Gilbrea Student Group member joins the Symbiosis Team

Published: Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Stephanie Hatzifilalithis has been appointed interim project coordinator of Symbiosis- a program that connects graduate students with seniors in the McMaster community for a mutually beneficial housing relationship.

McMaster Symbiosis is a co-housing program that matches current graduate students in need of low-cost housing with local seniors who have a spare room and need some extra support. The result? A relationship that reduces costs – and isolation – for both student and senior.

Who is eligible for the program?

  • Seniors who have a spare, furnished bedroom and would like a little extra income and/or some help around the house.
  • Current or new McMaster Masters, PhD or Post-Doctoral students who are interested in a lower-rent, private room located in an established home. Opportunities for conversation at home are sure to help graduate students who would like to improve their spoken English skills.

The Symbiosis team works with seniors and students, helping them identify and define their expectations. Following one-on-one interviews and a home visit, Symbiosis will match a senior with a student and coordinate a face-to-face meeting, giving both an opportunity to talk about expectations and decide if the program – and this match – is for them.

Symbiosis is Recruiting

If you want to learn more or know somebody who would be interested (senior or student) please contact: 647-648-4421  or email

You can find McMaster Symbiosis on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @MacSymbiosis

The Spices funding program is supported by the McMaster School of Graduate Studies and the Graduate Student Association.