McGill University
McGill University
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Canada's oldest university, home to nearly 30,000 students, is filled with a variety of interesting architectural styles.
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Neighborhood: Ville-Marie
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  • McGill • 3 min walk
  • Peel • 5 min walk
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Pam Fox
16 contributions
Oct 2022
McGill University is a well-established institution that was founded in 1821. It is one of Canada's largest universities and has a presence throughout Montreal. The main campus is in downtown Montreal and has expansive green areas surrounded by grand buildings. We were surprised to learn that the University has purchased several hotels and high-rise office buildings to house students as well as conduct classes. We took a bus tour and saw a number of McGill medical institutes and other buildings in different areas of the city. Because of the University's size, McGill students can be seen everywhere in the restaurants, stores, museums and streets. We found the students to be welcoming and friendly.
Written October 9, 2022
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tinaNtravel
San Jose, CA2,007 contributions
May 2022
If you are in the area, this is definitely worth walking around. The architecture is beautiful and when we were there, a lot of flowers were in bloom. The University isn’t large, so you can walk through the main parts in perhaps 15 minutes or so.
Written June 6, 2022
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Read41
Preston, Nova Scotia10 contributions
Feb 2020
McGill is considered one of the top schools in Canada. The uni library staff is helpful. The collection has shrunk a bit... Much is on campus-libraries; cafes; resting spots; shops; galleries; gym/sauna. We rented suitable lodging in the summer. The metro is nearby and walking distance to places like laCite undeground for a good grocery-especailly the early morning opening specials. PS J'aime Montreal.
Written February 5, 2020
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Thomas V
Oakland, CA16,718 contributions
Jun 2023
It's a big campus scattered over many blocks of the city, on the hillside next to Mont Royal Park. Some of the buildings are old and classic East Coast university style and thus romantic. Some are modern and just practical. Lots of people around.
Written June 23, 2023
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Moe_Ipak
United States382 contributions
Jul 2023
Great campus to visit. We were surprised that all the buildings were open. We have been to MIT, Harvard, Princeton, NYU and many more Universities, and none of them are open. You need an access card to enter.

McGill University was completely open. You can walk into any library, any building, any class. We didn't try to open the offices as that would have been disrespectful. Their library was very nice. The campus is a great hike and very close to Mont Royal.
Written July 19, 2023
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Thomas V
Oakland, CA16,718 contributions
Oct 2022
This is an urban campus, right next to the real downtown. So it is a collection of city buildings with some open space. Many of the buildings are lovely. And it is up agains the Mont Royal park. So a pretty urban campus, busy, active, part of the city.
Written October 18, 2022
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digitalroc
Calgary, Canada1,869 contributions
Jul 2022
I walked up McTavish Street not knowing that I was entering the McGill campus. The Redpath Hall has some nice architecture. I walked pass Rutherford Park on my way to Mount Royal as that was the reason I was on campus.
Written August 14, 2022
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Trip7900
West Island, Montreal1 contribution
McGill university in the heart of Montreal has claim to some great reputations and hearing how great this university was supposed to be, I eagerly applied and happily got accepted in my second choice program- Economics. I was escatic but already having completed U1(first year)- I am beginning to wonder what all the fuss is about. Sure, it has a reputation internationally and it is for this reason I am staying but quality wise- it's not. I am sick of the huge classes ( and I mean 500 students) and misorganized administration. Overall, can you get a similar education elsewhere? Definitely. It's just the reputation that's claiming students and yes, shamefully me. But Montreal's a good place- and there are things to do for the student. For tourists alike, downtown has plenty to see and due and in the summer- it's vibrant. My advice if you're an applicant to McGill and if you don't get accepted here, don't let it ruin you, there are other great universities out there who deserve just as much as a reputation. Other universities in the Montreal region that you may wish to consider:

Concordia University (excellent business and engineering program- their graduates rank among the top in CSA exams)

Universite de Montreal: French Language university that is competitive but is great if you want to practice your french.

UQUAM: as above

So, check these out...

Written February 15, 2005
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JimmyJackk
San Marcos, CA5,183 contributions
May 2019 • Couples
McGill University is oldest in Montreal and was established in 1821. Nice campus to walk around Redpath Museum located here.
Written May 6, 2019
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PhysicsPhD
New York City, NY1 contribution
Jun 2018 • Family
Like strolling through the campus of Harvard, you get the same sense of history and prestige when visiting McGill University. We were among many tourists taking photos of McGill’s breathtakingly beautiful campus and picturesque buildings, uniquely nestled in the heart of downtown Montreal. Historically ranking among the top 10-20 universities in the world (even ahead of several Ivy League schools), McGill attracts the best and brightest students internationally. Actually, the prestigious North American Global University Leaders Forum (GULF) is comprised of the eight Ivy League schools plus McGill University. It's EXTREMELY difficult to get admitted into McGill, so make sure you’re at the very top of your class with a near perfect GPA and strong standardized test scores. As an added bonus, Montreal was recently named “Best City in the World” for international students by QS.com, ahead of Paris, London, Tokyo, Boston, NYC, etc.
Written June 18, 2018
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