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How to Apply to Residence

Current students can still apply for our Winter 2023 waitlist to stay in residence from January to the end of April. 

Are you an incoming student arriving in Fall 2023? Residence applications will open for the 2023/24 year in the spring. Stay tuned to our Future Residents tab for more information!

What You Should Know Before You Apply for Residence

All waitlist applications to residence for the winter 2023 term must be submitted online through our residence portal. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.

  • A space in residence is not guaranteed to all first-year students, but all first-year students are welcome to apply for residence if they are interested.
  • 74% of students will live in double rooms with a roommate. If you have someone you want to live with, you can request them during the residence application process.
  • All students in residence are required to purchase a meal plan.

Students Applying to the Waitlist

Any student who applies to residence for Winter 2023 (January to April) is placed on the waitlist. Students who apply to the residence waitlist will be ordered at the bottom of the existing waitlist by date and time of submission.

Students will be able to check their waitlist number on the Residence Application Status page. 

Waitlist offers can only be made if/when spaces become available through cancellations. Students are encouraged to monitor the waitlist number throughout the fall months.

McMaster Vaccination Policy

McMaster has continued to pause their vaccine requirement into the fall term. However, prospective residence students are encouraged to make sure they are fully vaccinated, including booster shots.

If pandemic circumstances, public health advice and government requirements change, McMaster may need to quickly reinstate the vaccine policy, limiting access to campus (including residence buildings) to those who are fully vaccinated.

On the residence application, you will be asked to acknowledge that McMaster University may ask for proof of COVID-19 vaccination if it re-instates the COVID-19 vaccination requirement. Failure to provide proof of vaccination, if requested, may result in the cancellation of your residence agreement and your removal from residence.

Residence Fees

Students will be required to secure their residence space with a deposit, which will be determined on a case-by-case basis. The residence deposit is part of the overall residence fees. Your deposit and the residence fees will be added to your Mosaic student account. Room types and fees can be found here.

Room fees do not include Meal Plan fees.

Meal Plans

On your residence application, you will also need to select which Meal Plan you would prefer – view the different meal plan options here.

  • Hospitality Services requires all residence students to purchase a Meal Plan.
  • Students living in traditional residences must purchase a Group A full meal plan. Students living in Bates and Mary E. Keyes Residence may select either the Group A full meal plan or the Group B reduced plans since those residence spaces include in-suite kitchens.
  • If you have listed an apartment or suite room type as a preference but are assigned a traditional building, your plan will be changed to the corresponding Group A full meal plan.
  • Hospitality Services can accommodate most dietary needs. If you have special dietary needs, please ensure you indicate this information on the Residence Accommodation section of the online application. Please also contact Hospitality Services (Ext. 24422) to discuss your Special Dietary needs.

Learn more about the application steps by checking out our walkthrough video playlist!