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Fall Orientation

Orientation is a time when the McGill Community welcomes our new students. Come and make new friends, get important information and learn more about McGill and Montreal. The following pages will inform you on the different activities, workshops, events and resources that will help you start your career at McGill in the best possible way!

Session d'accueil pour 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.

Restaurants

Montreal is renowned for its culinary treats, and features a restaurant to suit nearly every taste. From Afghan to Tibetan, from its famous smoked meat to its celebrated bagels and poutine, Montreal offers an eclectic array of reasonably priced foods that are not to be missed.

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.

Daycare

Most Quebec daycares are subsidized by the government and only cost $7 per day. Space is limited however, and applicants for subsidized childcare are often placed on waiting lists, so be sure to make daycare inquiries as soon as possible.

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.

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!

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