Fall 2012 – Summer 2013
McGill Residences offers you a variety of accommodations that reflect the diversity of our student population on both the Downtown and Macdonald campuses.
To continuously develop a safe home and nurturing community for our students through the following means:
McGill University offers two main types of housing for graduate students: single-occupancy apartments and single bedrooms in houses with shared facilities. No family housing is available. Only a limited number of graduate spaces are available. Out of 215 spaces, approximately 70 become vacant annually. Availability is on a first-come, first-served basis, and you must be admitted or recommended for admission to be considered. To apply, indicate “Yes” in the housing request area of your McGill application and check Minerva for updates in your housing status.
Occupancy of graduate housing is from August 25, 2012 to July 31, 2013 or from January 1, 2013 to July 31, 2013.
Graduate housing includes a 7-story apartment block and three small apartment buildings. All are located within a short walking distance of the main campus.
Each apartment has its own bathroom and kitchen with refrigerator, stove, dining table and chairs. Other furnishings include: a single-sized bed and mattress, desk and study chair, dresser, bookshelf, night table, and vertical blinds (furnishings may vary depending on room size). Electricity, hot water and heating are included in the rent. Apartments are wired for private phone lines and Internet service. Phone and Internet service is not included in the rent and must be arranged through McGill's REZ Voice and Data Service.
There is a variety of graduate housing with shared facilities. For example, students can live in a former coach house of one of the largest mansions in Montreal's “Golden Square Mile” or a number of brownstone mansions featuring wood paneling, decorative moldings and elaborate ornamental fireplaces. This type of housing offers graduate students the privacy of their own bedroom along with the benefits of communal living such as large kitchens and common rooms where housemates gather to dine and watch TV.
McGill offers all-female, all-male and co-ed graduate accommodation.
Residence life is an integral part of Macdonald campus activities. Laird Hall, with a capacity of 250 students, is a co-ed residence that provides accommodation for undergraduate, graduate, and Farm Management Technology students. Residents enjoy comfortable rooms, modern kitchens, cozy lounge facilities, and other amenities that help make their residence life a complete and meaningful part of their university experience. All dorm rooms have telephone and high-speed network access services, which are available at extra cost.
The EcoResidence accommodates 100 students. This residence will appeal to students who enjoy independent living in self-contained, fully furnished apartments of two or six single-bedroom units. Units are split-level with large, airy common living areas.
Residence fees are paid separately from tuition, in accordance with regulations of the Fee Payment Option selected at the time of signing a Residence Lease.
The Laird Hall residence fees for the 2012–2013 session are $435 per month ($5,220 for the year). Rates for the EcoResidence vary from $445 (12-month lease) to $475 (8-month lease) per month. An updated fee sheet will be available on the Macdonald residence website at: www.mcgill.ca/students/housing/macdonald.
There is no meal plan offered on the Macdonald Campus. Students may purchase a Commuter meal plan. Refer to www.mcgill.ca/foodservices/mealplans for additional information. Meals are also available on a cash basis from the Link Café, located on the ground floor between the Macdonald-Stewart Building and Barton Library. The Link Café is open for breakfast and lunch during week days only. For budgeting purposes, the cost of meals per session is approximately $3,200.
The residence fees cover the period from August 26, 2012 to May 1, 2013. You must vacate your room at the end of the lease term. Only under exceptional circumstances will you be granted permission to arrive prior to the beginning date of the lease or remain in residence during the summer months. In these cases, you must apply to the Campus Housing Office; an additional fee will be charged if permission is granted. You can request permission to extend your stay in residence (at the normal weekly charge) if you are taking extended courses after the regular session, employed on campus, or registered for summer courses.
In exceptional circumstances, international students or students coming from a distance may be admitted early. Permission from the Campus Housing Office must be obtained prior to arrival. Student Monitors may be admitted before the opening date of courses, if permission is granted by the Campus Housing Office.
The Centennial Centre features common rooms for studying. Lockers are available in the Macdonald-Stewart Building. You can rent them at the Students' Society Office in Centennial Centre. The Link Café is located on the ground floor between the Macdonald-Stewart Building and Barton Library and is open Monday through Thursday 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and Friday 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The Link Café is not open Saturdays, Sundays, or holidays designated by the University.
Parking permits are available from Macdonald Campus Security, Room 101, Laird Hall. A parking decal is $200 for one year and $120 for one semester and can be picked up Monday to Friday from 8:15 a.m. to 3:40 p.m.
Daily passes for students are $6 and can be purchased from the parking meter located in the Upper East Gravel lot. The meter is coin-operated and exact change is required. All students obtaining a daily pass must park in the Horticulture lot, east of the Highway 20 overpass. If you are not sure of the location, you can pick up a map from the Campus Security office in Laird Hall. For more information, see www.mcgill.ca/transport/parking.