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Create PIN for First Time User

Your Account number is your 7-digit ID number - Student ID for students, Employee ID for faculty & staff.

Default PIN is your birthdate. Use slashes when entering your birthdate: MM/DD/YYYY. You will be required to change your PIN the first time you log in. If you have any problems changing your PIN or have forgotten your PIN, you will need to come to the Mac Express Office (Commons Building 128) to reset it.

CLICK HERE to enter the Mac Express secure site. Make sure you LOGOUT when you are done.

Options on the secure site include:

  • Create Pin for First Time User
  • Deactivate Your Lost or Stolen Card
  • Change Your PIN
  • Information About Your Account
  • Financial Status Report
  • Financial History Report
  • Add money to Meal Card (min. $20)

Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA) at McMaster University

McMaster University does not at this time accept payment through mobile applications for the payment of tuition, deposit to meal cards or other fees.  Any company or organization that offers the opportunity to pay by mobile application is not associated with McMaster University.  If you choose to use such a service, you should be aware that:

• You will remain responsible for all costs or fees should for any reason the fee payment not be processed;

You may be required to pay a fee to the company over and above McMaster University’s fees;

You will be required to provide personal information, including your student number, to the company.

McMaster University does not encourage the use of third party mobile application payment services.


Office Hours:

Mon, Tues, Wed, Fri
(May to Aug)

8:30am to 4:00pm
10:00am to 4:00pm
12:00pm to 1:00pm


Residence meal plans for the 2014-2015 academic year expire on April 30, 2015 at 3 pm

The Basic Account is non-refundable and we encourage you to spend it all before the expiry date. Only the unused funds in the Flex and/or Freedom Account (which is the amount purchased above the Basic Account) are refundable. We advise that you check your meal account balances at the secure MacExpress web site.

Please note that if your Basic account is exhausted prior to the end of the academic year, you will need to have money in your Flex account in order to continue tax exempt food purchases at Hospitality Services locations. You can simply submit a written request to Mac Express to transfer money from Freedom to Flex, or add more money directly to Flex. If you do not have money in Basic and/or Flex, all purchases will be automatically deducted from Freedom and they will be fully taxable.

Living Off-Campus
Hospitality Services is pleased to offer students living off-campus two different types of meal plans: the Freedom Plan and the Term Plan - view more information on off-campus meal plans website.

All meal plan holders have web access to their meal plan information - check balance, review transactions, add more money, cancel lost meal card, etc. Parents can also add money to their children's accounts from the same web page at My Meal Account by chosing "Parental Pre-Pay" option.