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Should I rent or lease? Should I move or commute? These are important questions to ask when considering attending the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine. Here are a few scenarios to consider.

Location: King St. and Longwood Rd., Hamilton ON

Rent: $1050/month (two bedroom), includes heat, utilities and parking

Distance to Campus: 1.5 km

Getting to Campus: 20 min walk, convenient bus routes

Advantages: Close to Metro (grocery store), Westdale restaurants and boutiques, GO stops
Very accessible to bus routes that go to campus and downtown, Protected nature trail nearby

Disadvantages: Midway between campus and hospitals downtown - you’ll always need to commute

Location: Locke St. and George St., Hamilton ON

Rent: $765/month for a two bedroom apartment including heat (I use the second bedroom as an office).

Distance to Campus: 3.5 km

Getting to Campus: Many buses are available down King St., but I mainly bike (takes about 10 minutes each way).

Advantages: Central location between McMaster and the Hamilton hospitals (where there will likely be classes throughout pre-clerkship), walking distance to great downtown restaurants, shops and venues (i.e. Locke St. and James St.), very close access to parks and trails, many classmates live nearby

Disadvantages: Only street parking is available, Third story of an older house = more difficult to move in Coin-operated laundry

Location: Commuting from Vaughan ON

Distance to Campus: 90 km

Getting to Campus: 1 hour drive along the 407 ETR

Advantages: Able to live at home with my husband and two children aged 1 and 4, It is nice to have the constant social support of living close to our family

Disadvantages: The cost of commuting is high - gas, 407 bills, car maintenance, parking near campus, More difficult to attend evening extracurricular events and lectures and to be spontaneous with friends in Hamilton

Commuting makes the days longer

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