About the campus

Our CampusMcMaster University's main campus, located in Hamilton's Westdale neighbourhood, is comprised of 300 acres of scenic property at the western end of Lake Ontario.

Our 30-acre central core is designated for pedestrians and bicyclists.

Nearby attractions include Cootes Paradise, the Bruce Trail, the Waterfront Trail, the Royal Botanical Gardens and the Niagara Escarpment, a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve.

The University is minutes from downtown Hamilton and all the activities a major city has to offer. Buses from the region's public transit system make frequent stops on campus.

The main campus has grown immensely since McMaster moved from Toronto to Hamilton in 1930. The original six buildings are still in use, and there are now 57 buildings.

McMaster University also has a thriving presence across four regional campuses: downtown Hamilton, Burlington, Kitchener-Waterloo and Niagara.


Some highlights of the Westdale campus:


Libraries – The McMaster University Library consists of Mills Memorial Library (Humanities and Social Sciences), Innis Library in Kenneth Taylor Hall (Business), the H.G. Thode Library of Science and Engineering, and the Health Sciences Library in the Health Sciences Centre.

Mills Memorial Library

Museum of Art – Officially opened to the public in June 1994, the Museum contains five exhibition galleries, a paper centre and an educational access gallery. The Museum offers year-round exhibitions, as well as visiting artist talks, seminars, tours, workshops and concerts.

The McMaster Museum of Art

Athletics & Recreation – McMaster's facilities include the Ronald Joyce Stadium, the Ivor Wynne Centre and David Braley Athletic Centre, nine gymnasiums, an Olympic-sized pool, 200m indoor track, squash courts, a climbing wall, the David Braley Sport Medicine and Rehabilitation Centre and one of the largest university fitness centres in Canada.

The McMaster Marauders football team is among the best in the country.

Student Housing – The university owns and operates 12 on-campus residence buildings. Traditional residences offer co-ed, single-sex, small, medium and large floor/building choices. Apartment-style living is offered in two residences: Bates Residence and Mary E. Keyes Residence.

Mary E. Keyes

Conference Services - Conference Services provides custom-tailored events, arranging housing, meals, meeting requirements, parking, recreation, audio-visual and much more, so participants can feel at home and welcome at McMaster.

McMaster University Student Centre

Research reactor – Opened in 1959, the McMaster Nuclear Reactor was the first university-based research reactor in the British Commonwealth. Today, the MNR is one of the world's largest suppliers of the medical isotope iodine-125, used in the treatment of prostate cancer.

The McMaster Nuclear Reactor