Old University Dovercliffe

old university neighbourhood guelph

Guelph real estate: Old University / Dovercliffe Park

This area really should be two areas- Old University and Dovercliffe. Not only are they very different neighbourhoods, but they are divided by the Hanlon through the middle.

Where is Old University?

Old University is the area sandwiched between Downtown and the University of Guelph. This area has long been popular for student rentals, university staff and anyone in between.

Types of homes in Old University/ Dovercliffe

There are a wide range of homes here from a standard two unit duplex to heritage homes and post war bungalows. In recent years, there has been a lot of infill development (tear down/ rebuild/ lot severance) as buyers and sellers creatively try to maximize land value. As of one of the most expensive areas of town, this neighbourhood is frequently setting new high resale value.

Amenities near Old University

The Old University area is quite close to Royal City Park, one of the most popular parks in Guelph. It’s also quite walkable to everything downtown Guelph has to offer: Guelph restaurants, cafes in Guelph, Guelph hair salons and much more.

Buyers of Old University should consider the fact that many single family homes in this area have been converted to student homes. Although generally students are a great addition to an area, some buyers may prefer more stability in their neighbourhoods. Guelph does not have a specific contained area for student rentals and therefore a single family home could be resold and then developed into a student home. It’s worth noting that in Guelph, homes with more than two units are not permitted in a standard residential zone (R1/R2) unless specifically exempt by the City. 


is generally described as the area on the West side of the Hanlon Expressway and just north of the Kortright Hills area. This area has a variety of homes built in the late 1960’s – late 1980’s including the always desirable backsplit/ sidesplit model. Homes in this area are more affordable than many parts of Old University as it also has options of townhouses and apartments.

Although not as walkable to downtown, Dovercliffe is conveniently located within minutes of the shopping at Stone Road Mall and area businesses, as well as very easy access to the Hanlon Expressway and backroads to the KW area.

We have worked with clients to buy and sell a number of homes in this area, and we can help you too! Get in touch via our booking form or contacting us directly.

Elementary Schools in Old University:

Priory Park PS – JK-6
Jean Little PS – 7-8
Kortright Hills PS – JK-8
John Galt PS – JK-8
John McCrae PS – French Immersion – JK-8
Ecole King George PS – French Immersion – JK-8

High Schools in Old University

Centennial CVI – 9-12
John F Ross CVI – 9-12
College Heights SS – 9-12
John F Ross CVI – French Immersion – 9-12

Catholic Schools:

Holy Rosary Catholic School – JK-8
St Joseph Catholic School – JK-8
Mary Phelan Catholic School JK-8
Sacred Heart Catholic School – IB Programme – JK-8
St James Catholic High School – 9-12
Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic High School – 9-12
Bishop Macdonell Catholic High School – 9-12

Guelph walk in Clinics:
Gordon Walk-in Clinic


Neighbourhood groups:
Kortright Hills Neighbourhood Group