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: Barrie, Orillia 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
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.
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
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 (FAQs)
Living in residence during COVID-19
We have prepared a list of questions you may have about living in residence during COVID-19.
If you have a question that is not answered below, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 705.730.5600.
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.
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.
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).
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.
At this time, we will be limiting guest sign-ins to only primary or emergency contacts at all Georgian College residences.
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.
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 email@example.com or by calling 705.730.5600.
If you experience flu-like symptoms while in residence, contact Telehealth Ontario immediately at 1.866.797.0000.
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.
Georgian College Residence
101 Georgian Drive
Barrie, ON L4M 6Z5
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