Housing How-Tos


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A message from Campus Life & Engagement, the one office dedicated to new McGill students.


Hi there Campus Life & Engage!


Montreal has so many diverse and wonderful neighbourhoods. Whether you chose to live on or off campus, there will always be something around the corner for you to discover! This week’s email is dedicated to helping you make informed decisions when finding a place to live this Fall! As always, you can learn even more in the Housing module of McGill 101 in myCourses. Read on for key dates, tips and events to help you choose housing and make Montreal your home!


Take Note!


1️⃣ If you’re a first-year undergraduate student that's 22 or under and registered for the Fall 2021 term at McGill, you've got a guaranteed place in residence.


2️⃣ The Residence Housing lottery closes on Monday, July 5, 2021 at 11:59 PM EDT. Be sure to rank your residence preferences and pay the deposit before the deadline to be entered into the lottery! Check out the McGill Student Housing website for more information or contact them at housing.residences@mcgill.ca!


3️⃣ Roughly 50% of first-year undergraduate students live off campus! There's a whole community of commuter students at McGill that you can connect with! Read more about it in our "Connect" section.


4️⃣ Full-time students can get a discount when purchasing an OPUS transit card! OPUS cards are your pass to Montreal’s public transit system. Your reduced student fare will ensure you get to explore all that Montréal has to offer without breaking the bank!



Connect with COMunity, a program that strives to create a sense of support and belonging for off-campus and commuter students! They plan events, connect commuter students to campus life, and host a weekly chill zone called COMon Ground where commuters can grab a snack, do homework, or relax with other students!


If you haven’t already, take advantage of the 2021/22 Entering Class Facebook Group and/or the 2021/22 Discord Community to connect with your peers!


Meet other first years from your region at our upcoming Send-Offs! These events give you the chance to submit any questions you might have live, as well as hear about the McGill experience from current students! Check out all this summer's send-offs and register here.

  • Asia Send-Off: Thursday, June 24 at 7:30 PM HKT
  • Quebec Send-Off: Monday, July 5 at 5:30 PM EDT



🏠 The Good Neighbour Guide

If you are planning on living off campus, the Good Neighbour Guide will walk you through all you need to know about living and renting in Montreal! It covers everything from leases, boroughs, insurance, commuting, housing rights and more.



Whether you're living in a McGill residence or an apartment off campus, CL&E's webinars can help answer your questions and learn your rights!

⚖️ Know Your Rights

This 60-minute workshop on legal literacy will teach you all about housing rights, student rights (with respect to McGill policies), and employment rights.

  • Friday, June 18 at 2 PM EDT

🏡 All About Housing (Residences)

This interactive info session will help you answer the question: Why should I live in McGill residences? Join us to discuss the various building options, programming and community, meal plans and more!

  • Saturday, June 19 at 10 AM EDT
  • Sunday, June 20 at 6 PM EDT

🚇 Housing (Off-Campus)

Learn all about services, resources, and communities available to McGill students living off campus (i.e. NOT in a McGill Residence)!

  • Monday, June 22 at 6 PM EDT

  • Tuesday, June 23 at 10 AM EDT

As always if you have any questions please email us at firstyear@mcgill.ca!




Gilbert Lin

Manager, Orientation & Student Engagement | Campus Life & Engagement | McGill Student Services


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