The Macdonald Campus offers peaceful natural surroundings including a 245-hectare forested reserve called the “Morgan Arboretum”. Informal social spots and a close-knit clan of professors, students and staff make this campus idyllic and community-oriented. Explore the information below to learn more!
Macdonald Campus Student Services
McGill University offers a full range of services for students who wish to enrich their McGill experience or require assistance in a variety of areas related to their educational and personal pursuits. Student Services at the Macdonald Campus offers the following: Career Planning Service (CaPS), Counselling, Health Service, Off-Campus Housing, Student Financial Aid, as well as two programs offered by Chaplaincy: Winter Coat Project and the McGill Student Parents’ Network (MSPN).
Getting to Macdonald Campus
Macdonald Campus can be accessed from Highways 20 or 40 (Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue) exits). Visitor parking permits are available from Campus Security in Laird Hall.
By Commuter Train
For information on taking the commuter train to Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue, visit the AMT website.
You can travel between the downtown and Macdonald campuses by shuttle between 7:00 and 18:15 Monday through Friday. Please note that each shuttle holds a maximum of 48 passengers and the service runs on a "first come first serve" basis.
To use the shuttle, you must get an official sticker on your ID card. Check out the most up-to-date shuttle schedules.
Macdonald Campus Health Services
Health services are available to all students at the Macdonald Campus during the academic year (August to May). Health Services provides confidential information and treatment of a variety of health-related issues including: contraception (emergency and non-emergency methods), STD/HIV counseling and testing, certain laboratory services, travel and routine immunizations. The Mac Sports Medicine Clinic offers orthopedic evaluations by an Athletic Therapist, rehabilitation of orthopedic injuries (acute and chronic), postural assessment and corrective exercises, as well as biomechanical assessment and design of corrective exercises.
Macdonald Campus Counselling and Career Services
The Counselling Service is designed to help students who may have personal, vocational and academic concerns. Professional counselling is provided in a relaxed and confidential atmosphere. All services are completely confidential and free of charge.
The services provided by CaPS on the Macdonald Campus are unique because they are focused on the career needs of students from the Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, and the School of Dietetics and Human Nutrition.
Wondering what you can do with your major from Mac? We invite you to take a look at the CaPS Information by Degree page to explore careers related to your area.
Macdonald Campus Housing and Daycare
This service is available to assist students in finding accommodations off-campus. We maintain on-line listings of housing to rent in the Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue and surrounding areas.
Daycare (Macdonald Campus)
Centre de la Petite Enfance
Laird Hall, with a capacity of 250 students, is a co-educational residence accommodating graduate and undergraduate students. Residents enjoy comfortable rooms, shared bathrooms, kitchens and lounge facilities. The EcoResidence is without a doubt, McGill's most innovative of residences. The EcoResidence attracts men and women with a desire to live ecologically and independently.
Macdonald Campus Library and Bookstore
Located in the Barton Building, the splendidly refurbished Macdonald campus library provides leading edge collections, facilities and services to support a range of student needs. The library's collections encompass a wide variety of print and electronic resources in the areas of agriculture, nutrition and environmental science. In addition to books, journals, and DVDs, students can also borrow laptops. Copying, printing, and scanning services are available, and the area is equipped for direct or wireless laptop access to the McGill network and the internet.
The Macdonald Campus Bookstore is located in the Centennial Centre and run by the Macdonald Campus Students' Society (MCSS). It carries a complete stock of textbooks for Macdonald campus courses and a variety of other needed materials and supplies.
Macdonald Campus Student Societies
The Macdonald Campus Students' Society represents the interests of all diploma, graduate and undergraduate students of the Macdonald Campus of McGill University. Established in 1914, the MCSS has since been involved in all campus activities including both social and academic affairs, club coordination and doing whatever possible to influence University policies in ways that may best serve the student body.
The Macdonald Campus Graduate Student Society (MCGSS) functions at Macdonald campus to improve the quality graduate student life through addressing student needs, acting as graduate student representatives, and organizing social activities on campus. Some of the more popular events include the student orientation, breakfasts, trivia nights, Quebec Carnival trip, and the student lecture series. MCGSS also offers travel grants that are awarded three times a year for students’ participation in scientific conferences.
We encourage students to get involved with MCGSS, either through suggestions and feedback, or by volunteering on the council. For answers to any of your questions and for more information, please visit our website!
Exploring the area around Macdonald Campus
McGill’s Macdonald campus is situated on a beautiful waterfront. Take some time to walk the boardwalk and explore your neighbourhood!
Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue is well-known for its charming waterfront restaurants and bars. Many of them are situated on a boardwalk boasting a harbor that houses hundreds of yachts and sailboats each summer. Here are a few to try:
• Peter’s Cape Cod: 160 rue Ste.Anne - delicious seafood, with a waterfront terrace!
• Cunnigham’s: 75 rue Ste.Anne - a cozy Irish pub, serving tasty pub grub and with live music several nights a week!
• Fondue du Prince: 94 rue Ste. Anne - fondues, raclette and seafood on the boardwalk
• Tandoori Bellevue: 67 rue Ste. Anne - wonderful Indian cuisine
• Annie’s: 76 rue Ste.Anne - giant waterfront terrace, fun bar atmosphere
• Violet Angel: 150 rue Ste.Anne (Pasta, pizza, salads, grill; a blend of Italian, Thai, and Greek influences.)
Those interested in the great outdoors will appreciate the Morgan Arboretum situated on McGill’s campus in Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue. The Arboretum is a 245-hectare forested reserve, open daily throughout the year for visitors to walk and ski its trails. Visit the website for more information.
• Marché Richelieu: 33 rue St. Pierre (small grocery store within walking distance of the Macdonald campus)
• Provigo: Morgan Rd., Baie d’Urfé (a bus from Laird Hall will take you to this large grocery store every Tuesday night at 7 pm, free for residents)
There are many places to shop in the surrounding areas. Two major destinations are:
• Fairview Shopping Centre: Pointe-Claire (large commercial shopping centre within distance by public transportation (includes clothing, shoes, hairdresser, restaurants, electronics, department stores, etc.)
• Centre RioCan: Kirkland (outdoor shopping area consisting of multiple shops, movie theater, restaurants, and services.)
Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue is a hub for commuters going to and from downtown, and also within the West Island. All buses stop on rue Ste. Anne. A full schedule is available here.
Athletics and Recreation on Macdonald Campus
The Department of Athletics & Recreation on Macdonald campus is located in the Stewart Athletic Complex just west of Centennial Centre. A wide selection of activities, as well as the use of an excellent array of equipment are available at no charge to McGill students. Facilities include a gymnasium, weight room (with a certified trainer on hand four evenings per week), arena, tennis courts, playing fields and large expanses of green space. In addition to providing many open times for your enjoyment, there are also instructional, recreational, intramural and intercollegiate activities. For instructional courses there are nominal fees.