McGill University Dorm

Member Rating 2 out of 5 by Foxboro Marmot on August 14, 2001

McGill University, on the flanks of Mont Royal itself, opens some of its dorms to travellers during the summer. Since we had a potential McGill student in our group, we decided to spend a night.

The school is close to downtown and it's a quick walk downhill to the businesses on Sherbrook and another short walk to the Metro. However, the walk UPHILL at the end of the day is a grind! Rooms are spartan singles, with not much more space than the cell you''d have at Alcatraz and perhaps fewer amenities. Worst of all - - no air conditioning. This may not be a problem 51 weeks of the year, but was difficult for us.

On the upside, the price is low - $37.50 CDN per night for an adult, dropping to $31.50 CDN with a student ID, and you may meet some interesting people in the common areas. As my son said, in a dorm you don''t spend any time in your room anyhow!

For a student on a limited budget, this may be the best bargain in the city. The room price works out to only about $21 in US currency, there's a cafeteria for low priced meals, and the federal (GST) and provincial taxes (PST) added onto the room charge are recoverable for most travellers (See entry on Visitor Tax Refund for more details if interested.)

McGill University
845 Sherbrooke Street West
Montreal, Quebec, H3A 2T5
(514) 398-4455

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