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McGill University

McGill University

Welcome to McGill University – one of the world’s great universities. Founded in 1821, McGill has an international reputation for excellence and innovation while remaining centered on its 37,000 students. It has renowned medical and law schools and has produced 12 Nobel Prize winners, over 140 Rhodes Scholars, 3 astronauts, 3 Canadian Prime Ministers, 13 judges of the Canadian Supreme Court, 28 Olympic medalists, and 9 Academy Award winners. The beautiful campus in downtown Montreal is at the foot of Mount Royal.

McGill University has a beautiful campus right in downtown Montreal. The land the university was built on was the country summer home of James McGill (1744 – 1813), a wealthy Montreal businessman. In those days, Montreal was smaller, inside the walls of Old Montreal. When James McGill died, he left the land and £10,000 to start an English college in Montreal.


This is a link to McGill's official online map.

You can also see a simple map with this program web page.

And this is Google Maps' link to McGill.

If you are on a short program with us, you will get a campus tour with your monitor at the beginning of the course. If not, you can look at this pdf brochure for a self-guided tour of the downtown campus, or request a campus tour at the Welcome Centre.

Macdonald Campus

McGill has a second campus – Macdonald Campus. This is in the west island near Saint-Anne-de-Bellevue, next to John Abbott College. This campus is home to the Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, which includes the Institute of Parasitology, the School of Human Nutrition and the McGill School of Environment.

McGill Shuttle Bus

McGill students who have classes on both campuses use the McGill shuttle bus during the school year. The service is reduced in the summer. The bus stop is in front our building at 688 Sherbrooke West. You need your McGill ID card to take the shuttle. You can get more information about the McGill shuttle bus here: McGill Shuttle Bus

McGill University has 12 libraries and reading rooms. But on the downtown campus, the main Humanities and Social Sciences Library is the McLennan-Redpath Library, a large building on the corner of Sherbrooke and McTavish. To search the McGill Library collections online, use WorldCat. Students registered in our language programs can use McGill libraries and can borrow books using your McGill ID card.

McLennan-Redpath Library

During the regular semester, it is open every day from 8:00 AM to midnight, and the service desk is open from 10 AM to 7 PM. Check the opening hours of the library here. To use the library, you should have your McGill ID card. There are many great study spaces in the library. For summer programs, the hours are reduced.

To find out where all the different branches of McGill's libraries are, look at this map.

There are lots of ways to keep in shape in Montreal.

McGill Athletics and Recreation

McGill Fitness Centre
McGill Fitness Centre

The McGill Athletic facilities are available for students’ use at approximately $8 a day (for a day pass), or $59 monthly. The facilities include tennis courts, squash courts and swimming pools. There are classes for many different activities. McGill has a swimming pool available to students. Memorial Pool is located in the main athletic complex on Pine Avenue.

McGill Athletics
Sir Arthur Currie Gymnasium Map
475 Pine Avenue
McGill Athletics and Recreation Website