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5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: It's Montreal, everybody is too french to fight.

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3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Depending on which residence hall you live in you may or may not have a porter in the lobby 24/7. Certain dorms only have porters from 9-4 on weekdays. You need an ID to get into the building but people outside smoking will let anyone in if you ask. Also date rape is definitely not rare on campus.

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5 College Junior

Health & Safety: Montreal has a lot of homeless people and muggings aren't common but not rare. Be smart

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 46th
    Most Visible Campus Police
  • 115th
    Safest Campuses
  • 1247th
    Best Student Health Center

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Kelly Baker
Weston, CT
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Given its large student body, McGill is surprisingly safe. There is a lighted pathway through campus to make night travel as safe as possible. There are, of course, a few thefts.As for the area surrounding McGill, it is also fairly safe for a city, but that safety is dependent on the street smarts of the students. Montréal is considered one of the safest cities in North America, but that does not mean that you do not have to take normal precautions. Do not walk alone after midnight. Avoid walking outside of Métro stations, as that is where most muggings occur. Every year, there is usually a stint of muggings in the area surrounding McGill. The best one can do is to be alert and cautious. There are also often incidences of flashers or voyeurs around the girls' dorms, but rarely a sexual assault. McGill is not in its own bubble; it is open to both the good and the bad that a large city like Montréal brings.

Student Health Services at McGill follow the Canadian model of universal health care. All international students must prescribe to McGill insurance to ensure health coverage. The coverage that students get, however, is pretty mediocre, at least compared to many private plans. Getting an appointment at the clinic can take two weeks, so if you have anything that needs to be dealt with right away, you have to wait in line for an hour or so. The doctors are overworked and can be less than friendly with their patients. For prescriptions, students pay up front and are reimbursed later, which can be a hassle. Student Health Services try, but they are just too understaffed to serve the needs of 20-plus thousand students.

Facts & Statistics

Crimes on Campus
  • Aggravated Assault: 0
  • Arson: 1
  • Burglary: 12
  • Murder/Manslaughter: 0
  • Robbery: 0
  • Sex Offenses: 3
  • Vehicle Theft: 0
Security Office
Security Operations Centre
Ferrier Building, 840 Dr Penfield, Room 105, Montreal
(514)-398-3000 (24-hour emergencies) (514)-398-4556 (non-emergencies)
Safety Services
  • 24-hour emergency telephones
  • 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols
  • Controlled dormitory access
  • Lighted pathways and sidewalks
  • Walksafe escort program
Health Center
Downtown Campus
Brown Building, 3600 McTavish, Suite 3300
(514) 398-6017
Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Health Center
Macdonald Campus
Centennial Centre 21, 111 Lakeshore
(514) 398-7992
Tuesday, Thursday 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Health Services
  • Counseling
  • Dental clinic
  • Discounted safe-sex products
  • Eating disorder unit
  • General clinic
  • Student newsletter
  • Talking Heads peer mental health organization
  • Urgent Care Clinic
Did You Know?
McGill keeps record of the total incidents of crime reported both on and off campus.

Student Polls

What safety concerns do you have?    Based on 23 responses

  • 19% None
  • 17% Excessive drinking
  • 15% Walking alone
  • 12% Theft/robberies
  • 10% Non-students on campus
  • 6% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 6% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 4% Criminal activity near campus
  • 4% Drugs
  • 4% Unlit pathways
  • 2% Lack of/broken emergency phones
  • 0% Dorm safety
  • 0% Gang violence
  • 0% Lack of safety escort services
  • 0% Violence among students

How would you rate the quality and convenience of the student health center?    Based on 24 responses

  • 8% Poor quality, not very convenient.
  • 0% Poor quality, very convenient.
  • 8% Mediocre quality, not very convenient.
  • 33% High quality, not very convenient.
  • 12% Mediocre quality, very convenient.
  • 38% High quality, very convenient.

How visible are the campus police on campus?    Based on 24 responses

  • 8% We have campus police?
  • 33% Not very visible.
  • 0% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 46% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 12% Extremely present and willing to assist students.

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 23 responses

  • 0% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
  • 9% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 26% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 65% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
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