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Residence Experience

As a key part of the residence experience, our Residence Life team serves to support your success. Take advantage of your residence’s quality programs and services that support student success through inclusion, community engagement and activities that promote personal growth, health and wellbeing.

Residence applications have been closed. The university announced that classes for the entire fall term will be online.

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The Learning Never Stops

Here in the Residence Life Office, we make it our mission to create opportunities and show our support for you. We encourage you to have fun, learn new things, and connect with other people and communities.

Knowing that learning extends beyond the classroom, we believe that everyone’s residence experience can play a hugely important role in helping them develop life skills that will ensure continued success in the future. We want to support you to be as happy, healthy, and successful as possible as you start this new and exciting journey.

We accomplish this through several strategies, including:

  • Community Conversations – scheduled, 1-on-1 conversations with student leaders over the course of the year
  • Community Meetings – monthly opportunities learn about what is happening in your community and on campus.
  • Community Builders – events hosted by student leaders in your community that help you get to know your neighbours
  • Student-Led Events – no one knows your community like you do. If you have an idea for an event that you would like to run, you can complete a Residence Program Request and receive funding and support for your event from the Residence Life Office.
Students together

What can you expect to learn?

Living in residence is more than just pizza parties. All activities in residence happen through the lens of our Educational Priorities:

We support students in developing an understanding of social identities, values, beliefs, prejudice and discrimination. Students will consider how their actions impact others and be able to identify how they can be a leader in developing an inclusive and engaging community.

As you spend time in McMaster’s residence community, you will develop the following abilities in this area:

  • Demonstrate an empathetic approach to conflict resolution
  • Define consent and the importance of consent in building an inclusive community
  • Recognize the value of diversity in building an inclusive community

 

We provide opportunities to build student resilience, competence, personal capacity, and skills relating to their health and wellbeing.

As you spend time in McMaster’s residence community, you will develop the following abilities in this area:

  • Identify behaviors that impact health (e.g. physical, mental, emotional, sexual)
  • Describe the characteristics of healthy relationships
  • Identify the impacts of substance use

 

We support students in learning about themselves and their strengths while developing academic, career and leadership competencies. Through increased proficiency students will have the confidence to set and achieve their goals.

As you spend time in McMaster’s residence community, you will develop the following abilities in this area:

  • Examine elements of own identity (e.g. values, beliefs, etc.)
  • Demonstrate effective communication skills
  • Identify opportunities to develop life skills
  • Implement a strategy for career exploration
  • Contrast multiple approaches to leadership
  • Identify strategies for academic success

 

We offer meaningful opportunities for students to develop connections with on and off campus communities. Students will consider the issues identified as priorities by communities and perform service for the public good.

As you spend time in McMaster’s residence community, you will develop the following abilities in this area:

  • Describe the importance of community involvement
  • Develop a sense of belonging with their communities (e.g. McMaster or Hamilton)