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3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I don't feel strongly either way. I can't recall a time when I did not feel safe to walk home alone, during the day or in the middle of the night. However this may be because McGillians are awesome and will always make sure you get home safe after a party or a night out.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: There is a huge focus on mental health at McGill, which is hugely helpful. I also feel very safe, but I can't comment on how others feel

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Pretty safe. McGill clinic is a bit tough to access however.

2 College Freshman

Health & Safety: It's really hard to see a nurse at Mcgill, you're better off going to an off-campus doctor.

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5 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: Honestly, the only concern regarding safety at McGill is the snow and ice falling from rooftops during the periods of time when it melts.

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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 30 responses

  • 20% None
  • 15% Excessive drinking
  • 15% Walking alone
  • 11% Non-students on campus
  • 11% Theft/robberies
  • 7% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 5% Drugs
  • 5% Unlit pathways
  • 5% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 5% Criminal activity near campus
  • 2% Lack of/broken emergency phones
  • 0% Dorm safety
  • 0% Lack of safety escort services
  • 0% Violence among students
  • 0% Gang violence

How strongly do you agree or disagree with the following statements regarding sexual assault on your campus?    Based on 11 responses

Strongly Disagree
Strongly Agree
  • Alcohol plays a significant role in sexual assault on campus.
  • Campus administrators provide a supportive environment for victims of sexual assault.
  • Campus administrators work hard to actively prevent sexual assaults on our campus.
  • A friend, a classmate, or I have been a victim of sexual assault on/near our campus.
  • Our campus has easily accessible support services in place to address sexual assaults.
  • Sexual assaults are a serious problem on campus.
  • Students take the issue of sexual assault on campus seriously.

How visible are the campus police on campus?    Based on 29 responses

  • 14% Extremely present and willing to assist students.
  • 41% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 0% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 38% Not very visible.
  • 7% We have campus police?

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 30 responses

  • 60% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
  • 33% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 7% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 0% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
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