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There is more to life than books

A welcoming community

We are a supportive and accessible community with great researchers, good facilities and interesting courses. However, scholarly activities are only part of the total experience of being a grad student.  Grad student life in the Anthropology Department, at McMaster, and in the wider community of Hamilton offers so much more.

A good place to be

Life in the department

A tight knit and supportive group, the Anthropology grad students have developed a department writing group (affectionately known as Thesis Jail). If you want to increase your productivity, consider writing with them! Thesis jail provides a quiet, structured work environment with scheduled breaks and peer encouragement to stay on track. The daily schedule along with some convincing testimonials can be found on our website:

Life at McMaster

There are a lot of factors to consider when choosing a Grad School. Consider what type of area you would like to live in while you are pursuing your degree. McMaster University has a beautiful campus with world class facilities in a known for it's amazing natural spaces, including the Niagara Escarpment, Bruce Trail, Grand River and over 100 stunning waterfalls, a vibrant arts and culture scene, awe-inspiring attractions, fantastic festivals, and distinct downtown.

One of Canada's most beautiful campuses

Campus Recreation

The McMaster campus boasts a number of outstanding recreational facilities that are available to grad students at any time of the year. These are found at the David Braley Athletic Centre, one of the largest of its kind at a Canadian university and just a short walk from our offices in University Hall. Students enjoy free access to swimming facilities, squash courts, and an indoor track. For a small fee, members can enroll in spin classes, yoga, dance, martial arts, and tai chi, as well as make use of the weight room, stationary bikes, and indoor climbing wall.

Hanging Out on Campus
No doubt, the Graduate Student Association will play an invaluable role by offering networking, scholarship and career development opportunities but the GSA also provides another crucially important service to the students: they manage The Phoenix, a bar and restaurant located in the historic Refectory building.

The Phoenix staff are the keepers of the McMaster version of the Holy Grail, The Thallion. Only those that have successfully defended their thesis may drink from this mystical chalice.

Life in #HamOnt

McMaster is situated in Hamilton, Ontario, a city of more than half a million wrapped around the western most shore of Lake Ontario, approximately equal distance between the cities of Toronto and Buffalo, New York.

Discover Hamilton

Arts & culture

Once characterized as an industrial center, Hamilton is experiencing a period of intense revitalization. The downtown is now home to one of the most exciting arts and culture scenes in the country, with new shops, galleries, collectives, and restaurants opening all the time. The crown jewel of this initiative is the area surrounding James Street North, which has undergone arguably the most dramatic transformation. Supercrawl, a yearly celebration of JSN’s arts community, has exploded in popularity in recent years, drawing more than 100,000 visitors over the course of a weekend.

Where to live

When it comes to housing for our students, the majority tend to prefer a living arrangement that will place them close enough to campus for an easy commute, while also giving them a chance to experience life in Hamilton on its own terms, apart from the university and its influence.

This has often meant renting a house, apartment, or room east of the campus in the communities of KirkendallDurand, and Corktown or to the west in the town of Dundas. Space in these neighborhoods is coveted not just for its proximity to the school: these are vibrant, historic, walkable communities with a wide variety of amenities and attractions. Although finding a great place to rent can be a challenge in any city, our students have reported success in using the McMaster Off-Campus Resource Center, as well as private services such as Padmapper and Kijiji.

A nature-lover’s dream

Newcomers to Hamilton are often surprised not only by its dynamic neighborhoods by its impressive natural beauty as well. The city is bisected by the Niagara escarpment, creating an ‘Upper’ and ‘Lower’ Hamilton. There are breathtaking views to be had when traveling between these two, especially on foot. Hamilton is also home to more than 100 waterfalls and cascades, and to numerous trails and hiking paths