Information for Parents

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Top 10 Things to Know about Coming to McGill’s Macdonald Campus

Welcome to all our McGill Macdonald Campus Parents. As the mother, father, grandparent or guardian of a McGill Macdonald Campus student, you are a vital part of the University’s diverse community.  As part of our welcome to the University weekend, we host a Parents Tent on the Macdonald Campus where you can ask questions about our services, sign up for tours or just chat with our volunteers.

On the McGill Parent webpages you can find answers to your questions about the University and explore the resources available to you as the parent of a McGill student. Whether you're looking for a calendar of important dates, information about student services, or details on how you can connect with us or other parents, you're in the right place. Consider joining the McGill International Parent Community Facebook group, a great forum for sharing information.

For more information on Parent events, please contact Anna Duff at anna.duff [at]




Residence Move In


Macdonald Parents' Tent

August 25

Parents' Tent: 10:00 AM -
4:00 PM

10:00 AM - 4:30 PM



Macdonald campus partners and students will welcome you to campus, answer questions.

2:00 PM - Walking tour of Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue. Meet at Parents' Tent.

Complimentary coffee will be served.

Parents' Information and Sessions Macdonald Stewart Building Foyer and R2-045

August 26
9:00 AM - 12:00 noon

Welcome Centre – your one-stop Resource Centre for everything Macdonald.

Representatives from the Royal Bank of Canada, Bank of Montreal and CIBC will be on site.

10:00 AM -11:00 AM Orientation and Frosh Welcome

McGill’s Frugal Scholar Money Management Program / Facts about Fees

Information on successfully managing your finances as a student followed by information about e-billing, guest access, billing dates, procedures, policies and more

For students and parents. Registration will open in early August.

Macdonald Campus Tour
for Parents

August 26
2:15 PM -3:45PM

Register for a Campus bus tour – with visits to the Mac Market, Morgan Arboretum and the Macdonald Campus Farm. Please meet at the Centennial Centre front entrance.

Registration is required - please contact Anna Duff at anna.duff [at] or at 514-398-7852

Top 10 Things to Know about Coming to McGill’s Macdonald Campus


When you arrive on the Macdonald Campus there will be directional signs set up to show you the way to Laird Hall for move-in. Once at Laird, there will be greeters who will assist you with your luggage and let you know where you can park your car.

There will be a buffet dinner for students and parents at 5:00 PM; registration is required. Please check your McGill email and register by replying to the Residence email that is sent to you.

Walmart trip!

Need essentials?  Not to worry! A trip to the Mega Centre in Vaudreuil has been organized. Students will have the opportunity to buy whatever they need before school starts.  Stores at the Mega Centre include Walmart, Canadian Tire, Dollarama, Bulk Barn, banks and supermarkets. Registration is required. Please check your McGill email for more information; you can register by replying to the Residence email that is sent to you. Buses leave from Laird Hall (front entrance).

What's new in Rez?

Internet is included in residence rents for both Laird and Eco. Each student in Laird Hall will have a fridge provided for them in their room. Check out the Macdonald Campus Residence website for more information.

Where to eat on Campus

While there is no full meal plan at McGill’s Macdonald Campus, there is a café located in the link between the Macdonald-Stewart building and the Macdonald Campus Library. With a new look and a new caterer we are looking forward to providing fresh, delicious, nutritious meals! Open Mon – Fri, for breakfast and lunch.  John Abbott College which is just across from us to the west, also has a cafeteria open to all for breakfast and lunch.

 For students who prefer to cook, make sure to bring your cooking utensils! If you’d rather outfit yourself once you get here, cooking supplies can be purchased at move in day, at the thrift stores in Ste. Anne’s or on the trip to Walmart during Orientation week.

Parents' Tent

Alumni, students and Macdonald Service Units will be on hand Sunday to answer any questions you might have. There will be a walking tour to Ste-Anne’s on Sunday with a student guide as well as a bus tour of campus on Monday. If you have any questions about programming offered by University Advancement for all students on campus don’t hesitate to ask at the Parents Tent!


The town of Ste. Anne de Bellevue is a pretty little tourist town with many shops and restaurants, all within walking distance of campus. These include a grocery store (Marché Richelieu), a pharmacy (Uniprix), and a great variety of fast food outlets, small restaurants and charming cafes.  

Ste. Anne de Bellevue is a very safe and student friendly town. The Campus security office is open 24/7 and regularly patrols campus. The town is also quite bilingual so students can get by easily with either French or English.

Buying groceries

The local grocery store is not the only option for food shopping. A bus will run from Laird Hall to the Provigo Supermarket in Baie D’Urfé every Tuesday night at 7 PM, and continue running until all students have completed their shopping and returned to Laird Hall. 

Student Health & Well-being

From mental and physical health care, to career advising and financial aid, Student Services at Macdonald Campus offers services that promote our students’ well-being and success. Supports and resources are also available for international students, indigenous students, students facing any barriers to their learning, and students in search of spiritual guidance.

Through the Student Wellness Hub (Macdonald Campus location), students can access on-site care from a health professional. Meet with a doctor, nurse, dietitian, counsellor, or Local Wellness Advisor. Urgent care options are available on-campus or off-campus.

A representative from Student Services will be at the Parents Tent on both Sunday and Monday to answer any questions you might have.

Getting around

Though students are based on McGill’s Macdonald Campus, the downtown campus is easily accessible by intercampus shuttle. Free for students, it runs approximately every 45 minutes, weekdays from 7:00am- 6:00pm. Check out the schedule for the academic year for more up to date timings!

Weekends and evenings, public transport is a good option as the bus stop is 2 minutes away! It is cheap, affordable and easy to use. During the first week of school, students will have the opportunity to purchase a discounted student pass when the STM visits campus see A commuter train also runs between Ste. Anne’s and Montreal.

Bicycles are also available on loan from the Security Office for up to 3 hours at a time, giving students an easy option for local exploration!  

Campus bookstore

The Macdonald Campus Bookstore is located in the Centennial Centre and will have all required text books in stock, as well as stationary and McGill memorabilia.