Residence COVID-19 FAQ

McGill COVID-19 info

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FAQ COVID-19

We know the current COVID-19 pandemic has made a lot of things uncertain—but if you’re a first-year undergraduate student who’s accepted McGill’s offer of admission for the 2020/2021 academic year, you’ll have a guaranteed place in residence, even if travel restrictions or other related issues mean you can only be in Montreal in the Winter 2021. Your home away from home will be waiting for you whenever you’re able to join us.

As of October 20th, borders are open for students travelling to Canada

International students with a valid study permit or study permit approval letter can now travel to Canada as long as they are registered at a designated learning institution (DLI) with an approved COVID-19 readiness plan. McGill is one of the institutions on the list of DLIs with an approved COVID-19 readiness plan. Students travelling to Canada will need to have a self-quarantine plan to ensure that they can self-isolate for 14 days after arrival.

 

Winter 2021

I am a McGill student (First Year Undergraduate, Graduate or Upper Year Undergraduate) and I wish to apply to live in residences in the Winter term. How can I apply?

Please contact housing.residences [at] mcgill.ca for more information on the application process. For Macdonald Campus please contact residences.macdonald [at] mcgill.ca.

The deadline to apply for housing is November 27, 2020.

I am a McGill undergraduate student who deferred my housing application to the Winter term. What do I need to do to secure my space?

If you deferred your application to the winter 2021 term, you will receive an email on November 9th with information on how to complete your application.

Please contact housing.residences [at] mcgill.ca if you did not receive a housing email or for any additional information on the application process. For Macdonald Campus please contact residences.macdonald [at] mcgill.ca.  Your deposit from the first term that was deferred can be used to secure your space for the upcoming Winter 2021 term.

Which residences will be open to students applying in the Winter 2021 semester?

Due to restrictions of spaces within McGill residence buildings, undergraduate students will be assigned a single occupancy room with private washroom at 420 Sherbrooke West.

Graduate and Upper Year students will be assigned a space in one of our apartment style residences but space is limited.

Students at Macdonald Campus will be assigned a single occupancy room in either Laird Hall or ECO Residence.

I am an International scholarship student; will my room assignment be reserved for me if I am unable to physically attend at the beginning of the Fall term due to travel restrictions?

Unfortunately due to the exceptional pandemic situation, we are unable to make any special accommodation to Major Scholarship winners for the Winter 2021 term, even those who deferred from the Fall 2020 term.

When is the move in period for the Winter term?

Leases for the Winter 2021 term begin on January 1st, 2021. Students are able to arrive prior to this date however early arrival fees will apply. The specifics of the move-in process will be confirmed at a later date.

I may not be able to arrive to Montreal in January due to travel restrictions or other COVID related issues. Will my room still be reserved for me?

We will continue to accommodate students whenever they are able to arrive. Once you know your definitive date of arrival, please contact housing.residences [at] mcgill.ca to make arrangements.

How will travel quarantine requirements be addressed in residences for new students coming for the Winter term?

Students assigned to 420 Sherbrooke West will be able to quarantine on site. Additional information, resources and prices will become available shortly. For students assigned to M.O.R.E. Housing or the Macdonald Campus Housing, please visit our quarantine resource page.

I have applied to come to live in residences in the Winter 2021 term. Will I have a meal plan? What about the oneCard plan?

If you are assigned to 420 Sherbrooke West, you will also be enrolled in the Mandatory Meal Plan. Fees for the mandatory meal plan will be pro-rated as per your date of arrival. The mandatory meal plan gives you access to 2 residential dining halls and several other on campus food locations. Visit our food services website for more information on the mandatory meal plan and where to eat on campus.

In addition, all  undergraduate students coming to residences in the Winter term will be enrolled in the oneCard plan. A fee of $150.00 will be charged to your student account at the beginning of January. The oneCard is an account on your McGill ID used to purchase food at several off-campus locations, for vending services, food delivery services and laundry (except for 420 Sherbrooke West)

Fall 2020

Since courses will be offered remotely in the fall, can I still apply to live in residence?

Yes—even though courses will be offered remotely in the fall, some of our residences will be open. If you are applying to live in residences starting in the Fall semester, applications are accepted and accommodation is assigned based on the understanding that students are making a commitment for the full academic year.
However, if the COVID-19 pandemic prevents you from travelling to Montreal when you had intended, we will reserve you a room in residences until you can arrive and we will either pause your rent or credit your rental fees accordingly (depending on when you are able to let us know of your plans). If this occurs, please contact housing.residences [at] mcgill.ca as soon as you are aware that you won’t be able to travel to Montreal for September. For more information, please see the cancellation policies here.

Which residences will be open during the Fall semester?

Following the evaluation of several scenarios to determine which residences will be open during the Fall semester, we have made the operational decision to close our dormitory style Upper Residences for the start of the Fall semester. This includes Douglas Hall, Gardner, Molson and McConnell Halls. Any residences that will be open will be adapted to closely follow both the Quebec government and the local public health authority’s guidelines.

Will my deposit be refunded should I need to withdraw my application this summer?

Your deposit will be partially refunded depending on the date that you withdraw your residence application. Please visit our cancellation page for more information.
We’re aware of the current challenges faced by the Fall 2020 incoming student cohort and are committed to supporting you. We will consider extenuating circumstances related to the current global situation in regards to the deposit refund. Please notify housing.residences [at] mcgill.ca if you must withdraw your application due to unforeseen circumstances caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

What happens to my residence fees if I arrive late in the Fall semester due to travel restrictions? Will I be charged rent for the time I am not on campus?

If travel restrictions or other COVID-19 related concerns prevent you from travelling to Montreal for the start of the Fall semester, please notify housing.residences [at] mcgill.ca as soon as possible. Depending on when you are able to let us know of your plans, we will either pause your rent until you arrive on campus or credit your rental fees accordingly.

Will I be charged the cancellation fees if I need to cancel my lease because of the COVID-19 situation?

Your application for residences is accepted and accommodation is assigned based on the understanding that you are making a commitment for the full academic year (or full term if you are applying to residences only for the Winter semester). Upon acceptance into residences, you are committing to a lease under Québec law. However, we’re aware of the current challenges faced by the Fall 2020 incoming student cohort and are committed to supporting you. We will consider extenuating circumstances related to the current global situation in regards to the deposit refund. Please notify housing.residences [at] mcgill.ca if you must withdraw your application due to unforeseen circumstances caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Please visit our cancellation page for more information.

Quarantine Options

I am an international undergraduate resident student and would need to quarantine for 14 days. What options are available to me?

All international or Canadian students entering Canada from abroad will be required to quarantine for a 14 day period and may be subjected to spot checks as per strict Canadian Governmental regulations. Students will need to present a quarantine plan at the border. Visit the Student Services website for helpful tips and resources on how to plan for your quarantine.

If you are a new residence student for the Winter 2021 semester, please contact  housing.residences [at] mcgill.ca to get more information on your housing assignment and quarantine plan.

  • If you are assigned to a hotel-style residence, you may quarantine in your own room OR make your own arrangements and quarantine prior to arriving to residences.
  • If you are assigned to any other residence , you may quarantine in one of our off-campus hotels as described in the following table OR make your own arrangements and quarantine prior to arriving to residences.

Hotel

Special McGill Rate

Conditions/Reservation Info

Hotel ALT Montreal

$79.00 plus taxes per night

Valid until February 2021

Hotel Room

Reservation can be made by contacting ftetu [at] germainhotels.com (François Têtu)

Cancellation Policy: Until 4pm day of arrival.

Le Cantlie Suites

Starting at $85.00 plus taxes per night

Valid until February 2021

Hotel suites with fully equipped kitchenettes

Use code: MED2020

For reservations please contact
Nicole Palmour
Sales Coordinator
Hôtel Le Cantlie Suites
11110 Sherbrooke Ouest, Montréal, Québec H3A 1G9
Tel: 514-844-3951 Ext: 2800
Reservations: ventesadjoint [at] hotelcantlie.com

McGill Rate room reservation link for Le Cantlie Suites

Minimum 14 nights required; no housekeeping services but additional linens and towels will be provided in the room upon check in. Rates subject to availability. No Pet policy.

Cancellation Policy: 24 hours before arrival. Cancellations within 24 hours of arrival will be charged for the first night’s room + taxes. No-shows will be held all night and charged for the first night of arrival only; the remaining nights will be released.

Omni Hotel

$85 plus taxes for a deluxe room

$125 plus taxes for an Omni Suite

Valid until February 2021

14 day rate

McGill Rate room reservation link

Cancellation Policy: No refundable deposit 48 hours prior

Intercontinental Hotel

$87.00 before taxes and service

Valid until February 2021

Hotel Rooms

McGill Rate room reservation link for Intercontinental hotel
or Contact Jeoffrey Chailloux at 438 521 3759 or jeoffrey.chailloux [at] ihg.com

Corporate ID to book on our website : 786983656

Cancellation Policy: 24h cancellation policy

Le Meridian Versailles

$89.00 plus taxes per night

Valid until February 2021

Hotel Rooms

McGill Rate room reservation link for Le Meridian

Minimum 7 night stay. No daily housekeeping. Scheduled linen and garbage pick-up with housekeeping

Cancellation Policy: The day of arrival at 6PM. No-show: 1 night penalty

Delta by Marriott

$99.00 plus taxes per night

Valid until February 2021

McGill Rate room reservation link for Delta by Marriott

Minimum 14 nights required; no housekeeping services but linens, towels and cleaning products available upon request. 

Cancellation policy for Self-isolation: 24 hours before arrival.

Marriott Residence Inn

$101.00 plus taxes per night

Valid until February 2021

Suite-style with kitchenette

Reservation can be made by contacting the directly either by calling at 514-982-6064 or by sending an email to ri.yulri.reception [at] marriott.com

No housekeeping available however towels, amenities and garbage removal available upon request. Breakfast can be left at your door (free breakfast still offered). The rooms are equipped with kitchens, stoves and dishwashers.

Cancellation policy for Self-isolation: 72 hours before arrival date. However, you may change arrival date up to 24 hours before arrival.

Double Tree by Hilton

$600.00/ week plus taxes

Valid until February 2021

Hotel Rooms

McGill Rate room reservation link for Double Tree

Housekeeping not available during the quarantine

Cancellation Policy: 24 hours

Parc Cité

$899.00 for a monthly lease

Valid until February 2021

Standard Room with 2 beds

To reserve: Toll free phone: 1 (888) 471-2305
Local phone: (514) 285-4022
Email: parccite [at] assetliving.com

Bedding and towels are not automatically included, though can be included at a surplus fee of $50 per reservation.

Students would be expected to complete an application form and sign a 1-month lease with us. This process is very quick and takes less than 5 business days to complete.

La Marq

$905.00 to $1050.00  monthly rate

Valid until February 2021

Apartment

To reserve: Contact leasing.montreal [at] centurion.ca or info.montreal [at] centurion.ca or call 514 844 0999

1 month minimum

Linens, Cookware, Utensils, etc. can be provided upon request ahead of time.

I am an incoming graduate student and would need to quarantine for 14 days. What options are available to me?

All international or Canadian students entering Canada from abroad will be required to quarantine for a 14 day period and may be subjected to spot checks as per strict Canadian Governmental regulations. To assist you with your quarantine plans, we've negotiated rates at these off-campus preferred hotels as described below:

Hotel

Special McGill Rate

Conditions/Reservation Info

Hotel ALT Montreal

$79.00 plus taxes per night

Valid until February 2021

Hotel Room

Reservation can be made by contacting ftetu [at] germainhotels.com (François Têtu)

Cancellation Policy: Until 4pm day of arrival.

Le Cantlie Suites

Starting at $85.00 plus taxes per night

Valid until February 2021

Hotel suites with fully equipped kitchenettes

Use code: MED2020

For reservations please contact
Nicole Palmour
Sales Coordinator
Hôtel Le Cantlie Suites
11110 Sherbrooke Ouest, Montréal, Québec H3A 1G9
Tel: 514-844-3951 Ext: 2800
Reservations: ventesadjoint [at] hotelcantlie.com

McGill Rate room reservation link for Le Cantlie Suites

Minimum 14 nights required; no housekeeping services but additional linens and towels will be provided in the room upon check in. Rates subject to availability. No Pet policy.

Cancellation Policy: 24 hours before arrival. Cancellations within 24 hours of arrival will be charged for the first night’s room + taxes. No-shows will be held all night and charged for the first night of arrival only; the remaining nights will be released.

Omni Hotel

$85 plus taxes for a deluxe room

$125 plus taxes for an Omni Suite

Valid until February 2021

14 day rate

McGill Rate room reservation link

Cancellation Policy: No refundable deposit 48 hours prior

Intercontinental Hotel

$87.00 before taxes and service

Valid until February 2021

Hotel Rooms

McGill Rate room reservation link for Intercontinental hotel
or Contact Jeoffrey Chailloux at 438 521 3759 or jeoffrey.chailloux [at] ihg.com

Corporate ID to book on our website : 786983656

Cancellation Policy: 24h cancellation policy

Le Meridian Versailles

$89.00 plus taxes per night

Valid until February 2021

Hotel Rooms

McGill Rate room reservation link for Le Meridian

Minimum 7 night stay. No daily housekeeping. Scheduled linen and garbage pick-up with housekeeping

Cancellation Policy: The day of arrival at 6PM. No-show: 1 night penalty

Delta by Marriott

$99.00 plus taxes per night

Valid until February 2021

McGill Rate room reservation link for Delta by Marriott

Minimum 14 nights required; no housekeeping services but linens, towels and cleaning products available upon request. 

Cancellation policy for Self-isolation: 24 hours before arrival.

Marriott Residence Inn

$101.00 plus taxes per night

Valid until February 2021

Suite-style with kitchenette

Reservation can be made by contacting the directly either by calling at 514-982-6064 or by sending an email to ri.yulri.reception [at] marriott.com

No housekeeping available however towels, amenities and garbage removal available upon request. Breakfast can be left at your door (free breakfast still offered). The rooms are equipped with kitchens, stoves and dishwashers.

Cancellation policy for Self-isolation: 72 hours before arrival date. However, you may change arrival date up to 24 hours before arrival.

Double Tree by Hilton

$600.00/ week plus taxes

Hotel Rooms

McGill Rate room reservation link for Double Tree

Housekeeping not available during the quarantine

Cancellation Policy: 24 hours

Parc Cité

$899.00 for a monthly lease

Valid until February 2021

Standard Room with 2 beds

To reserve: Toll free phone: 1 (888) 471-2305
Local phone: (514) 285-4022
Email: parccite [at] assetliving.com

Bedding and towels are not automatically included, though can be included at a surplus fee of $50 per reservation.

Students would be expected to complete an application form and sign a 1-month lease with us. This process is very quick and takes less than 5 business days to complete.

La Marq

$905.00 to $1050.00  monthly rate

Valid until February 2021

Apartment

To reserve: Contact leasing.montreal [at] centurion.ca or info.montreal [at] centurion.ca or call 514 844 0999

1 month minimum

Linens, Cookware, Utensils, etc. can be provided upon request ahead of time.

How will travel quarantine requirements be addressed in residences for international students who enter the country ?

 We will accommodate residence students who need to quarantine. Please refer to our quarantine guide for more details.

How will travel quarantine requirements be addressed in residences for new students coming for the Winter term?

Students assigned to 420 Sherbrooke West will be able to quarantine on site. Additional information, resources and prices will become available shortly. For students assigned to M.O.R.E. Housing or the Macdonald Campus Housing, please visit our quarantine resource page here: https://www.mcgill.ca/studentservices/quarantine.

COVID Safety Measures

How can I be assured that living in residences during the COVID-19 pandemic will be safe for me?

The safety of our students and staff is our foremost guiding principle in our planning for the Fall semester. In order to ensure our adherence to both government and Public Health regulations and to support social distancing, we are examining various options for reducing occupancy in our residences.
Since the start of the pandemic, our residences staff have been working diligently to ensure spaces are cleaned and sanitized to the highest possible standards. Extra staff will also be deployed on-site to provide extra support and security for students, and we are revising our residence community guidelines to closely align with public health regulations.

What measures are in place to ensure safe social distancing in the residence buildings?

Signage is posted at the entrance of all common rooms, student spaces , elevators to ensure safe social distancing . Consult our Student Housing COVID -19 webpage for lists of the maximum room capacities allowed for each residence building.

What happens if a residence student feels unwell?

Students living in residences are asked to follow the University’s guidelines for reporting illness as described on the McGill coronavirus website.

  • Students must stay in their room if they have any COVID-19 symptoms and if they answered “yes” to any of the three questions about symptoms through the appropriate form found in Minerva
  • Call Montreal’s coronavirus hotline at 1-877-644-4545
    • Follow their instructions carefully
  • Contact McGill security at (514) 398-3000

    Students residing in our hotel-style residences:
    Students will self-isolate in their private room equipped with private bathroom. Meal delivery service will be available for the duration of the self-isolation period. Check-ins are planned by our residence life team. Please review our self-isolation guide.

    Students residing in a shared accommodation housing unit:
    Students will be asked to self-isolate in one of our dedicated self-isolation rooms. Meal delivery service will be available for the duration of the self-isolation period. Check-ins are planned by our residence life team.

    What changes have been made to the residence code of conduct related to the current COVID-19 situation?

    We have put in place new rules and regulations specific to COVID-19 that reflect governmental health and safety guidelines. These allow us to create a residence community where all students can feel safe. Students are expected to abide by the code of conduct as specified in the COVID-19 section (pages 4 -11) of the 2020-2021 Residence Handbook. Non-compliance or violations of these rules can result in disciplinary measures as outlined on page 11 of the handbook.

    Will Residence Life programming still be offered?

    The Residence Life team is looking forward to meeting you and is working diligently to develop engaging and robust Residence Life programming that will include academic and social support, workshops, and activities on health and wellness while keeping top of mind all Public Health directives.

    Will I still be able to have a roommate with social distancing?

    Our top priority is the health and safety of our residents. We are closely monitoring the situation and will adhere to all Public Health regulations set at that time. For now, we have decided to have all double rooms converted to single occupancy. The rent will be the same as one person in a double room.

    Will food services be offered on campus?

    New Residence Dining Hall and Carrefour Sherbrooke Dining Hall are open as is Starbucks. Consult our regular hours of service and weekly menus and please continue to consult this page for the most up-to-date information.

     

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