Reservation Update

McMaster will be extending its on campus quarantine stays until May 31, 2021. As details of the program beginning June 1, 2021 are finalized we will continue to update interested students. Students are encouraged to make plans to arrive before May 31 if possible.

Incoming international students will be required to comply with all travel regulations from the government of Canada. This includes a mandatory hotel stop-over before completing your quarantine at McMaster.


Please make your booking at McMaster for the date you land in Canada, the Hotel McMaster team will be in contact with you to determine your arrival date to campus. Ensure that you check your emails regularly for the latest information.


To ensure the health and safety of both staff and students, perishable food and food deliveries from external sources are not permitted for quarantining students. Use of third-party delivery services such as UberEats, Skip the Dishes or DoorDash while in quarantine is strictly prohibited.

All students in quarantine are required to stay in their rooms until their quarantine is officially complete. University staff is actively monitoring student movement and access card usage to identify non-compliance.

Violation of the Residence Agreement & Expectations for International Quarantine Stay Students may result in suspension or expulsion from McMaster University. Violations will also be reported to Hamilton Police Services and Public Health and may be subject to charges under the Federal Quarantine Act.

For Incoming International Students

According to current federal government guidelines, all persons arriving to Canada are required to quarantine for 14 days after their arrival. McMaster international students arriving from abroad including undergraduate, graduate, doctoral and medical residents are required to quarantine on campus in McMaster’s residence buildings.

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McMaster University is covering the cost of this required quarantine. This covers all room cost and three meal deliveries daily. The private transportation costs from port of entry to the quarantine location are the responsibility of the international student, although the university is assisting with students arranging reservations with a transportation company of choice.

Shared family accommodations are available for students and their immediate dependents. Family accommodations include one bed per family member.

All bookings include three meals per day directly delivered to your residence room.

For more information please contact

How to Reserve Your Room

Students interested in making a reservation should reach out to the following contacts:

  • For international undergraduate students (year 2 and above):
    Ana Pereira, Lead Coordinator, International Students
    Student Success Centre
  • For international graduate students and postdoctoral fellows:
    Yufei Zheng, Coordinator, International Graduate Students
    School of Graduate Studies
  • For international medical residents:
    Sophia Janssen Boljanic, Program Manager, Postgraduate Medical Education
    Faculty of Health Sciences

Please note for reservations are subject to availability. Dates may change without notice. 

Landing Dates
March 31 - April 6
April 14 - 20
April 28 - April 30
May 12 - May 18
May 26 - May 31

Guest Expectations for Quarantine Stays

Before confirming your booking, all students must confirm and agree to modified Guest Expectations for International Student Quarantine Stays. These expectations are in alignment with measures outlined by the Government of Canada and have been developed in partnership with Hamilton Public Health to ensure the safety of the students and staff.

Read Our Guest Expectations Here

All international arrivals will be asked to remain in their assigned quarantine rooms for the 14-day period, respond to daily check-ins, and submit to a wellness check before the end of your stay.

Guidelines for travellers from the Government of Canada can be found here.

Guidelines for Travellers
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Continue Your Stay At McMaster

Short-Term Accommodations on Campus

Students requiring temporary accommodations while searching for off-campus housing are welcome to apply for short-term accommodations on campus.

Accommodations packages range from a two weeks to up to three months and will be located in our apartment and suite-style residences.

Learn more about our Short-Term Accommodations

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