McDonald Hall

All Students | $ | Traditional Rooms | Recently Renovated| Learning Communities

Recently renovated, McDonald Hall is close to the Bowen-Thompson Student Union, many academic buildings and has its own courtyard. The courtyard, known as the MAC Beach, features The Oaks dining center which host all-you-care-to-eat style of dining.

McDonald Hall hosts several Learning Communities including: ARMY ROTC, Aviation CommunityConstruction Management, Education and Human Development Community (EDHD) Educators in Context and Community (ECCO) and the SEARCH Community.

Exterior Image of McDonald Hall on a sunny day.

Amenities

Traditional Room

When someone says the college experience they are usually talking about a Traditional Room set up. Hall-style, standard rooms that are typically shared with one roommate. Students share the community bathroom that is equipped with multiple showers, sinks and toilets to choose from.

Building Features

  • BGTV & Streaming
  • Computer Lab*
  • Coin-free Laundry*
  • Co-ed by Wing or Floor
  • Kitchen*
  • Secure Access
  • Study Space*
  • 24-hour Desk Service
  • 100% Wireless

* Located on the first floor and shared by the entire building.

 

Students | First-year, Transfer and Returning Students can select to live in this hall.

Bedroom | Most students living in McDonald Hall will be living in a Double Room. For all available options, see below:

  • Double Room - Two roommates sharing a bedroom.
  • Single Room - A limited number of Single Rooms are available at a higher price point. Students will be housed in a smaller room to accomodate one person and will use the community bathroom on the floor.

Bathroom | One male and one female, Community bathroom is located on every floor. Bathrooms are shared by the hall and has multiple showers, sinks and toilets to choose from. The University cleans and maintains them on a regular basis.

Community | Halls with Traditional Rooms are like no other. Many describe their experience as “one giant family” and one of the easiest ways to meet new friends. Lounges are available for students to socialize outside of their rooms.

Bedroom Environment

  • Bed - Extra-long twin, Adjustable Loft
  • Chair
  • Desk

One per student.

  • Dresser
  • Moveable Furniture
  • Wardrobe Closet

Learning Communities

When you join a Learning Community you move into an environment where friendships are natural and campus more quickly feels like home. The following Learning Communities are housed here:

Learning Communities

Checkout the Housing Selection Guide. Housing Applications for New Students are available starting in October through Mid-May. Before starting the Housing Selection Process, you will need to:

  1. Be admitted into BGSU
  2. Activate your BGSU email here which will also create your MyBGSU account

Helpful tip: Pay your $200 Initial Housing Payment as soon as possible. It is completely refundable until June 1 and secures your place in the room selection process.

Housing Application Guide

Campus Dining oversees meal plans. All First-year Students must enroll in a Custom Dining Plan. The plans include a combination of Meal Swipes and Falcon Dollars, giving you the flexibility to use at all on-campus locations. You can choose which Custom Dining Plan that best fits your needs.

Dining Options

Living on campus is an important part of your overall success as a BGSU student. It has been proven that students who live on campus have a higher GPA – and persistence towards graduation – faster than their peers who live off campus. Because of this, Bowling Green State University’s Board of Trustees has set a Residency Requirement that states a student must live on campus their first two years. The Residency Requirement is enforced unless one or more of the exemption criteria are met -or- the student has an approved housing appeal.

Housing Policies

Yes, although it is not a necessity, all students can choose to bring a car to BGSU. If you want to bring your vehicle, you will need to purchase a permit through Parking Services and will only be allowed to park in specific lots.

Parking Services

Every Residence Hall at BGSU is Co-ed, meaning both males and females live in each building. The way the males and females are separated is based on what type of rooms are offered in the building.

Co-ed by Wing or Floor | Traditional Room layouts are Co-ed by wing meaning that males are located down one section of the floor and females are located down the other section of the floor. The same buildings may also have male and female rooms separated by floor.

Co-ed Throughout the Building | Suite Style and In-room Bathroom Rooms are Co-ed on each floor and wing. A mix of male and female rooms are spread-out throughout the entire building.

There are advantages of each type of room layout. You have to find what works best for you. Some students assume they would prefer a Suite-Style room and end up preferring a Traditional Room. It just depends on your personality and what type of college experience you want to have.

Traditional | When someone says the college experience they are typically talking about a Traditional Room set up. Hall-style, standard rooms that are typically shared with one roommate. Students share the community bathroom that is equipped with multiple showers, sinks and toilets to choose from and the University cleans/maintains them on a regular basis.

In-room Bathroom | The easiest way to explain this option is to compare it to a hotel room. Standard rooms that are typically shared with one roommate and the bathroom is located inside the room. Students are responsible for supplying their own cleaning products, shower curtain, toilet paper and cleaning the bathroom.

Suite-style | Double Rooms or Single Rooms that are grouped together by a common area. The suitemates share the common area which is typically described as a small "living room" and one or two bathroom(s). Students are responsible for supplying their own cleaning products, shower curtain, toilet paper and cleaning the bathroom.

On Move-In Day, you will find a space waiting for your personal touch! For your convenience, we have put together the following packing suggestions for you.

Packing List

Traditional Double Room

Double room shared by two roommates.  

Drawing of the Double Room Layout

Traditional Single Room

Private room for one person.

Drawing of the Single Room Layout