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.

Clubs

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.

Services

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 (MSERT) 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 60+ 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.

MSERT currently provides first aid coverage to McGill University Residences every evening from 6:00pm to 6:00am. In addition, MSERT 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. 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.

About Us

Confidential, non-judgmental, and here for you. The PSC is staffed by friendly and well-trained student peer supporters. We provide a welcoming space where you can share your experiences, feel truly listened to, and find ways to resolve the things you are going through.

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 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!
Queer McGill 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. Finally, they offer a welcoming space for all student with office hours from 10-5 on week days and with a range of social and educational events.

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, 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 on the Island of Montreal.

Our service runs on 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 please flag it down and tell them where you want to go.

NEW! This year, we are commencing rides to Macdonald Campus every Fridays. Call before 11pm to reserve your spot!

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 and confidential accompaniment for those who are walking at night. Our nightly patrol service seeks to create a visible culture of safety in the Mcgill community. Our service exists to create a more comfortable and supportive environment for all individuals who want an alternative to walking alone at night. Walksafe is available to any person or group of persons who want to use it. Walks can be requested by phoning the Walksafe office at 514-398-2498. Walksafe operates on a first come, first serve basis. We will go anywhere on the island of Montreal to provide our service and can take the metro, bus, and taxi. Our operating hours are 9pm to 12am on Sunday thru Thursday nights, and 9pm to 3am on Friday and Saturday nights.

Our operating hours are 9pm-12am on Sunday-Thursday and 9pm-3am on Friday-Saturday.

TVM: Student Television at McGill is the University’s outlet for student television and film media with a reputation for in-depth news coverage and innovative, exciting new programming.

At TVM we work to create an environment for McGill’s filmmakers to produce and ingest homegrown student made projects. Our work includes short films, documentaries, hype films for clubs and teams, after-movies for those looking to reminisce about past events, live streaming, and so much more!

Winner of the 2003, 2006 and 2011 Service of the Year Award, as well as the 2005, 2006, 2008 and 2011 Website of the Year Award, TVM has garnered numerous accolades for its work.

TVM regularly publishes videos relevant to the McGill community, focusing on Arts & Culture, Comedy, Drama, Music, News, Campus & City Life, and more. TVM also organizes an annual Fokus Film Festival to promote and showcase student's films to the student community.

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 McGill Arab Student Network has developed to the sole official SSMU service representative of the secular and non-political interpretation of Arab culture. They provide elements from Arab culture, that are of benefit to all students, non-exclusively. Examples include but are not limited to:
  • Cultural, Social & Philanthropic Events
  • Discounts on Local Arab Businesses
  • Internships in the Arab World
  • Job opportunities related to or located in the Arab World
  • Arabic Language Courses
  • Providing Arab-speaking buddies with the International Student Services, Teaching Syrian Refugees English and much more!

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.
If you love the outdoors, then come join the MOC! We run weekly meetings with activities (inside and out), and we organize over 20 trips per semester! We've got camping, cabin weekends, hiking, cycling, whitewater kayaking, canoeing, rock climbing, ice climbing, and skiing of all sorts. We also rent outdoor gear, organize a variety of wilderness first aid courses, and you can stay at our clubhouse in Prévost! All experience levels are welcome, and you don't have to be a student to join. The best way to keep up with our events is to join the listserv through our website!
 
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).  

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.