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How to Apply to Residence – Fall 2024

How to Apply to Residence – Fall 2024

Applications for residence at McMaster University open on April 23, 2024.

Below, you can find information about:

Apply to Residence

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Who is Guaranteed Residence?

Note: Students are notified of their residence status on their offer of admission from McMaster. 

Guaranteed students who miss the application deadline by 4:00 p.m. ET on June 3, 2024, will forfeit their residence guarantee and can apply to the waiting list. They will be added to the bottom of the existing wait list and ordered by the date and time of their application submission.

  • International and Out-of-Province Students: First-Year undergraduate students who are out-of-province and international based on their admission status determined by the Admission’s Office.
  • Ontario Students coming directly from high school: First-Year undergraduate students coming directly from an Ontario high school who meet the residence admission average.

Students who meet the residence admissions average will be notified of their residence status on their offer of admission from McMaster.

The residence admission average for Fall 2024 is 89%.

Who is Not Guaranteed Residence?

  • Ontario Students coming directly from high school: First-Year undergraduate students coming directly from an Ontario high school who do not meet the 89% residence admission average can still apply to the waitlist.

Non-guaranteed students who apply by 4:00 p.m. ET on June 3rd, 2024, they will be ordered on the first-year waiting list according to their admission average. For example, we start ordering at 88.99 and work in descending order.

Non-guaranteed students who apply after June 3rd at 4:00 p.m. ET are ordered at the bottom of the waiting list by date and time of application submission.

Students will be able to check their wait-list number on the Residence Application Status Page in the Housing Portal after the June 3 deadline.

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What You Should Know Before You Apply for Residence

  • The application for first-year undergraduate students will be open from April 23, 2024 to 4:00 p.m. EST on June 3, 2024.
  • Students are notified of their residence status on their offer of admission from McMaster.
  • You are welcome to apply to residence regardless of your status (guaranteed or non-guaranteed).
  • 74% of students will live in double rooms with a roommate. If you have someone you want to live with, you can request them as a roommate during the residence application process.
  • All students in residence are required to purchase a meal plan, in addition to residence housing fees.

How to Apply

Applications for the Fall 2024 residence season opens on April 23, 2024.

  • Guaranteed students need to secure their guaranteed space by submitting a residence application with a $600 deposit by 4:00 p.m. EDT on June 3, 2024 via the Housing Portal.
  • Students who do not apply and pay by the deadline will forfeit their guaranteed space in residence.

Non-guaranteed students can apply to the residence wait-list.

  • Non-guaranteed students who apply by 4:00 p.m. ET on June 3, 2024, they will be ordered on the first-year waiting list according to their admission average. For example, we start ordering at 88.99%, and work in descending order. A student with 88.99% will be higher than a student with 87.99%.
  • Students will be able to check their wait-list number on the Residence Application Status Page in the Housing Portal after the deadline. Students who apply to the wait-list before the deadline will receive an email when their wait-list number is ordered.
  • Students on the wait-list who are provided an offer for residence will be required to secure their residence space with a $600 deposit paid via the Housing Portal within 24-48 hours of receiving the offer.

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  • International and Out-of-Province Students: First-Year undergraduate students who are out-of-province and international based on their admission status determined by the Admission’s Office.
  • Ontario Students coming directly from high school: First-Year undergraduate students coming directly from an Ontario high school who meet the residence admission average.

Students who meet the residence admissions average will be notified of their residence status on their offer of admission from McMaster. The residence admissions average for Fall 2024 is 90%.

Non-guaranteed students will be added to the residence wait list.

  • Non-guaranteed students who apply by 4:00 p.m. EDT on June 3, 2024 via the Housing Portal will be ordered by admission averages from highest to lowest.
  • Students will be able to check their waitlist number on the Residence Application Status Page in the Housing Portal after the deadline. Students who apply to the waitlist before the deadline will receive an email when their waitlist number is ordered.
  • Students on the waitlist who are provided an offer for residence will be required to secure their residence space with a $600 deposit, which must be paid within 24-48 hours of receiving the offer.

How to Complete the Residence Application (Video)

The video below will explain how to fill out the Residence Application through the Housing Portal. If further assistance is needed, do not hesitate to reach out to the Housing Live Chat by clicking the “Chat With Us” Icon in the bottom-right of the Housing web site.

Residence & Meal Plan Fees

Your residence room fee includes:

  • Your fully-furnished accommodations (varies by room type)
  • Room type fees will be charged to your Mosaic Student Account and split into Fall term and Winter term payments.
  • Access to residence facilities, including study rooms, common area kitchens and laundry facilities (laundry is a separate cost)
  • Wireless Internet in each residence building (more information)
  • Room fees do not include Meal Plan fees and other residence fees (i.e., Residence Health & Well-being Fee, Tenant Insurance etc.).

Your Residence Meal Plan

  • Hospitality Services requires all residence students to purchase a Meal Plan.
  • Meal Plan fees will be charged to your Mosaic Student Account, and not split into terms.
  • You can view the the different meal plan options here.
  • Students living in traditional residences must purchase a meal plan from the Traditional meal plans.
  • Students living in Bates and Mary E. Keyes Residence may purchase a meal plan from either the Traditional or Apartment-Style meal plans since those residence spaces include in-suite kitchens.
  • The appropriate meal plan selections will be shown after you select your room. You will only see the meal plans you are allowed to select based on your room assignment in either a Traditional or Apartment-Style room type.
  • 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.

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Room Types

In McMaster’s residence buildings, over 74% of rooms are Doubles. If you apply to residence, you should expect to have a roommate.

If you have a specific accommodation need in your application, the residence team will do their best to meet your accommodation, however no student is guaranteed any room type such as a single room.

Room assignments are completed by Room Self-Selection. Learn more about Residence Room Self-Selection.

Roommate Requests

We guarantee one roommate request based on certain criteria being met.

We guarantee a roommate request if both students:

  • have guaranteed residence offers
  • meet the residence application and deposit deadline
  • ranked their profile and Living and Learning Community (LLC) responses identically
  • have requested and accepted each other as roommates on their online application

On the Roommate Request step in your Housing Portal, you can enter your requested roommate’s 9-digit student ID number and send them a request. Your requested roommate will receive an email and the request will also appear in their  Housing Portal. Your requested roommate must accept the request by 4:00p.m. ET on June 3, 2024, to confirm you want to live together.

Any roommate requests that are not confirmed by 4:00 p.m. ET on June 3, 2024 will forfeit their opportunity to live with that requested roommate.

For more information about the roommate request and how that impacts your room self-selection process, please visit Room Self-Selection.