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A Word of Welcome
Dear McGill Parent,

It gives me great pleasure to welcome you and your child to the McGill University community. While campus will be
abuzz with the usual excitement and energy of a new academic year, you join McGill at a pivotal moment in time:
the University will be celebrating its bicentennial in 2020–21, and plans to mark this anniversary milestone are in
full swing!

Please know that as your child transitions to university life, the McGill Alumni Association is here to offer you
information and support, as well as opportunities to become involved with McGill and other parents, throughout
your child’s studies.

In this handbook, you will find answers to parents’ frequently asked questions and a handy reference guide to
locate McGill departments offering services to students. We also provide you with information on engaging with the
McGill community through academic, networking or sporting events, connections with other parents through the
global network of regional alumni branches or participation in parent-centred social media offerings.

As our new students begin their lifelong bond with McGill, our hope is that as a parent, you, too, will come to develop
a connection with McGill and a desire to contribute to its continued academic strengths and vitality.

I welcome you again most warmly as a new member of the University community, and wish you and your child
great success at McGill.


Gabrielle Korn
Executive Director, McGill Alumni Association

Table of Contents
Programs and Services for McGill Parents                    Maps
  McGill Alumni Association                            4      Map of Downtown Campus                             17

  Support from McGill Parents                          4      Map of Downtown Residences                         19

  McGill Alumni Association Regional Branches          4      Map of Macdonald Campus                            21

Web Resources for Parents                              5

The McGill Alumni Association and Students

Important McGill Policies
                                                              Using this Handbook
  Rights, Responsibilities and Academic Integrity      6
                                                              The McGill Alumni Association is delighted that
  Alcohol Policy                                       6      you and your child have chosen McGill. A wealth
                                                              of opportunities exists for both you and your
  Paying Tuition and Fees                              7
                                                              student to become active participants in the
  Policy on Email Communication with Students          7      University’s rich and diverse community. The
                                                              McGill Alumni Association is your gateway to
  Release of Student Information                       7
                                                              McGill. We are here to help you become familiar
  Helping Students in Case of Emergency                7      with the many resources available to parents
                                                              and students. Tools like the Parents Handbook
Campus Safety                                                 are intended to provide you with the information
  McGill Security Services                             8      you need to assist your student through this
                                                              important academic journey.
  Services and Programs Offered by Security Services   8
                                                              In the Handbook, you will find an overview of
McGill Contact Information                             9      programs offered to McGill parents, relevant
                                                              University policies, services available to you
Other Useful Contact Information                       11
                                                              and your student, and campus maps.
Frequently Asked Questions
                                                              If you have additional questions which are not
  Administrative Matters                               12     addressed here, please contact the McGill
                                                               Alumni Association by calling 514-398-5000
  Financial Matters                                    12
                                                              or 1-800-567-5175 (toll-free in North America),
  Getting Settled                                      13     or by emailing
  Health and Dental Insurance                          13

  For Parents of International Students                14

  Emergency Matters                                    15

Programs and Services for McGill Parents                    ■ Support from McGill Parents

At McGill, parents are a vital part of the University       McGill Parents are instrumental in providing support for
community. We hope you will consider becoming               many aspects of student life, including McGill Libraries
involved in some of the activities we offer, whether at     and student advising and mentoring services.
McGill or in your own region, as this can be rewarding
                                                            With the McGill Libraries playing such a central role in
both for you and the University.
                                                            student life and learning, it is hardly surprising that McGill
■ McGill Alumni Association                                 parents would feel a sense of kinship and responsibility.
                                                            Advising and mentoring also play a pivotal role in
The McGill Alumni Association offers families of McGill     students’ educational experience, ensuring that they
students an additional way to participate in the life of    are able to make the most of their time at McGill and
the University. The McGill Alumni Association aims to:      achieve their goals, wherever their lives and careers
◆ Provide advice to parents on McGill matters              might take them. For more information or to give
                                                            online, visit
◆ Establish a closer relationship between the
   University and McGill parents who are not                ■ McGill Alumni Association Regional Branches
   themselves McGill graduates
                                                            The mandate of the McGill Alumni Association is to
◆ Offer information about McGill and the services          foster long-term relationships with graduates and
   it provides to students                                  friends for their shared benefit and for the support and
◆ Encourage parents to support the University              development of McGill. Over the course of its 160-year
   financially through the McGill Fund.                     history, the Alumni Association has established a
                                                            worldwide network of branches. Parents are welcome
Parents, guardians and grandparents of students
                                                            to attend regional branch activities which include lectures,
registered in full-time courses can become members
                                                            receptions, tours, concerts, picnics and sporting events.
of the McGill community – all you have to do is register!
                                                            If you are interested, you can also volunteer to be part
You can do so by completing the form on the Parents
                                                            of a local organizing committee.
website at Any
information you provide remains strictly confidential.

Web Resources for Parents                                    ■ Summer Send-Offs

■ McGill Alumni Website                                     These special receptions are held in several cities and                        towns around the world. Their purpose is to welcome
                                                             new students to McGill before they leave home and
The McGill Alumni website is where you will find             provide them an opportunity to meet other incoming
information for McGill parents. It is designed to help       students. Parents are also invited to attend as they can
you understand and navigate the many McGill programs         benefit from the occasion to ask their own questions
and services offered to your student and to you as a         about McGill. Parents of returning students may also
parent. It is also a place where we address common           participate and contribute their first-hand experience
questions and concerns that may arise on a variety of        for the benefit of new parents. They join recent
topics, from the time your son or daughter applies to        graduates and current students who are on hand to
McGill until they graduate.                                  answer questions about their McGill experience, living
■ Facebook – McGill International Parents Community          in residence, managing academic course loads, getting
                                                             involved in extracurricular activities and enjoying Montreal.
Visit Facebook and look for McGill International Parents
Community, a group set up specifically for parents of        If you’re interested in volunteering at next year’s
McGill students. On this popular social networking site      Summer Send-Offs, please email us at
you can connect with a network of other parents, ask
questions and share your stories and advice.                 ■ Student Sponsorship Program

The McGill Alumni Association and Students                   The McGill Alumni Association and University
                                                             Advancement are proud to offer sponsorship funds
The McGill Alumni Association considers students             to McGill student groups for special projects of a cultural,
and their families to be an important part of the            athletic or educational nature. Sponsorships range from
constituencies it serves. The MAA is therefore pleased       $250 to $750 and are given to student groups for projects
to offer a wide array of programs and events for new         which enhance the richness of the McGill student
and returning students, including:                           experience and bring recognition to the University.
◆ Summer Send-Offs                                           For more information on the Student Sponsorship
◆ Student Sponsorship Program                                program, please visit
◆ Career Services
                                                             ■ Career Services
◆ Life After Your Degree (LifeAYD)
                                                                ■ Career Planning Service (CaPS):
◆ Seeds of Change                                                  The McGill Career Planning Service (CaPS) assists
To learn more about these programs and activities,                students in their career development and search
please visit                 for permanent, part-time and summer jobs, as
                                                                  well as internships, by providing workshops,
Some programs for students are greatly improved by                individual advising, a comprehensive job posting
parent participation. Here is a brief description of those        service, and an extensive Career Resource Centre.
you might like to get involved in as a parent:                    Visit CaPS at

     cGillConnect: Meet McGill alumni and                Important McGill Policies
    students on
                                                          In Quebec, an 18-year-old is considered to be an adult. is McGill University’s exclusive      Parents are sometimes surprised to learn of the restrictions
   hub where alumni, students, faculty and staff          on their access to information about their student. Below
   can connect online, over coffee, individually or       you will find some official University policies that may
   as a group.                                            be of particular interest to parents. Please review the
                                                          policies, and do not hesitate to contact the relevant
		    Use McGillConnect to:
                                                          department should you have questions or concerns.
      ◆  Connect with professionals who graduated
                                                          ■ Rights, Responsibilities and Academic Integrity
          from McGill
                                                          Being a McGill student comes with rights and
      ◆  Access opportunities like networking events,
                                                          responsibilities. To avoid mistakes that will result in
          drop-in career advising sessions, and more
                                                          disciplinary measures and to ensure fairness and
      ◆  Find fellow students and recent graduates to   respect in all their dealings with faculty, staff and fellow
          chat with about their experiences               students, it is essential for students to have a good
                                                          understanding of their responsibilities and to know
		Start building a network to support you on campus,
                                                          their personal and academic rights. McGill issues
   as you pursue your studies and build your career.
                                                          two important publications: the Handbook on Student
                                                          Rights and Responsibilities, also known as the “Green
■ Life After Your Degree (LifeAYD)                        Book”; and Fair Play, which presents real-life scenarios
                                                          to clarify what is considered honest work as opposed
LifeAYD is an annual event series hosted in               to plagiarism. The Student Rights and Responsibilities
partnership with the Students’ Society of McGill          website also makes a number of tools available to
University, the Campus Life & Engagement Office           students to help them avoid committing an offence.
and the University Advancement Office.                    Visit
Held all year round, LifeAYD activities are designed to   ■ Alcohol Policy
assist graduating students with their transition into a
post-McGill world by providing life-skills workshops,     The legal drinking age in Quebec is 18. The objective
topical lectures and networking opportunities with        of the McGill Alcoholic Beverages Policy is to ensure
alumni. For more information on LifeAYD and other         the responsible and safe use of alcohol on campus.
services, please visit                In particular, this policy ensures alcohol servers
                                                          and event sponsors respect University policies
                                                          and provincial laws and makes them responsible
                                                          for the actions of those they serve. For details, visit

                                                          Parents should encourage students to take charge of
                                                          their well-being in a responsible manner. Information
                                                          for students regarding alcohol consumption and
                                                          factors that influence intoxication can be found at
■ Paying Tuition and Fees                                       legislation does not permit any information about a
                                                                student to be released to any third party, including a
Through Minerva, the University’s self-service, web-based
                                                                member of a student’s family, without the student’s
administrative system, students may view all charges
                                                                prior written consent.
to their account including tuition, fees, health insurance,
housing fees, meal plan and other miscellaneous                 ■ Helping Students in Case of Emergency
charges. McGill provides a convenient e-bill on Minerva.
                                                                In case of an emergency or a crisis involving individual
Students will receive a notification at their McGill email
                                                                McGill students on campus or anywhere in the world,
address at the beginning of each month, prompting
                                                                the Office of the Dean of Students is the main contact
them to view their e-bill in Minerva. Payment deadlines
                                                                point for families. The Dean of Students works closely
are provided on the Student Accounts home page.
                                                                with Student Services and McGill Security Services
Convenient ways to pay bills are by Internet/telephone          to ensure student safety and well-being on both the
banking, pre-authorized debit (or e-cheque) from a              downtown and Macdonald campuses.
Canadian or US bank account or through Western Union
                                                                The role of the Office of the Dean of Students in such
GlobalPay for international students. As a last resort,
                                                                cases is to gather information, act as a liaison with
cheques in Canadian or US dollars can be sent by mail.
                                                                relevant services and departments concerning the
Please note that payment by credit card is not possible.
                                                                student or students, and disseminate information
For more information, visit the Student Accounts website,       to the appropriate individuals. To learn more about, or call 514-398-7878.               how to help students in case of an emergency,
Students may give Minerva access privileges to a                please visit the Dean of Students website at
parent or other guest user. These privileges include  
viewing e-bills, account summaries and tax receipts,
                                                                In the event of sexual or gender-based violence, the
as well as arranging e-payments.
                                                                Office for Sexual Violence, Response, Support and
■ Policy on Email Communication with Students                   Education provides confidential and non-judgmental
                                                                support to impacted students. To learn more about the
Email is one of the official means of communication
                                                                services and resources offered by the Office of Sexual
between McGill University and its students. As with all
                                                                Violence, Response, Support and Education, please visit
official University communications, it is the student’s
                                                                the website at
responsibility to ensure that time-critical email is
accessed, read and acted upon in a timely fashion. If a         Parents with serious concerns about their student
student chooses to forward University email to another          can contact the Office of the Dean of Students at
mailbox, it is up to the student to ensure that the             514-398-4990 from Monday to Friday, 9 am to 5 pm,
alternate account is viable. Read the full policy at            or Security Services at 514-398-3000 (Downtown                 campus) or 514-398-7777 (Mac Campus) outside
                                                                office hours.
■ Release of Student Information

McGill cannot release information regarding a student’s
application, file or academic standing to anyone other
than the student, even if the student is a minor or if his or
her parents are paying the tuition fees. Quebec privacy

Campus Safety                                                 ■ Services and Programs Offered by Security Services

Montreal is a safe city. Nevertheless, students must          Emergency Telephones
always take precautions to protect themselves and
                                                              Each campus also has a network of yellow emergency
their property. With this in mind, McGill offers a range of
                                                              telephones located in strategic areas. These telephones,
security services that will help students enjoy a safe and
                                                              easily recognizable at night by a blue light to mark their
secure university experience, both on and off campus.
                                                              locations, connect students to the Security Operations
Parents can make the University’s efforts more                Centre with the push of a button.
effective by encouraging students to participate in
                                                              All public payphones on campus can be used to reach
crime prevention and personal safety programs, write
                                                              Security Services at no charge by dialing 514-398-3000.
contact information on their property, use available
                                                              They are also connected to the 911 system at no
security equipment and promptly report suspicious
                                                              charge. If you call 911, please place a follow-up call to
people, vehicles or activities to Security Services.
                                                              Security Services.
■ McGill Security Services
Downtown Campus                                               514-398-2498 (free from any campus payphone)
                                                              McGill Walksafe provides a safe alternative to walking
514-398-3000 (emergencies)
                                                              or taking public transportation alone at night. Walksafe
514-398-4556 (general information and other
                                                              patrol teams will accompany students to any location on
security services)
                                                              the island of Montreal. During the school year, Walksafe
Macdonald Campus                                              operates Sunday through Thursday from 9 pm to                                        12 am, and Friday and Saturday from 9 pm to 3 am.
514-398-7777 (emergencies)                                    To request a Walksafe escort, students can call the
514-398-7770 (general information)                            number above or stop a Walksafe patrol team on the
                                                              street. Patrol teams are easily identifiable by their
McGill University Security Services provides services         red McGill Walksafe jackets, and are equipped with
and expertise to ensure the safety and security of the        two-way radios for communication with the dispatcher.
University community. Uniformed personnel patrol the
campus, control building access, transport students with      Security Services maintains a close working
disabilities and respond to incidents and emergencies.        relationship with the McGill Walksafe executive.
Each campus has a Security Operations Centre that             When Walksafe is not available, Security Services
functions 24/7 and responds to the emergency number           agents will provide the service within certain limits.
at all hours.
                                                              Night Route Map

                                                              A night route map is made available to encourage
                                                              students who walk alone to take the brightest and most
                                                              frequented routes. Emergency and public telephones
                                                              are also identified on this map. View the map at
S.T.O.P. Program                                              McGill Contact Information
McGill Security Services has teamed up with hardware          McGill University General Information
protection specialists Security Tracking of Office Property   514-398-4455
(S.T.O.P.) to ensure that students’ belongings aren’t
targeted for theft. The S.T.O.P. system works by attaching
a special security plate to a student’s property, such as     Macdonald Campus General Information
a laptop. Each plate carries a barcode that is registered     514-398-7773
with both McGill Security and S.T.O.P., and comes with
a warning label letting would-be thieves know that            McGill Security
ownership of the laptop is permanently registered,            514-398-3000 (emergency)
thus rendering resale (the prime reason for laptop            514-398-4556 (general information)
theft) very difficult.                              
If a laptop is lost or stolen, the barcode and 24-hour        Macdonald Campus Security
hotline listed on the plate allow anyone who finds it to      514-398-7777 (emergency)
contact S.T.O.P. and ensure that the laptop is returned       514-398-7770 (general information)
to its owner. Laptop registration is offered at the 
Parents Tent and around campus during Orientation.
Learn more about the S.T.O.P. program at

To view other safety tips and information made                Athletics and Recreation
available by McGill Security Services, please visit           514-398-7000            
                                                              Athletics and Recreation – Macdonald Campus

                                                              Dental Clinic


                                                              Enrolment Services

Le James – McGill Bookstore                   Student Accounts
514-398-5063                                  514-398-7878                   
Macdonald Campus Bookstore                    Student Affairs Office – Macdonald Campus
514-398-8300                                  514-398-7925            
McGill Alumni Association                     Walksafe
514-398-5000                                  514-398-2498
1-800-567-5175 (toll-free in North America)
                                              Welcome Centre
McGill Food and Dining Services               Downtown Campus: 514-398-6555
514-398-6368                                  Macdonald Campus: 514-398-7773              
McGill Parents
514-398-5000, 1-800-567-5175 (toll-free)                      Student Services
Off-Campus Housing
514-398-6368          Campus Life & Engagement
Office of the Dean of Students
514-398-4990                      Career Planning Services
Registration, Student Records and Exams
514-398-7878                    First Peoples’ House
Residences and Student Housing
514-398-6368                    First Year Office
Residences and Student Housing –
Macdonald Campus
514-398-7716                                  International Student Services          514-398-4349
Service Point
Office for Students with Disabilities    Other Useful Contact Information
514-398-6009                            City of Montreal
                                         3-1-1 (from anywhere in the Montreal region)
Office of Religious and Spiritual Life   514-872-0311 (from outside Montreal)
                                         Montreal’s Public Transit System (STM)
Scholarships and Student Aid Office      514-STM-INFO (514-786-4636)
Student Wellness Hub                     8-1-1
Downtown: 514-398-6017                   514-521-2100
Macdonald: 514-398-7992                  (from anywhere within the province of Quebec)         
                                         Info-Santé is the Quebec health hotline for non-
Tutorial Service
                                         emergencies. Anyone concerned about their health
                                         can call 8-1-1 from anywhere in Quebec. A nurse will
                                         answer the call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Student Services – Macdonald Campus
                                         Tourisme Montreal
                                         514-844-5400 (Montreal Area)
                                         1-877-266-5687 (Toll free, from Canada and U.S.A.)

                                         1-877-820-2453 (Toll free)
                                         Bixi is Montreal’s public bike system, accessible across
                                         the city 24 hours a day from April to November.

                                         Taxi companies by region

                                           Diamond 514-273-6331; Co-op 514-725-9885;
                                           Atlas 514-485-8585

                                         East End
                                         	Co-op de l’Est 514-352-6000; Champlain 514-271-1111;
                                           Hochelaga-Beaubien 514-256-9033

                                         West End
                                           Co-op de l’Ouest 514-636-6666; Taxi Lachine 514-637-7011

Frequently Asked Questions                                  For news and announcements about Student Services’
                                                            events, programs, and resources, students should visit
Administrative Matters                             to subscribe to
■ Is there support for francophone students?               newsletters and follow social media accounts that are
                                                            of interest to them.
Campus Life and Engagement (CL&E) offers special
assistance for francophone students who will be studying    ■ Can I access my student’s record?
in an English milieu for the first time.                    McGill will not release information regarding a student’s
Campus Life & Engagement                                    record or their academic standing to anyone other than
1010 Sherbrooke Street West, Suite 203                      the student, even if that student is a minor.
(2nd floor, entrance off Metcalfe Street)                   Financial Matters | 514-398-6913 |
                                                            ■ How much will tuition be? How should fees
■ As a new McGill parent, where can I get general             be paid?
   information about Student Services?
                                                            The Student Accounts Office is your source for information
As a new parent, there are many options available           about all matters relating to financial records. Visit
to you. You can call, email or visit the Brown Student to learn about different
Services Building to chat with someone at one of the        methods of payment, McGill’s fee schedule and other
help-desk kiosks. For a general overview of the types       relevant information. Please note that electronic billing
of support offered through Student Services, visit          is the official means of delivering fee statements to all For quick tips          McGill students: no paper bill will be issued. For payment
on helping your student get settled at McGill, visit        methods accepted by the University, please visit                
■ Where can I find an academic calendar with               Payment via credit card is not accepted.
   important dates for my student?                          For information about charges that may appear on
McGill offers programs of study in some 300 disciplines     your student’s account statement, visit
through its 21 faculties and schools, and important dates
and deadlines may vary from one program to another.         or contact the Student Accounts Office at 514-398-7878.
The Important Dates portal at      ■ I will be paying my student’s tuition fees.
has been implemented to help you find the dates and            Can I gain access to his/her financial records?
deadlines you are looking for by category, by faculty
or school, or by keyword; key academic dates and legal      Only students have access to the information contained
holidays are also found there on a single page. View        in their online McGill account, such as fee and/or student
payment deadlines pertaining to student accounts at         loan information. Students may choose, however, to                         give another party access to this information. They
                                                            can do so by completing the Consent for Release of
■ How will my student receive important information         Student Accounts Information Form, available on the
  about services?                                           Student Accounts website at
Important updates and/or changes to services will be        parents-and-sponsors/guest-access.
emailed directly to your student’s McGill email address.
■ How can I find information about financial aid               Health and Dental Insurance
   for my student?
                                                                ■ Will my student’s health insurance card from
The Scholarships and Student Aid Office aims to provide            another Canadian province be accepted in Quebec?
students with the financial resources necessary to help
cover the cost of their McGill education. To find information   Your student’s provincial health insurance card is
about government student aid programs, McGill loans             accepted at the on-campus clinic at Student Health
and bursaries, undergraduate scholarship funding, debt          Services and all hospitals. Students visiting a medical
management, budget counselling and the Work Study               clinic other than Student Health Services may have
program, please visit                     to pay a fee and then apply for a refund to the health
                                                                insurance plan of their province of origin. Note that
Getting Settled                                                 students must contact their provincial health agency
                                                                (by phone or in writing) to inform them that they will
■ Where can my student purchase textbooks?
                                                                be studying outside of the province or their health
Professors will announce the required texts for their           coverage may be cancelled.
courses on the first day of classes. Students can find
                                                                ■ Is my student eligible for the Quebec provincial
course material at the Le James Bookstore,
                                                                   health insurance plan (RAMQ)?
or at Paragraphe Books conveniently located near the
downtown campus at 2220 McGill College Avenue.                  Students who have Canadian citizenship but no provincial
                                                                health insurance are usually not eligible for RAMQ. There
If your student would like to buy second-hand books,
                                                                are, however, some exceptions to this rule. For further
he or she should first speak with the professor to
                                                                information about RAMQ eligibility, please visit
confirm that a previous edition of the required textbook
is acceptable for course use. Le James offers hundreds
                                                                or call 514-864-3411 or 1-800-561-9749.
of used titles of current course materials. Students
can also find used textbooks by consulting SSMU’s               ■ Why should I pay for insurance offered by the
Marketplace at, or at                   Students’ Society of McGill University (SSMU)
The Word, located at 469 Milton Street.                            if my student is covered by my insurance plan?
For students at Macdonald Campus, the Bookstore is in           If your student is Canadian and covered by another
the Centennial Centre and is run by the Macdonald Campus        private plan, he or she can combine the SSMU Health
Students’ Society. The Mac Bookstore carries textbooks          and Dental plan with their existing plan to maximize
for Macdonald Campus courses and other supplies.                overall coverage. By doing so, it may be possible for
                                                                your student to claim deductibles or co-payments that
■ How can my student find off-campus housing
                                                                they would otherwise have to pay. The fees associated
   after the first year?
                                                                with the plan are billed directly to the student’s McGill
Whether your student is looking for housing downtown            fee statement.
or around Macdonald Campus, the Off-Campus Housing
                                                                Canadian students from outside the province of Quebec
office has helpful resources, including housing lists,
                                                                should check with their own provincial Medicare office
available to McGill students. For more information, call
                                                                to ensure the validity of their health coverage while
514-398-6368 or visit
                                                                studying at McGill in order to benefit from the student
offcampus. Your student can also consult the SSMU’s
                                                                health insurance plan.
Marketplace at
This does not apply to international students. See the         applying for and renewing immigration documents (e.g.
following section addressing insurance for international       Certificate of Acceptance to study in Quebec and study
students.                                                      permit), administers international student health
                                                               insurance and provides transition programming.
■ Can my student be exempted from the SSMU
   Health and Dental plan?                                     The office, located in the Brown Student Services
                                                               Building at 3600 McTavish Street, is open Monday to
Canadian and Quebec students can opt out of the
                                                               Friday from 9 am to 5 pm and can be reached by email
student health insurance plan by cancelling their
                                                               at, or by phone at
coverage if they meet the exemption criteria. (This
does not apply to international students. See the next
section.) Students may opt out of this plan during the         Information about International Student Services is
Change-of-Coverage Period at the beginning of the              available at
fall semester by visiting Students
                                                               ■ Is McGill health insurance mandatory for
also have the option to opt out for the duration of their
                                                                  international students?
undergraduate studies at McGill. Opt-out dates will
be published in the McGill campus newspapers and               By McGill Senate regulation, ALL students who do not
online, notably on the SSMU website.                           have Canadian citizenship or permanent resident status
                                                               must participate in the Compulsory International Health
■ What does the SSMU Health and Dental Plan cover?
                                                               Insurance Plan administered by the University and In-
The student health insurance plan (SSMU Health and             ternational Student Services. This policy also applies to
Dental Plan) provides coverage for many important              students who may be exempt from international fees.
services not covered by provincial health care. For            Therefore, students without valid Canadian Medicare
details on what health services are covered by this plan,      must be covered by this plan offered by Blue Cross.
refer to the information available at          In general, the policy provides coverage similar to that
Dental care is offered through the SSMU Health and             of Quebec Medicare.
Dental Plan to both Canadian and international students.
                                                               International students with questions should visit
For Parents of International Students                 or contact
                                                               International Student Services at 514-398-4349.
■ Does McGill have special services for
   international students?                                     ■ Are there any exceptions to the mandatory
                                                                  health insurance?
International Student Services (ISS) helps students
prepare for their arrival and transition to McGill, Montreal   Students who meet certain criteria may be eligible for an
and Canada. For instance, ISS assists students with            exemption. To be exempt, students must have valid doc-
                                                               umentation proving eligibility under one of the categories
                                                               listed at

                                                               For any question regarding eligibility for exemption,
                                                               please contact International Student Services at
                                                      or 514-398-4349.

  re international students covered by                        or by telephone at 514-398-4349. We recommend that
 a dental plan?                                                students meet with an Immigration Advisor at ISS if they
                                                               have any questions about renewing their immigration
Yes, international students are automatically covered by
the SSMU Dental Plan. Students wishing to opt out of the
dental plan may do so at                       ■ How can my student meet other international
  an international students work while studying
 at McGill?                                                    ◆ The International Buddy Program pairs new inter-
                                                                 national students with returning student volunteers.
International students can work on and off campus if
                                                                 To learn about the buddy program, visit
they are continuously enrolled full-time at the University,
are completing a degree and have a valid study permit.
When the student meets the above criteria, they are            ◆ The McGill International Students Network (MISN)
eligible to work an unlimited number of hours on                 helps international students feel at home in Montreal
campus. Students can also work up to 20 hours per                and at McGill. MISN hosts events for students through-
week off campus during regular full-time academic                out the year. Participating in these events will help your
sessions, and full-time during scheduled university              student meet other students from their own country
breaks (if applicable). We recommend that students               and around the world. To learn more about the MISN,
consult the ISS website prior to engaging in any work:           visit the Facebook group at
                                                               Emergency Matters
  ill my student’s immigration documents need
                                                               ■ Who can I call if I need to contact my student in
 to be renewed?
                                                                  case of an emergency?
Maybe. Expiry dates of CAQs and study permits can vary.
                                                               In exceptional circumstances, parents can contact the
These are often valid for the duration of your student’s
                                                               Office of the Dean of Students at 514-398-4990. Staff
program of study, but may expire earlier if the student’s
                                                               members are available to answer your call weekdays
passport expires prior to the end of their program, or if
                                                               from 9 am to 5 pm. Outside of regular business hours,
they take longer than expected to complete their program.
                                                               you can reach McGill Security Services at 514-398-3000
Students must maintain valid immigration documents for
                                                               or 514-398-7777 (Mac Campus).
the entire duration of their program of study while they are
in Canada. It is important to verify the details specific to   ■ Where can my student see a doctor?
your student’s CAQ and study permit to determine when
they should be renewed. If your student’s CAQ and/or           Your student can be seen by a health professional
study permit will expire before they complete their            on campus at the McGill Student Wellness Hub in the
studies, your student must take the necessary steps to         Brown Student Services Building. At the Hub, your student
renew them. Students should start the renewal process          can receive same-day appointments with a doctor,
at least three to four months prior to the expiry date.        nurse or mental health professional, Monday to Friday
                                                               from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Same-day appointments are
For further information about renewing immigration             intended for urgent cases, such as injuries or illnesses.
documents, see                For non-urgent cases, students can make an appointment
immigration-documents or contact International Student         by calling 514-398-6017. For more information, please
Services by email at          visit
Students at the Macdonald campus can make an
appointment or drop in to see a doctor at Centennial

Centre. For more details, please visit
                                                                                          SEPTEMBER 28
hub/access-care/macdonald-campus-care.                           PARENTS
During after-hours, or if there are no appointments
available when your student needs one, we suggest
visiting other nearby clinics off campus. For a list of
recommendations for off-campus care, please visit
■ Who should my student contact in case of an
   emergency?                                                              CELEBRATION WEEKEND
Students in an emergency or crisis situation should          A PERFECT EXCUSE TO VISIT YOUR STUDENT IN MONTREAL!
contact the appropriate community resource.                  Join us at a special Homecoming Celebration Weekend for our signature
                                                             events and a variety of special activities on campus and around Montreal.
For serious emergencies or injuries, students should
call 9-1-1.
                                                                                         DR. JANE GOODALL, PhD, DBE
For on-campus emergencies, McGill Security should                                        Founder of the Jane Goodall Institute
                                                                                         and UN Messenger of Peace
also be notified at 514-398-3000 or 514-398-7777
for Macdonald Campus Security.                                                           SEPT. 26 | Beatty Memorial Lecture

There are two police stations located near the
downtown McGill campus:                                                                  MARY WALSH, DLitt’08
                                                                                         Actor, writer, producer,
                                                                                         TV host, and director
  Station 38                   Station 20
                                                                                         SEPT. 27 | Leacock Luncheon,
  1033 Rachel East             1432 Ste. Catherine W.                                    50th Anniversary Edition
  514-280-0138                 514-280-0120

The police station closest to Macdonald Campus,                                          KAI KIGHT
                                                                                         Graduate of Stanford’s,
Station 1, located at 2883 Saint Charles Boulevard,                                      international keynote speaker,
is open daily from 9 am to 7 pm and can be reached                                       violinist and composer
at 514-280-0101.                                                                         SEPT. 27 | McGill Young Alumni Cocktail

For a list of local help hotlines, most of them
available around the clock, please visit                                  OTHER SPECIAL EVENTS INCLUDE:                           Family Tailgate and Homecoming Football Game, Faculty events,
                                                              Macdonald Campus events, an historic announcement... and more!

                                                                            For complete information about events,
                                                                             registration and travel discounts, visit:

Map of Downtown Campus                                               23 Strathcona and Elizabeth Wirth Music Buildings – Schulich School of Music
                                                                     24 Frank Dawson Adams Building
                                                                     25 McConnell Engineering Building
1    McIntyre Medical Sciences Building
                                                                     26 University Hall Residence and
2    Francesco Bellini Life Sciences and Cancer Research Buildings
                                                                        Presbyterian College and Residence (Pres Rez)
3    Stewart Biological Sciences Building
                                                                     27 James Administration Building – Administrative units
4    Chancellor Day Hall – Faculty of Law
                                                                     28 Wilson Hall – Schools of Nursing and Social Work
5    Gelber Law Library
                                                                     29 Wong Building
6    Education Building
                                                                     30 Rutherford Physics Building
7    Brown Student Services Building
                                                                     31 Genome Building Building
8    University Centre – Students’ Society of McGill University
                                                                     32 Trottier Building
9a   Le James Bookstore (books, academic needs)
                                                                     33 Strathcona Anatomy and Dentistry Building – Faculty of Dentistry
9b   Le James (lifestyle, clothing, accessories)
                                                                     34 Duff Medical Building – Biomedical Engineering
10   Bronfman Building – Desautels Faculty of Management
                                                                     35 McGill Sports Complex – Athletics and Recreation
11   Service Point and McLennan Library
                                                                     36 McConnell Winter Stadium
12   Redpath Library
                                                                     37 Douglas Hall
13   Redpath Hall
                                                                     38 1010 Sherbrooke Street West
14   Redpath Museum
15   Arts and Leacock Buildings
                                                                     Bishop Mountain Hall Residences
16   Macdonald Engineering Building
                                                                     39a Bishop Mountain Dining Hall and offices
17   Macdonald-Harrington Building –
                                                                     39b Gardner Hall
     Schools of Architecture and Urban Planning
                                                                     39c Molson Hall
18   Burnside Hall
                                                                     39d McConnell Hall
19   Otto Maass Chemistry Building
20   McCord Museum
                                                                     40 Carrefour Sherbrooke Residence
21   School of Continuing Studies
                                                                     41 La Citadelle Residence
22   Royal Victoria College Residence

                                                    N       « Nord de la grille. »

                                                             À Montréal, les
                                                             directions sont
                                                             données en fonction                                                        39a                 36
                                                             du nord de la grille.                                                                  39d
                                                             Ainsi, la rue Peel est
                                                             considérée comme                                                      36
Magnetic north        “Grid north.”                          étant sur un axe
Nord magnétique
Nord magnétique        In Montreal directions                nord-sud et la rue
                       shorthand, Peel St.                   Sherbrooke, sur un
                       is considered a                       axe est-ouest.                                                              37
                       north-south street;
                       Sherbrooke St.
                       is considered an
                       east-west street.

                       Welcome Centre
                       Welcome   Centre
                       Accueil McGill
                       Accueil McGill
                       Campus Security
                       Services de sécurité
                                   sécurité                                                                                        34                 35
                       Emergency Phone
                       Téléphone d’urgence
                       See page 9.
                       Téléphone d’urgence
                       Voir page 48.


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                       3510  Lionel-Groulx
                          3510  Lionel-Groulx       1430 Peel
                          Résidence                 Association des
                       Solin HallHall
                          Solin                     diplômés de McGill
                                                    McGill Alumni Association

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Undergraduate Residences
1    Bishop Mountain Hall (cafeteria and offices)                          MORE Shared-Facilities Houses
2    Gardner Hall                                                          13 3559 University
3    Molson Hall                                                           14 3601 University
4    McConnell Hall                                                        15 3653 University
5    Douglas Hall                                                          16 505 des Pins
6    New Residence Hall                                                    17 509 des Pins
7    La Citadelle Residence                                                18 510 des Pins
8    Carrefour Sherbrooke Residence                                        19 522 des Pins
9    Royal Victoria College Residence                                      20 3471 Peel
10   University Hall Residence (Dio)
11   Presbyterian College and Residence (Pres Rez)                         Not shown on map
12   Greenbriar and Hutchinson Apartments                                  Solin Hall, 3510 Lionel Groulx
                                                                           Solin Annex, 3585 Delisle

Shopping Guide

 Around the Downtown Campus                                                 Around Solin Hall

 Household items                 1 Dollarama – 3575 Parc (in La Cité)
                                                                            Household items
                                                                                                             Canadian Tire –1500 Atwater
                                                                                                            (in Place Alexis Nihon)
                                 2 The Bay – 585 Ste-Catherine West
                                                                                                            2 Winners – 1500 Atwater
                                   ollarama – 1500 McGill College                                          (in Place Alexis Nihon)
                                  (in Place Montreal Trust)
                                                                                                            3 Dollarama – 3795 Notre-Dame West
                                 4 Winners – 1500 McGill College
                                                                                                            1 Pharmaprix – 1500 Atwater
                                                                            Drugstores                      (in Place Alexis Nihon)
 Drugstores                      1 Uniprix – 3575 Parc (in La Cité)

                                 2 Pharmaprix – 390 Ste-Catherine West                                      2 Pharmaprix – 2740 Notre-Dame West

                                 3 Jean Coutu – 677 Ste-Catherine West                                     3 Pharmacie Brunet – 151 Atwater
                                  (in Les Ailes de la Mode)
                                                                                                            4 Jean Coutu – 3711 Notre-Dame West
                                 4 Pharmaprix – 1 Place Ville-Marie
                                                                                                            1 IGA – 1500 Atwater
                                 5 Jean Coutu – 305 Sherbrooke W;           Grocery stores                  (in Alexis Nihon Plaza)
                                 980 Ste-Catherine West
                                                                                                            2 Super C – 147 Atwater
 Grocery stores                  1 Metro – 3575 Parc (in La Cité)
                                                                                                            3 Atwater Market – 138 Atwater
                                 2 Marché Lobo – 3509 Parc
                                                                                                            4 IGA – 3964 Notre-Dame West
                                 3 Provigo – 3421 Parc
                                                                                                            5 Marché Adonis – 2173 Ste-Catherine West
                                 4 Provigo – 1275 Avenue des Canadiens
                                 de Montréal #200                                                           6 Supermarché PA – 1420 du Fort

 1 Costco – 300 Bridge (membership required)                              3 Walmart – 6797 Newman

 2 Home Depot – 4625 St-Antoine West                                      4 Ikea – 9191 Cavendish



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Map of Macdonald Campus                  Shopping Guide
1    Glenfinnan Arena
                                         Around Macdonald Campus
2    Casgrain Building
3    Penfield Building
4    John Abbott College Library                             ostco – 5701 Transcanadienne,
5    Herzberg Building
                                         Household items    Pointe-Claire (membership required)
6    Hochelaga Building
                                                            Home Depot – 185 Hymus, Pointe-Claire
7    Anne-Marie Edward Building
8    Stewart Hall                                           Walmart – 17000 Transcanadienne
9    Stewart Hall Residence
10   Dental Clinic                                          Canadian Tire – 16821 Transcanadienne
11   Britain Hall                                            entre RioCan Kirkland –
12   Glenaladale House                                      3000-3330 Jean-Yves, Kirkland
13   Campus Daycare
                                                            Beaconsfield Shopping Centre –
14   Power House
                                                            50 Saint-Charles, Beaconsfield
15   Facilities Management
16   Tadja Hall                                             Galerie des Sources – 3237 Sources,
17   Centennial Centre                                      Dollard-des-Ormeaux
18   Laird Hall                                             Fairview Shopping Centre Pointe Claire –
19   Raymond Building                                       6801 Transcanadienne, Pointe-Claire
20   Macdonald-Stewart Building                             Centre d’achat Le Faubourg de l’Île –
21   Barton Building                                        101 Cardinal-Léger, Pincourt
22   Parasitology Building
23   Avian Science Centre
24   CINE Building                                          Marché Richelieu – 16B Legault
25   Horticultural Services              Grocery stores     (enter from 33 Saint-Pierre),
26   Ecoresidence                                           Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue
27   Harrison House                                         Provigo – 90 Morgan, Baie-d’Urfé
28   Swine Complex
29   Poultry Complex                                        IGA – 110 Don-Quichotte, Île-Perrot
30   Technical Services Building
                                                            Metro – 450 Don-Quichotte, Île-Perrot
31   Canadian Aviation Heritage Centre
32   Farm Centre                                            Maxi – 92 Cardinal-Léger, Pincourt
33   Cattle Complex
34   Nutrition Barn
35   Farm Storage Building
36   Large Animal Research Unit

STM bus stop
       Morgan                                               28             29
       Arboretum                                                                                                                      Security (24 hours)
                                                                                                                                      (514) 398-7777
                                                                                                                                      Laird Hall, room 101 &
                                                                                                                                      Herzberg, room H-136

                                                                                                                                      Campus Energency Phone


                                                                     Macdonald Campus Farm

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