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 Community, Construction Management, Education and Human Development Community (EDHD) Educators in Context and Community (ECCO) and the SEARCH Community.
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
Double Room - Two roommates sharing a
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.
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:
- Be admitted into BGSU
- 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.
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.
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.
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.
Traditional Double Room
Double room shared by two roommates.
Traditional Single Room
Private room for one person.