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Housing & Conference Services

Living At McMaster

Cleaning, Maintenance & More

Part of Housing & Conference Services, our Residence Facilities Team is responsible for the cleaning and maintenance of our residences buildings. Here are some of the most common ways you’ll interact with our RFT staff.

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Garbage Disposal

Every building has a different location for garbage, recycling, and in our pilot buildings, organic waste.

Full garbage bags or cans can be emptied in the garbage room on your floor.

The custodial staff will clear these rooms on a regular basis. For Bates and Mary E. Keyes residents, you can dispose of your garbage in the garbage chutes located on your floor. Please take your garbage out regularly and be sure not to plug the chute by stuffing oversized items into it. If you notice a plugged chute, report it to the Service Centre immediately.

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Common Area Cleaning

Our custodial team, who are in our buildings every day from 7 am to 3:30 pm, are here to take care of the cleaning of communal washrooms and common areas. But remember – they don’t do dishes!

It’s everyone’s responsibility to tidy up after themselves and ensure common areas and hallways are clean and comfortable for everyone.

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Bike Storage

Having a bike is a great way to get around campus and explore Hamilton. We are happy to provide designated bike storage areas in select residences. When you move-in, please ask for a key at your closest Service Centre. Please note, that you can’t leave your bike in any common room hallway, stairwell or other public areas due to Fire Code regulations.