The Bullring

Your on-campus living room.

Originally an arena for showing cattle, this building has served a number of different roles over the last 115 years. Its recent renovation into a coffee shop completes a multi-year CSA program to make the space open all day as a lounge for students. Come by and grab a fair-trade coffee or some affordable grub that isn’t produced by a massive fast food chain. Relax and crack open a book. The space is ours, most of the employees are students, and all profits are reinvested in the building. The Bullring can also be booked for events!


Catering and Rental Package

Hours of Operation

  • Monday, Tuesday and Thursday: 8 am - 10 pm
  • Wednesday: 8 am - Midnight (Open Mic)
  • Friday: 8 am - 7 pm    
  • Friday evenings/Saturday/Sunday: Private Bookings

Contact Information

  • General Manager Katrina Lindsay:
  • Telephone: 519-824-4120 x 58115
  • Location: 107 Trent Lane (main entrances are across from Rozanki and off Winegard Walk)


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Throughout the fall and winter semesters (and occasionally in the summer), the Bullring is a happenin’ place. With live music happening every afternoon, and Bob from Bob’s Dog always ready for a chat on the patio, it’s the perfect place to reconnect with friends, take a break from studying, or enjoy some delicious fair-trade coffee.

Open Mic Night

Fall & Winter Semesters, Wednesday nights, 8:00 pm to 12 midnight (sign-up starts at 6:45 pm)

Have a hidden talent? A wicked sense of rhythm? A band? Show off your skills at The Bullring! We provide the stage, speakers, and mics, and even have an acoustic guitar or two on hand for your convenience. All welcome and encouraged!

Don’t have any special talents? No problem! All ages are welcome to enjoy live music/spoken word with your favorite Bullring snack or delicious fair trade coffee. We accept meal plans all night long.

Art in the Bullring

A call for submissions is sent out in the early months of both the Fall and Winter Semester.

The CSA works in conjunction with the Fine Arts Network (FAN) to enhance student life on campus. Art in the Bullring is one such opportunity for students to exhibit their work in a public space outside the studio.

After FAN opened submissions for the show, a panel of five judges (including three members of FAN and two CSA Executive) decided on the artist's work for a semi-permanent show. Those chosen received a $100 dollar honorarium and had the privilege of seeing their work hang in the Bullring for the rest of the semester.

Questions about this event should be directed to the CSA’s VP Academic.


The Bullring, built in 1903, was originally called the “Judging Pavilion” and used for livestock auctions and shows. Cattle entered the building from the entrance that now faces Winegard Walk.  At the time, what is now known as the University of Guelph, did not exist; the campus was composed of the Ontario Agriculture College, the MacDonald Institute and experimental farm fields.  The Ontario Veterinary College became the third institution to join the campus in 1922.

Around 1970, four years after the University of Guelph was established, the Bullring was converted into a campus pub.  Through the 70’s, 80’s and early 90’s, the Bullring was among the U of G students' favourite watering holes.  In 2002, due to dwindling sales, the Bullring closed and planning began for its transition.  In the summer of 2003, construction began with the goal of converting it into a coffee pub.  Although most of the interior was gutted, the original interior walls, steam radiators, windows and unique round ceiling remain.  Its turn of the century architecture, and the knowledge that students have passed through here for more than 100 years, lends a unique feel to the Bullring; it’s like no other place on campus.

In October 2003, the Bullring opened to the public as a furnished, licensed coffee shop with a full menu.  Today, the Bullring employs over 40 part time staff who are also students here at the U of G.  The Bullring offers a wide range of products and services including a diverse menu, live music, open stage,  microwave, ATM services and Fair Trade coffee and tea.  Although we do have great food, you can bring your bag lunch, and come and chill without buying a thing.