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Some topics are integral to your campus life. Read on to learn more about the McGill campus and its related topics.

Campus Space

Get to Know McGill’s Campuses

Did you know that in 2012, Travel+Leisure Magazine rated McGill one of the 16 most beautiful university campuses in the world? With its many historic buildings and expansive green spaces, it’s not hard to see why. Here are some tips to help you enjoy your time on campus.

What should I see on campus?

McGill’s downtown campus provides a symbolic and physical link from Montreal’s urban core to the green of Parc Mont-Royal. The campus provides many spaces for socialization, physical activity and reflection. Some highlights include:

  • The Y-intersection: This focal point is the symbolic centre of campus, allowing a great perspective on the campus and its surroundings;
  • Visitor’s Square: This recently redesigned square near the Milton Gate houses a number of McGill’s sculptures and serves as the entry-point for the majority of visitors;
  • Lower Field: This is one of the largest green spaces in downtown Montreal, making it an ideal place to relax or hold activities;
  • Three Bares: This sculpture & fountain is a focal point of campus and a great place to meet a friend;
  • Roddick Gates: These iconic gates mark the entrance to the campus from Sherbrooke St. and downtown;
  • McTavish Street: This street is a centre for student services and activities, housing the Service Point, the SSMU’s University Centre, and plenty of places to sit and enjoy the scenery;
  • Redpath Terrace: This terrace, outside the Redpath and McLennan Libraries, is at the heart of the action and overlooks the Lower Field;
  • Hosmer/Davis Green Space: The cozy garden north of the Hosmer House boasts beautiful landscaping and a small fruit orchard;

 Also, don’t forget to check out McGill’s Macdonald Campus, with acres of green space, a working farm, and a riverfront location in the picturesque village of Ste. Anne de Bellevue. You can easily get there by shuttle bus or public transportation

What is a “pedestrian zone”? 

As of May 2010, the entire downtown Lower Campus, including McTavish Street, is a pedestrian zone. By removing 200 parking spaces and limiting vehicle access, McGill is re-orienting the campus towards pedestrians. 

We encourage pedestrians to circulate freely on both the campus sidewalks and roads, but suggest that you remain alert, particularly before 11:00 a.m. when limited vehicular traffic continues to be allowed for deliveries.

Can I ride my bike on campus?

Downtown Lower Campus as well as McTavish St. are Walk-Bike Zones, meaning cyclists must dismount and walk their bikes through campus or park their bikes at one of the racks provided. This "Walk-Bike Zone" bylaw is enforceable by the City of Montréal and fines may be imposed by the City. Walk-Bike Zones promote pedestrian safety, however McGill encourages and applauds the use of bicycles for commuting to and from the campus.

Where can I park my bike?

In recent years, McGill has doubled the number of bicycle rack spaces, encouraging the community to cycle to campus. The University currently meets LEED standards, providing a space for 10% of the McGill community.

The University asks that cyclists avoid securing their bikes to trees, as it can easily damage them, and handrails, as it restricts access for those with mobility issues. McGill also asks that people do not use the campus for long-term bike storage; the racks are intended for short-term use.

Bikes that block access, or appear to be abandoned may be removed. McGill is not responsible for any lost, stolen or damaged bicycles/locks.

Can I drive on campus?

As of May 2010, vehicular access and parking on the downtown campus is significantly restricted. 

Vehicle circulation on the Lower Campus is limited to emergency, delivery, service and certain construction vehicles, as well as those used by persons with disabilities or limited mobility. Emergency vehicles are permitted at all times.

The Milton entrance, located at the corner of Milton Street and University Street, is the main entrance for all authorized vehicles to enter campus.

Only authorized vehicles are permitted on McTavish, between Sherbrooke and Dr. Penfield Avenue.

For information on where to park, please contact Parking Services.

Can I hang out and play sports on Lower Field?

Yes, but please be smart about it. The Lower Field is the focal point for McGill’s green space. The University asks that the community refrain from accessing the field when it is wet from rain or irrigation. By keeping the field in good condition, it allows the University to save significant resources in maintaining and replacing the grass.

I want to hold an event on campus. What should I do?

There is a wide variety of event venues available at McGill University - classrooms, reception areas, lobbies, outdoor spaces just to name a few - which can be reserved and used for both academic and extra curricular activities.

  • Indoor Events

Please visit the Events Booking website for all necessary information.

  • Outdoor Events

Please visit the Campus and Space Planning website for all necessary information.

What should I do if I see something suspicious or dangerous on campus?

If you see anything that concerns you, please contact Campus Security at 514-398-3000, or visit them at Rm 120, Burnside Hall. link to map

Library

Learn more in the Academic & Career Support section of this website.

Lockers

You may want to consider getting a locker in your Faculty building, as you may find it handy to a have a secure spot to leave your books, coat, boots, etc. Lockers are available on both the Downtown and Macdonald campuses.

Downtown Campus:

Bronfman Building

  • Students must register at Dave’s store in the basement.
  • Cost is $15 for the full year (you have to provide your own lock).
     

Burnside Hall

  • Students must register with MUGS (McGill Undergrad Geography Society). Stop by their office in room 305 of Burnside Hall or you make an appointment by email for details.
  • Fee of 10$ for students who are not registered with MUGS (McGill Undergrad Geography Society)
     

Education Building

  • Students must register at the Education Undergraduate Society office (Education Bldg, room B179) 514-398-7048.
  • Lockers cost $5 for the full year.
  • They are available to all students.
  • Locks are provided.
  • Locks will need to be returned at the end of the year.
     

FDA

  • Students must register at the Engineering Undergrad Society office (McConnell, room 7);
  • All lockers are full size. Check with the Engineering Undergrad Society for prices.
  • Locks are provided with a refundable deposit.
     

Leacock Building

  • Only available to students in the Faculty of Arts.
  • Students must register at the Arts Undergraduate Society office (Leacock, room B12).
  • The charge is $25 for the full year or $20 for the semester (including a $10 deposit).
  • Use of AUS-provided locks is mandatory, and must be returned at the end of the semester or year in order to receive your $10 deposit refund.
     

McConnell Building

  • Students must register at the Engineering Undergrad Society office (McConnell, room 7).
  • All lockers are in the basement. Check with the Engineering Undergrad Society for prices.
  • Locks are provided with a refundable deposit.
     

Stewart Biology Building

  • Students must register with the McGill Biology Students’ Union (Stewart Biology, room W2/4)
  • The charge is 15$ for the full year or 8$ per semester
  • Locks are provided with a 5$ refundable deposit

Trottier Building

  • Students must register at the Engineering Undergrad Society office (McConnell, room 7);
  • All lockers are half size. Check with the Engineering Undergrad Society for prices.
  • Locks are provided with a refundable deposit.
     

Wong Building

  • Students must register at the Engineering Undergrad Society office (McConnell, room 7).
  • All lockers are half size. Check with the Engineering Undergrad Society for prices.
  • Locks are provided with a refundable deposit.
     

Macdonald Campus:

  • Lockers are located in the Macdonald Stewart Building (300) and the Barton Building (a handful).
  • Students must go to the Macdonald Campus Students’ Society (MCSS) counter in the Centennial Building to register.
  • The cost is $15 for the full academic year, including a $5 returnable deposit for the lock.
     

Safety & Security

Learn more in the Safety & Security section of this website.

Student IDs

Beyond telling the world that you are now an official McGillian, your student ID card gives you access to essential services on campus, such as the library, labs, athletic facilities, residences, cafeterias, and more. You can also use it to prove your student status at any location in and around Montreal offering student discounts!
To get your first and any replacement cards ($25), visit Service Point (and/or Laird Hall for those of you on the Macdonald Campus).
Learn more about the McGill Student ID.