Services for Your Student – Other On-campus Services

Athletics and Recreation

Athletics and recreation at McGill are a large part of campus life with more than 70 per cent of students taking advantage of the extensive facilities and services. The University offers students a wide range of opportunities to play sports, get fit, learn a new activity or just be active. Its extensive Fitness and Recreation program encompasses over 100 non-credit fitness and recreation courses, numerous recreational and competitive clubs, and some 700 intramural teams.
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At a more competitive level, McGill Athletics and Recreation boasts 29 intercollegiate teams that represent the University in four different conferences. Our student-athletes are known for their competitive spirit, sportsmanship and academic success. Many opportunities are available for students to be a part of our sports program whether they wish to become an athlete or get involved as a student-manager, fan, or volunteer.
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Intramural sports, instructional courses and activities are also organized by Athletics and Recreation at Macdonald Campus.
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Career Planning Service (CaPS)

The Career Planning Service (CaPS) is principally funded by McGill student services fees and receives support from corporate and alumni sponsors. CaPS assists students with their career development, as well as their search for internships and permanent, part-time, and summer employment. CaPS provides a variety of workshops, individual advising, a comprehensive job posting service and an extensive Career Resource Centre.

CaPS serves all full-time McGill students and McGill graduates up to one year after the end of their studies. In addition to the central CaPS office in the Brown Student Services Building, faculties such as Education, Engineering, Law, and Medicine, as well as the Desautels Faculty of Manage, have their own career centres and offer targeted services for their students. Some faculties also have their own Internships Offices to assist students.

Students at Macdonald Campus will find the CaPS office in the Centennial Centre. The CaPS staff at Macdonald can be reached at 514-398-7582.

Chaplaincy Service

The multi-faith Chaplaincy Service offers spiritual counselling, social activism from a faith perspective, the Radix newsletter, interfaith dialogue, the Winter Coat Program and cultural events. In addition to scheduled events and appointments, the service maintains an open-door policy, so students can come by the Chaplaincy Office at any time to chat, study or enjoy a cup of tea.
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First Peoples’ House

The First Peoples’ House aims to provide all indigenous and First Nations students, including Métis, Inuit, status and non-status natives, as well as Maori and Aborigines, with a home away from home. The First Peoples’ House offers many services, including a mentoring program, computer facilities, a resource centre, an Aboriginal law association, academic counselling, housing and a food program. Elder visits and guest lectures on subjects of special interest to First Nations and Inuit students are organized frequently.
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First-Year Office

The First-Year Office helps make the transition into the academic and social life at McGill as smooth as possible for new students. The office provides information about a wide array of services available across campus and is an excellent resource that can direct your student to the campus office or service that can best assist them. The First-Year Office also provides workshops and conferences as part of their Leadership Training Program and a wealth of other services sure to help anyone who is new to McGill settle and thrive in their new environment.
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Of special interest to francophone students will be the Assistant for Francophone Students, who provides help specifically related to the transitional needs of students studying in English for the first time.

The First-Year Office can also be contacted with questions about Discover McGill, the Student Life Ambassador Program and the Orientation Resource Centre.

Information Technology Customer Services

Information Technology Customer Services (ICS) provide IT support to the University community. The IT Services website is the one-stop shop for all central IT services at McGill. Learn more >>

Visit it to:

  • Read FAQs such as “What is my McGill username?” or “How do I set/change my Minerva PIN?”
  • Read detailed information on email for students, antivirus software, wireless connectivity at McGill and more.
  • Find details on contacting the ICS Service Desk for help and support.
  • Search the McGill IT Knowledge Base.


A good starting point is “Welcome New Students: IT Services Orientation” found at the website under “Service Desk and Training.” Students will find info and quick links to IT services and can take the Interactive Guided Tour.

Inter-Campus Shuttle Bus Service

(Between downtown and Macdonald campuses)
For students travelling between both McGill campuses, a shuttle bus runs Monday through Friday during the fall and winter semesters with several departures per day. Students must obtain a shuttle sticker (to be placed on their ID card) in order to take the shuttle.
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The service is offered to students on a first-come, first-served basis, so students should plan accordingly, especially during the exam period. The shuttle service is also available in the summer, operating on a lighter schedule. Travel between the downtown and Macdonald campuses is also possible by public transportation.

International Student Services

International Student Services (ISS) provides programs to promote the success and personal development of international students and ease their transition into the McGill and Montreal communities. Services include orientation sessions, social and cultural activities, workshops, support on cultural adaptation issues, assistance with immigration rules and regulations, and information on financial assistance. ISS also runs a Buddy Program and issues helpful publications intended for current and prospective international students.
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Legal Information Clinic at McGill

The Legal Information Clinic at McGill is a nonprofit, bilingual, free legal information and referral service. Law student volunteers respond to questions in person or over the phone on a wide range of legal issues including immigration, landlord-tenant relations, and family or employment issues. Their Advocacy Program also assists students who have been accused of a disciplinary offense or who feel their rights have been violated at McGill. For more information, students can contact the Legal Information Clinic Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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Off-Campus Housing Office

The McGill Off-Campus Housing Office provides students with information about housing in Montreal as well as tips on finding an apartment, information about Quebec’s leasing laws and workshops to help students plan their housing search. The website also provides access to online listings of apartments for rent, apartments to share and rooms for rent in private homes in the vicinity of both the downtown and Macdonald campuses. The Off-Campus Housing Office is open all year and offers courtesy phones and computers, as well as lots of friendly advice to help students in their housing search.
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Should your student need to find off-campus housing near the Macdonald Campus, they can visit this page. Questions can be directed to Macdonald Campus Student Services at 514-398-7992.

Office for Students with Disabilities (OSD)

The Office for Students with Disabilities liaises with University departments and administrators to facilitate the integration of students with documented disabilities. Services include adapted computer laboratories, reading material in alternative formats (digital, large print and Braille), academic accommodations (including special exam arrangements), and on-campus adapted transport. The office may also be able to assist students with temporary disabilities.
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Student Services Centre Macdonald Campus

The following services are offered at the Student Services Centre at Macdonald Campus: Student (Financial) Aid, Career Planning Service, Counselling Service, Health Service, and Off-Campus Housing. General information and referrals can be obtained at the Centre with respect to International Student Services, the Office for Students with Disabilities, Tutorial Service, and Chaplaincy, as these are located at the downtown campus. The Student Services Centre, located in the Centennial Centre (Room CC1-124), is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
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