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Living in Canada

Student Life Services has compiled some great resources for students living in Canada for the first time. Please see the International Student Handbook for these resources.

Additional Things To Do

During your first week or two here at OVC, there are some things you will want to complete:

1) Attend the OVC Orientation Session with Megan Sager, International Student Advisor (this will happen during the first week of school, and you will be notified of the date in July or August). At this session:

  • You will receive information on Student Health and Dental Plans
  • You can join the University of Guelph International Students Listserv
  • You will have an opportunity to interact with other non-Canadian students and ask questions

2) Obtain your University of Guelph Student ID Card if you have not already

  • Your Student ID Card also serves as your bus pass and meal card (if you choose to have a meal plan)

3) Pay your tuition and fees at Student Financial Services

4) Check that your E-mail, WebAdvisor and Courselink accounts are up and running.

  • If you do not know your user ID and password please contact 519-824-4120 Ext. 58888

5) Set up a bank account. Information about this can be found in the International Student Handbook

You will also have an opportunity to take part in all of the Orientation activities OVC has to offer. Please visit the OVC Orientation website for a complete listing of all of the activities for new DVM students: OVC Orientation Website


Guelph Community

While living in Guelph it is a good idea to explore some of what Guelph has to offer and keep up-to-date on current Guelph events.

If you require additional information about living in Guelph such as transportation, garbage and recycling, parks and trails including off leash parks for dogs, dog licenses, etc. please visit:


Life in Ontario

There are many great activities to discover in Ontario. Check out the Ontario Travel website


Additional Links

Here are a few additional links you may find useful while living in Guelph: