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) live in the McGill Residences, providing support, and their supervisors (Residence Life Managers) provide 24-hour oversight of the residences. An elected Residence Council serves as the voice of students.
All McGill Residences are connected to the McGill Wireless Network.
Traditional and Hotel-Style Residences
Traditional and Hotel-Style Residences
McGill has nine dormitory residences:
- The four co-ed traditional-style 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 a traditional-style residence located one block from the McGill gates.
- The co-ed hotel-style New Residence Hall is located five short blocks from the campus.
- University Hall is a co-ed traditional-style dorm located directly across from the Milton Gates to campus.
- Carrefour Sherbrooke is a co-ed hotel-style residence located two blocks from campus.
- La Citadelle is the newest fully renovated hotel-style residence building, located two blocks east of McGill Campus.
Residents of traditional or hotel-style residences have compulsory meal plans and access to multiple cafeterias.
Rooms in traditional-style residences—the Bishop Mountain Residences, University Hall, and RVC—are mostly single occupancy. The hotel-style residences—La Citadelle, Carrefour Sherbrooke, and the New Residence Hall—have mostly double rooms. Regardless of the residence style, each student gets a bed, desk, desk lamp, chair, dresser, closet, and small fridge (one fridge per double room).
No matter the hall, residents are responsible for the cleanliness of their rooms. Common bathrooms and showers are located on each floor of the traditional-style residences. Hotel-style residences feature a private en suite bathroom in each room. Each hall has laundry rooms, washers and dryers, and ironing facilities. The use of washers and dryers in the residence buildings are available 24/7 at no additional charge. All halls have a TV and recreation room. Storage for items such as suitcases, ski equipment, etc. are present in each building.
- 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 Downtown 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 appliances and basic furniture such as tables, chairs, sofas, 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 both upper-year undergraduate and graduate 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.
- Similar to Greenbriar, Hutchison Apartments are also available for upper-year undergraduate and graduate students. Located on Hutchison Street, the building is a short walk from campus and offers studios and one-bedroom single occupancy units.
Although these residences do not require full 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 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 require meal plans, residents are free to purchase one from Food and Dining Services for use at the residence cafeterias or elsewhere on campus. For more information, see mcgill.ca/foodservices/mealplans.
Residence students assigned to Carrefour Sherbrooke, La Citadelle, Douglas Hall, Gardner Hall, Molson Hall, McConnell Hall, New Residence Hall, and Royal Victoria College are on the new All You Care to Eat (AYCTE) mandatory meal plan. This plan offers students the opportunity to swipe their card at the entrance of any of the dining halls and enjoy as much as they care to eat while at the locations.
This new plan enhances community building by focusing on communal dining; it offers unlimited dine-in meals, giving students the opportunity to connect with friends.
While all the hotel or traditional-style residences offer small kitchens or kitchenettes for the convenience of students, these are NOT fully equipped. La Citadelle is the only residence which has a fully equipped communal kitchen, where residents can prepare snacks or full meals at any time.
The apartments and houses have fully-equipped kitchens where students can prepare their own meals.
For more information, see mcgill.ca/foodservices/mealplans.
The full list of housing options and prices is available on the Student Housing website at mcgill.ca/students/housing/fees-applying.
oneCard is a taxable account that is already added to all undergraduate resident students' McGill ID cards, allowing them to make purchases and easily access multiple services on campus (including dining at some off-campus restaurants in the downtown area) without the hassle of carrying cash and debit cards. Downtown residence students will have $500 on their oneCard account and MAC residence students will have $300, due at the end of September.
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.