McMaster's large, attractive campus, the interior of which is open only to pedestrians and cyclists, is at the western end of Lake Ontario. Nearby attractions include Cootes Paradise, the Bruce Trail, the Niagara Escarpment, the Waterfront Trail, and the Royal Botanical Gardens.
The University is minutes from downtown Hamilton, and the activities that a major city has to offer. Buses from the region's public transit system make frequent stops on campus, facilitating travel between McMaster, Hamilton, and the surrounding area.
The campus has grown immensely since the University officially moved to Hamilton in 1930. The original six buildings, all still in use, were added to over the years, and now there are 56 buildings on McMaster's campus.