At McGill, our full range of student services and resources aim to support your life, learning, personal and academic achievement. Explore the wide variety of facilities, amenities, services and resources that McGill has to offer:
The Department of Athletics offers a wide range of sports and recreational activities designed to meet the needs and interests of the entire McGill community. Among the numerous facilities available for use are an 8-lane, 25-metre swimming pool, indoor and outdoor tennis courts, squash courts, indoor and outdoor running tracks, gymnasia, arena, activity rooms and a state-of the-art fitness centre.
Bookstore and Computer Store
The McGill University Bookstore carries a large variety of books and merchandise to meet the needs of both student and researcher. Our inventory includes: new and used textbooks as well as reference and general books; stationery and office supplies; McGill insignia items including clothing and accessories; and munchies and magazines to help ease you through your deadlines.
The McGill Computer Store, located on the second floor of the Bookstore, offers students high quality brand names like Apple, HP, Lenovo, Microsoft, and Toshiba.
Campus Security - Emergency Phones, Night Route, Laptop Security, etc.
The Security Services department offers its services on a 24-hour basis to all members of the McGill community. Uniformed personnel patrol the campus, control access, transport students with disabilities and respond to incidents and emergencies.
Personal Security - Sexual Assault Centre, Walksafe, etc.
The Sexual Assault Centre of McGill Students (SACOMSS) is a volunteer and student run organization at McGill University that lends support to survivors of sexual assault and their allies through its four branches: Crisis Intervention (CI), the Accompaniment team (A-team), Support Groups, and the Outreach program.
McGill Walksafe is a student-run organization that provides a safe alternative to walking or taking public transportation alone at night.
Operated late at night when regular campus services are closed, Nightline aims to provide students with the opportunity to talk anonymously and confidentially with their peers. If there’s something you’d like to talk over with someone – loneliness, exam jitters, stress, if you want some information about McGill or resources in Montreal, or if you just want to chat – perhaps a call to Nightline would help.
The multi-faith Chaplaincy Service offers a wide range of services and programs, from counselling to emergency food support. Our programs include social activism from a faith perspective, news magazine production (The Radix), study of sacred texts, interfaith dialogue and cultural events.
Counseling and Mental Health Services
The Counselling Service sees students in crisis, for short-term therapy and for longer-term assistance. In the framework of a relaxed and confidential atmosphere, psychologists and professional counsellors are available to explore a wide range of issues including stress and anxiety, motivation, relationships, sexuality, career concerns and academic difficulties. In collaboration with Career Planning Service (CaPS), Counselling offers the P.A.C.E. Workshop Series for graduate students once each semester. This series of four workshops is designed to engage students in the process of career exploration.
The McGill Student Mental Health Service offers a range of psychological and psychiatric services for all McGill students who have paid their Student Services fees and are suffering from problems with anxiety, depression, problems with sleep, attention, obsessions or concentration, relationship difficulties, eating disorders, severe winter blues etc.
Visit the Post-Graduate Students' Society (PGSS) website for more information about the Health and Dental Insurance plan for Canadian and International graduate students, including coverage, eligibility, and withdrawals.
A complete ambulatory-care service is available to all McGill students who have paid the Student Services fees. Advice and treatment for any health concern is provided by experienced physicians and nurse/health educators. Health Services also offers specialty clinics which include travel immunizations, allergy shots, flu shots and dietician consultations. Sports medicine clincs are located at both the downtown and the MacDonald campus.
The McGill Student Services Dental Clinic offers routine and emergency care to the university's student community. The Centre is staffed by dentists and hygienists affiliated with the Faculty of Dentistry and provide a wide variety of dental services.
First Peoples' House
The First Peoples’ House strives to foster a sense of belonging, community and voice to Aboriginal graduate and undergraduate students studying at McGill. The First Peoples’ House promotes innovative partnerships between Aboriginal students, Aboriginal communities and McGill University through collaborative research and mutual learning.
The Office for Students with Disabilities
The Office for Students with Disabilities liaises with university departments and administrators to facilitate the integration of students with disabilities. Services available to students include adapted computer equipment, alternative format texts, in-class support, special exam arrangements and campus transport.
New to McGill - First Year Office
If you have a question and don’t know where to get the answer, the First-Year Office is the place to call. The staff will answer your questions, help with your problems or get you in touch with the appropriate person or service to deal with your academic or personal concerns.
The Student Life Ambassador Program is an initiative offered by the First-Year Office to assist incoming Canadian graduate students transition to the McGill community. New graduate students are paired with senior graduate student ambassadors who share their field and level of study (Master’s or PhD); this ensures that ambassadors are well-suited to addressing their assigned new student’s needs. Ambassadors are available to alleviate any lingering concerns or questions new graduate students may have about McGill’s student life, academia or Montreal in general. Most new students find it incredibly beneficial to have a peer’s perspective on these matters. If you are a new Canadian graduate student, then this is the perfect program for you!
You can request to be paired with a Student Life Ambassador on the First-Year Office webpage, here. If you would like more clarification about the program, please contact us at 514-398-6913 or by ambassador [dot] firstyear [at] mcgill [dot] ca (email).
Staffed by students in the Faculty of Law, the Legal Information Clinic at McGill provides legal information and referral assistance. Staff members are available for consultation with individuals who want to know their rights in various issue areas, such as landlord-tenant relations, family law, and immigration. The Legal Information Clinic also provides a free Commissioner of Oaths service.
The Student Advocacy Programme, a proud part of the Legal Information Clinic at McGill, is an independent, free, and confidential service for McGill students. They provide advice and representation to McGill students accused of an academic or non-academic disciplinary offence or who are involved in a dispute with the University or a representative of the University.
Post-Graduate Students' Society and Thomson House
Once you become a graduate student, you are a member of the Post-Graduate Students’ Society, McGill's largest contingency of researchers, students and teaching assistants. The PGSS strives to provide a vehicle for the academic and ethical rights of its members in the administrative and political arena of McGill. We also work to improve quality of life on campus. In this regard, we are lucky to feature Thomson House on McTavish Street. This organization thrives in Thomson House, a place exclusively for graduate students. Be sure to drop by and find out about the services available to you!
Services for Parents
The McGill Childcare Centre serves 106 children of McGill students, staff and faculty. The Centre offers daycare for children of 4 months to 5 years. The philosophy of the McGill Daycare is based on the belief that children learn through hands-on, age appropriate activities that enhance a child's creativity and sense of discovery.
Macdonald Campus Daycare
The SSMU Daycare Centre offers childcare to 32 children between the ages of 18 months and 5 years. First priority for Daycare and Nursery spaces goes to undergraduate students at McGill.
MSPN is a support network of students who are heads of households and student volunteers who do not have children but are willing to help their peers who are parents. This network of students offers support in informal childcare, in-house babysitting (with one parent in the house), and other social activities.
Housing Services - Living In Montreal
Did you know? Montreal has one of the most affordable housing costs of all the cities in Canada. In 2005, Canadians spent on average $12,614 on housing; Torontonians spent $17,771; and Montrealers spent $10,605.
The McGill Off-Campus Housing Service publishes lists of apartments for rent, apartments to share and rooms for rent in private homes. The website also contains information on renting in Montreal and lease laws for the Province of Quebec, as well as links to other useful sites.
Students pursuing studies at Macdonald campus are guaranteed residence accommodation on that campus.
McGill University offers two main types of University housing for graduate students: single bedrooms in shared-facilities houses and single occupancy apartments. Available spaces are filled on a first come first served basis, and you must be an admitted student to be considered for graduate housing.
Downtown (Centre-ville) is the central business district of Montreal and the site of McGill’s main campus. Amid the many skyscrapers and high-rise apartment buildings, downtown Montreal is a cultural oasis. With museums, art galleries, churches, and a vibrant nightlife, there is always somewhere to go. During the summer months, this area is home to many of Montreal’s famous festivals.
Parc-Milton Area, sometimes referred to as the “McGill Ghetto,” is Montreal’s McGill student-centric neighbourhood. It is located directly east of McGill’s downtown campus, and called home by many McGill students. The area is characterized by traditional Montreal walk-ups and small apartment buildings, and although nicknamed the “Ghetto,” it is actually quite well-kept and safe.
Plateau Mont-Royal is a popular neighbourhood covering ample ground. The Plateau contains the trendy Mile-end neighbourhood, Mont-Royal and Parc Jeanne-Mance, as well as the vast Parc Lafontaine. In the warm and friendly atmosphere of the Plateau you’ll find community, great shopping, and unique bars and restaurants. In both the winter and summer months there are plenty of activities to do outdoors – walking, hiking, cycling, swimming, skating, and cross-country skiing, to name a few.
St. Henri / Little Burgundy, referred to by some as the next Plateau, this increasingly trendy neighbourhood still retains low rents on large apartments. You’ll find a unique urban charm in the intricate network of back alleys, old-fashioned and tree-filled squares, and (of course) the beautiful churches of this area. The Atwater Market is full of fresh produce all week long, and thrives on weekends. In St. Henri / Little Burgundy you’ll see a characteristic example of the combination of old and new architecture, typical of Montreal.
Notre-Dame-de-Grace (NDG) / Westmount – though there may be few students living in the peaceful and somewhat wealthy borough of Westmount, many live further west in the neighbourhood of NDG, where one can find a balance between affordable living and proximity to downtown. NDG is characterized by older residential buildings, lots of green space, and the artistic Monkland Village.
Quartier Latin (UQAM), is mostly populated by students at the Université de Québec à Montréal, and boasts a lively cultural and artistic atmosphere. Located between the downtown and The Village, this energized area is populated by numerous small restaurants, cafés, boutiques and theatres. Rue St-Denis in the Quartier Latin is lively at all hours, with busy terrasses and an exciting nightlife.
Rosemont / La Petite Patrie borders Mile-end and Outremont to the east, and goes as far north as Parc Extention. This bustling neighbourhood features lower rents than those on the Plateau in exchange for a slightly longer trip to the city’s core. Here you’ll find the vibrant community of Little Italy, and the famous Jean Talon market.
Villeray / Saint Michel / Parc Extension is a combination of three ethnically diverse neighbourhoods located centrally in North Montreal. Here you’ll find many low-rise apartments and lower rents, as well as lots of availability. The area is served by both the blue and orange lines of the metro, and features the old Park Avenue train station (the current home of the Parc metro station), Jarry Park, and La Cité des arts du cirque.
Verdun, situated southwest of Montreal’s Centre-ville, is becoming an increasingly popular neighbourhood with students. Verdun features bike paths along the St. Lawrence and along the Canal de l’Aqueduc, the structure separating Verdun from the downtown area. The borough of Verdun also encompasses Nuns’ Island, connected by the Champlain Bridge.
The West Island is comprised of the western municipalities and boroughs of Montreal, and features large green spaces, rivers and lakes, nature parks and trails, golf courses, and museums. The West Island is home to McGill’s Macdonald Campus, as well as Cap-Saint-Jacques Nature Park, Montreal’s largest park. Although the region can seem a far stretch from the urban liveliness of more centralized neighbourhoods of Montreal, it is easily accessible by train and metro. Additionally, McGill provides a shuttle between its downtown campus and Macdonald Campus, located in the municipality of Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue.