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The team at Campus Life & Engagement (CL&E) is here to help you navigate your first year at McGill University! We’re the one office dedicated to first-year students. You may be familiar with our work already from our summer communications or the University-wide Orientation events. We're here to help you find your bearings, settle in, and connect with the people and services you need.


The FY-5 Campaign is a bi-weekly e-newsletter for first-year students. It's our way of helping you stay "in the know" about things to do, upcoming events, along with fun tips and tricks to help you succeed during the academic year. We specifically curate the content to be most relevant to you. We trust you'll find the content useful, informative, and/or helpful as you progress through your first year at McGill. You’ll be able to find the complete list of FY5s on our website.




September 15: Add/Drop Deadline

Don't miss the deadline to add or drop courses freely from your Fall semester schedule on Tuesday, September 15th at 11:50 pm EST!


September 22: Withdrawal from course with a refund

If a course isn’t working out for you for whatever reason, you have up until Tuesday, September 22nd at 11:50 pm EST to withdraw and still get a refund. You will still be able to withdraw from a course until Tuesday, October 27th at 11:59 pm EST, however you will not receive a refund.




Clubs, Services, and Independent Student Groups

Stay in touch with the clubs, services, and student groups that you met this week at Activities Night! Be sure to browse their websites and social media pages to find out what events and opportunities they have coming up. If you aren’t able to attend Activities Night or if you're still looking for the right extracurricular fit, you can view a comprehensive list of student organizations here.





Financial Aid

Your first year at McGill can be stressful! You may be paying rent for the first time, taking on debt through a student loan, or juggling your studies with your first part-time job. If you’re feeling stressed about money, check out the services offered by Scholarships and Student Aid. These include: financial aid for eligible students, the Cheap Sheet, budgeting tips, and a Work Study Program for on-campus job opportunities for students in need.


Academic Advising

As a McGill student, you have access to a strong network of academic support. You may have a Faculty advisor, departmental/school advisors, peer advisors, and others you can consult for assistance. Wondering which advisor to go to? The Academic Advising website can help point you in the right direction.


It’s best to meet with at least one of your advisors once a year—and there’s no better time than the present! Check out the Advisor Directory to identify and contact your academic advisor.



#ConsentMcGill 2020

The #ConsentMcGill Campaign is back from September 21- October 2 with another great line-up of events! Designed to create a dialogue about and increase the understanding of consent, healthy relationships, and sexual violence prevention and support for survivors, all are welcome to attend.


To learn more about the great line-up of events, follow the OSVRSE on Facebook and Instagram or check out the OSVRSE website.


At-Home Homecoming 2020

From Tuesday, September 22nd to Saturday, September 26th, get ready to experience At-Home Homecoming 2020--from the Beatty Lecture, to a special Town Hall, and 13 masterclasses. Events will be occurring on a first come first serve registration basis, so sign up now!



Your McGill ID

The Student ID that you picked up from Service Point during the first week of class is more than just a piece of identification--it opens up a world of possibility on campus and beyond. It’ll give you access to essential services, athletic facilities, labs, and more.


If you haven’t picked up your Student ID, you can do so by booking an appointment through Service Point.


Your oneCard account

When you activate your taxable oneCard account, access a wide range of services on campus, including dining. Select options are open this semester, so check out the full list of services here.


Academic Services

You can access McGill’s in-person library services with your McGill ID. For now, in-person borrowing services have been suspended, so check their COVID-19 updates for latest developments.


Additionally, on-campus printing via uPrint is available at a limited capacity in residences, libraries, and teaching buildings. Simply scan your ID and follow the instructions on the monitor.


Student Discounts

Showing your McGill ID at certain stores will give you a student discount--from car rentals, to museum admission, to groceries. These will vary by store, and may only be available on certain days, so keep your eyes peeled! For a comprehensive (but in no ways complete) list of businesses, check out this article.

We hope that you have found the inaugural edition of the Fist-Year 5 helpful! You can visit our First-Year website for more detail about the first-year experience and, if you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact, we'll be happy to help. Have a great weekend!


Wishing you all the best,


Gilbert Lin

New Student Advisor, Campus Life & Engagement | McGill Student Services




3600 McTavish Street, Suite 4100,, Montreal, QC H3A 0G3


Tel: 514-398-6913



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