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Montreal’s McGill University is a public research institution teeming with “international recognition” and amazing “academic and research opportunities.” Students fortunate enough to attend have “access to world-class resources and professors” as well as a “beautiful campus”—all at a “low cost.” They also benefit from “an atmosphere that cultivates critical thinking and broadens your perspective of the world.” Though a few individuals do complain that first-year classes can be “huge and [comprised of] impersonal lectures,” they also reveal that “the higher you get in courses, the better they become.” Further, “smaller class sizes” are the norm in departments such as “English, History, and Languages, Literatures, and Cultures (LLC).” Regardless of what you ultimately choose to study, McGill undergrads generally find their professors to be “very well-versed in their subjects and...passionate.” Importantly, they’re also “dedicated” and “accessible.” But they won’t let their students slack. As one undergrad shares, “The amount of work is a little excessive during some stretches, and the grading is by no means easy.” Fortunately, instructors do “encourage students to come to conferences and office hours.” And it’s clearly evident that “the faculty truly love what they teach.”

Student Body

Undergrads at McGill University take pride in the fact that their peers are “highly diverse” and hail from a number of countries. Of course, there are plenty of Montreal natives as well. And many suggest that the “bilingualism of local students...adds to the cultural experience” as well. Looking beyond geography, undergrads here also reveal that their peers are “very hardworking and committed to school, spending many hours a day studying.” They also tend to be quite “inclusive.” One student shares, “All of the students are open-minded and appreciative of the differences that make our school [unique].” A fellow undergrad adds, “I haven’t met a rude student yet. Everyone is kind and willing to collaborate or help.” This attitude could be attributed to the fact that undergrads here “are always working on personally developing themselves, academically, and culturally.” McGill also boasts that its peers are “motivated to do well and be successful and help as many people in the world as they can.” When it comes to politics, students are “mostly liberal or left leaning.” And perhaps most importantly, “Despite having a large student body with nearly 40,000 individuals, the McGill community will never let you feel insignificant as an individual.”

Campus Life

McGill University undergrads are pretty honest about the fact that they “mostly spend their time studying.” After all, classes can be very demanding and “time consuming.” Nevertheless, even these intellectually-minded students need to kick back every now and again. When they’re looking for a break, undergrads can turn to the “on-campus...pubs [which frequently host] events.” McGill undergrads also tend to be “very active in the community” and often carve out some “time for volunteering.” It’s also quite common for students to organize and stage “music shows...themselves.” For students looking to enjoy the outdoors, the Macdonald campus has a [great] area to hike in, an arboretum, and a bird observatory just half an hour away by walk.” Or, as one ecstatic student sees it, “We have a magical forest to escape to in any season!” Once the weekend arrives, it is “party time.” One knowing student explains, “First-year students often party [in] residence or go to local bars, while upperclassmen go to clubs more often.” Lastly, hometown Montreal offers plenty of excitement. Students can explore everything from the newest cafes to museums and cutting edge art galleries. This city has something for everyone, no matter your interests.

Contact & Visit

Campus Visits Contact

Veronique Dorais
Welcome Center Supervisor

Welcome Center (Burnside Hall, Room 115)
805 Sherbrooke Street West
Montreal, QC H3A 2K6



Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Arts Building
Schulich School of Music
McGill Bookstore
MacDonald Campus
Redpath Museum
To get a big-picture view of the entire campus, take a walk up Mont-Royal. From the Chateau look-out it is possible to see the entire downtown campus.

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Montreal Museum of Fine Arts
Montreal Summer Festivals
Underground Shopping Complex - Downtown
St. Laurent and Crescent street (Restaurants and shop)
Morgan Arboretum
4) Shopping, restaurants and pubs on rue St. Denis, rue St. Laurent and Crescent Street

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Monday to Friday
9:00 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Varies
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews

Information Sessions
Not Available


Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available

Contact Coach Directly

Advance Notice

Contact Email Address for Visit

Class Visits

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Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Not Available

Not available during academic year, available during non-academic year


Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Travel by air: Montreal is serviced by the Trudeau International Airport. The airport is approximately 20 kilometers (12 miles) west of downtown Montreal. Buses, limousines, and taxis provide quick, efficient shuttle service between the airport, the major hotels and the city centre. For detailed information on flights to and from Montreal please see the Aeroports de Montreal website: http://www.admtl.com/ . Travel by train or bus: If you are coming by train you will be traveling by either VIA Rail (within Canada) or Amtrak (from the United States) arriving at Central Station, a few blocks from McGill. The easiest way to get to McGill is to head north through the underground shopping concourse of Place Ville Marie. You should exit at Cathcart Street and McGill College Avenue and follow McGill College Avenue north three blocks to Sherbrooke Street where you will see the Roddick Gates of McGill University. Alternatively, you may be arriving by bus. All major bus lines have a final destination of Berri terminal. From there you can take a taxi to the University or use the subway. Montreal is well served by a clean and efficient underground subway system known as "the Metro". Take the Metro green line marked "Direction Angrignon" and get off at either the McGill or Peel station, both just a few blocks from the main campus.

Driving Instructions to Campus
Travel by car: McGill University (downtown campus) is located in the heart of Montreal, the third largest French speaking city in the world and the most important city in the province of Quebec, Canada. For those arriving by automobile there are a number of routes into the city. From the south or east you will be crossing the St. Lawrence River via the Champlain Bridge. Signs at the exit from the bridge indicate the way to Centre Ville (Downtown). This route feeds you right onto University Street, which at its north end runs along the east side of the campus.

Local Accommodations
The following are hotel accomodations located in downtown Montreal. They are all within walking distance of the campus and they offer special preferential rates to McGill visitors. In order to take advantage of these rates you need only mention "McGill University". Ritz Carlton (1228 Sherbrooke Street West, 1-800-363-0366); Hotel Omni Mont-Royal (1050 Sherbrooke Street West, 1-888-444-6664); Delta Montreal (450 Sherbrooke Street West, 1-877-286-1986); Holiday Inn Montreal-Midtown (420 Sherbrooke Street West, 1-800-HOLIDAY); Chateau Versailles (1659 Sherbrooke Street West, 514-933-3611); Marriot Residence Inn (2045 Peel Street, 1-514-982-6064). McGill Residence makes their rooms available to visitors during the summer months. To make a reservation to stay in a McGill Residence please call 514-398-6367.


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