Campus Life at McGill

McGill boasts two gorgeous, geographically distinct campuses. 

The downtown campus lies between the lush green slopes of Mount Royal and the heart of Montreal’s vibrant downtown core. With more than 70 buildings, including state-of-the-art labs and user-friendly  libraries, it offers ample space for studying and relaxation. Your classes, seminars, and laboratories will be only steps away from city life, so you can do your shopping, meet friends for a meal, or hit the gym on your way home from campus.

Macdonald Campus is situated in Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue on the western tip of the island of Montreal, about 40 kilometres (25 miles) west of the downtown campus. Set on the banks of the beautiful St. Lawrence River and away from the bustle of downtown, Macdonald campus is home to the Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, and the School of Dietetics and Human Nutrition. A free shuttle runs between downtown and Macdonald campuses throughout the day, and convenient public transportation is also available.

McGill is home to more than 100 research institutes and centres, housed in cutting-edge facilities such as the new open-concept Life Sciences Complex and the high-tech Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Music Media and Technology (CIRMMT). The University’s affiliation with eight Montreal hospitals also provides a window into front-line clinical care.

Campus Tours

The best way to get acquainted with McGill is visit. Come say hello!

You can book guided walking tours of both campuses, through the Welcome Centre.

A one-hour tour of the campus will inform you about:

  • athletics
  • our facilities
  • the history of our buildings
  • life in residence
  • student services
  • library resources
  • clubs and societies
  • and much more!

You will hear first-hand from your student guide about what it is like to study here and live in Montreal. Mostly importantly, you will learn just how much McGill has to offer. Tours are offered in English and in French (by request), Monday through Friday.

Or, take a virtual campus tour of McGill.