Welcome to University Centre Services

Director's Welcome

It is my pleasure to welcome you to the website of University Centre Services at the University of Guelph.

The University Centre (UC) mission is to provide a central focus point or central meeting place for all members of the University community – students, faculty, staff, alumni and guests.  As the “Front Door” and “Main Street” of campus, the UC strives to provide resources necessary for social and cultural interaction among and within different sectors of the University community. In addition, the UC provides services, conveniences and amenities that members of the University community require in their daily life on campus.

As part of our focus and commitment to provide social, recreational, educational and cultural activities which are not normally provided through the academic curriculum or other University services, the UC provides services through management and operations of the following functional areas:

Brass Taps – Established in 1974, the Brass Taps, a fully licensed campus pub has been the University’s campus home for over 47 years. The Brass Taps offers great daily food and beverage selections, event food and beverage services at competitive prices, intimate concert performances, regular entertainment programs, guest lectures and special event hosting. Be sure to check out our Campus Bakery Company offering a selection of gourmet baked goods.                              

The Lookout/Patio + Grad Lounge – We are excited to bring you our latest venture. In partnership with the Graduate Student Association, we now manage and operate their food and beverage operations. The Lookout which recently underwent extensive renovations now offers an eclectic selection of menu items that is sure to please patrons.                                                                                                            

Programming/UC Events – UC Programming provides entertainment and cultural events, including Fairs and Performances, and short-term vendor rentals in the central courtyard. The flagship event of the UC is the annual juried Fair November Craft Show which is in its 47th.Year.                                                                                                                                       

Building Services - Manages the leases and associated services, including room reservations, table bookings in the central courtyard and locker rentals in addition to managing the physical aspects of the building. And, now we offer our Digital Media Services including advertising and content creation delivered via 14 strategically located large screen TV’s on various levels of the UC.                                                                                                

Whether you are savouring one of our daily lunch/dinner features, enjoying a noon-hour concert or a  musical performance, shopping at one of our vendor tables, are here to obtain services from one of the University’s central service departments or commercial tenants located in the UC, I take this opportunity to welcome you to our beloved Centre and hope you enjoy the varied services, programs and amenities we offer.

Philip John


Attending the University Centre?

The University Centre is OPEN to support our students, staff, and faculty members over the Fall 2021 semester. While many services continue to offer virtual services online, several amenities including student study lounges, meeting and event spaces, commercial business providers, and food and beverage outlets (including Brass Taps Pub, The Lookout Patio + Grad Lounge and Chef's Hall) are open and ready to serve you. Please check with the specific service provider to confirm in-person hours of operation and follow safety protocols prior to arriving on campus and accessing the University Centre, including:

  • Complete the University's COVID-19 Screening Form prior to arriving on campus.
  • Wear a face mask at all times when occupying the University Centre unless actively consuming food and/or beverages.
  • Maintain physical distancing in all interior spaces.
  • Check the University's COVID-19 Information Website for safe practices, available services and other information to plan your visit in advance.

Please be respectful to your fellow Gryphons and observe safety measures at all times. We are all in this together!


Hours of Operation - Fall 2021

The University Centre is open to welcome back the university community for the Fall 2021 semester. The building will be open and operating on the following schedule:

September 7th - December 17th:
Sunday to Saturday from 6:30am - 11pm daily.

The following amentities, services and commercial business providers are open and available for in-person service this fall:

  • UC Services Office - Open Monday to Friday from 8:30am - 4:30pm
  • Brass Taps Campus Pub - Open Monday to Friday from 10am - 6pm (Week of August 30th - September 3rd, CLOSED Labour Day Weekend)
  • The Lookout Patio + Grad Lounge - Open Monday to Friday from 10am - 6pm (Week of August 30th - September 3rd, CLOSED Labour Day Weekend)
  • Chef's Hall Cafeteria - See Hospitality Services Hours of Operation for operating times.
  • UC Pharmacy - Open Monday to Friday from 10am - 4pm
  • Click Signs - Visit clicksigns.ca for current business hours
  • Chiropractic Care Centre - Call (519) 767-5070 for current hours and to book an appointment.
  • Campus Dentist - Visit campusdentist.com for current hours and to book an appointment.
  • Edge Imaging Photography - Visit edgeimaging.ca for current hours and to book an appointment.
  • UC Vision Optometrist - Call (519) 824-4120 x56620 or email ucvision@rogers.com to arrange a visit.
  • CSA Health & Dental Insurance Office - Email guelphplan@mystudentplan.ca or visit mystudentplan.ca/uofguelph
  • Campus Mail Room (Canada Post Mail & Amazon Deliveries) - Open Monday to Friday from 8:30am - 12pm and 1pm - 3pm.
  • UC Loading Dock (Parcel Pick-up and Shipping) - Open Monday to Friday from 6:30am - 4pm.

Staff Access to Administrative Areas

For some staff and faculty members, access to offices and workspaces continues to be limited to individuals who must perform their job duties on-site and have approval from their departmental leader.

E-Access Locations & Building Entry Safety Requirements
E-Access is currently enabled and available via the main level southwest doors (at Conservatory Gardens), the northwest doors (at Hutt Building), or the loading dock service doors.

All individuals planning to attend campus and access the University Centre must complete the following steps prior to arrival on campus:

  1. Complete the COVID-19 Infection Prevention and Control Awareness Training course via CourseLink. Visitors are not required to complete this training.

  2. Consider downloading the Government of Canada’s COVID Alert app.

  3. Every day, before you come to campus, complete U of G’s COVID-19 Screening FormDo not come to campus if the form indicates you should stay home. 

  4. If you had close contact with a person suspected or confirmed to have COVID-19 in the past 14 days, do not come to campus.

  5. Review the information on this website, particularly Practices and Spaces.

  6. Bring a face covering (e.g., non-medical mask).

*Regular disinfecting of high-touch surfaces and enhanced safety measures are in place for the protection of all staff, faculty and students. We thank our partners in Custodial Services, Hospitality Services and Campus Police & Fire Prevention as well as our UC staff members for their continuous dedication to making the UC a safe environment for our campus community!


UC Services - Our Services

All clients and building user groups who need to contact UC Services regarding access or other building matters can email us at ucservices@uoguelph.ca or leave a voicemail at (519) 824-4120 ext. 53300. For all emergency access requirements, please contact Campus Police at (519) 824-4120 ext. 52245.

Brass Taps Campus Pub - Open for in-person dining, event reservations, and online ordering take-out service.

The Lookout Rooftop Patio + Grad Lounge - Open for in-person dining, event and patio reservations, and online ordering take-out service.

Campus Bakery Co. - Available for custom orders only. Individual portioning available for safe measures.

UC Building & Reservation Services - Open Remotely in February 2021 with Limited Service Offerings.

UC Digital Media Services - Campus Digital Broadcasting, Content Media Design & Development available virtually by contacting ucdesign@uoguelph.ca.

Fair November Craft Show - Review this year's Virtually Fair November 2020 and sign-up for future updates for Fair November 2021.


Building Management Administration & Board Governance

University Centre Board & Building Policies - Information on the Board and Policies that govern the building.

UC Student Study Areas - Discover various spaces dedicated to individual study and casual academic collaboration.