Clubs and Services Room Booking

Clubs and Services Room Booking

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Please contact the SSMU Events department at for any questions concerning room booking

This document intends to outline the booking rules and regulations for space use in the University Centre for the Winter 2022 semester. Due to continued COVID-related conditions, fewer events can be supported than in a normal year. Virtual gatherings remain a viable and inclusive option for events.</s

Building Hours of Operation

The University Centre will be open for bookings Monday to Friday from 8:30am-10pm. Weekend bookings will not be available.

How to Book a Room in the University Centre

All bookings must be requested through SSMU VEMS (Virtual Events Management System). Only Ballroom Booking requests or recurring event requests will be processed via email by the Events Coordinator.

If your group requires a VEMS account and credentials, please email the Events Coordinator directly. Please note that only SSMU email addresses may be used to log-in.

Please be reminded that your event must be submitted in VEMS a minimum (5) business days prior to the event date. Signatures and supporting documentation (if applicable) must be completed minimum (2) business days prior to the event date; this includes the submission of the Health and Sanitation Compliance Plan. Events submitted later than (5) business days will not be processed. Contracts and supporting documentation that are not returned within (2) business days of your event date will result in your event being cancelled.

Timeline Examples
Desired Event Date Request Submitted (minimum) Contract Returned & Signed
January 5, 2022 December 13, 2022 – not December 31st December 16, 2022
January 11, 2022 January 4, 2022 January 7, 2022
January 24, 2022 January 17th, 2022 January 20, 2022


Bookable Space Capacities

We will continue to operate at a reduced capacity for the Winter semester until further notice. Please see our room capacities in the table below, as well as what types of activities the space can accommodate:

Space Capacity Type
Gerts Half Bar 60 Bar, Social/Party, Networking
Gerts Full Bar 175 Bar, Social/Party, Networking
B-29 15 Training, Workshop, Rehearsals (theatre/music)
B-30 20 Training, Workshop, Rehearsals (theatre/music)
Tabling: Student Lounge 2 Tabling & Food Sales
Southside Cafeteria 20 Class, Training, Workshop, Speaker/Lecture
Madeleine Parent 15 Networking, Conference, Workshop, Training, Trivia, Speaker/Lecture
Lev Bukhman 20 Networking, Conference, Workshop, Training, Trivia, Speaker/Lecture
Ballroom 150 Large Social/Party, Rehearsals (theatre/music), Conference, Religious Practice, Fair, Ceremony, Movie Screening, Speaker/ Lecture
Ballroom Adjacent 15 Workshops, Trainings
Tabling: Club Lounge 2 Tabling & Food Sales
Room 403 8 Meeting
Room 404 4 Meeting
Room 420 8 Meeting
Room 433-A 6 Meeting
Room 434 3 Meeting
Room 436 3 Meeting

Events and activity types that fall outside of these general parameters will be considered on a case by case basis. If you are not sure if your event can be held in the University Centre, please contact the Events Coordinator for more information. Please be reminded that the University Centre cannot accommodate any dance or fitness type events due to insurance limitations. For these types of events, please reach out to McGIll Athletics or an external rental space.

No Shows and Cancellations

As per the booking contract, please be reminded that a no-show fee of $25 will be billed to your group retrospectively if you do not use your reservation. Please inform the Events Coordinator as soon as possible if you need to cancel or reschedule your booking so that we may offer space to other groups.

Rules on Meetings

We understand that it has been difficult to book space on campus and in the University Centre. We will continue to try and accommodate as many groups as possible, given our limitations and having to operate at a reduced capacity. For this reason, only the following rooms are available to host solely meetings: 403, 404, 420, 433-A, 434 and 436. Should your expected attendance to these meetings exceed the room’s capacity limit, we recommend that you host your meeting virtually or introduce a hybrid model. This is to ensure that we liberate multipurpose rooms that can accommodate group activities that are not viable online.

Vaccine Passports

The vaccine passport, which requires proof of vaccination to allow fully vaccinated individuals to access non-essential services, remains in effect. At the SSMU and McGill, you will need your passport to participate in extracurricular activities, including all student association clubs and activities. See a full list of activities and their corresponding requirements here. Attendance and passport verification is still required for all events and activities in the University Centre, and must be submitted to the Events Coordinator no later than(24) hours post event for contract tracing purposes. The activity organizer is responsible for validating the vaccine passports of all attendees, including volunteers. Please be reminded that if an activity is part of a SSMU employees’ regular work and related duties, they are not subject to vaccine passport verification (eg. employed Service Executive).

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