University Residences – Downtown
McGill Residences house approximately 3,000 undergraduate students in dormitories, apartments, and shared-facilities houses. McGill's dormitories are primarily for first-year students and feature full meal service. McGill's apartment-style residences and shared-facilities houses are mainly for first-year students who desire a more independent residence experience.
Trained upper-year student leaders (Floor Fellows) and Academic Staff (Directors) live in all McGill Residences and provide support for the residents. An elected Residence Council serves as the voice of students.
All residence rooms have telephone and high-speed network-access services which are available at extra cost. All McGill Residences are connected to the McGill Wireless Network.
- Residence Admissions Office
- 3473 University Street, room 150
- Montreal, QC H3A 2A8
- Telephone: 514-398-6368
- Fax: 514-398-2305
- Email: housing.residences [at] mcgill.ca
- Website: www.mcgill.ca/students/housing
McGill has nine dormitory residences:
- The four co-ed Bishop Mountain Residences (Gardner, McConnell, Molson, and Douglas Halls) are located on the slope of Mount Royal and overlook the campus.
- Royal Victoria College (RVC), which has one all-female and one co-ed wing, is located one block from the McGill gates.
- The co-ed New Residence Hall is located five short blocks from the campus.
- University Hall and Prez Rez are co-ed dorms located directly across from the Milton Gates to campus.
- The newest residence, Carrefour Sherbrooke, is a co-ed hall located two blocks from campus.
Dormitory residents have compulsory meal plans and have access to multiple cafeterias.
Rooms at the Bishop Mountain Residences, University Hall, Prez Rez, and RVC are mostly single occupancy. Carrefour Sherbrooke and the New Residence Hall have mostly double rooms. Each student gets a bed, desk, desk lamp, chair, dresser, closet, and small fridge (one fridge per double room).
In all Halls, residents are responsible for the cleanliness of their rooms. Common bathrooms and showers are located on each floor, except in Carrefour Sherbrooke and the New Residence Hall, where there are private bathrooms within each room. Each Hall has a laundry room, including card-operated washers and dryers, and ironing facilities. All Halls have a TV and recreation room, pay telephones, and a small storage area for suitcases, ski equipment, etc.
Solin Hall is a modern, award-winning apartment-style residence that has two-, three- and four-bedroom apartments. Located four Metro stops west of the main campus, Solin features large common areas (TV and game rooms) as well as a computer lab, and houses mostly first-year students. Each apartment has a living room, dining room, kitchen, and bathroom(s), with basic furniture such as stove, fridge, table, chairs, sofa, lamps, and drapes. Bedrooms have a bed, desk, chair, and dresser. All apartments and public-area floors are carpeted. Shopping areas are within short walking distance. Limited indoor parking is available.
The Greenbriar Apartments residence is located one block from the campus. It houses mostly first-year undergraduate students in self-contained studio and double-occupancy, one-bedroom apartments. Apartment kitchens have a stove, fridge, and sink, and bedrooms have a bed, desk, table, chairs, dresser, and blinds.
Although these residences do not offer full meal plans (Solin Hall residents have a small meal plan included with their lease, from which they can opt out), residents may purchase one from Food and Dining Services for use at the residence cafeterias or elsewhere on campus. For more information, see www.mcgill.ca/foodservices/mealplans.
McGill Residences maintains a number of beautifully renovated older buildings, each housing between 15 and 30 first-year students. These shared-facilities houses are located a few blocks from the campus and have both single- and double-occupancy bedrooms with large shared kitchens, bathrooms, and common areas. Each bedroom has a desk, chair, bed (some are loft beds), dresser, closet, and blinds. Common areas are also fully furnished.
Although these residences do not include meal plans, residents may purchase one from Food and Dining Services for use at the residence cafeterias or elsewhere on campus. For more information, see www.mcgill.ca/foodservices/mealplans.
Residence fees for the 2013–2014 session had not been set at the time this publication was finalized. These are proposed rates that have been approved by the University Residence Council.
Rates for Gardner, McConnell, Molson, University Hall, and Prez Rez are $7,788 for regular single rooms and $7,132 for regular double rooms. The rates at Royal Victoria College are $8,944 for regular single rooms and $8,202 for a double room. These rates do not include the cost of a mandatory meal plan. Meal plan rates for the 2013–2014 session had not been set at the time this publication was finalized. In 2012–2013, the meal plan rate ranged from $4,900 to $5,450. These rates are for the regular session: September 1 to April 30.
At the New Residence Hall and Carrefour Sherbrooke, room rates are $8,604 per person for regular double rooms and $9,906 for regular single rooms. These rates do not include the cost of a mandatory meal plan. Meal plan rates for the 2013–2014 session had not been set at the time this publication was finalized. In 2012–2013, the meal plan rate ranged from $4,900 to $5,450. These rates are for the regular session: September 1 to April 30.
La Citadelle is a newly renovated residence that opened its doors to its first batch of students in September 2012. Room rates are $8,896 for a double room and $10,222 for a single room. Residents of La Citadelle have two reduced mandatory meal plan options, but can opt for a larger plan if they choose. Meal plan rates for the 2013–2014 session had not been set at the time this publication was finalized. In 2012–2013, the reduced meal plan rates were $1,250 and $2,850. These rates are for the regular session: September 1 to April 30.
The rooms in Solin Hall are leased on an 11-month basis: September 1 to July 31. The room rates are $10,098 for a regular single room in a shared apartment and $10,736 to $11,594 for a studio (single occupancy) apartment. Residents of Solin Hall are also assessed a $300 meal plan, from which they have the choice to opt out.
Units in Greenbriar Apartments are also leased on an 11-month basis: September 1 to July 31. The rates are $11,704 for a studio (single-occupancy) apartment and $8,062 per person for a regular double apartment. Rates at Greenbriar do not include a meal plan.
Shared-facilities houses are also leased on an 11-month basis: September 1 to July 31. Room rates range from $9,494 to $11,146 for a single room, depending on the dimensions of the room. The rates for a double room range from $7,161 to $9,183. Rates do not include a meal plan.
These rates are also available at www.mcgill.ca/students/housing/downtown-undergrad/fees.
All dormitory residents have compulsory meal plans that can be used seven days a week. La Citadelle has a reduced, compulsory meal plan that is meant to be used in conjunction with the community kitchen. Residents at Molson, McConnell, and Gardner Halls dine in the large, centrally located Bishop Mountain Hall. Carrefour Sherbrooke, New Residence Hall, and RVC have their own dining areas. Residents of La Citadelle, University Hall, and Prez Rez are welcome to use their meal plan at the residence cafeterias. All of the Halls have kitchenettes, where residents can prepare snacks or meals at any time.
Leases for Solin Hall include a $300 meal plan, from which you can opt out. Leases for the Greenbriar Apartments and the shared-facilities houses do not include meal plans. The apartments and houses have fully-equipped kitchens where students can prepare their own meals. However, residents are welcome to purchase a meal plan from Food and Dining Services for use at the residence cafeterias or elsewhere on campus. For more information, see www.mcgill.ca/foodservices/mealplans.
Each Hall has a Residence Council, elected at the start of the academic year. It is the job of the council to gather Hall opinions, supervise financial affairs, and organize recreational and social activities within the residences. McGill's residences are run for the convenience and advantage of the students living in them. Residence Councils play a significant role in deciding and administering their community standards.