Clubs, Services and ISGs

Clubs, Services and ISGs

Student groups represent a significant part of the operations and programming of the SSMU. With 230+ Clubs, 15 student-run Services, and 12 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 230+ student groups set up tables in the SSMU Building (University Centre – Shatner Building) and students 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.

Register for the VP Student Life’s listserv to get more information.


The SSMU’s 230+ 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.


The SSMU operates 15 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 (M-SERT) is a volunteer service supported by the Students’ Society of McGill University (SSMU) whose members provide emergency first aid services to McGill University and the Montreal community. Our membership includes over 50 volunteers who are certified at the Canadian Red Cross Emergency First Responder level. While responding, our team operates in pairs and carries a range of first aid materials and equipment that counts to over 40 items. Our responders also carry more advanced emergency first aid equipment, such as Epi-Pens, oxygen tanks, cervical collars, and Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs).
M-SERT currently provides first aid coverage to McGill University Residences every evening from 6:00pm to 6:00am. In addition, M-SERT covers Intramural Hockey, Frosh, Carnival, 4Floors, and many other events.
The Flat is a collective that encourages cycling through the sharing of knowledge and tools. We have everything you need to learn how to fix your bike. The space and tools are free to use, and everyone is welcome to attend workshops, volunteer during shifts, and come to collective meetings. All persons and bikes welcome - no experience necessary! We seek to make bicycling more accessible, promote sustainability, and develop a greater sense of community. We are always looking for volunteers to teach bike repair to others.
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. Our services include Drop-In and Line (DIAL), Support Groups, Advocacy, and Outreach. Additionally, we offer sexual assault sensitivity training to McGill and Montreal groups, provide information and referrals, and organize events to raise awareness about sexual assault.
Got something on your mind? Need help, but aren’t sure where to turn? Come by the Peer Support Centre! The Peer Support Centre offers free, drop-in, confidential and non-judgmental support and resource referral to all members of the McGill community. We’re a student-run organization of carefully chosen and dedicated volunteers who undergo extensive training in active listening, crisis management and a variety of mental health related topics. Stop by to talk one-on-one with a student volunteer about absolutely anything on your mind. If you need help, but aren’t sure where to turn, we’re also happy to connect you with other McGill resources.
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, providing the community with a variety of support. This includes anything from information to crisis management and referrals.
We are an English service and we operate from 6 PM to 3 AM every night during the school year!
The Union for Gender Empowerment is a trans-positive feminist service of the Student Society of McGill University (SSMU). Everyone is welcome to use our services! We coordinate an alternative lending library (with over a thousand titles!); a co-op stocking pay-what-you-can ecologically responsible menstrual products, DIY sex toys, safer sex supplies, and gender empowerment items; and a zine library. The UGE also runs trans 101/allyship and anti-oppression workshops for other organizations and projects, and has a resource binder with information about abortion services, counseling, and queer/trans-friendly health services in Montreal.
Our office and lounge space is located in room 413 of the Shatner University Centre. It is a wheelchair-accessible safe(r) space for people of all genders, and is equipped with a microwave, dishes, a kettle, and lots of tea! Stop by to eat lunch and hang out!
A service by queers, for queers. We host events from weekly board game nights to semesterly loft parties, run workshops about anything and everything queer, and maintain a queer-oriented plethora of free safer sex supplies in our office.
Come and peruse our libraries, hang out with us, or chill on our couches in SSMU 420, open Monday - Friday from 10-6!

The Plate Club is a service that offers free dishware rentals to student, faculty, and community groups in order to reduce the waste generated from disposable alternatives. We have a variety of items in our inventory, such as plates, cups, mugs, wine glasses, cutlery, and more! Everything is viewable on our website and items can be reserved in advance by sending us an email. We are also completely run by volunteers, so if you are interested in helping out, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Office hours: Monday to Friday, 4-5 pm.

Temporary location during University Centre closure: 3471 Peel Street, lower level.

Midnight Kitchen is a non-profit, volunteer-run collective dedicated to providing daily, accessible, pay-what-you-can vegan meals @ 12:30 pm in the William Shatner University Centre (3600 McTavish Street, Montreal, QC). MK is a vital hub for food justice and a strong support of sustainability actions, across the city of Montréal. We also cook in solidarity for political and community based events that are keeping within our anti-oppression and political mandate.
DriveSafe is a service run by the Student Society of McGill University. Our volunteers drive students safely home to and from anywhere on the Island of Montreal for FREE. If you're interested in volunteering as a driver or shotgun, check out our website for more information.
Our service currently runs on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights from 11pm-3am throughout the school year. To get a ride, give us a call at 514-398-8040!
Walksafe is a volunteer SSMU service that provides free night-time accompaniment for those who are feel uncomfortable, or who are unable to walk home alone. Our service is available to anyone in Montreal, and we will walk to and from any destination on the island. For more information, or to request a walk, please call or email us.
Our operating hours are 9pm-12am on Sunday-Thursday and 9pm-3am on Friday-Saturday.
TVM is McGill University's only student-run film and television production service, providing a creative outlet and free education for the McGill community. Whatever your interests, there is plenty of room to get involved in one of our ten awesome departments! From production and editing to graphic design, marketing, and production design, TVM has it all!
To learn more about TVM and get involved, please join us at one of our General Meetings or visit our office in SSMU B-28.
Winners of the 2014-2015 SSMU Political/Academic Event of The Year Award, for our vigil in solidarity with Ferguson & Black Lives Matter protests. We are a service of the McGill Students Society, 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.
The SSMU Musicians Collective is a musicians' network dedicated to facilitating musical opportunities for students and others at McGill University. We are a SSMU service that works to foster a musical community at McGill. Ways we do this include connecting those who want to learn to play an instrument or to improve their musical playing abilities with qualified teachers while also acting as a referral service for event organizers who require musicians. Additionally, we host 'Meet n' Greets' and jam sessions so that people with similar musical styles can jam as well as hosting other musical events throughout the year including open mics @ Gerts, musical workshops, and our annual concert featuring McGill bands.
Last but not least, we operate our own Jam Room within the SSMU building which students can rent out for practice or jamming during the school year with access to guitars, basses, a drum set, and more. We hope that SSMU Musicians Collective serves as your primary contact point for your musical needs both at McGill and in Montreal at large! Learn more about the Musician's Collective by checking out their Constitution!
Originally founded as the Arab Students' Association in 1962, the Arab Student Network has developed into the sole official SSMU service representative of the secular and non-political interpretation of unified Arab culture. Our aim is to provide the appropriate resources and education, the initiatives of integrative support and professional referral, the cultural, social and philanthropic awareness, all derived from the enriched heritage of the Arab World, for the benefit of the student body, as a whole.
Besides an accessible office space, a side focus is extended towards facilitating the communication between students and the network of local Arab professionals. Learn more about the ASN by checking out their constitution!

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 dedicated to social and environmental justice and building bridges between McGill and the wider Montreal community. Through community based research, popular education and grassroots action, QPIRG brings together a wide range of activists interested in many different issues. QPIRG-McGill centers its work around anti-oppression, and is opposed to all forms of discrimination (social status, sex, race, sexual orientation, disability, etc.)
The McGill Tribune is a completely independent, student-run publication that has been covering McGill University, Montreal, and beyond since 1981. Our mission is to provide fair and objective reporting and analysis on issues that matter to students.
If you're interested in writing, taking photos, creative design, or illustrations there are no applications necessary! If you're interested in writing we have seven sections: News, Opinion, Student Living, Science and Technology, Features, Arts and Entertainment, and Sports.
They are an international platform for young people to explore and develop their leadership potential. AIESEC offers internships for students in the following two programs: Global Citizen is an internship program that enables young people to work on volunteer projects that directly impact societal issues in the areas of literacy, environment, cultural understanding and social entrepreneurship. Student will be able to gain valuable skills in marketing, consulting, teaching, environmental sustainability, teamwork or project management. They will empower communities by developing the people and allowing them to build a more sustainable future. Global Talent is an internship program that enables youths to gain relevant skills through cross-cultural professional development experiences in teaching and marketing. By working with a company or organization abroad, you will be able to develop professional skills that contribute to your future career as well as develop yourself personally in a new cultural environment.  
CKUT is a non-profit, campus-community radio station based at McGill University. CKUT is year after year voted Montreal's BEST Radio Station and has been an important part of the Montreal cultural and musical community for over 27 years! CKUT provides alternative music, news and spoken word programming to the city of Montreal and surrounding areas, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. CKUTs mandate is to give space to news, music and culture that is not represented in mainstream media; and is a resource for the wider McGill and Montreal community.
Students can listen to CKUT at 90.3FM on the radio dial, on-line at or on their handheld devices with the free Tune-In App. Contact information by department can be found on the CKUT website!  
The McGill Daily, at one time the oldest daily student newspaper in the Commonwealth, has been the training ground for generations of journalists since its inception in 1911. Currently The Daily is one of the largest student newspapers in Canada and is widely read both on the McGill campus and around Montreal.
The Daily has been independent from student government since 1980. It is published by the Daily Publications Society, an autonomous body whose membership includes all McGill downtown campus undergraduate students except Continuing Education, as well as all graduate students excluding non-residents, graduate medical and graduate dentistry students.  
ECOLE is a student residence, a project, and a community space on McGill campus. ECOLE strives to facilitate a culture of sustainability at McGill University and in surrounding communities by means of research, experiential learning, intentional living practices, and collaboration between student and community groups.  After three years of development, ECOLE launched its pilot year in 2014.
Join us every Friday night during the school year, for exciting musical services at 7:30 pm followed by a delicious student cooked sustainable dinner at 8:30 pm with lots of fun and singing to follow. Make sure to bring all of you friends! The Ghetto Shul acts as the magnetic core of the downtown Jewish community. This student-run initiative draws both students and young professionals together to celebrate and engage their Judaism in a welcoming environment.
At any given moment something is happening at the Ghetto Shul. We host prayer services and meals every Shabbat and holiday, regular Jewish learning, and a diverse array of programming (including Sustainable Shabbat meals, holiday celebrations, Freshman orientation, field trips, and volunteer opportunities). We are a warm and Torah-based community, which provides a spiritual home for an eclectic mix of Jews. Be it a giant Friday night dinner, a lively Thursday night class, a Monday night jam session, or a social action fundraiser, anyone can experience the warmth of Jewish life.
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.
They are the International Relations Students' Association of McGill. We house our Model United Nations team, two of the largest Model UN conferences in the world with SSUNS for high school students, and McMUN for University students, our local outreach programs to make an impact in the community, the prestigious McGill International Review, and as one of only two student groups in the world with consultative status at the United Nations, our trips each year to represent ourselves as an NGO at the United Nations where we actively and truly engage in global politics. We are one of the largest, and most diverse student groups on campus, and take pride in adding all of these valuable perspectives to serve our members at home, and while they are 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).  

Student Life FAQ

What is the difference between a club, a service, and an independent student group?

Clubs, Services, and Independent Student Groups are all different designations that the SSMU gives to student groups based on their operations and their structures.

Clubs are interest-based groups surrounding a wide variety of topics and themes that host events and programming for their members and are run on a volunteer basis by other undergraduate students.  The majority of clubs operate their events within the SSMU building.

Services are groups that exist to provide certain resources or services to all students, and while students can get involved with Services in a volunteer or executive capacity, most Services do not have membership lists in the same way that clubs do, because all students are able to access what they provide.

Like clubs, Independent Student Groups are groups that centre around a specific interest or topic, but they are distinct from clubs in that they typically much larger and are legally distinct from and have no oversight from the SSMU.  The majority of these groups are registered independently as non-profit organizations.  While most of these groups have membership lists that students can sign up for, the Independent Student Groups that are funded by student fees list all McGill students who do not opt for our their fee as members.

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 does a club lose their SSMU affiliation status?

Clubs lose their SSMU status after two years of inactivity.  In order to be considered active in any given year, clubs must complete the Student Group Information Form, submit a Fall and Winter audit, and send one representative of their executive team to a Club Workshop, held at the beginning of September and January.  Failure to complete any of these three tasks will lead to a club being considered inactive for the year, and being inactive for two consecutive years will cause a club to lose their SSMU status.  This means that failing to attend a Club Workshop two years in a row can lead to the loss of Club Status.

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.

How to start a club
Applying for Interim Status

The SSMU currently accommodates over 200 active clubs on McGill’s downtown campus with the aim of fostering new connections, student-run initiatives, and life-long friendships!

Are you interested in starting a SSMU club? Fill out and submit this form to apply for Interim Club Status with the SSMU! Be sure to contact the Club Commissioner with any questions or concerns regarding the Interim Club Status application and the benefits of Club Status.

Applying for Full Status

After three academic months have passed since your club was granted Interim Status, you become eligible for Full Status. The application process for Full Status is the final step in starting your club. Like the Interim Status Application, the Full Status Club Application requires the submission of a number of components, reviewed based on a standardized Full Status Club Approval Rubric.

The Full Status Application Form is submitted electronically.  You will be required to provide information about how you fulfilled your mandate during your Interim Status Period, how you have contributed to the SSMU community, and what plans you have to ensure the longevity of your club if you are granted Full Status.  You will also be required to submit information about three events you have hosted and provide a club budget as well as a list of at least 25 members.

The approval of a Full Status Application follows the same procedure as the Interim Status Applications.  After the initial submission to the Club Commissioner via the online form, the application will be taken to the Club Committee for review and then SSMU Council for approval. For clubs who failed to be granted Full Status following the submission of their Full Status Application Form, in the case of extenuating circumstances or the provision of additional information about the application, clubs may submit an appeal through the Full Status Appeal Form.  The Club Committee is under no obligation to consider or grant appeals.

How to start a service

The process for becoming a Service is more work intensive then the process of becoming a club, as Services are expected to provide resources, services, and advocacy to the entire student population as opposed to just their members. For this reason, potential Services are required to demonstrate their financial and institutional sustainability and their benefit to students on a long term basis prior to being granted Service status.

Because these clubs need to demonstrate their viability over the long-term, groups that are interested in becoming Services of the SSMU are required to first be a Full-Status Club.

In order for a group to be considered for becoming a SSMU Service, the first step would be to get in touch with the Vice-President (Student Life) to provide a proposal for why your group should be considered for SSMU Service status. This proposal should include information about the programming and operations of your group, the long-term sustainability of your group, and why SSMU Service Status is the next step for your group. Focus should be placed on an explanation of how the group benefits all undergraduate students.

At the approval of the Vice-President (Student Life), your proposal for Service status will be brought to the Services Review Committee for consideration.

If the Services Review Committee so chooses, they may make a recommendation to SSMU’s Legislative Council to grant a group Service Status.

How can I ensure the longevity of my club?

In order to ensure your club is successful in the long terms, clubs should make an effort to fundraise and spend money responsibly and ensure that institutional memory remains intact with executive turnover each year. Most importantly, clubs should keep records of their events, meeting minutes, and communications with SSMU for future executives and pass on all records from year to year. Club executives should also make an effort to write exit reports at the end of each year to be added to club records. In addition to each club’s own records, SSMU keeps records on each of the 250+ clubs which can be requested by new executives who would like more information about the club. You can also submit exit reports, event information, or anything else to the Club Administrative Officer to be added to your club’s records to ensure all of that information is available to future executives.

What happens if a club loses their SSMU affiliation status?

If a club loses their SSMU affiliation status, they cease to be a SSMU club and lose all privileges associated with being a SSMU club. This means that the club will no longer be included in the SSMU Club Listings, will no longer be able to access the SSMU Club Fund, and will not be able to book rooms in the SSMU building or table at Activities Night for free, among other things.

How do I get ahold of my club constitution?

SSMU keeps a digital and physical copy of the constitution of each club with SSMU status in our club records, which can be requested by any member of the SSMU at any time.  To request a copy of the constitution of any club, contact the Club Administrative Officer at with the request.