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Main Street Student Residence

McMaster’s new undergraduate residence will welcome some of the brightest minds from across Canada and around world to their new home in a vibrant neighbourhood.

We welcome our community to learn more about the project and follow along as the residence is built.

New residence features:

  • 1,366 beds.
  • Most of the residence will be 10 stories or lower, with a 15-storey tower close to Forsyth Avenue.
  • 325 long-term bicycle parking and 43 underground car parking spots.
  • Targeting LEED ® Gold Certification.
  • Access controlled, safe entrances.
  • Student residents will have access to communal spaces on every floor.
  • Will include a space designed to encourage students and older adults to socialize and learn together, hosted by the McMaster Institute for Research on Aging (MIRA).

Project Updates

Demolition update Learn More

The final stage of demolition of the buildings on the site of the new McMaster student residence is expected to start next week after the university received permits from the City of Hamilton.

Update: Disconnecting utilities Learn More

Activity on site will begin on Monday, September 26th as contractors do this work.

About the construction process:

McMaster began receiving permits from the City of Hamilton on October 12. A contracted professional demolition company is expected to start this work early in the following week. This work will include protecting the site boundaries, then the careful removal of materials from inside the homes, followed by complete demolition as soon as possible.  

Once the site is cleared, and necessary permits and approvals are in place, further construction will likely begin later in the year.

Our construction partners will follow City of Hamilton’s Noise By-law. Construction will take place between the permitted working hours from Monday through Friday. Any exception to this must be approved.

We are working closely with our demolition partners to ensure minimal disruptions to the residents who live near the construction site. This includes careful consideration of noise, dust, construction traffic and the safety of pedestrians near the site.

Safety will be enhanced through a designated route for construction vehicles to enter the site and a safe, designated route for pedestrians.