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Student Services

The community of Guelph welcomes a large number of students every year - many of whom need to arrange for hydro service for the first time.

We have put together some information that may be of use to students including:

Before signing a lease

Before signing your lease, it is important to consider your energy usage and budget. Be sure to ask your landlord exactly which bills are included in the rent and which ones are extra. You should also ask how the house or apartment is powered and heated (natural gas, electricity, or both), and who provides service to the property.

There are basically two options:

  1. Your rent includes the cost of utilities, so your landlord handles the utility accounts (electricity, gas and water). In this case, all you have to worry about is paying your rent.
  2. Some or all of the utilities are not included in the rent. In this case, you will need to open your own utility account(s). For electricity service, we can help you. For gas service, you will need to set up an account with the local gas utility.

Be aware that whichever student signs up for service is solely responsible for paying the bill.

In Ontario, prospective tenants must be provided with certain information if the landlord has installed a meter or suite meter in the rental unit and wants the prospective tenant to pay for their own electricity costs.
Information to Prospective Tenant About Suite Meters or Meters

Helpful Resources for Students
How to set up your new accountExample - Estimated monthly electricity bill Energy Saving and Money Saving Tips for StudentsHigh Bill Analysis

Contact Us

Off-Campus Rental Resources (University of Guelph)
Tenants Accommodation Checklist (University of Guelph)

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