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Top 10 Things to Know about Coming to McGill’s Macdonald Campus

The McGill Parents Association was founded in 1963 to offer families of McGill and Macdonald Campus students an added way to participate in the life of the University. Information about the Association can be found on the Alumni Online Community (AOC).

Membership in the Association is free so don’t forget to Register!

The McGill Parents Association holds events designed specifically for parents throughout the year, on campus and around the world. If your son or daughter is a new student this year, we would like to welcome you to attend our Macdonald Parents Kiosk scheduled for Sunday August 24 and Monday August 25.

For more information on Parent events, please contact Anna Duff at anna [dot] duffatmcgill [dot] ca

Residence Move In

August 24
starting at 1pm

Alumni and students will welcome you to campus, assist with moving, answer questions and offer walking tours of Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue.

When you register with the Parents Association you will receive a McGill Parents lanyard along with a gift bag.

Macdonald Parents Kiosk

August 25

Your one-stop Resource Centre for everything Macdonald!

Representatives from Macdonald Service Units will be on hand to answer questions: Student Affairs Office, Student Services, Macdonald Residences, McGill Food Services, Macdonald Campus Library

Complimentary coffee will be served.

Macdonald Campus Tour

August 25

Register for a campus bus tour – with visits to the Morgan Arboretum and the Macdonald Campus Farm. Tour starts from the Centennial Centre Lobby.

To register, please contact Anna Duff at 514-398-7852 or at anna [dot] duffatmcgill [dot] ca


We have negociated a preferred rate ($119 + tax/night) at the Holiday Inn Pointe-Claire (just 15 minutes away from the Mac Campus) for parents and family. The rate will be available from August 22 to September 2.

Use the above link to book reservations directly, or call reservations at 514-697-7110 and mention the group code "BAC".

Top 10 Things to Know about Coming to McGill’s Macdonald Campus


For the first time there will be Macdonald Residence Greeters at the Pierre-Elliott Trudeau Airport meeting and directing students during the move-in weekend. They will have a map of both campuses and directions to each of the residence halls to help make move in easier and less stressful!

Walmart trip!

Need essentials?  Not to worry! A trip to the Mega Centre in Vaudreuil has been organized for Friday, August 29th. Students will have the opportunity to buy whatever they need before school starts.  Stores at the Mega Centre include Walmart, Canadian Tire, Dollarama, Bulk Barn, banks and supermarkets. Registration is required. Buses leave from Laird Hall (front entrance) at 19h00 sharp.

What's new in Rez?

Internet is now included in residence rents for both Laird and Eco. We are also happy to announce that each student in Laird Hall will have a fridge provided for them in their room.   Check out the Macdonald Campus Residence website for more information. http://www.mcgill.ca/students/housing/macdonald

Where to eat on Campus

While there is no full meal plan at McGill’s Macdonald Campus, there is a café located in the link between the Macdonald-Stewart building and the Macdonald Campus Library. With a new look and a new caterer we are looking forward to providing fresh, delicious, nutritious meals! Open Mon – Fri, for breakfast and lunch.  John Abbott College which is just across from us to the west, also has a cafeteria open to all for breakfast and lunch.

 For students who prefer to cook, make sure to bring your cooking utensils! If you’d rather outfit yourself once you get here, cooking supplies can be purchased at move in day, at the thrift stores in Ste. Anne’s or on the trip to Walmart during Orientation week.

Parents' Kiosk

Alumni, students and Macdonald Service Units will be on hand Sunday and Monday to answer any questions you might have. New this year are walking tours, Parents Kiosk and bus tours of campus. The Parents Association has also made arrangements for a preferred hotel rate at the Holiday Inn Pointe Claire – just 15 minutes from campus. The Information for Parents Page contains all the information you need.


The town of Ste. Anne de Bellevue is a pretty little tourist town with many shops and restaurants, all within walking distance of campus. These include a grocery store (Marché Richelieu), a pharmacy (Uniprix), and a great variety of fast food outlets, small restaurants and charming cafes.  

Ste. Anne de Bellevue is a very safe and student friendly town. The Campus security office is open 24/7 and regularly patrols campus. The town is also quite bilingual so students can get by easily with either French or English.

Buying groceries

The local grocery store is not the only option for food shopping. Two Buses run from Laird Hall to the Provigo Supermarket in Baie D’Urfe every Tuesday night, one at 7 p.m. and one at 7:30 p.m.  Students have an hour to shop before the bus returns, making a stop at Eco Residence on the way back.

Student Health

Student Services, Macdonald Campus provides many on-campus services for our students.  A Health Services Clinic offers drop-in visits with the nurse as well as the chance to schedule an appointment with a doctor or psychologist. Financial Aid assistance is also available as well as a Career Planning Service. 

An Advisor from the Office for Students with Disabilities (OSD) is also available to discuss any barriers (temporary or permanent) that students may be encountering in their academic life.  As well as the campus based health services, there is also a hospital (Lakeshore General) with an emergency room close by - http://www.csssouestdelile.qc.ca/en/your-hssc/facilities/lakeshore-general-hospital/lakeshore-general-hospital/

Getting around

Though students are based on McGill’s Macdonald Campus, the downtown campus is easily accessible by intercampus shuttle. Free for students, it runs approximately every 45 minutes, weekdays from 7:00am- 6:00pm. Check out the schedule for the academic year for more up to date timings! http://www.mcgill.ca/transport/shuttle

Weekends and evenings, public transport is a good option as the bus stop is 2 minutes away! It is cheap, affordable and easy to use. During the first week of school, students will have the opportunity to purchase a discounted student pass when the STM visits campus see http://www.stm.info. A commuter train also runs between Ste. Anne’s and Montreal.

Bicycles are also available on loan from the Security Office for up to 3 hours at a time, giving students an easy option for local exploration!  

Campus bookstore

The Macdonald Campus Bookstore is located in the Centennial Centre and will have all required text books in stock, as well as stationary and McGill memorabilia.