McMaster Student Union (MSU)
The McMaster Students Union is the largest organization on campus, representing approximately 21,000 undergraduate students. The purpose of the MSU is to represent and advocate for the undergraduate student body and work towards enhancing student life. There are over 300 clubs recognized and regulated by the MSU and many services such as health plans, dental plans and the HSR Buss Pass that the MSU manages.
With 300 MSU recognised clubs and numerous independent clubs on campus, there are several opportunities to get involved with something you are interested in - and if you cannot find just what you are looking for, you can even start your own club!
The clubs on campus are best grouped into five categories - Academic, Cultural, Recreational, Religious and Social Issues. Every faculty has its own society that offers students a wide variety of services and opportunities to volunteer and contribute to student life.
Hamilton, home to over a hundred falls is known for having the highest number of waterfalls for an urban district of its size. The city's falls are distinct in their type and access, with varieties such as staircase and plunge requiring a short walk or a long hike depending on the location. Guided tours are offered at some falls as well as the opportunity to bike and self-guide. Most of the waterfalls in Hamilton are by the escarpment aka mountain area. While they are a bit far from campus, the beautiful views and serenity are certainly worth the bus ride. The closest falls to campus are Sherman Falls, Tiffany Falls, and Albion Falls.
There are beautiful trails in the Hamilton region for the hiking lovers and those looking to enjoy a nice afternoon outside. Take a break and head off to a hiking adventure! Trails close to campus include McMaster Forest, Cootes Drive Trail, Desjardins Trail, Waterfront Trail and Chedoke Radial Trail.
Explore the beauty of Hamilton and enjoy a splendid day in the sun at one of Hamilton's scenic parks. You are bound to find the perfect outdoor spot to enjoy seasonal activities or simply, kick back and relax. Some really cool parks in the area include Gage Park, The Rock Garden, Bayfront Park, and Confederation Park.
Take a sweet escape from the stress of school and enjoy a day by the water. Boats sailing, children laughing and the serenity found by the lake is a powerful stress reliever and is sure to re-energize you! Be sure to take an adventure to Princess Point, Cootes Paradise, Christie Lake, Pier 4 Park and Hamilton Waterfront.
HISTORICAL SITES AND MUSEUMS
Learn about the history and heritage of Hamilton by taking a look at one of the 15 National Historic Sites in the city and the intricate architecture and stories-filled museums. From guided tours to independent adventures, these places are the perfect getaway to gain insight on the history of this city. Take some time out and explore Griffin House National Historic Site, Hamilton Museum of Steam and Technology National Historic Site, Whitehern Historic House & Garden National Historic Site, and Hamilton's Children Museum.
Hamilton, home to over a hundred falls is known for having the highest number of waterfalls for an urban district of its size. The city's falls are distinct in their type and access, with varieties such as staircase and plunge requiring a short walk or a long hike depending on the location. Guided tours are offered at some falls as well as the opportunity to bike and self-guide.
MacMSA hosts a wide variety of lectures, workshops, events and trips to help students make friends, find mentors, socialize and most importantly, foster strong ties of brotherhood and sisterhood. From weekly halaqahs to montly Brothers' nights and Sisters' nights to annual ski-trips, MacMSA has tons of fun-filled events in store for you!
HAMILTON MUSLIM COMMUNITY
Quran Journey is a diploma and Ijazah based study of the Quran that focuses on understanding, recitation, memorization, and implementation of the Book of Allah. Quran Journey, led by Imam Hosam Helal explores themes, meanings, contexts of revelation, causes of revelation, and word analysis of the Quran chronologically. This program is intended to provide students with the ability to cultivate inner serenity and Islamically-guided critical thinking. You can join the class online or physically on Sundays from 9 am - 12 pm at McMaster University.
Barakah Box, an initiative of Mishka Social Services is a monthly food bank established in the Hamilton area. that serves to meet the needs of community members who follow Islamic dietary restrictions and ethnic minorities from the Middle East and Africa whose needs are not met by the present Hamilton food banks. The first Saturday of every month, volunteers gather at Mountain Masjid for the assembly and distribution of barakah boxes! #MadAjrPostFajr
Jabl Youth is the youth committee at the Hamilton Mountain Mosque that organizes events and provides services to make the mosque a welcoming space for Muslim youth. There are monthly student nights, fun trips and halaqahs for brothers and sisters, an amazing way to get involved, make new friends and socialize while learning more about Islam!