Winter holiday campus closure

McMaster's campus with some snow on the ground

McMaster University will close for the holiday break at the end of the workday on Friday, December 22nd and will reopen Wednesday, January 3rd, 2024.  

A new fixed holiday schedule was introduced earlier this year. Learn more here.  

Classes resume Monday, January 8th, 2024. Please note, some clinical placements may start the week of January 2nd, 2024. Program offices will communicate directly with their students about their start date in these instances. 

Residence students

Residence students are expected to leave their residence space by 12:00 p.m. the day after their last exam. All residence buildings, except for those accommodating December Stay students, will be closed as of 12:00 p.m. on Friday, December 22nd. Students will be welcomed back to residence starting January 6th, 2024 at 9:00 a.m.  

Student wellness supports

The Student Wellness Centre (SWC) will be closed from December 23rd, 2023 to January 2, 2024. The centre will reopen at 9am on Wednesday, January 3rd. The SWC will close at 4:30 p.m. on January 3rd, 4th and 5th with regular hours resuming as of Monday, January 8th.  

Please visit the SWC site to learn more about the supplementary and community resources, including crisis supports, available outside of the SWC’s clinic hours. 

Building closures

Most buildings on campus will be locked at the end of the workday Friday, December 22, 2022.   

Offices, laboratories, and other spaces with magnetic locks will be locked after this time. Only those with access cards will be able to enter areas with magnetic locks. These buildings will re-open on Wednesday January 3, 2024. 

Before Leaving 

Prior to leaving, faculty and staff are reminded to please unplug any unnecessary equipment, turn off lights, close off fume hood sashes and water taps in labs to help with campus sustainability efforts. 

During the closure period, you can expect: 
  • Snow clearing services will continue. 
  • All dining on-campus will be closed. Students can order from our various off-campus vendors using their meal cards.  
  • Housing and Conference Services (HCS) will have a limited number of staff on campus providing essential services to students who have pre-arranged December Stay agreements. All HCS Service Centres will be closed. 
  • Parking will continue to be available on campus, however there will be no shuttle bus service during the closure. More information can be found on Parking Services website. 
  • Security will be on duty throughout the closure period and officers will be on campus 
  • Individual requests to open rooms and/or buildings will not be approved. Any exception must have been pre-authorized prior to the closure. 
  • IT support will be limited. Production applications, such as Mosaic, will continue to be available, but there will be no support for Mac ID or Account Management. If you encounter any issues, you can visit the self-service page on the UTS website or submit a JIRA Service Desk ticket for resolution when normal IT support resumes after the closure. 

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