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Living At McMaster

Why Live On Campus?

This article gives an overview of many of the benefits of living on campus and why it’s a great way for first-year students to transition into university life.

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Living on campus provides many perks for students and can be an amazing way to adjust to university life. Living in Residence offers students academic and social benefits as well as a sense of community, especially within our 11 Living Learning Communities (LLCs). Here at McMaster, we understand that learning extends further than the classroom and living in residence allows students to gain life skills that will be useful for further success.

Perform Your Best

There are many academic and social benefits to living on campus and research shows that students who live in residence often have a higher level of satisfaction and success in their university careers. Not only do they attain higher GPAs but they also have an easier time making friends, as well as managing their time. Residence teaches students how to live with others in a shared space and communicate successfully to solve conflicts.

Students gathering together

Learn Where You Live

Living in residence provides students with the option to live and be a part of a Living Learning Community (LLC). All unique to McMaster, these 11 communities were all created with a different theme and focus in mind. Each LLC has its own sense of community and being included in one means having access to various activities, field trips, guest speakers and more depending on the specific LLC theme. On your residence application, you will be given the opportunity to apply to live in one of these communities.

Safety and Support

For most students, university will be the first time they are living on their own, away from family and caregivers. To ensure students feel comfortable where they live, our buildings are equipped with a number of security features, and students have 24/7 access to support staff who can help with their transition to living away from home. Community Advisors live on every floor of residence to provide students with advice and help in residence whenever needed and are supported by full-time professional Residence Life staff who live on campus.

Every residence at McMaster requires key card entry, specific to the given building, as well as every residence room having its own secure lock. Cameras are in use in main lobby areas, and Community Advisors in residence check in all students entering our residence buildings from 9 p.m. – 3 a.m. from Thursday to Saturday.

Students together

Find Your Community

Starting on move-in day, students living in residence have access to fun activities around the school and for many Welcome Week is a big highlight of the entire year. Residence Professional Staff and Community Advisors work to create exciting activities for those in residence year-round, and students are always encouraged to come and participate as much as possible. These activities range from the Residence Academic Centres, where students can receive free 1-on-1 academic support and tutoring, to talent shows, where students can let loose and perform.

Be in the Centre of it All

Living at McMaster is an amazing way to experience the city of Hamilton from a convenient location. All residence buildings are just steps away from classrooms and city bus lines that will take you across the city with ease. Hamilton is home to beautiful and scenic views, and the McMaster campus is no exception. Living on campus is the perfect combination of convenience and nature, with both stores and hiking trails in our very own backyard. Living on campus allows students to easily explore Hamilton and get to know the city they will soon be calling home.

Don’t Miss Out

Living on campus is not only a convenient option for first-year students, as well as provide them with the opportunity for personal and academic growth.

Make sure to complete your residence application before the 4 p.m. deadline on June 1, 2020. We look forward to seeing you soon!