpful documents
- Room transfer form (pdf)
- Appeal request form (pdf)
- Cancellation/withdrawal 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’s. 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, 2016
$650 due April 15, 2016
$650 due May 15, 2016
$650 due June 15, 2016
$650 due July 15, 2016
$6,800 due July 1, 2016
$1,825 due July 1, 2016
$2,550 due October 14, 2016
$2,550 due January 20, 2017
$3,400 due Dec. 1, 2016
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.).
We take the safety and security of our residents very seriously. The areas below outline some of the steps that we take to ensure that all members of the residence community get the most out of their experience.
- There are 13 residence advisors and two community advisors who are student staff members living in the building with the students and who go through extensive training to help prepare them.
- Full-time managers live in the building.
- Access to the building, suites and bedroom doors is by electronic access card that can be deactivated if lost. You will be issued an electronic swipe card that will grant you access to the residence, your suite and your bedroom.
- Security cameras located in various areas of the building.
- Access to the building is through main entrance only, which is staffed 24 hours a day. Guests must sign in. Residents must escort them into the building. For more information on the guest/visitor policy, see the Residence community living standards document.
- Security guards are stationed in the residence nightly.
- The residence is equipped with smoke and heat detectors, fire extinguishers, hoses and alarms that are checked regularly. Additional information will be posted and outlined to all residents after move-in date.
- Emergency services: 911
- Residence front desk: 7070
- Residence: 101 Georgian Drive, Barrie, L4M 6Z5, 705.722.5190, fax 705.730.5558, email: firstname.lastname@example.org, web: www.georgiancollege.ca
- Royal Victoria Hospital: 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 have the opportunity to 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 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.
Residence Life staff promote a social and supportive community, with a strong emphasis on self-growth and development. We will implement quality programming and promote a safe environment with high community standards, reflecting our diverse community.
The role of the resident advisor (RA) is filled by returning students who drive the social activities and community building within the residence. Resident advisors provide valuable support and guidance to residents, while at the same time acting as liaisons with residence management. The RAs complete nightly rounds of the building and can be reached through the front desk. Resident advisors are a great resource: they have the tools and knowledge to get you the answers, direction and/or assistance you need, or can simply be someone to talk to.
Applications for RA positions are available starting in January of each year for the upcoming academic year. To apply, click here.
The Community advisor (CA) is an upper-year or graduate student with significant experience in residence life. The CA is a leader, role model, mentor, resource and support to the residence life staff, residence council and the students in the residence community. Their primary role is to foster a community environment that eases the student’s transition into college and supports the personal and academic success of their students. The CA will facilitate social and educational programs and create a safe and respectful environment throughout the residence. They will also assist with areas such as roommate conflicts and low-level judicial processes associated with the RCLS. The CA is an additional resource for the students and will work directly with the RA team to provide direction, guidance and support for the students living within the residence.
As a representative body of the residence student population, the residence 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 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 council president and vice president positions are selected by the residence life co-ordinators, community advisor and residents through an application process. All residents are welcome to apply to be members of this volunteer council.
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 a little about your perceptions and habits related to alcohol. Once you complete the survey it will give you information that may have a positive impact on your perceptions and habits.
Stressed out? Anxious? Feeling down? Or simply curious to learn more 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.
A fire safety awareness campaign.
Self-injury outreach and support.
Application and selection process
A lottery system will be used in late March to assign first-year 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.
- Residence parking cards are sold for the entire academic year (September 2015 to April 2016).
- Parking cards purchased after September will be billed from the first day of the purchasing month to April 2016.
- Residence parking tags must be displayed from your rear view mirror at all times when parked on campus – failure to do so may result in your vehicle being ticketed and/or towed.
- Possession of a parking card and tag does not grant immunity to fines or towing for illegal parking, and does not grant permission to park at any metered spots or in front of the residence.
- Parking cards/tags may not be shared or lent to another individual – anyone caught sharing their card may lose parking privileges and may be ineligible for a refund.
- Vehicles must be parked properly between lines. Vehicles parked on an angle or blocking other vehicles may be ticketed and/or towed.
- Loss of a residence parking tag will result in the loss of parking privileges and the purchase of a new residence parking tag and card will be required in order to continue to park at residence.
- A $10 deposit in addition to the parking fee is required. This deposit is refundable upon return of the pass card, in good condition, within six months of expiration. This refund is available through the campus Parking offices.
- Refunds for anyone cancelling their parking card are pro-rated on a monthly basis. For example, cancelling on Jan. 15 would result in a parking refund for February, March and April.
- Georgian College assumes no risk or responsibility for, or losses to, a vehicle or its contents.
- Guests who require parking at the residence will be required to purchase a visitor parking pass at the residence front desk for $6 per day. Guest passes are valid only until 9 a.m. Any guest who wishes to stay later than 9 a.m. is required to purchase an additional day’s pass.
The cost for residence parking is $564.40 plus $10 deposit on the card for the September to April academic year.
Payments can be made at the campus Parking office (Barrie campus) located in C131 (behind the Welcome Centre).
The applicant agrees to obey the Traffic and Parking procedures as approved by the College Planning Committee of Georgian College of Applied Arts & Technology, and outlined in the brochure labelled Traffic and Parking.
All vehicles and contents on college grounds remain at the risk of the owners who acknowledge that Georgian College assumes no risk or responsibility for, or losses to, a vehicle or its contents; and, in the event of breach of any agreement or regulation, the college shall be entitled to its remedies at law. The sanctions imposed by the college shall not be considered a penalty clause but rather as liquidated damages.
Upon receipt of monies, the college will make every effort to provide space for parking to all parkers at each campus. Parkers must recognize and accept that facilities may become crowded from time to time or be affected by such things as weather conditions, contract disputes, etc. However, these conditions do not abrogate the responsibility of all parkers to strictly observe all rules and regulations.
All parkers using Georgian College facilities are governed by, and agree to, the aforementioned in addition to the statutes, regulations and by-laws in force through the government of Ontario and the municipalities.
705.728.1968, ext. 1230
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 a number of 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 tesidence 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 you room between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4 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.
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.
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.