Find Your Spot

Between studying, extracurricular activities and other responsibilities, it's important to remember to take breaks throughout your day. Spending time outside can help reduce stress and improve your mood. It can also help you focus and concentrate in class and when studying.

Here are some of the many spots on campus to eat lunch, read a book, be with friends, and take time for yourself. McGill's campuses have plenty of green space.


McEwen Field
This field has a large lawn, picnic tables and a gazebo. 
In addition to relaxing, the field can be used for a variety of sporting activities.

  • Near Centennial Centre

Park by Lac St-Louis
Take a lunch break on one of the benches and enjoy the Lakeshore. 
Feel like getting out on the water? In the warmer months, rent a kayak, paddle board, or canoe from Paddle Mac!

  • South of Mac Campus

Morgan Arboretum
The forest is about a 10-minute bike ride from Mac campus.
There's free admission for Mac campus students and a small fee for all other students.

  • North of Mac Campus

EcoResidence Courtyard
Take advantage of the scenery while eating or studying on a bench or at a picnic table.

  • Near the EcoResidence to the East of Mac Campus


There are couches and a piano; check it out between classes!

  • Centennial Centre (near the Macdonald Campus Students' Society (MCSS) office)

Ceilidh Pub
*Currently closed for renovations*
The bar is closed during the day, but the room and terrace are open to students.
There are lots of tables and natural light.  

  • Centennial Centre

Macdonald Campus Library
The library has comfy armchairs by the windows. Opt for a quick break or relaxed studying.

  • Barton Building

Cafe T.W.I.G.S

Gourmet coffee, healthy lunches, and snacks, all in a bright and welcoming space. 

  • Barton/Macdonald-Stewart Building

Flex Space (Faculty Lounge)

The Macdonald Campus Faculty Lounge has been converted to a flex space, available for you to drop in and study between classes, attend an online lecture, or simply relax.

  • Macdonald-Stewart building, room MS2-022


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