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Residence Fees & Other Costs

Coming to university is a big financial investment in your future and there are some costs that you may not have yet planned for. During first-year, you’ll have to budget for everything from textbooks to transportation. Read on for information on some of the costs you can expect while living in residence, as well as the most frequently asked questions we get about these fees!

Residence Fees

Students are responsible for paying the full residence fee for their assigned room. Students approved for guaranteed residence will be required to pay a residence deposit, submitted with their residence application.

Your residence fee includes:

  • Your accommodations – which vary by residence
  • Access to residence facilities, including study rooms, common area kitchens and laundry facilities
  • Wireless Internet in each residence building (more info)

All students living in residence will need 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*. This fee is not included in the residence and meal plan fees quoted.

*To be determined.

How Much Will Residence Cost?*

2021-2022

Single Room $8,700.00
Double Room $7,775.00
Single Room with Access to Single-User Washroom $8,975.00
Double Room with Access to Single-User Washroom $7,975.00
Apartment – 4/6 Person (Single Room) $9,250.00
Apartment – 2 Person (Double Room) $9,250.00
Suite – 4 person (Single Room) $9,625.00
Double Room with Connected Shared Washroom $8,675.00
Double Room (Twin Bed) with Connected Shared Washroom $8,375.00
Single Room with Connected Shared Washroom $9,425.00
Super-Single Room with Connected Shared Washroom $9,625.00

Fees for the 2021-22 academic year are pending Senate approval and subject to change.

Meal Plan

All students living in residence will be required to purchase a meal plan. For more information including pricing please visit the Hospitality Services website.

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.

Other Costs to Consider

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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.

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Laundry Laundry Guide

All McMaster residence buildings have laundry rooms that you can use with your refillable laundry card that you will receive get on move-in day or can purchase from the residence service centres.

  • Cold water $1.50
  • Warm water $1.65
  • Hot Water $1.80
  • Dryer $1.60

*Prices may vary per building

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Fridge Rental Coldex Refrigerator Rental

Want to keep some snacks on hand? Students interested in having a refrigerator in their room can make arrangements with the University’s contractor Coldex, for rental of a 3 or 5 cubic foot refrigerator.

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On-Campus Parking

If you decide to bring a vehicle to campus, you must be prepared to pay for parking. Students can buy parking pass per semester or per year for one of our many on and surrounding campus parking lots. Visit Parking & Security to learn more.

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Room Lock-Out Fees

We’ve removed the majority of fees from the room lock-out process. If you lock yourself out of your room, don’t worry about it. Simply visit your nearest Service Centre to borrow a spare key and get back into your room. If you need tips on how to remember your keys, talk to your CA’s for some helpful advice. After 8 lock-outs per semester, fees will be incurred.

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Tenant Insurance

McMaster is not responsible for the loss or damage to your belongings while you live in residence. To ensure your stuff is safe, double check that some form of householder or tenant’s insurance package covers you.