I always pass by and often go inside McGill University as I live only a couple streets down from the university, this is another English speaking university beside Concordia University in Montreal. The area of this university is huge, elegant, classy and clean. Whenever I go up to Mont Royal, I could always see some parts of McGill from up there. At first I also thought that McGill University was also one giant complex of university but later on I learned that the faculties and administrations are also spread out just like Concordia University.
Everyone can easily enter McGill University either you study or work there or only just exploring around like I often do. In the beginning I thought this way was really cool, until there was a bloody shooting at Dawson College and a couple of students and teachers got killed (people and even strangers to the college could come in and out easily there as well), I kind of changed my mind.
There are 3 statues that I love taking their pictures over and over again (well mostly due to bad weather whenever I was wondering around McGill, the results of the pictures were not good at all); those statues are the statue of Queen Victoria, the statue of James McGill (the founder of the university) along with the plate of history there, and the Inukshuk statue (several large rocks balanced on each other forming a person; see picture). These 3 statues are not located close to each other though; in fact they are not at the same university location; the Inukshuk statue is located right in front of the Faculty of Art – Language Departments, James McGill statue is near the Roddick Gates, and the statue of Queen Victoria is the one at 555 Sherbrooke Street West (Schulich School of Music).
If you would like to study in Montreal, McGill University is most well known for its good education. For more information please go to http://www.mcgill.ca/ [more]
McGill is Montreal's most famous English speaking university, and among the most prestigious in Canada. The university and parts of its campus are nearly 200 years old, but are maintained in spectacular condition. Like Concordia, McGill has a very large student body of over 30 000 students but the McGill campus has a stronger orientation towards full time studies.
McGill is interesting to walk through because its campus is really beautiful. Its at the base of the Mountain, so if at any point you take a walk or drive up to the top and look down at the city, you'll see the campus spread out. After seeing it from above, a walk through McGill is really nice. I always felt a bit strange walking through the campus - like maybe someone would stop me and ask me whether or not I was a McGill student. But of course, no one will do this, and you should not feel uncomfortable. The library is nice to see, though you can't take anything out without being a student or belonging to the McGill community in some way. I'm not so familiar with all the different buildings, having never gone to the university, but I do think that the campus environment and central quad area is really nice. If you feel like looking smart for an afternoon, or just a few minutes, grab a coffee and some books and stroll through the campus.
The McGill downtown campus is located on Sherbrooke Street West, around street number 1000 which is just below the mountain. Its other campus, called the McDonald Campus is at 21 111 Lakeshore Road, but I have never been to this location, so I can't speak to its entertainment value. [more]
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