Do you have McGill in mind? The first year experience is as much about academics as it is about learning to grow as an independent, socially responsible person. Living in residence at McGill sets the stage for lasting friendships, leadership roles, and a commitment to the campus community.
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Top reasons to live in residence
Residence is an amazing place to live, and the best way to kick off your new life away from home. Here's why:
1. A residence for everyone
Living in residence is far from one-size-fits-all. Whether you’re looking for a traditional dorm-style room or you’d prefer something a little closer to apartment living, McGill has the perfect option for you. Don’t forget to apply early to increase your chances of getting the residence you want! See our comparison chart for more info.
2. Fast friendships, built to last
Living in residence puts you in contact with hundreds of like-minded peers who can become life-long friends. With social events, rez council and more, there’s no better way to meet people in your first year. You’re embarking on a journey at McGill. In residence, you walk among friends.
3. Built in support
Every McGill residence has live-in Fellows/Dons: upper-year students who know the ropes and have been trained to help ease your transition into university life. They’re a wealth of knowledge when you have questions, a judgement-free confidant when you’re looking for advice and a friendly ear when you just need someone to talk to.
4. Communities of interest
Apply to live in a Living-Learning Community and you’ll have the chance to live alongside people you’ve got a passion in common with. Choose from among six broad themes, including fine arts, sustainability and food – no need for any special experience or academic background to get involved!
5. Get off on the right foot
Starting life in a new city comes with its own challenges; with McGill residences, you won’t need to look for a place to stay or find furniture for your pad. You’ll have most of a year to get comfortable with Montreal before you start apartment hunting – you might even find a few roommates!
6. Location, location
Want to roll out of bed and into class? You can’t get much closer to campus than residence. Not only will living here put you within striking distance of your desk, the library and the gym, but it’ll also place you right next to all that Montreal has to offer. From restaurants, to shops, to museums and parks, it’ll all be right at your doorstep.
7. Leave the cooking (and the dishes) to us
Our Mandatory Meal Plans give you loads of choice, great value for money, and more time to concentrate on studying and socializing – the things you should be doing in your first year of university!
Prefer to cook? Some of our residences offer the option to buy a voluntary plan or do-it-yourself.
8. All-inclusive and hassle-free
When you live in residence you don’t have to deal with getting the cable hooked up, or worry about paying the electricity bill on time. All those hassles and extra costs that come with renting are covered. Just move in and leave the logistics to us.
9. Safety & Security
Living in residence gives you all the benefits of living on your own, but with added peace of mind. Every McGill residence has key card access and live-in staff, and while other security features vary by building, they range from roaming night porters to 24/hr front desks. See our comparison chart to learn more.