UoGuelph students union concerned about high-end condo developments

September 24, 2014

Students at the University of Guelph are concerned about the growing number of student-centric high rise condominiums in the city. A 160-unit development is currently under construction, while a second 77-unit building is planned for an adjacent site. These developments were originally intended to be targeted at retirees, but are now being marketed to young people, including students and recent graduates. The UoGuelph’s Central Student Association (CSA) says that they have a few concerns about the developments. First, they say that because the new units are more costly than the average rental in the city, they could drive up rental fees elsewhere. Second, they say that the buildings could promote isolation in the student population. “You’re not moving in with a group of folks you know, so there’s a tendency to stay in a room and feel isolated,” said the CSA’s Local Affairs Commissioner Brittany Skelton. Guelph Mercury