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The Hub

The Hub is a 40,000 square foot facility, managed and operated by the McMaster Students Union (MSU). In 2017, through a referendum, plus a $10 million contribution from McMaster University, full-time undergraduate students approved a funding model which led to the construction of a new student activity facility on campus. McMaster students later coined this building, The Hub – as it will become the hub of student life on campus. 

The Hub is at the corner of Stearn Drive and Michell Crescent. It was constructed to address the previous lack of student and collaboration space on campus, due to a growing population. This need was identified through a survey conducted by the MSU in 2016 whereby 80% of the respondents indicated that they want additional space on campus to work on projects, eat, and socialize with friends. The construction of the Hub also established various collaborative spaces to meet the needs of McMaster student groups. This includes fully equipped Multi-Faith Prayer Rooms, Collaboration Suites, a Community Kitchen, the Blue Lounge entertainment space, the Loft, and various other bookable spaces for students and student groups alike. 

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We are located on the corner of Stearn Drive & Michell Crescent, attached to the David Braley Athletic Centre (DBAC)

Hours of Operation

Monday-Friday 10am-6pm*

*it is anticipated that the Hub will change to 24/7 operations in the coming months. 

If you have any questions, comments, or feedback about the Hub, you can speak to the staff at the information desk in-person or call 905-525-9140 ext 26123. 

For general inquiries, please contact the Hub Facility Coordinator at hubfacility@msu.mcmaster.ca.

The Hub provides a casual space for students to hang-out, relax, recharge, and engage in non-academic student activity. It boasts a variety of new amenities, some of which are being brought to campus for the first time. While the majority of the spaces in the Hub are currently open, we are still perfecting some key features of the facility. Stay tuned! Below is a complete list of the spaces that can be found in the Hub. 

First Floor: 

  • The Nest (Atrium)
  • Hub Administration Offices 
  • Information Desk 

Second Floor: 

  • MSU Student Marketplace

  • Blue Lounge

Third Floor: 

  • Collaboration Suites

  • MSU Food Collective Centre (FCC) (Opening Feb. 26th)

  • Boardroom

  • Community Kitchen

  • Multi-Faith Prayer Rooms

  • Ablution Rooms 

Fourth Floor: 

  • The Loft (Multi-Purpose Space)

  • The Nook

  • Universal Washrooms 

There are seven private Collaboration Suites that can be reserved by McMaster students and student groups, or used on a drop-in basis if available. Each space has a unique design and can accommodate a different number of people. These collaborative spaces can be used for a variety of purposes, whether that be to socialize, relax, or hold meetings. Recognizing that the intent is to facilitate collaboration, these spaces are not intended to be used as individual study space. Reservations are automatically approved if the space is available at the requested time. Please ensure you consult the Collaboration Suite policies on the reservation portal below, prior to reserving your space. 

Reservations can be made via the following link: www.msuhubbookings.ca. 

The Hub is not accepting event reservation requests at this time. Please stay tuned for updates. We appreciate your patience. 

Acknowledging the facility’s purpose to enhance student life, priority will be given to student group programming that promotes student activity. Requests must be made at least 10 business days in advance of your event to guarantee your reservation. The following venues are available:

  • The Loft (Multi-Purpose Space)
  • The Nest (Atrium)
  • Community Kitchen
  • Meeting Room

Reservations can be made HERE

Bored? We’ve got a game for that! Board games can be borrowed at no cost from the Information Desk on the first floor. The following games are available: 

  • UNO 
  • Jenga 
  • Connect 4 
  • Guess Who? 
  • The Game of Life 
  • Monopoly 
  • Playing Cards 

Board Game Rental Guidelines: 

  • Board games must be returned the same day they were borrowed, prior to the Information Desk closing for that day. 
  • A valid McMaster student card must be presented at the time of the rental.
  • If a board game is lost, pieces are missing, or it has been damaged, the Hub reserves the right to charge the individual who provided the student card for the purpose of replacing the game and/or the missing piece(s).
  • Information Desk clerks will assess the condition of the board game upon return. 
  • The Multi-Faith Prayer Rooms are to be kept tidy and accessible. They must be returned to their original layout after each use.  
    • Items of religious practice cannot be left in this space. All personal items must be taken with you after each use, and borrowed items must be returned to the hallway cabinets. 
    • Eating is not permitted. 
    • Drinks are not permitted with the exception of water. Spills must be cleaned. 
    • Street shoes are encouraged to be removed before entering the Multi-Faith Prayer Rooms. Shoes may be kept on if desired, but please keep in mind the requirement for a clean space to pray. 
    • Items of furniture cannot be removed or added. 
  • The Multi-Faith Prayer Room is to be used for prayer, contemplation, and/or meditation. 
    • Studying, lounging, and sleeping are not permitted in this space.
    • Meetings are not allowed.
  • Noise must be kept to a minimum. Please respect the requirement for a quiet, peaceful environment.
    • General conversations are not permitted.
    • Mobile phones are allowed, but they must be kept on silent, and audio cannot be played out loud.
  • Open flames including candles, incense, etc. are not permitted in the Multi-Faith Prayer Rooms. 
    • Smudging is permitted but requires prior approval from the Student Life Director (hub@msu.mcmaster.ca).
  • Posters, leaflets, flyers, etc. are not permitted in the Multi-Faith Prayer Rooms and cannot be posted and/or handed out in this space.