Student Governance

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Student Governance

All students registered in an undergraduate program on the downtown (McGill) campus are registered members of the accredited Students' Society of McGill University, affectionately known as SSMU (pronounced: Sm OO). SSMU acts as your representation on key issues inside and outside of the campus. There are six elected executives of the SSMU who represent all 20,000 plus undergrads on the downtown campus. There is a legislative council which meets bi-weekly with representatives from faculty associations and other student groups around campus. This council of thirty-five members meets to discuss SSMU business.

The SSMU runs over 200 clubs and services and provides a great deal of extra-curricular opportunities for students to balance a life of study with a life of play and an opportunity to meet other students. The organization also provides event programming like freshman orientation (Frosh), Activities Night, a holiday fair, movie screenings, Homecoming Bash, concerts, and speakers. Each faculty and each department also has organizations dedicated to providing extra-curricular involvement for their students.

Situated on the downtown campus, the SSMU operates a five-floor building including a student lounge, cafeteria, campus bar, reading room, club office space and a campus multipurpose venue.

The SSMU offices are located at 3600 McTavish Street, suite 1200 and operate between the hours of 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. during the year and 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the summer.

For more information regarding student government at McGill you can contact:

Or visit the website at

Welcome to McGill and we look forward to representing your interests.

Programs, Courses and University Regulations—2010-2011 (last updated Oct. 8, 2010) (disclaimer)