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On-campus residences

If you choose to live on campus, you’ll have many opportunities to get involved in your college community. Explore the benefits of living on campus at Georgian’s student residences in Barrie, Orillia and Owen Sound.

About on-campus residence

On-campus residences are offered at the Barrie, Orillia and Owen Sound campuses. On-campus living provides you with everything you need to make your college experience enjoyable and safe.

Enjoy the convenience of being steps away from campus and having everything you need at your fingertips. Take part in residence life programs while making new lifelong friendships and getting to know your fellow residents. If you choose to live on-campus, you’ll have many opportunities to get involved in your college community. You can take an active leadership role in residence by:

  • applying to be a resident advisor
  • running for a position on the residence student council
  • organizing or joining a club
  • participating in intramural sports
  • planning outings, and much more!

You’ll meet people from all around the world, have quick access to class, and to the many services and facilities provided at your campus. Get more information about individual on-campus residences: BarrieOrillia or Owen Sound.

We care about your safety and well-being. Be sure to visit our Campus Safety Services page for important information and tips.

On-campus residence options

Barrie Residence

Barrie Residence

The Barrie Residence houses 524 students in an eight-storey building overlooking the campus and Little Lake. Most suites accommodate two students, each student having a private bedroom.

Orillia

Orillia Residence

The Orillia Residence houses 192 students in three 4-storey buildings overlooking the campus. Most residence suites accommodate four students with each student having a private bedroom.

Owen Sound Residence

Owen Sound Residence

The Owen Sound Residence houses 61 students in townhouse style buildings. Most residence suites accommodate four students with each student having a private bedroom.

Frequently asked questions (FAQ)

Living in residence during COVID-19

We prepared a list of questions you may have about living in residence during COVID-19.

If you have a question that’s not answered below, please email us at info@georgianresidence.ca or call us at 705.730.5600.

Vaccination requirements for students living in on-campus residence

Students who plan to live in an on-campus residence at Georgian campuses in Barrie, Orillia and Owen Sound this fall will be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19. For more information, please review the Residence Vaccination Protocol and our vaccination FAQ below.

FAQ about mandatory COVID-19 vaccination for Georgian residences

Students who plan to live in an on-campus residence at Georgian campuses in Barrie, Orillia and Owen Sound this fall will now be required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

Is there a vaccine requirement for students living in residence?Georgian College Chevron

Yes, Georgian has a Residence Vaccination Protocol for the 2021-22 academic term.

This protocol requires all residents to be fully vaccinated. To meet this requirement, residents must receive a Health Canada-approved (Moderna, AstraZeneca, Janssen/Johnson & Johnson or Pfizer-BioNTech) or World Health Organization approved-vaccine.

Those who don’t meet this requirement will not be provided accommodations in residence. Residence fees will be refunded on a pro rata basis.

Is there an exemption process for the vaccination policy?Georgian College Chevron

Students who can’t be vaccinated due to medical accommodations or other protected grounds under the Ontario Human Rights Code may request an exemption. Students will be advised of the outcome in writing.

To apply for an exception, please fill out the appropriate form:

How do I get vaccinated?Georgian College Chevron

Consult your local district health unit to find a vaccination clinic near you. If you’re currently residing in Ontario, check out How to book a COVID-19 vaccine appointment (ontario.ca).

The college is working with both the Simcoe Muskoka and Grey Bruce health units to facilitate vaccination clinics for Georgian students.

How do I confirm my vaccine status?Georgian College Chevron

Students will be required to provide proof of vaccination to a through the Safe@Georgian mobile app.  Georgian College will verify your vaccine record via the Safe@Georgian App and you will receive a Georgian vaccine passport

Follow these instructions to upload proof of vaccination. You must have approval through the Safe@Georgian app in order to move into residence.

Are guests allowed in residence?Georgian College Chevron

Guests will not be permitted in residence until further notice. Residents will be permitted to host one other resident per suite at a time.

Will common lounges be open?Georgian College Chevron

To support physical distancing and reduce density in communal spaces, we’ve introduced occupancy limits in essential common spaces, such as the kitchen. Please ensure you’re following all signs and physical distancing in laundry rooms and elevators, until further notice.  Our lounge areas remain closed at this time.

How do I ensure I get my second dose by the required deadline?Georgian College Chevron

The college is working with both the Simcoe Muskoka and Grey Bruce health units to facilitate vaccination clinics for Georgian students.

General FAQ about Georgian Residence

How will COVID-19 impact my residence experience?Georgian College Chevron

This answer will continue to change as we adapt to the safety measures and recommendations made by Public Health and the government. Residents at all properties will be provided cleaning recommendations for personal spaces at move in.

Social lounges in Barrie have been closed for the time being. However, the common kitchen and laundry room remain open with signage indicating the limited capacity requirements of each space.

Our residence life team in Barrie has adapted their programming and community building efforts to a virtual model. Residence students will be able to access all residence events and nightly RA on duty office through a scheduling app. Your login information will be emailed to you prior to your move-in.

How will physical distancing work in residence? What measures are put in place?Georgian College Chevron

Along with increased sanitization throughout the building, residents will be required to comply with all physical distancing and personal protective equipment (PPE) needed while on campus due to COVID-19.

Residents will be asked to wear a mask in the residence building anytime they are not in their suite, maintain a six-foot distance from those around them while in common areas of the building, and adhere to all posted room occupancy guidelines (e.g. laundry room).

When is the last day to cancel my application?Georgian College Chevron

You are able to cancel your residence application at any time but may be subject to financial penalties. Please consult the student residence agreement for a full breakdown:

Please note that refunds take a minimum of six to eight weeks to be processed and then delivered. With Canada Post COVID-19 delays, please allow additional time for delivery.

Will I be able to have guests in residence?Georgian College Chevron

Guests will not be permitted in residence until further notice. Residents will be permitted to host one other resident per suite at a time.

Will common lounges be open?Georgian College Chevron

To support physical distancing and reduce density in communal spaces, we have introduced occupancy limits in essential common spaces such as the kitchen. Please ensure you are following all signage and physical distancing in laundry rooms and elevators, until further notice. Our social lounge areas remain closed at this time.

Will I still be able to ship mail to residence?Georgian College Chevron

You are still able to have mail sent to the residence as normal. Residents will receive an email from the front desk when a parcel or letter arrives at the Barrie Residence. Pick-ups will be available at the front desk while maintaining physical distancing and PPE requirements.

Residence will be temporarily suspending drop-offs from family or friends of a resident’s belongings at the front desk. If a student requires a personal delivery including grocery and/or food deliveries, it must occur without reliance on a residence staff member.

The Orillia Residence will have mail drop-offs once a week through the residence advisor. Mail can continue to be delivered to the Orillia Residence.  The Owen Sound Residence operates through Canada Post mailboxes for each townhouse.

I live in residence and I have flu-like symptoms. What should I do?Georgian College Chevron

You must inform a residence staff member if you have a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19. Please contact the front desk by email at info@georgianresidence.ca or by calling 705.730.5600.

If you experience flu-like symptoms while in residence, contact Telehealth Ontario immediately at 1.866.797.0000.

My roommate has been told to self-isolate. Will I be required to self-isolate as well?Georgian College Chevron

In order to reduce the spread of infection, the residence will coordinate with Public Health and Georgian College to support a student’s (and roommates) health and academic needs. Students who have been directed to self-isolate will be asked to do so within their assigned suite or at their permanent home address. Roommates and students living with a suspected case of COVID-19 will not be relocated to ensure the spread of the virus is contained within the suite.

Residence staff will create a wellness plan with every student that is required to self-isolate.

What are the benefits of living on campus?Georgian College Chevron

Living in residence on campus provides a safe and secure environment to study, meet friends and be supported through your academic and personal college experience. With building key card access, a 24-hour front desk in Barrie, online guest sign-in for Orillia and Owen Sound, a security presence, a team of residence advisors and required sign in for all residence visitors and contractors, we aim to ensure that all students feel secure in their home.

Our residence life team will continue to host events and opportunities every week for students to virtually meet one another and build the sense of community we strive to achieve every year.

Additionally, residence is a convenient option for students who may not have previously considered living on campus prior to COVID-19. For those with in-person components to their program, living on campus is a great way to eliminate or reduce your daily commute.

Contact us

Contact information

Georgian College Residence
101 Georgian Drive
Barrie, ON L4M 6Z5

Phone: 705.730.5600
Email: info@georgianresidence.ca

Stay connected

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