Find Your Spot on Campus

Between studying, extracurricular activities and other responsibilities, it's important to remember to take breaks throughout your day; it can 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. 


Community Gardens

These gardens are tended to by students and community members. They usually have seating close by.

  • Outside of Thomson House and Burnside Building

Lower Field

The Field is usually packed with students, faculty and staff taking their lunch break. You can sit on the grass or use the benches and picnic tables. There's also space to toss a Frisbee or football, or skate during the Winter.

  • In front of Redpath Museum

Mount Royal

Great for a walk or a picnic. Check out the Chalet for great views and Beaver Lake for a skating rink in the Winter.

  • To the North of the Downtown Campus

Visitor's Garden

Also known as James Sculpture Garden or James Square, this space has artwork and terraced lawns that are perfect for a break between classes.

  • Near Milton Gates and McConnell Engineering


Birks Heritage Chapel

A place of quiet reflection, the chapel reflects the pluralism of campus and the variety of faiths at McGill

  • Birks Building, second floor

Post Graduate Students' Society (PGSS) @ Thompson House

A space for graduate students to relax, eat, drink and participate in PGSS activities

  • Thomson House

McGill's Office of Religious and Spiritual Life's Interfaith Lounge and Meditation Room

Take you mug and enjoy a cup of tea while unwinding.

  • Presbyterian College, 3495 University Street, second floor

Student Association Lounges

Many faculty and departmental student associations have their own lounge space. To find yours, visit

  • Varied

For Mac Campus spaces, visit the Macdonald Campus Student Services' Find Your Spot webpage.

McGill University is on land which has long served as a site of meeting and exchange amongst Indigenous peoples, including the Haudenosaunee and Anishinabeg nations. We acknowledge and thank the diverse Indigenous peoples whose presence marks this territory on which peoples of the world now gather. Visit the Office of Indigenous Initiatives website to learn more about the Land and Peoples of Tiohtià:ke/ Montreal.

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