Getting involved on campus - whether by joining a club, group, or program - can be the best way to meet new people, learn or hone a skill, and even decrease stress while at university.
Below are just a few of the many ways you can get involved during your time at McGill.
McGill's myInvolvement platform is the online platform to find activities and workshops outside the classroom at McGill and to create a customizable Co-Curricular Record (CCR) recognizing your student involvement and volunteerism around campus. The CCR can be a useful addition to your CV/resume or graduate/professional school applications.
Activities Night & Student Clubs
Activities Night is organized by the Students' Society of McGill University (SSMU) to showcase the hundreds of clubs, services, and groups at McGill that welcome and thrive on student involvement. It's also a great opportunity to make connections and see who you vibe with before joining a group. Student at the Macdonald Campus can check out the Macdonald Campus Student Society's (MCSS) Club Night.
Graduate students are equally welcome and encouraged to take part in all clubs, services, and groups. There are also graduate-specific opportunities offered through PGSS committees.
Students Helping Students
Students Helping Students complete listing of peer support volunteer opportunties at McGill. Peer programs in a university context serve many purposes - from helping students in difficulty to providing information and/or education to inspiring and motivating students to action. It can be a great way to connect with new people and help support your fellow students.
There are a number of campus-wide, faculty-specific, and living area-specific councils serving first-year students at McGill. SSMU’s First-Year Council (FYC) and Residences’ Inter-Residence Council (IRC) are two of the biggest. Consult the list of councils.
Every student - both undergraduate and graduate - is represented by a Faculty/School Association. On top of many of them offering first-year councils, you can also get involved by helping to organize events, attending meetings, and more. You might also then consider running for an executive position next year or later into your time here. Stay tuned to your emails from them to know more about what they have coming up.
The intramural sports program offers all full-time McGill students the opportunity to participate in competitive intramural leagues including, but not limited to, soccer, badminton, ice hockey, and Ultimate. Depending on the sport, most intramural games take place on weeknights or weekends and are divided into three categories: men’s, women’s, and co-recreational. Each league is divided into three levels (divisions) of play: competitive, intermediate, and recreational.
Campus Student Media
McGill doesn’t have a journalism program, so the best way for you to unearth your journalistic skills is to be a part of campus student media. In print, the biggest names here are the McGill Tribune, the McGill Daily, and the Bull & Bear. There’s also the CKUT radio station, as well as TVM: Student Television at McGill.
Find Your Community
Feeling surrounded and supported by students who share your identity (be it cultural, racial, spiritual, gender, sexual, or otherwise) can be an important part of your University experience. McGill has a wealth of offerings and student groups no matter how you identify.
- McGill's Equity Office offers an extensive list of resources and clubs for some of the many diverse identities on campus
- The McGill Office of Religious and Spiritual Life (MORSL) can help connect you to your local faith or spiritual community as well as events and wellness resources, even if you identify as secular
- Living off-campus and looking to connect with fellow students? COMunity offers events and connection opportunities for students who want to feel more connected to fellow McGillians