Both SSMU and McGill provide services to students. These services provide support, referrals, and resources to countless students. Below you will find the list of SSMU services.
Black Students’ Network
Every year the Black Student’s Network does its best to bring the best of events to the extended McGill community, for entertainment, education and networking.
Throughout the year the BSN hosts our well-known Soulfood Fridays, Coffee-Hour Fridays, Movie Nights, Discussions, and, of course, parties. But we also have some of our larger annual events which include Children’s Day, a charitable event designed to inspire and educate local youth, our Date Auction a Valentine’s-themed fundraiser, and our new Retreats for those of you who need a getaway with good food, friends and workshops.
McGill First Aid Service
The McGill Student Emergency Response Team (M-SERT) is a student-run volunteer service, supported by the Students’ Society of McGill University, whose members provide emergency first aid services to the McGill University and Montreal communities. Our membership includes over 50 amazing volunteers certified at the Canadian Red Cross Emergency First Responder level.
M-SERT provides first aid coverage of the downtown McGill University Residences every night from 6pm – 6am. Two teams of responders collectively provide coverage of all Upper and Lower Residences; the two teams are stationed in Molson Hall Room 100 (Upper Residence) and RVC Room W112 (Lower Residence). M-SERT also provides first aid coverage of Intramural Hockey, Gerts Bar, Frosh, Carnival, 4Floors, and many other events and locations.
Dispatch M-SERT by calling McGill Security Services at (514) 398-3000. To request coverage at special events, forms may be found online at www.msert.ca.
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.
McGill International Students’ Network
The McGill International Student Network, a service of the Students’ Society of McGill University (SSMU), is devoted to easing the transition of International students into the McGill and Montreal communities. MISN holds many events, organizes trips and provides a number of services such as language classes, to help students meet each other and make their stay at McGill a multicultural experience.
Organic Campus is a student-run SSMU service providing the McGill community with a source of local and organic produce, bread and snacks, along with vegan and gluten-free options. We realize many in our community share our care for the environmental and ethical implications of what we eat: therefore, our selection is sourced directly from the Wassihun family’s True Food Ecostere farm, less than an hour from Montreal. We are passionate about what we do and strive to provide affordable, healthy and environmentally-responsible food to all members of the McGill community. Come by our stand, located on the first floor of the Shatner building on McGill’s downtown campus on Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursdays between 12-5PM to buy fresh, organic, local goods and produce year-round!
The Plate Club
The “Plate Club” is the reusable dishware provider service of the Students’ Society of McGill University. We offer a lunch service to students eating in the SSMU cafeteria to reduce styrofoam usage–in exchange for an identification card as collateral, we rent plates/utensils/cups and wash them for FREE! We also offer an events rentals service for student groups to reduce waste (and costs!) at their events: For a deposit of $20 per bin of dishware (to be returned upon clean return of all rented dishware), students can borrow from our inventory of plates, bowls, wine and cheese plates, wine glasses, beer steins, tumblers, platters, mugs, cutlery, and other assorted dishware.
Come see us at our lunchtime hours 11:30-2:30 Monday-Friday in the Shatner cafeteria, or office hours 4-5pm Monday-Friday in our office (SSMU room 201, near Lev Bukhman).
McGill University’s student run service with an LGBTQA focus! Established to foster a welcoming and safe environment, encourage and aid access to information, and forge friendships and connections within our Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer and Allied communities.
SSMU Bike Collective-The Flat
The Flat is a collective that works to encourage cycling through the sharing of knowledge and tools.
The Flat Bike Collective seeks to…
Make bicycling more accessible by:
– Sharing repair facilities and knowledge
– Offering workshops to persons of all skill levels
– Reducing the costs of bike maintenance
Providing a welcoming environment by:
– Recognizing the existence of power imbalances
– Encouraging dialogue and diversity of opinion
– Confronting discriminatory actions and words
– Making decisions by consensus
Minimize our environmental impact by:
– Recycling and reusing parts
– Promoting cycling as a viable mode of transportation
Promote a greater sense of community by
– Making our resources available to groups on and off campus
– Supporting bike-related projects and events
– Collaborating with other bike organizations
SSMU Volunteer Program
The SSMU Volunteer Service provides students with a means of contacting volunteer organizations and seeking volunteer opportunities both within McGill and the Montreal area.
First Year Council
We are the FYC, your elected representative body under the SSMU! We represent all first year students regardless of residence, faculty, academic term, or age. Our job is to represent first years in the McGill community, to help integrate you into McGill life and to serve as your advocates and guides.
The SSMU Musicians Collective
The SSMU Musicians Collective is a musicians network promoting and facilitating musical opportunities at McGill University and beyond.
Whether you are looking to play with others, form a band/group, teach, learn or perform, we are here to help you find the right people and opportunities.
We also act as a referral service for organisers who require musicians for their events.
Walksafe is a student-run service that provides nighttime accompaniment to any citizen of Montreal who feels uncomfortable or unsafe walking alone at night.
SSMU DriveSafe is a service run by the Student Society of McGill University. Our patrols drive students safely home on the Island of Montreal. Our mission is to provide a safe, alternative transportation method for students of McGill University and to promote community awareness. Our patrol runs on Friday and Saturday nights from 11:00 pm to 3:00 am. However, please don’t rely on DriveSafe to get home. We try our best, but it may be a busy night, or we may get a flat tire and not be able to reach you. Though we will try!
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. We are a service aimed at bringing students home safely, not a taxi service for transporting you from place to place!
SSMU DriveSafe is run entirely by student volunteers from McGill University.
For all external inquiries, please email email@example.com.
Elections SSMU is a politically autonomous service provided by the Student Society of McGill University (SSMU). Our mandate is to run accountable elections for members of the SSMU. We are here to ensure that all students have an equal chance to vote, and that all candidates follow electoral procedures that are in place to ensure fair elections.
The Midnight Kitchen serves pay-what you-can vegan lunches on weekdays @ 12:30 pm in the William Shatner University Centre (3600 McTavish Street, Montreal, QC). As part of our social and political programming, we also organize educational events and workshops, support direct action and grassroots organizing, own and operate a radical lending library, and distribute a regular newsletter. We also cook in solidarity for political and community based events that are keeping within our anti-oppression and political mandate.
Broadcasting online and on closed circuit televisions across campus, it is the university’s outlet for student television and film media. Succeeding its role as a movie-making club throughout the ’90s, TVM was officially founded in 2001 as a SSMU media service. The organization has grown impressively over the past decade, acquiring a reputation for in-depth news coverage and innovative, exciting new programming. Winners 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. It regularly publishes stories relevant to the McGill community, whether it is news, arts, series or features. TVM also organizes an annual Fokus Film Festival to promote and showcase student’s films to the student community. Funding was mainly provided by SSMU, but after a student-initiated referendum motion that was successfully passed in March 2010, TVM is now supported directly from its own student funded levy.
TVM is a student run television station and production outlet that aims to become an intricate part of the McGill community. We, at TVM, work hard to provide entertainment and news for the McGill community!
The McGill Savoy Society, a student group of the SSMU (Students’ Society of McGill University) is a non-profit, high-profile student theater group, supported by a large and active patron base, the SSMU, and its audience. We are the cast, creative team, production team, stage crew, and orchestra of the year’s productions, as well as an elected executive to provide direction and manage finances. Elections are held annually, and all positions are strictly volunteer.
We are a social group, and our friendships are formed through the activity of producing one or two high-profile spectacular shows per year. The main stage production is a Gilbert & Sullivan operetta, held before the winter Reading Week. The sideshow is any of a variety of music-based shows; recitals, revues or even concert versions of musicals.
Sexual Assault Centre of McGill Students’ Society (SACOMSS)
The Sexual Assault Centre of the McGill Students’ Society (SACOMSS) is a volunteer-run organization committed to supporting and empowering survivors of sexual assault and their allies through direct support, advocacy, and outreach. We provide a safer, accessible, and non-judgemental space with services open to the public and provided free of charge. For those interested in volunteering with one of our branches (Support Line and Drop-In Centre, Support Groups, Advocacy, Outreach), trainings are offered at the beginning of each semester.
Players’ Theatre is a non-profit theatre group serving both the McGill and Montreal communities. Founded in 1921, Players’ Theatre is Montreal’s oldest English theatre and one of the few remaining English theatre groups in Montreal. As a student service of SSMU (the Students’ Society of McGill University), Players’ Theatre is completely operated by students.
The group produces five regular season plays as well as the annual McGill Drama Festival (MDF), featuring original plays written, acted, and directed by McGill students. Players’ Theatre actively contributes to the arts community at McGill but also seeks to bring affordable theatre entertainment to the Montreal public. Each year, the theatre acts as a springboard for fostering new acting, directing, and writing talent.
Not only is Players’ Theatre dedicated to promoting diversity in terms of its participants, it also engages audiences through its productions dealing with diverse subjects and themes.
Take a look at our website or Facebook page for more information on our upcoming shows and how to get involved this year!
Union for Gender Empowerment (UGE)