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Commuting to the Macdonald campus at mcgill from downtown?

helloderehellodere Registered User Posts: 14 New Member
so i got into Mcgill Faculty of Environmental and Agricultural Science and the classes there are on the Macdonald campus 40 min away... but I DO NOT want to live on the Macdonald campus i want to live in upper rez and near downtown Montreal. Will it be difficult to commute to all my classes by the shuttle bus if i live in upper rez? What will my day typically be like? also how will my schedule be will i have classes spaced 2-3 hours apart or will they be 15 min apart? when will i get home from the macdonald campus on a regular day?

Replies to: Commuting to the Macdonald campus at mcgill from downtown?

  • tomofbostontomofboston Registered User Posts: 2,373 Senior Member
    It is a 25 mile commute between campuses along major commuter routes. Imagine doing that during a Montréal winter.
  • helloderehellodere Registered User Posts: 14 New Member
    can someone please help me with this
  • tomofbostontomofboston Registered User Posts: 2,373 Senior Member
    Since I was apparently not enough help in my earlier post, here is some more info from the McGill website.. You can look up the rest of the info yourself there.


    Under FAQ's
    Can you live downtown during your freshman year even if you're a Macdonald campus student?

    The short answer - yes, but we STRONGLY ADVISE against it, and here’s why:

    On the Macdonald campus, we organize our freshman activities (which may include tutoring, study groups, or social events) with the students' schedules in mind; this largely assumes that most freshman students live on the Macdonald campus. Living downtown is an additional constraint that is not so easy to work with. A student who registers in our Faculty on the Macdonald campus, but lives downtown, will be somewhat isolated socially from his/her classmates, and not able to take full advantage of the student networking that we encourage.

    Classes at McGill, regardless of campus, start at 8:30 am some mornings; if getting to class involves a commute from downtown to the Macdonald campus, that means getting up early to catch the shuttle or public transport. This can create additional stress for you as a freshman student. Also, our physics and math group tutoring sessions (as well as some labs) run in the evenings, often past the time of the last shuttle back to the downtown campus.

    Although we appreciate that the downtown campus (and downtown Montreal) is attractive to many students, those same attractions can also be distractions. In summary, we advise that it is better all-around for a freshman student in our Faculty to live on the Macdonald campus during his/her Freshman year. The transition from high school to first year university can be a challenge on its own, without the additional stress of the commute and its attendant consequences. Of course, it is possible for a student to live downtown the following year, once he/she is used to university life.
  • helloderehellodere Registered User Posts: 14 New Member
    i already saw that i was hopin for some more information from real students
  • upapilotupapilot Registered User Posts: 178 Junior Member
    edited March 2014
    @hellodere What more information DO you want? Its a 25 mile distance from Mac campus to the university. It would be highly inconvenient to commute from a university residence to Mac everyday.

    Anyway there is a good dorm-style residence at the Mac campus as well and like @tomofboston said, the obvious attractions of downtown Montreal Residences will be more of distractions if you are studying at Macdonald...
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