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Residence Application for Exceptional Circumstances

The University’s decision to move classes completely online this Fall and physical distancing and health and safety requirements means that only a limited number of bed spaces will be made available in our residences this fall. Only those students who are deemed to have exceptional circumstances will qualify for the limited number of rooms available. Criteria for exceptional circumstances can be found at 

The residence applications for students with exceptional circumstances is now available and will close on Friday, July 24 at 4:00 p.m. EDT. Late applications will not be considered.

Yes, you may be considered for exceptional circumstance. Please login to the Exceptional Circumstance application in the Residence Portal and select “Yes” to the questions “Are you a student enrolled in the MELD program?”.  This information will be verified by University records.

The application for exceptional circumstances is for the core academic year, from early September 2020 to end of April 2021. Students approved to live in residence must be prepared to live in residence for the full eight months. For residence and meal plan fees please visit the website

Students will have access to a meal plan during their stay in residence. The hospitality food outlet(s) available will be determined in early September.

Students approved to live in residence under exceptional circumstances will choose their meal plan for one of three options: Term Plan, Freedom Plan or no meal plan. For more information on the different options and fees please see

Modified room types and fees can be found on our website at

In accordance with public health guidelines, in-person programming and events are currently on hold. Online programming and social events will take place through your Archway Community. Learn more about Archway at

McMaster’s Archway program will provide all incoming first-year students with guided, personalized support. On-campus staff, including Community Advisors, will be on-site to support students as needed. In addition, Service Centres located in the Commons Building (North Quad) is open 7 days a week to support students living on campus.

Students can connect virtually with a variety of support services including Student Wellness Center and Student Accessibility Services. Students are encouraged to reach out to these supports to book a virtual appointment.

McMaster’s Archway program will provide all incoming first-year students with guided, personalized support to help you feel prepared and connected this Fall.

Due to the ongoing nature of the COVID-19 situation we are not able to confirm increased capacity in residence for January 2021. A decision regarding expanded residence offerings will be made in the fall. If you are interested in living in residence for the winter term, please visit this link to sign up for winter residence updates.

Yes, you may be considered for exceptional circumstance. McMaster University will honour your residence space based on the scholarship agreement in place. Please apply if you are interested in being considered for residence.

Community Advisors will receive instructions for submitting an online residence application at a later date.

If you have additional questions or inquiries please contact Residence Admissions via email at

Email Residence ADMISSIONS