Students are responsible for paying the full residence fee for their assigned room. A $300 residence deposit, submitted when an offer of a residence guarantee is made, is part of the overall residence fee.
Your residence fee includes:
- Your accommodations – which vary by residence
- Access to residence facilities, including study rooms, game rooms and laundry facilities
- Wireless Internet in each residence building (more info)
All students living in residence are required to purchase a meal plan. Meal plan costs are not included in the residence fees quoted.
There is also a separate Residence Life Health and Wellbeing fee of $40*. This fee is not included in the residence and meal plan fees quoted.
*Subject to change.
How Much Will Residence Cost?*
|Double Room with Access to Single-User Washroom||$7,550|
|Double Room with Ensuite Washroom||$7,900|
|Double Room with Connected Shared Washroom||$8,175|
|Double Twin Room with Connected Shared Washroom||$7,800|
|Single Room with Access to Single-User Washroom||$8,575|
|Single Room with Ensuite Washroom||$8,900|
|Single Room with Connected Shared Washroom||$9,065|
|Super Single Room with Connected Shared Washroom||$9,185|
|Apartment – 2 Person (Double Room)||$8,400|
|Apartment – 4/6 Person (Single Room)||$8,725|
|Suite – 4 person (Single Room)||$9,250|
* Fees for the 2020-21 academic year are pending Senate approval and subject to change
Residence Meal Plan is an integral component of living in any of the McMaster University Residences. As a student living in Residence, you must make a meal plan selection based on the residence building assigned to you. For students who do not choose a meal plan, a Regular Meal Plan from the applicable mandatory group will be added to your fees.
The meal plan fees quoted are for September – April 2020-21. Please visit the Hospitality Services website for further meal plan information.
Have Specific Dietary Needs? Please visit the Dietary Restrictions page on the Hospitality Services website for details on how your dietary needs can be accommodated on campus.
How Much Will My Meal Plan Cost?*
Meal Plan Option
(Full Meal Plans)*
(Reduced Meal Plans)**
* Available to all residence students
** Available to Bates (Apartment) and Mary E. Keyes (suites) Residence students only
Other Costs to Consider
Property Tax Credit for Residence
As a residence student, you may claim a property tax credit of $25 when you file your income tax return; this does not require a receipt. This is the only claim you may make for residence expenses. Your residence fees are not deductible; therefore, the University does not issue tax receipts.
Activity & Programming Fees
Pay-as-you-go opportunities, giving you the option to get involved in the life and activities of your residence and/or LLC. These activities include intramurals, off-campus events in Hamilton and the GTA, game nights organized by your CA’s and much more.