Residence & Housing

McMaster’s twelve on-campus residences are home to almost 3,600 students. Our residences are located within a five-minute walk to classes, athletic facilities, libraries and our award-winning dining facilities. We offer a range of building sizes and themed residence communities.

Our buildings are divided into traditional dormitory style–where you live with one/two other roommates in the same bedroom or apartment/suite style–where you have a private room and share a kitchen, washroom(s) and living room with three to five other students.

Our living learning and lifestyle themed communities aim to enhance and extend your learning experience outside of the classroom, and into your residence home. Options include:

  • All Female
  • Women & Leadership
  • Quiet 
  • Alcohol Free
  • Healthy Active Living
  • Global Perspectives
  • Conservation and Outdoor Leadership Education (COLE)
  • Forge @ Mac Entrepreneurship

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Buildings:

Name Capacity Type Size
Bates Residence (Furnished Apartments)
506
Co-ed
Large
Brandon Hall
557
Co-ed
Large
Edwards Hall
98
Co-ed
Small
Hedden Hall
389
Co-ed
Large
Les Prince Hall
389
Co-ed
Large
Mary E. Keyes Residence (furnished suites)
280
Co-ed
Medium
Matthews Hall
256
Co-ed
Medium
McKay Hall
272
Co-ed
Medium
Moulton Hall
185
Co-ed
Medium
Wallingford Hall (all-female community)
75
Female
Small
Whidden Hall
276
Co-ed
Medium
Woodstock Hall
295
Co-ed
Medium

 

Off-Campus Housing

While thousands of students live in residence, the majority of the McMaster students live off-campus. McMaster’s Off-Campus Resource Centre assists students to find apartments, houses, rooms within a house or other suitable off-campus living options.

McMaster’s Society of Off-Campus Students (SOCS) is also one of the largest clubs sponsored by the McMaster Students Union. SOCS strives to help students connect to McMaster, and give off-campus students a voice on campus by:

  • providing a welcoming, enjoyable, memorable and safe Welcome Week
  • assisting those who are unfamiliar with living away from home
  • organizing activities throughout the year (e.g. peer tutoring; Formal dinner; themed social events)
  • organizing intramural sports teams.