Clubs, Services and ISGs

Clubs, Services and ISGs

Student groups represent a significant part of the operations and programming of the SSMU. With 250+ Clubs, 17 student-run Services, and 11 Independent Student Groups, students have a wealth of opportunities to get involved and become a part of the campus community. The easiest way to see what the SSMU has to offer is through attending.

Activities Night. Activities Night is a club fair, where all of the SSMU’s 250+ student groups set up tables to have the opportunity to speak to the executives of each group and sign up for the email list of any and all of the groups at the event.

Clubs

The SSMU’s 250+ clubs fall into ten different categories. Clubs are interest groups, representing a wide variety of hobbies, interests, and causes, all of which are run entirely by other undergraduate students. While the commitment level varies from club to club, the involvement of members in any given club can range from attending weekly meetings and volunteering on a regular basis to attending an event once or twice a semester. Clubs allow you to customize exactly how you want to be involved and how much time you want to devote to student life.

If you have a specific group in mind that you’re interested in joining, reach out to that group directly! After contacting a group and being asked to be added to their mailing list, you’ll receive updates about the events and notice of their general meetings.

Services

The SSMU operates 17 student-run Services, which provide a wide range of services and resources to the student body. Unlike clubs, where students sign up to become members of a particular group, Services operate without formal membership lists because any McGill student is able to access the resources provided by all of the Services. Despite not being able to be a general member of a Service, the SSMU Services offer countless opportunities for becoming a volunteer and serving the student body.

Services are financially part of the SSMU, and many of them are funded by their own fee-levy. Others receive funds allocated from the SSMU budget. The budgets for these Services are approved every year by the SSMU Council and are created in collaboration with the members of the services themselves.

Have you ever used a SSMU Service? We want to hear from you! Please fill out this short survey to help us learn more about how SSMU Services can better support you! Fill out the survey here!

The McGill Student Emergency Response Team is a student-run volunteer service, supported by the Students' Society of McGill University (SSMU). Our mission is to provide a free and accessible first aid service to McGill University and the greater Montreal community. Our team is made up of 75+ dedicated volunteers that are certified First Responders under the Canadian Red Cross. We carry a wide range of first aid equipment, including automated external defibrillators, oxygen tanks, cervical collars, and Epi-Pens, and we operate under nationally-recognized protocols. We respond to all McGill residences, with the exception of Solin Hall, between the hours of 18h00 and 6h00. As an official training partner of the Canadian Red Cross, we aim to disseminate first aid knowledge and skills to the public, by offering first aid courses and certifications.
The Flat is a volunteer-run, non-hierarchical collective that works to encourage cycling through the sharing of knowledge and tools. We seek to make bicycling more accessible by sharing repair facilities and knowledge, reducing the costs of bike maintenance, and offering workshops to persons of all skill levels.
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 volunteer-run organization committed to supporting survivors of sexual assault and their allies through direct support, advocacy, and outreach. We are a pro-survivor, pro-feminist, anti-racist, anti-ableist, anti-classist, queer-positive, trans-positive and anti-oppressive organization. We provide a safe, accessible and non-judgmental space for members of many different communities and identifications. All our services are open to the public and are provided free of charge.
Confidential, non-judgmental, and here for you. The McGill Peer Support Centre (PSC) is an active listening service offered by a team of welcoming and well-trained student peer supporters. We strive to offer a safer space where you can share your experiences, feel truly listened to, and find ways to resolve what you are going through if you wish. Stressed? Lonely? Feeling down? Or just want to chat? The PSC is ready to hear you out. If you need help but aren't sure where to turn, our peer supporters are also happy to connect you with other resources. Drop-in or make an appointment to chat one-on-one with a supporter about anything on your mind.
514-398-MAIN! Your go-to referral phone line service. McGill Students’ Nightline is a confidential, anonymous and non-judgmental listening service, run by McGill students. Our volunteers provide various forms of support including anything from talking about your day, to information, to crisis management, to referrals etc!. We are an English service in operation since 1984 open every night of the fall and winter semesters from 6pm to 3am. Our services are offered over the phone at 514-398-6246 OR you can instant message us at nightline.ssmu.mcgill.ca
We are an English service and we operate from 6 PM to 3 AM every night during the school year!
The UGE is a trans positive and anti-racist feminist organization in so-called "Montreal". The UGE operates an alternative library and Co-op, as well as hosts events and advocates for social justice issues.
Queer McGill (QM) in a student run service by queer people for queer and questioning folks. They offer a range of resources from free safer sex supplies to pay-what-you-can gender affirming products such as binders, packers, stps and gaffs. QM is also the home to the largest publicly accessible anglophone queer specific library in Quebec. Additionally, they offer a welcoming safe space for all students with office hours from 10-5 on week days, and provide a range of free and pay-what-you-can social and educational events.
The Plate Club is a free dishware rental service dedicated to providing a sustainable alternative to disposable dishware for on and off campus events. We have everything you'd need to host any event, from plates, forks, wine glasses, pitchers and more.
Midnight Kitchen is a non-profit, worker and volunteer-run collective that operates out of tio’tia:ke (unceded kanien’kehá:ka territory) dedicated to providing accessible food to as many people as possible. We aim to empower individuals and communities by providing a working alternative to current capitalist, profit-driven systems of food production and distribution. We oppose privatization, corporatization and other systemic processes that both cause and perpetuate marginalization of certain people. We will provide popular education on issues of social, environmental, and food (in)justice, both inside and outside the collective, and provide space for the exchange of ideas within the community.
SSMU DriveSafe is a service run by the Student Society of McGill University. Our volunteers drive students safely home anywhere on the Island of Montreal, with extended service to Kahnawake, Longueuil and Laval (coming soon!).   Our service runs Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights from 11:00 pm to 3:00 am. To get a ride, call our dispatch at 514-398-8040 or if you see our van flag it down and tell them where you want to go!
SSMU WALKSAFE is a service run by the Student Society of McGill University. We are a nighttime accompaniment service dedicated to making the McGill community, and Montreal at large, a safer place to get around at night. Wherever and however you need to get to where you need to go, by metro, taxi, Uber, or by foot, we will accompany you to wherever you need to go on the Island of Montreal.
TVM is McGill University's only television and film production service, offering great programming, free workshops, and filmmaking opportunities!
Founded in 1970, we are a service of the SSMU, available to the entire McGill and Montreal Community. While we are dedicated to addressing the needs and interests of Black students at McGill, all interested students, irrespective of race, culture or creed, are encouraged to participate in our numerous events and activities. Our Mandate: 1) To sensitize the McGill community to issues concerning Black peoples. 2) To work towards making the McGill campus safe and accessible for black students in order to support their academic success as well as mental and physical well-being.
The Musicians Collective is a service which provides opportunities for musicians at McGill to meet each other. We organize a variety of events throughout the school year, including open mics, workshops, jam sessions, and end of year concerts. These events give students the opportunity to play music, to listen to other McGill students perform, to maybe learn a new instrument, and to meet other like-minded musicians. We also offer a student-teacher referral service, in which students seeking to learn a new instrument or to improve their skills of their current instrument, can reach out to a list of students who are willing to teach them. In the SSMU University Center we have a jam room with a variety of instruments. This room can be booked by students who want a space to jam with friends. We also provide a rental service for our instruments. Students can rent any of the instruments for a period of time.
Since its foundation, the McGill Arab Students' Network (ASN) has represented the Arab population at McGill and introduced the McGill and Montreal community to the rich Arab culture and heritage. Throughout the years, the ASN has expanded in proportion to the increasing number of Arab students on campus and the vast interest in the hosted events expressed by the general McGill community. The ASN offers a diversity of events and initiatives, some social, some educational, others centered around charity and development. Our goal is to create a tight-knit and active community to make McGill and Montreal feel like home, while also bridging gaps and positively engaging as representatives of our culture with the wider McGill and Montreal community. So whether you're a Middle East enthusiast or just a homesick student craving their homeland's cuisine, the ASN is reaching out. Please note that the ASN has no political or religious affiliation; any charities or initiatives we support are humanitarian or educationally oriented. We stand for international human rights, equality, and justice for all.
The Muslim Students' Association (MSA) brings together Muslim students on campus to provide the, resources, essential services, and educational tools needed to greatly enhance their university experience. Through the services and events provided, the MSA aims to facilitate the spiritual and social growth of its members, as well as the larger McGill community, supporting diverse student needs.   Services provided include: weekly Jumu'ah (Friday) prayers, a regularly maintained general prayer space, halaqas (religious knowledge gatherings), tajweed (Qur'an recitation) classes, social events, and community engagement activities. Past events include (not limited to): annual MSA Frosh, Ramadan Iftars (dinners), Eid al Fitr & Eid al Adha celebrations, movie screenings, lecture series, information sessions, social awareness campaigns, fundraising dinners, Islam Awareness Week, annual inter-MSA Ski Trip, spoken-word/poetry/comedy/game nights, and open photography exhibitions.
The Eating Disorder Resource and Support Centre is a service that offers support services, events and campaigning efforts. Our support services for eating disorders, disordered eating and body image issues consist of weekly support groups and an online forum that people can register for through the forms in our linktree or this section of our website: https://edrsc.ssmu.ca/services/   They are available to anyone, do not require any diagnosis, and are free. Involvement opportunities can be found by emailing us, our website and our social media!

Independent Student Groups

SSMU also has a relationship with a number of independent student groups, which are groups existing on campus outside of the SSMU structure. These groups are larger than the average club and have very distinct governance structures, often being incorporated as not-for-profit organizations.

Currently, the SSMU has a formal affiliation with 12 independent student groups, ranging from a radio station to campus publications to sustainability initiatives.

The Quebec Public Interest Research Group at McGill is a non-profit, student-run organization that unites McGill and Montreal communities in the fight for social and environmental justice through research, education, and by taking action.
The McGill Tribune is an independent, entirely student-run newspaper at McGill University, with a publication of 5,000 weekly print copies. It has covered McGill, Canada, and the world since 1981.
AIESEC is the largest student-run nonprofit organization in 127 countries. We aim to develop leadership by sending students abroad for international volunteer and internship programs.  
CKUT is a non-profit, campus-community radio station based at McGill University. CKUT provides alternative music, news and spoken word programming to the city of Montreal, surrounding areas, & around the world 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Hear us at 90.3 MHz on the FM dial, 91.7 by cable, or listen on-line. CKUT is made up of over 200 volunteers working with a staff of coordinators, not just to make creative and insightful radio programming, but also to manage the station. The station operates on a collective management system that includes volunteers in decision-making. As a campus/community radio station, CKUT’s mandate is to provide an essential service to those in the Montreal community whose needs are not met by mainstream commercial radio. CKUT functions not only as an alternative to the status quo, but also as a viable community resource. CKUT serves as a training ground for the community and student populations, and in doing so, provides an essential educational and information service to the greater Montreal community.
Students can listen to CKUT at 90.3FM on the radio dial, on-line at ckut.ca or on their handheld devices with the free Tune-In App. Contact information by department can be found on the CKUT website!  
The Daily Publications Society (DPS) is a fully independent, student-run, not-for-profit organisation which publishes two student newspapers at McGill University : The McGill Daily and Le Délit. The McGill Daily began as a daily sports rag in 1911 and has served the McGill community ever since, evolving into its current format as an alternative media outlet. The Daily currently produces one print issue every week, online content, as well as Unfit to Print, its podcast produced in collaboration with CKUT. Le Délit was introduced in 1977. It was first limited to a French section of the regular McGill Daily, then grew to be its own weekly French issue (then called Le McGill Daily Français) before separating itself from The Daily in 1979, becoming its sister newspaper. Want to get involved with our papers ? The McGill Daily and Le Délit are always looking for new writers and contributors to join their team! As a student at McGill you are already a member of the DPS and have a say in how our papers are run. No experience is necessary.
 
The ECOLE Project (Educational Community Living Environment) is a hub for sustainable living and community organizing on the McGill campus; a physical place for experiential learning and human connections to happen. We bring together students, faculty, staff, and Montreal community members by offering engaging events and free space rentals. ECOLE is also a collective home run by ten students who live together, practice social and material sustainability, do hands-on research and gain firsthand experience of how to live in an intentional community.
The McGill Chavurah is a community intent on creating inclusive spaces for Jewish students. We host regular shabbat services and other events in the McGill neighbourhood which aim to integrate the peace and comfort of shared jewish experience into the hectic feeling of student life. We are progressive, sustainable, inclusive, traditional, non-hierarchical, and egalitarian in both structure and practice. Because we are student-run, we evolve to fit the needs of our changing community every year. We prioritize your input and support, and dedicate this project to you, McGill’s Jews.
The Golden Key chapter at McGill University believes in excellence and strives to provide the best environment possible for guiding our members to achieve in academics, leadership and service. The 246th Golden Key chapter and the 1st in Canada, McGill was chartered April 7, 1997. With more than 9000 members since 1997, the McGill Golden Key chapter is one of the largest chapters in Canada with an average of over 700 members currently at McGill in any given year. Members focus on community service, networking events, and reaching out to make connections with the local community and the entire university student body. We welcome prospective members who are in the top 15% of their class and interested in service and leadership development.
IRSAM Inc. - The International Relations Students' Association of McGill is McGill University's largest student group encompassing over 280 members, 700 associate staff, and serves over 4,000 people every year, many of them being students. Our membership consists of a diverse group of McGill students from a range of faculties and academic programs. IRSAM’s Board of Directors manage the administrative, financial and legal aspects of the organization. As a federally incorporated, not-for-profit organization with special consultative status to the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations, IRSAM has something to offer to everyone within and outside the McGill community, and we urge all those interested to become involved. From our community outreach programs to our Model UN conferences, we have a broad range of events and activities that focus on international relations, the United Nations and volunteer work in communities both local and abroad.
Founded in 1973, the Legal Information Clinic at McGill (LICM) is Canada's largest student-run legal clinic. Our staff of volunteer law students provide free legal information to McGill students and members of the wider Montreal community alike — over 2000 each year. In addition, we provide a free commissioner of oaths service and offer JustInfo presentations about a wide array of legal topics to student and community groups.
Our Student Advocacy office also provides free representation and advice to McGill students faced with academic and non-academic offenses under the Code of Student Discipline. For more information, please visit our website or contact us by phone at 514-398-6792 ("The Clinic")/514-398-4384 (Student Advocacy).  
MUSTBUS is a student-led initiative focused on providing low-cost transit travel. The organization offers weekend and holiday bus services for McGill students to explore cities like Toronto, NYC, and more. Through the service, we hope to promote student mobility and public transit usage/education for the student body.

Student Life FAQ

How do I find a student group I’m interested in?

There are countless ways to find out what SSMU has to offer! The easiest way to find a student group you’re interested in joining is perusing the Club Listing, Services Listing, and Independent Student Group Listings on the SSMU website.

The most common way to see all of SSMU’s student groups in one place is by attending Activities Night, a clubs fair that SSMU hosts at the beginning of each semester.  Activities Night, hosted in the SSMU building, brings in all of SSMU’s student groups under one roof for students to sign up for membership lists, speak to the student executives running each group, and learn more about how to get involved.

If you have a specific interest or even a very general idea of what you’re looking for in a student group and would like some guidance on where to start looking, you can also contact the Vice-President (Student Life) or the Club Administrative Officer.

How do I sign up to join a student group?

All student groups maintain their own membership lists, so there is not one centralized way to sign up for a number of groups at once.  To become a member or a volunteer for a student group, the easiest way to sign up is contacting that group directly by email or attending a general meeting.

Many groups also have sign-up lists available for students to add their names to during Activities Night.  Signing up for one of these lists will generally put you on the group’s email list, where you’ll be able to get more information about how they define their membership and how to become one!

Do I need to pay membership fees to join these groups?

The answer to this question varies depending on the type of group in question.  Among clubs, some have membership fees which vary based on the activities of the club, but the majority have no membership fee.

There are no direct membership fees associated with any of the SSMU Services or the Independent Student Groups, but some of these groups receive funding that is paid directly through your student fees on Minerva, which gives you membership rights.

Why do I pay for some of these groups directly through my e-bill on Minerva?

Because Services and Independent Student Groups provide resources and opportunities to all McGill undergraduate students, they have the option of levying a fee from the student body directly that all undergraduate students pay into on Minerva.

Of SSMU’s twenty services, of those groups (M-SERT, SACOMSS, Nightline, Midnight Kitchen, Queer McGill, the Union for Gender Empowerment, TVM: Student Television at McGill, Organic Campus, the Black Students Network, First Year Council, and the McGill International Students Network) levy fees directly from the student body.

Of SSMU’s ten Independent Student Groups, six of those groups (the Legal Information Clinic at McGill, the McGill Daily, the McGill Tribune, CKUT Radio, QPIRG McGill, and the ECOLE Project) levy fees directly from students.  So long as you haven’t opted out of the fee through Minerva (note that the McGill Daily and McGill Tribune fees are not opt-outable), you hold voting rights in those organizations and can participate at their Annual General Meetings.