Hamilton, ON
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Reviews 46 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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5 Recent Alumnus

Academics: top notch scholars, excellent recommendations for reading, outstanding student experience

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: To be completely honest, Hamilton is not the best place to be. It's always described as a "sketchy" city and the general neighborhood atmosphere isn't that great. the quality of housing varies depending on price, obviously. On the cheaper side, there are old houses near the school with tiny rooms and creaking floors. If you can afford it, there are a few apartments or houses that provide good quality and spacious living space. Rooms aren't too hard to find as long as you look for them earlier on.

2 College Junior

Greek Life: McMaster does not recognize greek life on campus. However, there are still about 4-5 fraternities and 4-5 sororities that operate. This includes Black, Asian and Jewish-focused fraternities/sororities. Again, because McMaster does not recognize GL it is hard for these organizations to promote on-campus because of strict university guidelines about who can put up posters, book rooms, etc. They are there, and are making an effort but the university makes it hard for any fraternity or sorority.

3 College Senior

Campus Dining: food is pretty good, but kind of expensive. lots of places to go on campus and nearby (e.g., westdale)

3 College Senior

Facilities: athletic centre is pretty good since its new, but while access to track is free, classes are extra, so are machines and weights

3 College Senior

Transportation: Public transit is good at peak times (like winter and fall), but not great during the summer. Cost is mandatory in tuition, so can use student card. Can also use student card to get discounts on GO. Bus schedule is okay - sometimes they all come in a clump though (one after another of buses on similar routes), so if you miss it, you have to wait 20 min for next one.

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: Whether it be Campus Police or EFRT having your back 24/7 there is a resource to call that will arrive within 2 minutes. I have never felt unsafe on campus at mac

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Plenty of Options – Whether you want a simple bar and grill chain restaurant, or an little fancier place to go, from west dale, to locke street and Downtown Dundas, there are plenty of options in the area to enjoy a good off campus meal.

3 College Junior

Nightlife: Don't Go DT – Downtown, especially on a saturday, is usually an older crowd. Hit up the on campus bar for Pub nights on thursday if you want a real greasy and sloppy time but it's usually more fun to hit up a friends house party in Hamilton.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Needs More Variety – I enjoyed the food on campus but it would be better if there was more selection and variety of food.

3 College Junior

Drug Safety: Student Drinking Prevalent – Drinking is more popular than drugs. If students are using drugs, it is generally marijuana

5 College Junior

Campus Dining: Many Options Avaliable – McMaster had several options including vegetarian, halal, eat-in, fast food, etc. Many options, and several dining areas around campus

1 College Junior

Greek Life: With exception to one "frat" for Jewish men, McMaster does not have any greek life

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: McMaster is wonderful. Everyone is willing to lend a hand or point you in the right direction. Everything is vibrant and fun. I would definitely choose McMaster again because it has a lovely campus, it's close to home and they have a great athletic program.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: There are plenty of different races that attend McMaster. Everyone is accepted and are offered the same options.

3 College Junior

Athletics: Not Much Interest – There isnt much interest in the athletics and games at McMaster. Only homecoming game is widely attended/discussed.

3 College Junior

Campus Dining: Boring and Repetitive – There is a lack of culturally diversified food around campus, though the places that are available have good tasting food.

3 College Junior

Computers: Although most libraries are equipped with large monitor Macs, there are not enough computers and they are all almost always in use.

College Freshman

Drug Safety: I think pot is one of the most popular used by kids here. They say its nonaddictive but who are they kidding? The visibility i would say is no cause for alarm and the community advisors do a good job of sanctioning the offenders of the code of conduct each time. There isn't much pressure to use the drugs because you don't randomly get someone offering you a expensive illegal substance for free, i think they want it themselves!

5 College Freshman

Nightlife: Its a typical friday night and i can hear the drunk people from my room, well actually it could be thursday too or any day of the week! Point is there is always a group of people partying. There is a club on campus open on weekends and underage kids can go to as well. The buses stop running at about 1am so most times we have to take a cab after the parties, but thats fine!Overall u get the feel that the weekend is approaching because the mood is in the air.

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Hamilton City – Hamilton is a quiet town, with a lot of outdoor opportunities that interest me personally. Most partying students find it a little boring sometimes, but i think its a great location for inspiration and stillness.


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