Residence Fees

Students are responsible for paying the full residence fee for their assigned room. A $600 residence deposit, submitted when an offer of a residence guarantee is made, is part of the overall residence fee. All students living in residence are required to purchase a meal plan.
Meal plan costs are not included in the residence fees quoted. Your fees include:
  • Your accommodations – which vary by residence
  • Wireless Internet in each residence building (more info)

September- April 2017-2018 Fees: ( *Pending Senate Approval):

Room Type
Bunk & Loft Triple Room
$5,600
Lofted Triple/Quad $5,800
Lofted Triple Room with Access to Single-User Washroom
$5,950
Triple Room $6,300
Quad Room
$6,300
Double Room
$6,400
Double Room with Access to Single-User Washroom $6,600
Double Room with Ensuite Washroom $6,900
Single Room
$7,200
Single Room with Access to Single-User Washroom $7,400
Single Room with Ensuite Washroom $7,700
Apartment – 2 Person (Double Room)
$7,850
Apartment – 4/6 Person (Single Room)
$7,950
Suite – 4 person (Single Room) $8,400
This fee is not included in the residence and meal plan fees quoted.**Subject to change
  • $49.11
Residence Meal Plan is an integral component of living in any of the McMaster University Residences and all students living in residence must purchase a mandatory meal plan. As a student living in Residence, you must make a meal plan selection based on the residence building assigned to you. Students who do not make a selection will automatically be allocated a Regular Meal Plan from the applicable mandatory group.
The meal plan fees quoted below are for September-April 2017-2018 (pending university approval). Please visit the Hospitality Services website for further meal plan information. Here is a listing of the available meal plans:
Meal Plan Option
Group A (Full Meal Plans)*
Group B (Reduced Meal Plans)*
Minimum
$3,955
$2,855
Light
$4,155
$3,055
Regular
$4,355
$3,255
Varsity
$4,555
$3,455

Winter 2018 Term Fees:

Room Type
Bunk & Loft Triple Room
$2,800
Lofted Triple/Quad $2,800
Lofted Triple Room with Access to Single-User Washroom
$2,975
Triple Room $3,150
Quad Room
$3,150
Double Room
$3,200
Double Room with Access to Single-User Washroom $3,300
Double Room with Ensuite Washroom $3,450
Single Room
$3,600
Single Room with Access to Single-User Washroom $3,700
Single Room with Ensuite Washroom $3,850
Apartment – 2 Person (Double Room)
$3,925
Apartment – 4/6 Person (Single Room)
$3,975
Suite – 4 person (Single Room) $4,200
This fee is not included in the residence and meal plan fees quoted.
  • $49.11

Washroom Definitions:

Washroom that is connected directly to a room and shared with only the occupants of the bedroom (single = one occupant, double = two occupants.) Students are responsible for cleaning and providing supplies for their washroom. (I.e. hand soap & toilet paper.)
Washrooms that accommodate only one occupant at a time, and are shared with all students on the floor. Washrooms are cleaned by Facilities staff.
 1 washroom to share with 2, 4 or 6 occupants. Students are responsible for cleaning and providing supplies for their washroom. ( I.e. hand soap & toilet paper.)
2 washrooms to share with 4 occupants. Students are responsible for cleaning and providing supplies for their washroom. ( I.e. hand soap & toilet paper.)

All other room types are traditional spaces that have multi-user washrooms located on each floor and used by all students on the floor. Traditional washrooms are cleaned by Facilities staff.


To view samples of residence room types and layouts click here.

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.

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.
Please refer to:
Tax Year Form
2015 Form ON-BEN (Boxes #6118 and #6114) See page 11 of the T1 General 2011 – Information for Residents of Ontario for more information.
Other Expenses to consider…

Programming Fees:

Pay-as-you-go opportunities, giving you the option to get involved in the life and activities of your residence (i.e., intramurals, events in the GTA, etc.).

Laundry

Machines are located in all buildings.
  • Cold water $1.50
  • Warm water $1.65
  • Hot Water $1.80
  • Dryer $1.60

Lock-Out Keys

Occurrence
Fee
1st
Free
2nd & 3rd
$3 each
4th & 5th
$5 each
6th & 7th
$10 each
8th & 9th
$15 each
10th & onwards
$20 each

Parking

Visit Parking & Transit Services for info.

Printsmart (Printing & Copying)

For printing and copying on campus – find out about your Printsmart options.