This page contains Wellbeing and Student Life Resources that are provided by both McGill and Student run Associations.
Student Wellness Hub
McGill's new Student Wellness Hub is the place to go, for any and all health and wellness needs that you may have. It is located on the third, fourth and fifth floors of the Brown Building. The main entrance is on the third floor, before entering the reception area, be sure to take a ticket (stating if you have an appointment, want to book an appointment, have a question, etc.) in order to streamline the process.
For information about all of the health and wellness services available to students, visit the Virtual Hub.
Athletics and Recreation
McGill Athletics and Recreation boasts 30 different intercollegiate teams, numerous competitive clubs, 700 intramural teams, plus an extensive Fitness and Recreation program that encompasses over 100 non-credit fitness and recreation courses.
What they do
- Fitness and recreation classes, which include everything from capoeira and fencing to Pilates and ballet. You can register online on their website or at the McGill Sports Centre. Some classes require pre-registration while others are drop-in.
- Athletic facilities in the spectacular Percival Molson Stadium, gymnasiums, tracks, courts, all-purpose activity rooms, fitness facilities, and pool.
- The intramural sports program, which offers all full-time McGill students the opportunity to participate in competitive sport in a fun inclusive environment.
Campus Life & Engagement (CL&E)
You’ll feel right at home on our campuses before long, but until then Campus Life & Engagement is here to help you acclimatize, settle in, and find the people and services you need. CL&E is the home for all new students at McGill.
What they do
- This website!
- You & McGill new student guide
- Discover McGill Graduate Orientation – Fall & Winter
- Specific orientation events for mature and re-entry students or new graduate students returning to their studies several years since completing their undergraduate degree.
- Grad Life Online Orientation (GLO), in partnership with GPS, TLS, and PGSS.
- Discover McGill Academic Expectations sessions for Grad Students
- The Student Life Ambassador program, which pairs senior student “Ambassadors” with new Canadian students to help them navigate their first year of study at McGill.
- Workshops, conferences, and other programs that support you getting involved at McGill through its vast network of university and student-run clubs, groups, volunteer opportunities, events, and activities.
- The Assistant for Francophone Students for students studying in English for the first time.
- Support and resources for students in leadership positions in clubs, groups, councils, executives, and associations.
- Volunteer and engagement opportunities for over 1,500 students each year!
- Your go-to office for any questions about life at McGill and the services and opportunities available to you here.
Family Care Program
Are you a student who has children or is planning to have children? Are you caring for a dependent family member? If so, then you may be interested in McGill’s Family Care Program. The primary goal of this position is to consult with the community to address their needs as well as fostering awareness and respect for student and staff caregivers across the University. The Coordinator also assists students with family responsibilities (planning to have children, with children, caring for a dependent) via information, referrals, support, workshops, activities, research, and advocacy.
Call 514-398-5645 or family.coordinator [at] mcgill.ca (send an email).
First Peoples' House (FPH)
First Peoples’ House provides a “home away from home” for First Nations, Inuit, and Métis students at McGill University. They provide a space where students can find academic support and stay connected to Indigenous culture.
What they do
- Lounge, which provides a comfortable place for students to decompress in between classes, mingle with their peers, enjoy a cup of coffee, or ask questions.
- Residence for Indigenous students.
- Indigenous Student Advisor to answer any questions you might have about course registration, exam preparation, financial aid, and more.
- Free, delicious soup and bannock (fried bread) lunches for all students, every Wednesday.
- Subsidized tutoring sessions for any First Nations, Inuit, or Metis students needing extra help in their courses.
International Student Services (ISS)
International Student Services (ISS) supports the growth, progress, and success of international students at McGill, and aims to ease their transition to a new school, a new home and a new country.
What they do
- Pre-orientation webinars, orientation sessions, and post-orientation activities to help new international students adjust to their new life at McGill and in Montreal.
- An International Buddy Program that matches new international students with current McGill students who can help their “buddy” settle into their new academic environment, while giving them the “inside scoop” on student life at McGill.
- Useful information about provincial and federal immigration requirements, including information about the Certificate of Acceptance of Quebec (CAQ), the Study Permit, Entry Visas (TRVs), and Student Work Permits.
- International Student Health Insurance by administering the Blue Cross International Student Health Insurance Plan, including providing guidance on plan eligibility, coverage, and claim management.
- International students studying on the Macdonald Campus can pick up their International Health Insurance cards at Student Services, Macdonald Campus in the Centennial Centre.
- Information Sessions for International Students about traveling to the US, working on and off campus, understanding hockey, preparing for winter in Montreal, and more.
Office for Sexual Violence Response, Support, and Education
The Office for Sexual Violence Response, Support, and Education (O-SVRSE) provides confidential, non-judgmental and non-directional support and education to students, faculty and staff of all genders who have been impacted by sexual violence. The O-SVRSE is committed to working towards the prevention of sexual and gender-based violence while fostering a culture of consent at McGill. It also acts as McGill’s main point of entry and contact for anyone wishing to report an incident of sexual violence or to enter into a formal disciplinary process.
What they do
- Crisis intervention & short-term crisis counselling
- Resource coordination and referrals to on and off-campus services (medical, emotional)
- Survivor support activities, such as trauma-sensitive yoga
- Reporting information and accompaniment (McGill policies and procedures, McGill Security, police)
- #ConsentMcGill, creating a culture of consent at McGill. Supporting, educating and empowering our community. Look out for the campaign in the fall term and follow-us and Facebook!
- Customized workshops for all members of the McGill community. Consider attending the “Becoming an Active Bystander” or “How to respond to a disclosure”.
- Consent McGill Volunteer program
Office of Religious and Spiritual Life (MORSL)
The Office of Religious and Spiritual Life is dedicated to raising religious literacy and enhancing spiritual wellness at McGill. MORSL is a service you can turn to whether you want to connect with others who share your own religious roots or explore new and diverse religious and philosophical frameworks.
What they do
- Religious support for most religions (including Atheist, Buddhist, Christian Orthodox, Hindu, Jewish, Muslim, Protestant Ecumenical, Quaker, Roman Catholic, Sikh, Universalist Unitarian, and more), represented by a multi-faith volunteer team.
- Meditation space and various weekly meditation lessons.
- Quiet relaxation lounge with free apples and tea.
- Free full-spectrum light therapy lamps which mimic the sun’s rays and are said to lift one’s mood and combat the “winter blahs” or S.A.D. (Seasonal Affective Disorder) without transmitting ultraviolet radiation.
- “My Neighbour’s Faith” monthly visits to various sacred sites around Montreal.
- An in-house interfaith library.
Office of Sustainability (MOOS)
The Office of Sustainability and other partners on campus are working together to build a culture of sustainability at McGill. The principles of sustainability inform everything we do at McGill, from the research questions we ask to the way we buy eggs for our dining halls.
What they do
- The Sustainability Projects Fund (SPF), an exciting way for members of the McGill community to contribute and be involved in building a culture of sustainability on campus through the development and support of interdisciplinary projects.
- Vision 2020, which has broadly engaged the McGill community in developing a vision, goals, and an action plan for sustainability at McGill. Together, these three elements comprise a Sustainability Strategy for McGill.
- Pedestrian zones that create a greener, pedestrian-friendly downtown lower campus, as free as possible of motorized vehicles.
- Local and fair trade products offered in McGill cafeterias whenever possible. Most dairy products are procured from local suppliers and McGill is working to increase the amount of produce purchased locally. All retail outlets run by McGill Food and Dining Services offer Fair Trade Coffee.
Student Association Resources
Association of Postdoctoral Fellows (APF)
The Association of Postdoctoral Fellows of McGill represent the 650-plus current PDFs at McGill, and the over 1000 PDFs that pass through McGill every year.
What they do
Representation in addressing the issues that postdocs face at McGill, as well as nationally and internationally.
Acting as a voice of PDFs within the McGill community, and at large.
Workshops and social gatherings, as well as other networking opportunities.
Drivesafe is a volunteer SSMU service that operates vans which can drive students safely home for free, every Friday and Saturday night from 11 PM – 3 AM during the Fall and Winter terms. Drivesafe’s standard operating range is the island of Montreal. Students are encouraged to call and request a ride if they are feeling unwell or unsafe getting home on their own.
Macdonald Campus Graduate Students' Society (MCGSS)
The MCGSS brings forward the concerns of Mac grads to university administration and fosters a positive and enjoyable graduate life at Mac. They also organize a number of activities for Mac grads throughout the year.
What they do
- Sit on various committees to explain and defend the graduate student perspective.
- Lobby the campus and university in providing or enhancing services for MAC Grads.
- Events and trips, such as monthly free bagel breakfasts and white water rafting.
- Travel grants to fund your attendance at local or international conferences.
- Post-Graduate Student Life Fund, which can be used to fund departmental activities, events, and equipment.
- A graduate student study room and lounge, equipped with a TV, microwave, refrigerator, comfy couches, games, and a foosball table.
McGill Student Emergency Response Team (M-SERT)
The McGill Student Emergency Response Team (M-SERT) is a volunteer service supported by the SSMU whose members provide emergency first-aid services to McGill University and the Montreal community.
What they do
M-SERT supports with your first aid coverage to the McGill University Residences, as well as Orientation, Intramural Hockey, and many on- and off-campus events.
McGill Students' Nightline
McGill Students’ Nightline is a confidential, anonymous and non-judgmental (English-only) listening service, run by McGill students. Anyone can call them for absolutely anything: questions, referrals, just to chat, crisis, etc.
What they do
Information and referral service for anything and everything.
Active listening service if you need advice or someone to talk with to help you work through whatever you’re feeling.
Crisis management if you ever experience anything that feels out of your control.
Calls about absolutely anything! So no matter what’s on your mind, pick up the phone.
Post-Graduate Students' Society (PGSS)
The Post-Graduate Students’ Society (PGSS) is a society that represents all graduate students and postdoctoral fellows at McGill. PGSS advocates for you in meetings with the University and works with external groups to improve student life. In addition, PGSS organizes a wide variety of social activities for members such as parties, organized excursions, meet-and- greets, leisure courses and more! There is something for everyone at PGSS.
What they do
- Various committees and caucuses dedicated to facilitating graduate student life at McGill including: Health and Wellness Committee, Environment Committee, Committee for Member Support, the PGSS International Student Caucus. If you are looking to get involved on campus, you can also join one of the 57 Post-Graduate Student Associations affiliated with PGSS.
- Health and Dental Plan available to students, their spouses, and their dependents.
- Accident Insurance Plan, mandatory for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows, which provides coverage for accidents happening during participation in McGill-related activities.
- A grants program to help host conferences, lecture series, symposia, and other events. All PGSS members can apply for grants.
- Representation in meetings with the University and various levels of government to ensure that members’ interests are heard and felt.
- Social Events throughout the year to keep you entertained and to relieve the stress of academic life. PGSS offers over 100 events (including family friendly ones) that you can sign up for at pgss.mcgill.ca.
- The PGSS Newswire, an online newsletter, sent out every two weeks to members, which includes details about upcoming events, involvement opportunities on campus and the latest on what is happening at McGill.
- Services such as Study Sundays for student parents, a Fall Flu Shot Clinic, and the Needs-Based Bursary Program for graduate students.
- Leisure courses including French, Spanish, Public Speaking, and Yoga.
- Discounted tickets to popular shows and attraction in Montreal, including Cirque du Soleil, La Ronde, Botanical Gardens and Insectarium and many more!
- Thompson House Restaurant and Bar open weekdays for Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and Drinks with reasonable priced menu items.
QPIRG - McGill
The Quebec Public Interest Research Group at McGill is a non-profit, student-run organization that conducts research, education, and action on environmental and social justice issues at McGill University and in the Montreal community.
What they do
- Popular education as a conduit for Social Change through event series and educational projects.
- Resources for conducting action-oriented research, such as office space, staff assistance, resource centre, computer use, and access to sources of funding, including many at QPIRG-McGill itself.
- The largest alternative library in Montreal with over one thousand titles, including books, journals, magazines, DVDs and videos.
- Volunteer and internship opportunities to help plan fun and educational events for social and environmental justice, participate in inspiring campaigns, maintain the library, provide translation, offer childcare, and help with publicity.
- Working groups made up of students and community members who undertake action and research into issues at the core of QPIRG-McGill’s mandate.
Queer McGill (QM)
Queer McGill is a social, political, informational, and support service for queer students and their allies.
What they do
- Free supplies and resources, such as condoms and dental dams, as well as a large library with books and DVDs on all aspects of queer issues.
- Volunteer opportunities to deliver free English workshops to groups in the Montreal area addressing sexual orientation, gender, negative language, sexual health, and more.
- Weekly discussion groups on queer-related topics.
- Educational and social events, parties, coffee houses, movie nights, game nights and all you can think of!
- Trans* Working Group serving the trans* community.
Sexual Assault Centre of the McGill Students' Society (SACOMSS)
The Sexual Assault Centre of the McGill Students’ Society (SACOMSS) is a volunteer-run organization committed to supporting survivors of sexual assault and their allies through direct support, advocacy, and outreach. SACOMSS is a pro-survivor, pro-feminist, anti-racist, anti-ableist, anti-classist, queer-positive, trans*-positive, and anti-oppressive organization, as well as free, confidential, anonymous, and non-judgmental.
What they do
- Drop-in services, which include active listening support for survivors of sexual assault, their allies, and those who wish to talk about something else.
- Phone line, which offers the same service as the drop-in support.
- Support groups for survivors of sexual assault, and sometimes for family, friends, and allies.
- Advocacy & Accompaniment (A-branch), which offers guidance through McGill’s sexual harassment policy, and can accompany survivors to meetings, if desired.
- Alternative book & zine library with resources related directly to sexual assault, as well as ones providing information on other topics covered by their mandate.
Union for Gender Empowerment
The Union for Gender Empowerment (UGE) is a trans*-positive feminist service of the SSMU.
What they do
- Lounge space with couches, free tea and coffee, a microwave, and helpful staffers.
- Alternative book & zine library with an ever-expanding collection of books and zines on topics ranging from feminism, queer theory, erotica, trans* issues, parenting, anti-racism, disability studies, and beyond.
- Small zine distro, selling or giving away zines that they have bought from members of the Montreal and McGill communities.
- Co-op that sells safer sex products, gender empowerment items, alternative menstrual products, and more, all on a pay-what-you-can basis.
- Discretionary funding to support projects that are relevant to their mandate.
WALKSAFE is a volunteer SSMU service that provides free and confidential accompaniment for those who are walking at night. No matter what the reason, our volunteers will get you from A to B, safely, anywhere on the island of Montreal.
Our nightly service seeks to create a visible culture of safety in the Montreal community. WALKSAFE is available to any person or group of persons who want to use it. Safe-walks can be requested by phoning the WALKSAFE office at 514-398-2498. WALKSAFE operates on a first come, first serve basis and can take the metro, bus, and taxi.