Student Governance

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Student Governance

All students registered in an undergraduate program on the Downtown (McGill) campus are registered members of the accredited Students' Society of McGill University, more commonly known as SSMU. The SSMU is your representative on key issues inside and outside of the campus and will advocate for student priorities to both the McGill administration and government bodies. There are six elected executives of SSMU who represent all 22,000-plus undergrads on the Downtown campus. There is a Legislative Council that meets with representatives from faculty associations and other student groups around campus on a bi-weekly basis. This council of thirty-seven members meets to discuss student issues and how services are being provided to students.

SSMU operates over 250 clubs and runs 19 student services; for more information, see SSMU provides a great deal of extra-curricular opportunities for students to balance a life of study with a life of involvement, and an opportunity to meet other students. The organization also provides event programming like freshman orientation (Orientation Week/Frosh), Activities Night, Faculty Olympics, community engagement opportunities, workshops, and concerts. Each faculty and each department also has organizations dedicated to providing extra-curricular involvement for their students.

Situated on the Downtown campus, SSMU operates a five-floor building including a student lounge, cafeteria, campus bar, and many multipurpose spaces namely for use by student groups, but also for McGill community members.

SSMU offices are located at 3600 McTavish Street, Suite 1200 and operate between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. during the year.

For more information regarding student government at McGill you can contact the Executives below, or visit the website at

  • President: president [at]
  • Vice President (External Affairs): external [at]
  • Vice President (Clubs and Services): cs [at]
  • Vice President (Internal Affairs): internal [at]
  • Vice President (Finance and Operations): operations [at]
  • Vice President (University Affairs): ua [at]

Welcome to McGill and we look forward to representing your interests.

Programs, Courses and University Regulations—2016-2017 (last updated Jan. 24, 2017) (disclaimer)
Programs, Courses and University Regulations—2016-2017 (last updated Jan. 24, 2017) (disclaimer)