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Cell phone providers

Before purchasing a cell phone, check out the McGill Classifieds, as students are often looking to sell their old cell phones or transfer their contracts. This can help you both find an inexpensive phone and avoid costly activation charges.

Grocery stores

Finding a grocery store in downtown Montreal can be tough. Keep this list handy when you set off in search of food.

Banking

Once you arrive in Montreal, you may want to set up a local bank account near either the Downtown or Macdonald campus, to facilitate the handling of your expenses and other financial affairs. Most banks offer student accounts, but make sure to do your research. Take the time to ask bank representatives any questions or concerns you may have regarding service fees, transaction quotas, free services (i.e.

Services

A future student peruses the wares in the Children's section of the McGill University Bookstore.

Find an apartment, a bank, and more

Moving to a new city involves more than just hunting down a place to live — you may need to find a bank, a daycare service or even your neighbourhood post office.

Safety and security

DriveSafe

Drivesafe was created by the Students’ Society of McGill University (SSMU) to help decrease drunk driving among students. Event organizers must register for this service, which provides rides home anywhere on the Island of Montreal, the South Shore and Laval.

Lockers

You may want to consider getting a locker in your Faculty building, as you may find it handy to a have a secure spot to leave your books, coat, boots, etc. Lockers are available on both the Downtown and Macdonald campuses.

International students

In addition to Discover McGill and all of the Orientation Week activities that are available for everyone, International Student Services also plans events for new international students.  Click on the International Student Orientation Information website in order to see all they they have put in place for you and plan to take advantage of as many as you can. 

MISN

The McGill International Student Network is a service run entirely by student volunteers, it holds events, cultural act

Étudiants francophones

Session d’accueil

Vous n'avez encore jamais étudié en anglais?

C'est à vous que s'adresse la Session d’accueil. Pendant cette session l'Adjointe aux étudiants francophones vous souhaitera elle-même la bienvenue et vous communiquera des informations essentielles pour réussir à McGill.

Student associations

Students' Society of McGill University (SSMU)

As a registered undergraduate student on the downtown campus, you automatically become a member of the Students' Society of McGill University (SSMU). SSMU is responsible for several student life activities such as Frosh, mini courses, concerts and a variety of other events, not to mention all the clubs that they run! The list includes 200 clubs and organizations, such as Big Buddies, the Rotary Club, and Earthsave, just to name a few. There's something for everyone!

What to pack

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