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McMaster University

McMaster University

Learn about services for students at McMaster University, including their accessibility services, peer and academic support programs, financial aid, campus accessibility, and more.

General Information

McMaster University is located in Hamilton, Ontario and serves over 20 000 full-time undergraduate students. Additionally, McMaster has four regional campuses in downtown Hamilton, Burlington, Kitchener-Waterloo, and Niagara. McMaster University has a variety of programs in six schools and faculties:

  • DeGroote School of Business
  • Faculty of Engineering
  • Faculty of Health Sciences
  • Faculty of Humanities
  • Faculty of Science
  • Faculty of Social Science

The address for McMaster University is:

McMaster University
1280 Main Street West
Hamilton, Ontario L8S 4L8
(905) 525-9140

www.mcmaster.ca

Accessibility Services

Accessibility Services

At McMaster University, the centre providing accessibility services to students is called Student Accessibility Services (SAS). Student Accessibility Services is the primary place to find out about all of your disability related needs.

Transition Programs

McMaster University offers transition programs and support for students with disabilities

Accessibility Plan

For more information about accessibility at McMaster University, and their current initiatives to address issues of accessibility, please see McMaster University’s Accessibility Plan.

Documentation Required

Student Accessibility Services require that students provide documentation  that is up to date (within the last five years) in order to arrange academic accommodations: 

  • Learning Disabilities and Autism Spectrum Disorders: psychoeducational assessment 
  • ADHD: psychoeducational assessment completed  or medical report
  • Mental Health disability: SAS In-House form, mental health assessment or doctor's letter
  • Acquired brain injury: neuropsychological assessment
  • Vision impairments: CNIB registration number or doctor's letter
  • Hearing impairments: audiology report or doctor's letter
  • Medical condition or physical disability: SAS In-House form, medical assessment, or doctor's letter

More information about documentation as well as SAS forms are available on their website. 

 

To learn about the specific documentation requirements for McMaster University, please contact Student Accessibility Services directly.

Support Services Available

Health Services

The Student Wellness Centre provides a range of health services to students during their time at McMaster.

Counselling Services

McMaster University offers Personal Counselling for any student who may be experiencing stressful events in their life.

Academic Support

The Student Success Centre at McMaster University offers a variety of services to support students, including: Writing Support Services, tutoring, workshops, and career services
 

Library Services

McMaster University offers four libraries in their library system. The libraries provide various resources for students including databases, journals, e-books, and e-videos. Academic support for students to help students with their learning and writing skills is provided at the Mills Learning Commons.

Academic Advising

Each faculty and program at McMaster University provides academic advising services to students to assist with meeting course requirements, adding or dropping courses, and more.

Other Support Services

Financial Aid

Scholarships, Bursaries, and Awards

McMaster University’s Student Financial Aid & Scholarships office offers a range of financial assistance which consists of merit-based scholarships, need-based bursaries, and awards based on academic achievement. Information regarding McMaster University's financial aid is available on their website, as well as complete lists of scholarships, bursaries, awards, and contact information.

 

McMaster Bursary Program

The McMaster Bursary Program provides financial assistance related to tuition, books, compulsory fees, equipment, and supplies.

Residence and Housing

On-Campus Housing

McMaster University’s Residence and Conference Services offers residence to 3,600 students in 12 traditional style residence buildings. Residence is not guaranteed to first year students and operates on a lottery system. Approximately 3,000 spaces in residence are reserved for first year students. McMaster University offers themed, co-ed and single gender floors, with the majority of first year students being placed in double rooms. Residence units include single and double rooms with shared or communal washrooms. All buildings include:

  • Common lounges
  • Common study rooms
  • Common kitchens
  • Access to a 24/7 front desk
  • Maintenance
  • Laundry facilities

All rooms are furnished and include internet access and local telephone service. Residence rates vary depending on the building choice and room style. Meal plans are mandatory and are included in the cost of residence. Various plans are available and operate on a declining balance system.

Barrier-free rooms are available for students with special accommodation needs. Students are required to fill out the Special Accommodations Request form online when applying for residence.

Off-Campus Housing

McMaster University's Off-Campus Resource Centre (OCRC) offers an accommodation listing service, where landlords can advertise rental properties available.

Getting Around

Campus Accessibility

McMaster offers a Campus Map of the campus.

 

Hamilton Transit

The Hamilton Street Railway Company (HSR) is comprised of buses. Full-time students at McMaster University receive a bus pass included in their tuition. Schedules are provided for each HSR bus route.

Accessibility
The HSR provides accessible transit services on their buses. All buses are equipped with Accessible Low Floors (ALF), ramps, and designated seating areas for persons with wheelchairs and scooters.

The Accessible Transportation Services (ATS) administers the multiple accessible transportation services in Hamilton including the Disabled and Aged Regional Transportation System (DARTS), and the Taxi Scrip Program. The ATS offers door-to-door, shared bus ride services to eligible and registered individuals. More information about ATS services, eligibility guidelines and application process is available on their website.

Academic Programs

McMaster University offers a wide range of programs in their six faculties and schools. Information about the academic programs and educational opportunities at McMaster University is available on their website.

Contact Information

Student Accessibility Services
(905) 525-9140 ext 28652
sas@mcmaster.ca
Located in the McMaster University Student Centre basement Room B107

Student Wellness Centre (Health & Counselling)
(905) 525-9140 ext 27700
wellness@mcmaster.ca
Located in the McMaster University Student Centre Room B101

Student Success Centre
(905) 525-9140 ext 24254
studentsuccess@mcmaster.ca 
Located in Gilmour Hall, Room 108 

Mills Library
(905) 525-9140 ext 22077
library@mcmaster.ca

Innis Library
(905) 525-9140 ext 22081
library@mcmaster.ca

Thode Library
(905) 525-9140 ext 22000
library@mcmaster.ca

Office of Student Financial Aid & Scholarships
(905) 525-9140 ext 24319
sfas@mcmaster.ca
Gilmour Hall 108

Residence and Conferences Services
(905) 525-9140 ext 27222
housing@mcmaster.ca

Checklist

Use this checklist to create an overview of the services available at McMaster University, and to determine if the services meet your needs.