The SSMU stands for the Students’ Society of McGill University! We, in short, are your student union. Every undergraduate at McGill is a member of the SSMU. We are here to speak out for you, advocate for your interests and provide services. On the local, university level, this means representing you to the McGill administration. We work hard for more fair and transparent academic processes, higher quality instruction, and better services for students. On the broader level, we are also strong advocates for accessible and high quality public education. SSMU has a longstanding history of being involved in the provincial student movement and this is an important platform for bringing your interests to the government through lobbying and advocacy with provincial student federations.
We speak up and organize students for better public funding and against unsustainable tuition fee increases. We also aim to provide you with everything you might need during your time here at McGill that isn’t provided by the University itself. Here are a few highlights of what the SSMU does for you…
- SSMU leases and operates the University Centre and through a wide array of clubs, services and events, establishes this building as the centre of student life on campus
- SSMU supports over 200 clubs; providing them with funding, phone and internet access, office space and conference rooms
- The SSMU fully funds and administers 15 student services
- The SSMU publishes 6,000 copies of its student handbook and oversees the publication of Old McGill, our university yearbook
- The SSMU runs Gerts Bar, The Nest (Student-Run Café), The SSMU Daycare, and Minicourses
- The SSMU throws some of the best parties in Montréal such as 4 Floors, Homecoming, Red&White Week, and SSMU Frosh
- The SSMU actively lobbies the provincial and federal governments to ensure that accessible and high quality education is a priority
- The SSMU represents its students on over 30 University committees to make sure that your voices and concerns are heard
- The SSMU operates a supplementary health and dental insurance plan with ASEQ to make health care more affordable for its members
- The SSMU created reading week at McGill in 1992
- The SSMU allowed for course evaluations to be accessible to students in 1992.
- The SSMU assured that the University would accommodate religious holy days in 1996
- The SSMU created a committee of Senate on Ancillary services in 2005
There is a way to get involved with student life at McGill for every level of commitment, interest and experience. If you’re not sure exactly what you want to do, browse the site or contact someone who does work on something that interests you. And remember, getting involved is easy; whether it is volunteering to staff an event or joining a committee, the road from first year to all degrees of involvement is all about seeking out opportunities and making it happen! Never hesitate to ask questions.