Campus Housing

Location
Montreal, QC
Undergrads
20,181
Tuition (in-state)
$16,360 ($5,378)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The dorms are a great way to meet other students during your first year. Because drinking in legal at age 18 in Quebec, the floor fellows (RA's) organize a lot of social drinking events that are really fun and a great way to meet other people. Make sure you pick a dorm that suits your personality preference, because they can be very different from one another

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4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I'd say that about 90% of the people in Residence would say that they absolutely love it and wouldn't trade it for anything. There are different kinds of dorms for different types of people. I live in New Rez, a converted 4-star hotel, it is insane, I love my life.

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5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I was placed in La Citadelle which is brand new and BEAUTIFUL. Full kitchen, amazing view, huge rooms, super clean, etc.
The other residences I've been in... not so much

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5 College Junior

Campus Housing: Very different options for housing. Ranges from converted 4 star hotels (New Rez, Citadel, Carrefour) to typical cement "college door" life (upper res) to borderline apartments and apartments (Moore Houses, Solin, Greenbriar) and others in between. Depending what you want it can be exactly that.

Best food - RVC
Biggest - New Rez
Most Stereotypical "dorm life" - Molson or Gardner
Closest to campus - RVC
Most tight knit community - any of the upper res
Best overall location - New Res (biased for this one)
Most unlike typical dorm - Solin

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3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Housing: Totally Average – Upper rez dorms are totally average. Newer dorms are hotel-like and much more social.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 360th
    Best Dorm Atmosphere
  • 526th
    Most Spacious Dorms
  • 803rd
    Cleanest Dorms
  • 1165th
    Shortest Walk to Class

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Kelly Baker
Hometown
Weston, CT
Major
Sociology
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No one lives on campus after first year. Many students at McGill are actually from the Montréal area, and they use McGill as a commuter school. For the seven percent of students who do live on campus, there are many, many housing options to choose from. Upper Rez is the most popular, and it consists of Molson, Gardner, and McConnell halls. These are your typical dorms, with small cinder-blocked rooms, although most of them are singles. It’s called Upper Rez because it’s on the top of a massive hill, a source of neverending complaint from those who live there. Slightly down the hill is Douglas Hall, a beautiful old building reminiscent of Harry Potter. Douglas has a rep for being the hippy dorm, and they have their own cafeteria. All the dorms on the hill are pretty big party dorms and probably the best bet for anyone looking for the “college experience.” Way down the hill past the campus is Royal Victoria College. This is the antithesis of the party dorm and is all girls. It has pretty tight security, but a very nice building with its own cafeteria and no hills to climb, so living there is a bit of a tradeoff.

New Residence, or New Rez, is a converted hotel, and it still looks, well, hotel-like. It has its own cafeteria, and most of the rooms are doubles. The rooms are huge with a private bathroom. New Rez has probably the biggest party rep on campus, and most people who live there absolutely love it. However, if you ask students who don’t live there their opinion, you get a different story. New Rez has a reputation for being snobby and filled with rich kids. It definitely seems to house the majority of the overworn and overpriced trends that are en vogue. New Rez is the Rez people either love or hate, so it would be wise to check it out before listing it as a first choice.  Dio and Prez Rez are newer additions to McGill’s residence network. They are comparable to Upper Rez, but located just across from the Milton Gates and are significantly smaller. Most recently, McGill took over 475 Sherbrooke, formerly the Four Points Hotel, and is converting it into another student residence.

Facts & Statistics

Freshmen Required to Live on Campus?
No
Undergrads Living On Campus
8%
Number of Dormitories
9
Number of Campus-Owned Apartments
2
Best Dorms
  • Douglas Hall
  • The Greenbriar
  • MORE Shared Facility Houses
  • New Residence
Worst Dorms
  • Gardner
  • McConnell
  • Molson
  • RVC
What You Get
  • Bed
  • Bookshelf
  • Desk
  • Dresser
  • Lamp
Did You Know?
  • Molson, McConnell, and Gardner halls are often referred to as the Upper Residences, or "Upper Rez," because of their location on the northern end of campus.
  • Most people who attend McGill are residents of Montréal, making it more of a commuter school than a residential one. Also, only first-year students are guaranteed housing, making them the majority of residents living on campus.
  • McGill also has a First Peoples' House, a residence and lounge provided specifically for aboriginal students.
  • MORE houses are converted brownstones that house about 20 students each. There are two on University and three on Pine. Because of their small size, each house takes on a different flavor and reputation each year. However, they generally are the houses that students looking for a more independent lifestyle seek. Your dorm fellow does not live with you, and you are basically on your own. This can be great for some people-their ideal living situation. The small size of the house usually brings everyone really close together, for better or for worse.
  • Also on University is the Greenbriar, which operates under the same principle, except that it is an apartment building that holds 96 students. Rooms are apartment-style with a kitchen for each unit. Three Métro stops away near the Atwater market is Solin Hall, a larger apartment-style residence far away from campus. Both apartment-style residences tend to attract the more independent students. Students are not on a meal plan and rely on a common kitchen to cook their meals. Living in one of these can be amazing for the type of student who can't wait to move out of their parents' house and live on their own, but it's not for everyone.
  • Check everything out or call housing to get a better feel of which type of housing is right for you. Regardless of what you put as first choice, though, many students get their second, third, or even last, so where you live is really a matter of chance. If you really hate where you live, two weeks after moving in you can switch-plenty of students do, and it's really not that hard if you make the effort to talk to the housing office.

DormitoriesWhat's This?

Diocesan College Residence
Floors: 2
Number of Occupants: 45
Bathrooms: Shared by floor
Coed: Yes
Room Types: Singles and doubles
Special Features: Shared kitchenette on basement floor, located directly across the street from the McGill University gates. Building recently acquired through agreement with Diocesan College.
Douglas Hall
Floors: 8 houses of 3-4 floors
Number of Occupants: 179
Bathrooms: Shared by floor
Coed: Yes
Room Types: Mostly singles, some doubles
Special Features: On-site maintenance staff, TV lounges, common room with grand piano, billiard room, computer lab, daytime porter, storage, permit parking available, overnight security
Gardner Hall
Floors: 7
Number of Occupants: 219
Bathrooms: Shared by floor
Coed: Yes
Room Types: Mostly singles
Special Features: Permit parking available, study rooms, computer lab, games room, overnight security, on-site maintenance staff, overnight security, kitchenette per wing, storage, daytime porter
McConnell Hall
Floors: 7
Number of Occupants: 224
Bathrooms: Shared by wing
Coed: Yes
Room Types: Mostly singles, some doubles
Special Features: Permit parking available, study rooms, computer lab, games room, overnight security, on-site maintenance staff, overnight security, kitchenette per wing, storage, daytime porter
Molson Hall
Floors: 7
Number of Occupants: 219
Bathrooms: Shared by wing
Coed: Yes
Room Types: Mostly singles
Special Features: Permit parking available, study rooms, computer lab, games room, overnight security, on-site maintenance staff, overnight security, kitchenette per wing, storage, daytime porter
MORE Shared Facility Houses
Floors: Each house is a 3-4 story brownstone
Number of Occupants: 15-30 per house
Bathrooms: 1-2 per floor
Coed: Yes, except for one house each year that is only girls
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: On-call maintenance person, locked entrance with intercom, full kitchen, common room, laundry room for each house
New Residence Hall (New Rez)
Floors: 12
Number of Occupants: 617
Bathrooms: Shared by room
Coed: Yes
Room Types: Mostly doubles
Special Features: 24-hour security, on-site maintenance staff, computer lab, TV lounge, study room, game room (with pool table, piano, and arcade games), vending machines, storage, tunnel to Shops du Parc
Presbyterian College Residence (Pres Res)
Floors: 2
Number of Occupants: 36
Bathrooms: Shared by floor
Coed: Yes
Room Types: Singles Only
Special Features: Building recently acquired through agreement with nearby Presbyterian College. Located directly across from McGill, facing the Milton Gates.
Royal Victoria College (RVC)
Floors: 5-12 per wing
Number of Occupants: 266
Bathrooms: Shared by floor
Coed: No, women only
Room Types: Mostly singles, some doubles
Special Features: Two pianos, study rooms, common rooms, full maintenance and security staff, sheet laundry service available, linens provided, computer lab

Campus-Owned ApartmentsWhat's This?

The Greenbriar
Floors: 6
Number of Units: 96
Bathrooms: Shared by apartment
Coed: Yes, by apartment
Room Types: Single occupancy studio, or double occupancy one-bedroom apartments
Special Features: On-site maintenance staff, locked entrance with intercom, bathroom and kitchen per apartment unit
Solin Hall
Floors: 6-Apr
Number of Units: 280
Bathrooms: Shared by apartment
Coed: Yes, by apartment
Room Types: Studio, 2-, 3-, and 4-bedroom apartments
Special Features: On-site maintenance staff, computer lab, TV lounge, study room, games room (with pool table, piano, and arcade games), vending machines, storage, underground parking available, locked entrance with intercom, overnight security, bathroom and kitchen per unit

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