Living in residence can be a very rewarding student experience giving you an academic advantage, close proximity to student services, opportunities for social networking that truly connect you to the heart of student life, enhanced security, as well as numerous support services that help to ease your transition to university. Read McMaster University's Top 7 Advantages of Living On-Campus. Living in residence will give you the opportunity to participate in numerous extra-curricular events, as well as academic activities such as study groups. Your individual university will have a comprehensive listing of your on-campus housing options, which often range from dorm-style rooms to apartments, and they can have various numbers of occupants.

When you arrive on campus, your residence room will probably include a bed, desk, chair, dresser, and closet plus a shared bathroom. Be sure to check with Student Housing Services for a list of what to bring and what not to bring to residence. Remember, everything has to fit in your room and storage is limited so pack smart.

Students in residence
If you are living on campus, it is likely that you will be living with a roomate. Here are some tips on how to get along with the person you will be sharing your space with:
- Be respectful of your roomate's right to his or her own opinions
- Expect there to be differences between you and your roomate and try to keep an open mind
- Make sure you have a conversation about what is appropriate and when, including borrowing each other's possessions, having visitors over, and reserving time for studying
- Above all, stay positive and make an effort to get to know your roomate's likes and dislikes and to become friends