IT for Students
Email: Your McGill Email Address (usually in the form of firstname [dot] lastname [at] mail [dot] mcgill [dot] ca) is the official way the University communicates with you by email. You can access your email via the myMcGill portal or directly through Outlook Web App (OWA) at https://exchange.mcgill.ca. Sign in using your McGill Username and McGill Password.
Wireless coverage: Students have access to a secure wireless network on the downtown and Macdonald campuses and in every student residence at McGill.
Virtual Private Network (VPN): Connecting to McGill's VPN allows you to access campus-restricted systems from anywhere, so you can continue your research and study. In addition, Google Scholar collaborates with the Library to offer students direct access to journals and other documentation.
McGill Student Directory: Students can choose to opt into the McGill Student Directory. Choose whether to display your email and/or telephone information to the world or only to the McGill community.
Residences Telecommunications (REZ): REZ wireless service is included as part of the lodging fee ($45 per month). Any McGill student, faculty or staff member can access the wpa.rez.mcgill.ca wifi network by signing in with their McGill Username and McGill Password.
McGill does not provide telephone service in McGill residence rooms. As an alternative, students may purchase phone plans from an independent mobile service provider, or use pre-paid calling cards.
eduroam: Students can use their McGill Username and Password to log into wireless networks at participating universities in Europe, Canada, Asia and Australia.
myMcGill: When McGill students log into the University portal, myMcGill (login page), they discover a single entry point for email, web services, class schedules, access to updated campus events and announcements, and myFuture, McGill's career and internship management system.
myCourses: From the myMcGill portal, students access myCourses, the online learning management system that delivers course content and announcements, multimedia, grades and surveys, as well as tools for discussion, assessment and assignments.
Lecture Recording System: McGill provides the opportunity for students to review material presented in class through a facility that records lectures. Students who have iPods can use iTunes to automatically synchronize their iPod to the Lecture Recording System.
McGill Library: Computers are available in all McGill branch libraries at the university. Students with laptops or tablets can connect to the Internet with their McGill Username and Password using the network data jacks available in many branches. Students can also connect to the wireless network from anywhere in the McGill Libraries.
Resources and Support
Audiovisual equipment loans: The university offers Audiovisual Equipment Loans on both of its campuses to allow students to borrow data projectors, digital audio devices, tripods, cameras, camcorders and more. Arrangements for any credit course are at no charge. AV equipment for other uses carries a small charge.
Computer labs: There is a network of public computers and teaching labs available for use by the university community.
Office 365 ProPlus: McGill students have free access to the latest version of Office 365 ProPlus, which includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint and other Office apps. As long as you’re a student at McGill University, you’ll be able to continue to use it at no charge, and will receive automatic software updates.
OneDrive (cloud file storage) : McGill students have free access to Microsoft OneDrive, a cloud-based file storage and file sharing service that provides virtually unlimited file space for your personal use. This service continues after you graduate from McGill.
Software licenses: Downloadable software applications, including antivirus and citation management software, are distributed without charge to the McGill community, including all students. New applications are frequently becoming available.
Frequently Asked Questions
Am I required to buy a computer?
We recommend that students own a laptop, but it is not required. McGill has shared resources available to accommodate students who do not bring a computer to campus.
What software does McGill provide?
McGill provides a wide range of software for free or at a discount. Most software is available to download at www.mcgill.ca/software.
Do you have more IT questions?
Search the IT Knowledge Base for answers, setup guides and step-by-step instructions: http://kb.mcgill.ca/it.