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Student Life

McMaster University offers a wide variety of options for you to enhance your personal and academic success. There are four libraries with convenient hours and valuable services like the ability to book private study rooms. Students have access to a specially appointed Academic Advisor who can help you figure out your course options. In terms of leisure, students have access to hundreds of McMaster clubs and teams. For more information about student life, please see the below information on:

McMaster University Student Services & Assistance

Student Affairs Office

From overseeing Athletics and Recreation to University Technology Services, Student Affairs is there to make sure that all students are getting the best possible experience at McMaster University. Their mission is to be students' "partners in learning [and] provide [Mac] students with opportunities to discover, learn and grow."

Student Accessibility Services

Student Accessibility Services (SAS) supports students who have learning disabilities, ADHD, mental illness, a medical condition, or mobility limitations. Some of the services provided by SAS include information support with assistive technologies, coordinating academic accommodations, and counsel on learning strategies, among others.

Financial Aid & Scholarships

The Office of Student Financial Aid & Scholarships (SFAS) is available to assist with OSAP, bursaries, scholarships, and work programs.

International Student Services

International students and those who are interested in international cultures are welcomed by the International Student Services (ISS) office where you can get more information about immigration, exchange programs, the university health insurance plan, as well as cultural and social events, among many other support services.

Office of Student Conduct

If you want to know more about your rights and responsibilities as a McMaster University student, you can begin your search with the Office of Student Conduct at their site, you will find the Student Code of Conduct, the Residence Code of Conduct, and the Athletic Code of Conduct.

Student Success Centre

Current students and alumni are encouraged by the Student Success Centre to pursue opportunities for academic, personal, and professional growth. Check out the Student Success Centre website for a full list of events, support services, and news stories.

Student Wellness Centre

Whether you are looking for a counsellor, a doctor, or both, the Student Wellness Centre is where you will find a wide range of medical services.

Recreation, Food, and Housing at McMaster University

Athletics & Recreation

Are you interested in becoming a McMaster athlete or simply staying on top of all things Marauder sports? The Athletics & Recreation website can direct you to all of Mac's CIS, OUA, and club teams. If you are looking for a more casual way to partake in McMaster's recreation facilities, you will find more information on intramural sports, fitness activities, and gym memberships.

Hospitality Services

McMaster's Hospitality Services works to provide healthy food options on campus. If you have a dietary restriction, you can contact the Chef Manager of Hospitality Services who will work with you to discuss your accommodations. For more information on dietary restrictions, student meal plans, on-campus menus, and more, visit the Hospitality Services website.

Housing & Conference Services

McMaster University has 12 residence buildings that total 3,600 bed spaces. Of these 3,600 spaces, 3,000 are reserved for first year students.

If you are planning to stay in residence, you may wish to visit the website for Housing & Conference Services. There, you will learn more about how to secure a spot in residence, the fees, information about your meal card, and what services are available to you while living on campus.

Off-Campus Resource Centre

Are you planning to live off campus? The Off-Campus Resource Centre (OCRC) is there to help you with rental listings and bus route maps, among other invaluable resources to living in Hamilton.

Course Material & Campus Study Spaces

Campus Store

Not only the central location for McMaster University swag, you can also locate your textbook listings by term at the Campus Store website.

You can also find used textbooks through Campus Store's Classifieds.

McMaster University Libraries

If you are looking for a space to study, you can find a spot in one of McMaster's four libraries:

  1. Mills Library
  2. Innis Library
  3. Thode Library
  4. Health Sciences Library

Book a study room if you're working on a group project or take advantage of the space in Mills Learning Commons. Alternatively, book a study room in the Engineering Technology Building (ETB). There are three rooms available that can be booked for 2 hour timeslots. Bookings are done through ETB 121.

Parking and Transit

Security & Parking Services

For students who plan to park on campus, see the Security & Parking Services website for parking lot locations and rates, as well as how to obtain a transponder for those who parking on-campus often.

GO Train

The McMaster University GO Bus Terminal offers several bus platforms for the following routes:

  • Platform 1 WB: (47) Hamilton GO
  • Platform 2 EB: (15) Aldershot GO
  • Platform 3 EB: (47F) York U
  • Platform 4 EB: (47A, B) Bramalea GO/Square One
  • Platform 5 EB: (47C) Erin Mills Transitway Station, (47E) Oakville Carpool Lot, (47H)
  • Bronte Carpool Lot

Hamilton Street Rail (HSR)

The HSR is Hamilton's municipal transit system. With bus stops located on and around campus, traveling from off-campus residence is a convenient experience for McMaster University students.

If you are looking for general directions to getting around Hamilton, use the HSR's Trip Planner. Some suggestions for near campus restaurants and activities include those in the following locales: Westdale Village, the James Street BIA, and the Locke Street BIA.

Bus & Driving Directions to Mohawk College (Fennell Campus)

Mohawk College is located at 135 Fennell Ave W. which is on the Hamilton escarpment. The campus is accessible by both bus and car with parking located at the back of the College's main campus buildings.

All first year classes and labs are held at McMaster University's central campus; however, following first year, travel may be required to our McMaster Automotive Resource Centre (MARC) located at 200 Longwood Rd. S. as well as Mohawk College (Fennell Campus). Classes and labs held at MARC are for students in the Automotive & Vehicle Technology (AVT) stream.

Student Clubs and Organizations

Bachelor of Technology Association (BTA)

The BTA is a student run organization that is similar to that of a student council. It seeks to maximize B.Tech. students' academic and social experiences. Representatives of the BTA support B.Tech. students who are looking for a variety of assistance - health and wellbeing, used textbooks, and social engagements, to name just a few. Because courses become much more specialized in second year, the BTA is also an excellent tool for students to reconnect with the friends they made in first year who may be in a different stream.

To speak with someone from the BTA, email them at btechassociation@gmail.com or visit their office in the basement of the Engineering Technology Building (ETB).

B.Tech. Student Ambassador Program

Student volunteers are an integral part of the B.Tech. program. We are always recruiting students to participate in such events as the Ontario Universities Fair, Fall Preview Days, the Degree Completion Program (DCP) Open House, and May@Mac, to name just a few.

B.Tech. student volunteers are eligible to become B.Tech. Student Ambassadors. As a B.Tech. Student Ambassador, you accrue points for your volunteer efforts. Within the different levels of points, students receive some kind reward for their hard work, such as listing your Official B.Tech. Ambassador status on your resume.

All B.Tech. Student Ambassadors are encouraged to submit a student profile to which prospective students may refer for more information about the program. See a full list of our current student profiles here.

McMaster Engineering Society (MES)

Born in the fall of 1959, the McMaster Engineering Society (MES) is one of the largest student groups on campus. Several B.Tech. students are members on the MES. There are 35 affiliated groups within the MES, allowing students to find their niche in engineering-related extra curriculars. Find yours!

McMaster Students Union (MSU)

All students who are registered in 18 units of undergraduate courses become a member of the McMaster Students Union. The MSU is responsible for more than 30 departments and recognizes over 300 McMaster student clubs. For a complete list of up to date clubs, visit the MSU's website.