<p>Let's talk Residences...I'm really interested in the MORE communal deals. Anyone have any input about those?</p>

<p>Though I'm really diggin the MORE set-up, I'm not sure if I'm completely ready to fend for myself, so Douglas and Upper Rez is also on my list. </p>

<p>Can anyone talk about the experience one would get from MORE, Solin, or Greenbriar (in terms of the lack of meal plan)?</p>

<p>i live in greenbriar. its by far the best set up in my opnion.
because you have an apartment (possibly with a roomate). so its manageable, but you're sitll in rez, so you still have awesome people on your floor.
and about not having a meal plan - everyone will wish they were you.
mealplans get old fast. an dcooking is easy. and if you really want a mealplan anyone, buy one.</p>

<p>solin is good, but far. be prepared to commute to school</p>

<p>More houses are fun also, one problem is that its a lot of people sharing a space. and its not really communal.
but they're cool.</p>

<p>4 metro stations isn't far, especially since Peel and McGill are not even half a kilometer apart...</p>

<p>/having only lived off campus, that's all I can say in this thread.</p>

<p>I'm interested in Douglas--I figure we'll be off campus for the last three years so I want to try a traditional dorm experience for the first year, and I don't care for an all woman's dorm or New Rez (seems too much like a hotel, not enough like a home. But that may be just me.)</p>

<p>beatlespwr, can you talk a wee bit more on life w/o a meal plan. Do you have a job on the side to pay for groceries? How do you work it out?</p>

<p>well my parents give me money for groceries, because my rent is less (rent in the other dorms include the meal plans), so you're paying about the same, (infact, if anything, i pay less). i go grocery shopping once a week (several stores in walking distance). and i cook.
fairly straight forward.
any other questions?</p>

<p>Do the different residences have reputations for particular kinds of people and atmospheres? Studying vs. partying? Humanities folks versus engineers? Other?</p>

<p>Yes, but i typed up ap ost about this a while back, try searchign for it.</p>

<p>if you can't find it, i'll retype it.
but for now, i'm off to class</p>

<p>Thanks - I think I found it -- <a href=""&gt;;/a&gt;&lt;/p>

<p>A long time ago (yes, I've been haunting the McGill board for about a year now) some else posted a very good rundown--I saved it to my computer, so here it is:</p>

<p>Which Residence should I choose? </p>

<p>Each Residence or residence group at McGill is quite unique and offers a lot of different features. There are traditional residences, which are dorm style with cafeteria food, suite residences, where you live in a university owned apartment and cook for yourself, and houses, where you live in an actual house with a group of students. Some residences are single sex, some are co-ed. Some have girls wings and guys wings. So here is a list of the residences and their defining characteristics. </p>

<p>New Residence: rideltrain can tell all about this one, as it's his. I've only been there a couple of times, so I'll tell what I can and he can verify/contradict what I say. This rez has been a McGill residence since 2003/2004 school year. It's a converted hotel building, located on Av. du parc and Prince Arthur. Good location, between Saint-Laurent and Mcgill. It's about..I dunno, a 7-10 minute walk to campus? Around 5 short blocks. It's pretty much all flat too, which is a big perk. The outside is seriously not as ugly as it looks in the picture on the website.</p>

<p>It's a very nice building. The lobby is nice, the ballroom/study room is gorgeous, and the rooms are arguably the nicest McGill has to offer. There are largely double rooms but there are a few single rooms (some of these even have queen beds). Each room comes with it's own bathroom. This can be nice, but then you have to clean it too. The floors tend to be large, 50 or so people/floor or so I've heard. This doesn't foster as much floor community as in some of the other residences with a lot smaller floors. I've heard people complain about the level of partying that goes on at New Rez, as well as the feeling of being in a hotel constantly. The security to get in the place is very tight. The rez is also the most expensive of all the McGill residences..probably because of it's niceness. I've heard that there are a lot of "spoiled rich kids" in New Rez, but I would definitely take that with a grain of salt. Sure there are, but there are a few of those in every rez I'd imagine. </p>

<p>The meal plan is different from the other traditional residences. It's a declining-balance type, which means you get a certain number of "meal points" at the beginning of the year, and you can use those however you see fit but once they're gone, they're gone. The food I've heard is better at the New rez cafeteria, more options. Plus you can use the card at any of the Chartwell's sponsored places on campus, such as the restaurants under the library. </p>

<p>Major Plusses: Nice rooms, flat walk, nice mealplan
Major minuses: Cost, not as much "community", not exactly with the rest of the campus, "party atmosphere?"</p>

<p>Royal Victoria College: McGill's all womens dorm. I say that, and I watch everyone scroll down to read the next residence report. No! Wait!! RVC isn't anywhere near as bad as the "all girls residence" stereotype. And it also happens to be my rez, so perhaps I have a soft spot for it.</p>

<p>The major perk to RVC is it's location. It's the closest McGill residence to campus, within a ten minute walk to anywhere on campus. Also it's connected to the music building, so if you have any courses there, you don't even have to go outside to go to class. Basically, location wise it's amazing because it's in the downtown on the corner of University and Sherbrooke, so you're near shopping and everything too. </p>

<p>RVC is divided up into two parts, the west wing and the tower. The west wing (whenever I say this, I think Beauty and the Beast...) is the older part of the dorm and the rooms in this part are bigger than any residence other than New Rez. My friend's room has a walk in closet, too. The tower rooms are all singles except for 2nd floor, and though they're smaller than the west rooms they're about the size of the other singles in the traditional residences. They come with more storage than a human being could ever need--the desk unit is pretty cool. Compared to the other residence rooms, they are longer and narrower. You have a lot of wall space. All the rooms, like the other McGill rooms, come with a mini fridge. On every other floor there are little kitchenettes and laundry is every 4 floors in the tower. Given the choice if you were applying to RVC I would probably request West Wing.</p>

<p>People tend to be very deterred by the words "Girl's residence". I hear all sorts of reasons why people don't like girls residences and a lot of them are based on misunderstandings. The atmosphere is a lot of fun. For one thing, it's nice to be able to stumble down to breakfast in pajamas and no makeup and not have to worry about that hot guy you like seeing you. Bathrooms are always kept clean. Floors are small, the sense of community is good. OK, you will have to look to other places to meet guys, this is true, and the ones you see inside RVC are usually taken There are plenty of places to meet guys though. And the residence isn't as catty as you'd think for it being all girls. It's not as big a party place as some of the others. Only a couple floors get drunk on a regular basis...most are quiet and more studious.</p>

<p>The meal plan is traditional, there is a cafeteria in the building that has a better selection of food than the cafs also on the traditional mealplan. RVC students also have the ability to eat in the BMH or the Douglas Hall cafeterias if they so choose. The only difference is that RVC we get meals 7 days a week while BMH/Douglas only get meals 5 days a week (no weekend meals). Caf hours are limited, not open all the time like New Rez but you are guaranteed your meals for the semester, you don't have to worry about running out of minutes at the end. </p>

<p>Major plusses: Location!, nice rooms, nice food for trad. style, good sense of community, can usually have quiet to study if you want
Major minuses: all girls dorm (though I personally see this as a plus, I didn't when I applied), rooms older, not as flexible a meal plan.</p>

<p>Part Deux! (Again, I didn't write this)</p>

<p>Upper Residences (McConnell Hall, Molson Hall, and Gardner Hall): These are called the BMH residences, for Bishop Mountain Hall, which is the name of the central round structure that the residences surround. All these halls are virtually identical, which is why they are grouped together.</p>

<p>They are located up the infamous hill. However, this hill isn't as bad as some make it out to be in summer. In winter, there is a period of time where it can be pretty darn nasty because of ice. However, living there is a great way to ward off the freshman 15! McConnell is the first one you come to, then Molson. Gardner is a little bit further up the hill (1 staircase further). BMH is the cafeteria and it's located in the center between those three buildings (on level with Molson, up a staircase from McConnell, down a staircase from Gardner) so you have to go outside, albeit not by very much, in order to eat.</p>

<p>All rooms are singles except for a few doubles (I believe the ratio is 80/20), and are your most traditional dormitory styles, sqarish shaped, twin bed, closet, desk unit, dresser, yep. If you've seen a dorm room you probably have a pretty good idea of what the residence rooms look like. Most of the rooms have beautiful views, whether overlooking Parc Mont Royal, or the downtown skyline. My (jewish) friend has a teriffic view of the cross from his window. If that's not irony i don't know what is...but moving on. All three dorms are coed, though McConnell is single sex wings. This means you go up the stairs and there are doors on each side of the stairs. One leads to the "girls side" and the other to the "guys side". There are bathrooms on each side, and one tends to be the girls and the other the guys, though there are no rules about this. There is a kitchenette on every floor, i think and every room comes equipped with a mini fridge. </p>

<p>Meal plan is the standard one. Residents eat at BMH, though a lot of times they'll eat lunch at RVC because it's close to classes. They can also eat at Douglas Hall. They do not get weekend meals. </p>

<p>Major Plusses: Most traditional of residences, coed, great view, cheapest trad. dorms
Major Minuses: The hill in winter, not the nicest of rooms, long lines for lunch/dinner because three residences dump into one cafeteria</p>

<p>Douglas Hall: The last of the "Traditional" McGill residences, Douglas is very very pretty. It's up the hill, but not as far as Upper Residences. It's right above the stadium. Inside is nice too. Their grand salon is beautiful with a piano. It's divided up into Houses, so you have A house through H house, the houses are connected via tunnels. Each floor has a common room and some floors have study rooms. Rooms are smaller than BMH rooms but tend to be nicer (hardwood floors!). You don't have the large windows that the other dorms do, however. The douglas community is supposed to be very nice and close. Doubles and singles are available though more singles than doubles. </p>

<p>Their cafeteria freaking looks like Hogwarts. I am serious. A high table, with three (OK, so not exactly like hogwarts) long tables stretched out. They have a cappucino machine too, which I am in love with. Food is the same in quality as RVC/BMH, not as big a selection but still pretty good, plus Doug residents can eat at the other two cafs. It's fully coed, girls and guys on the same floor. They have a full kitchen too, in the hall between the houses. </p>

<p>Major Plusses: Nice residence, nice rooms, nice common room, etc, good sense of community
Major Minuses: smaller rooms, kind of a cramped feeling sometimes, darker rooms (some of them)</p>

<p>Solin Hall: Ok, moving on to the nontraditional residences...Solin Hall used to be a chocolate factory (too cool..) but was bought by McGill not long ago. It's out near Atwater, a metro ride or 30 minute walk away from school. Rooms are suite style--3 people to a room, three small bedrooms, 1 bathroom, a living room, and a kitchen. Also big nice windows. No meal plan provided, you have to cook for yourself. Generally there's a good sense of community at Solin because the people that move in there are pretty responsible, and the community is tight because of their distance from school. You're a two minute walk from the metro, so that is how most students travel to school and back.</p>

<p>Major Plusses: A more apartment style feel, you aren't subjected to cafeteria food, the rooms are nice generally, you buy the monthly metro pass so you can travel freely around montreal.
Major Minuses: A lot of variation in room size, you gotta cook, you should allow 30 minutes between leaving rez and arriving at your class, you have to be out of downtown before the metro closes or else you're stuck walking or taking a cab. </p>

<p>Greenbriar Apartments: I don't know too much about these. They are apartment style, you share them with one other person. They're located on University street and are the 2nd closest residence (other than RVC) to campus. The room styles are a bit weird, I've heard, in that they house two people but one person's bedroom is in what would normally be the living room of an apartment. They all have balconies though, so they'd be a good choice for someone who wanted an apartment style living arrangement close to campus. I haven't actually been inside Greenbriar however, so I can't say much about it. </p>

<p>Major plusses: Close to campus, share with only one other person, ability to cook, deck
Major Minuses: no meal plan, awkward room layout (this is on hearsay). </p>

<p>MORE houses:Chances are your first year, you won't know anyone living in a MORE house. They are rare, rare animals. Yet, here is the little I know about them. They are fully furnished large houses scattered around the McGill area. They house 8-12 students. Some rooms are doubles, others singles. There is great variation, as you probably imagine, in room size and layout. ALl houses come with 1 or 2 bathrooms, a kitchen, a living room, some have a basement/office type space, they are very nice. You don't have floor fellows persay like you do in the other residences, there is one MORE fellow for all the MORE houses, or so I have heard. I'm not sure. All the houses are coed except for one that is all female. I'd imagine it would be an opportunity to be very close to people, however if there was someone you couldn't stand it'd be harder to avoid them as well. </p>

<p>Plusses: Relatively close to campus, a very tight knight atmosphere with others in your house, you have an actual house complete with full kitchen
Minuses: you're isolated from the McGill community in residences except for the others in your house, it's kind of an unknown quantity what size/shape room you'll be in.</p>

<p>Et part trois:</p>

<p>In Summary:
1. Most McGill Rooms are singles, with the exception of New Rez and Greenbriar and some of the MORE houses?
2. McGill residences come in both apartment style and traditional style residences?
3. There really isn't a "Bad" residence, a lot of it depends on what sort of person you are

<p>So I hope that helped!</p>

<p>But WAIT! There's more!</p>

<p>OK, that about covers the residence options you have if you're living in McGill residences. So now the question a lot of people are asking is, What do I do know? I have an idea of what rez I'd like to be in, but how do I go about getting into that residence?Coming soon on Minerva should be a residence application form. It lists all the residences in a format like this:
New Residence Single
New Residence Double
Gardner Single
Gardner Double
Solin Single (keep in mind solin single means a single room in a suite of 3 people)
RVC single
RVC double.....
you get the idea. You then will rank the residences in the order of your preference. Your list could look something like this:
1.New Residence Single Room
2.Douglas Single Room
3.Royal Victoria College Single room
4.New Residence Double room
5.Solin Hall single room
6.MORE House # whatever the number is Single room...etc. </p>

<p>You rank them all, from your favourite to least favourite. Then you pay your $1,000 deposit, and wait. </p>

<p>If you are a scholarship student, it ends for you here. You are 99.99999% guaranteed to get your first choice, since scholarship students' applications have residence priority to all the students offered regular admission. </p>

<p>The Residence system is decided via lottery. Don't panic--this does NOT mean that they place students into residences based on a random draw. What this means is that the ORDER in which applications are viewed is based on a random draw--IE, the date you apply for residence does not affect whether or not you will get your first choice residence. </p>

<p>The way it goes is something like this. Say your lottery number is #500 (I'm just making numbers up). That means, 499 applications, not counting the scholarship applicants, will be viewed ahead of yours. They will look at your requests and start with your first choice residence. If that is full, they will scan down your list and put you in the first residence they come to that is not full. Therefore, it is extremely likely you will get put into your first choice of residence.</p>

<p>The only residence that is extremely competitive for admission is New Rez. If applying for New Rez, make sure that you pay careful attention to your 2nd and third choice residences, just in case. </p>

<p>They also have other options--do you smoke, not smoke, are you messy/tidy/average, morning or night person. Then they ask you to pick three words to describe yourself. These words are not used to determine what residence you get into, but rather once you've been placed in a residence, the dons and such get together and go through reading everyone's three words, and that's how they put together the floors (they try to put people with similar personalities together). </p>

<p>You cannot find out via minerva which residence you got into. There is a date when they make decisions. You can call and if you get a nice person they will tell you. They mail out a big package with a "Living in residence" booklet and information, plus a copy of your lease. You can sign it and mail it back, or sign it and give it tothem when you arrive. </p>

<p>*In Summary...? </p>

<li>You have a lot of freedom on the application to specify where you want to live?<br></li>
<li>The lottery system only decides the order your application is viewed in, NOT which rez you get put in to?<br></li>
<li>You are very likely going to get into your top rez, or if not that, one of your top three choices.?<br></li>
<li>The "Three words to describe yourself" are used to determine which floor you'll be on and with what other students. *</li>

<p>Speaking of when you arrive...</p>

<p>You can move in on the first day of your lease. It is before the start of frosh, like 3rd week in August or something. If you need to move in earlier, call the residence people and try to make arrangements. Otherwise, if coming up with a parent crash in their hotel room until move in day, and then move into the dorm. </p>

<p>If you reallllly don't like your residence....</p>

<p>There is an option to transfer residences after being here for a couple weeks. There is some turnover, so it's not unheard of. Obviously applying for something like a New Rez single is going to have a limited chance of success, but still, generally residence transfers are successful. Though most of the time people get settled in and come to like their rez, even if they weren't sure about it in the beginning. </p>

<p>In Summary...?<br>
1. you can move in on the first day your lease begins?<br>
2. you can just bring the lease back with you to Montreal?<br>
3. if you really don't like your rez you can request a rez transfer after a couple of weeks

<p>This girls' name was harpgirl27, I believe she is class of 2008.</p>

<p>Are there differences in culture by residence? Do some have a reputation for partying, others more quiet? Do Arts students stay more in one, Science in others? Is there self-sorting so that people with particular personalities want to be in places with meal plans and people with other temperaments live in places where there are no meal plans?</p>

<p>Yes. It varies every year though. McConnell last year for instance was very artsy. Molson was the party rez and Solin had a lot of environmentalist outdoorsy types. This year, Solin was pretty wild and McConnell was the hippie rez (don't take my word for it though, I only work there). The one constant however is New Rez, it's pretty much always the Rez that is stuck with the image of rich kids with a sense of entitlement that is only dwarfed by their trust funds.</p>

<p>Edit: One more thing to add, whatever the case, MORE Houses are the worst. Not only is the administration there so incredibly incompetent but the setup (8-12 people in one house) screams disaster. It's hard enough to get ONE person who has good chemistry with you, imagine doing it with 12. The stuff that goes on in MORE Houses could be made into a reality show.</p>

<p>i responded to this in the other post. but i still disagree about MORE.</p>

<p>and there are some nice people in New Rez, and there are also a lot of not nice people.</p>

<p>The thing abotu rez, is that when you stick 300 people in a building, you can try to stereotype them, but its impossible, you still have 300 (600 if new rez) personalities. </p>

<p>so dont take rez stereotypes too seriosuly.</p>

<p>Yes, definitely do not take the stereotypes seriously.</p>

<p>New Rez is New Rez because it has the biggest population so it's going to have the biggest population of aholes.</p>

<p>As for MORE Houses, it sucks. I never lived there, I know people who loved it there but I basing this solely on how badly McGill Residences shafts its students and the shaft them the worst in MORE Houses.</p>

<p>Why on earth would anyone want to live someplace with a mandatory meal plan- IN MONTREAL of all places. It is probably the best North American city for eating, and it can be done on a students budget, both in restaurants or in a market. </p>

<p>Plus, I don't like the idea of having someone tell me what/how much/when/where I will eat.</p>

<p>Just my toonie divided by 100.</p>


<p>Good point. If you're desperate for the Rez experience and a bit of a foodie live in Solin and eat out when you can afford it.</p>

<p>well.. some of us just don't have time to cook and shop for groceries (or maybe lack the motivation haha), nor do we have the funds to go out and eat every night. Meal plan is perfect to get you by during the week. It's edible, you deal with it.</p>