Birks Student Services Centre:
A hub for university-run services, the centre is located on the first floor of the Library Building. At Birks you can do many things, including pay your tuition, get a new student card, request official transcripts and get your OPUS form stamped to get your discounted monthly bus/metro pass.
Student Success Centre:
New student? Got questions? The Student Success Centre has the people with answers—namely other students. Here, seniors mentor younger students and show them the ins and outs of Concordia. Whether you’re looking for a tutor or hoping to find out more about campus life, the SSC is here to help.
Shuttle Bus Service:
Loyola may be only about four kilometres from the Sir George Williams campus, but by public transit it still takes over 35 minutes to get there. By shuttle bus—which departs both downtown and Loyola every 10-15 minutes during peak hours—that commute is cut down to only 20 minutes, barring heavy traffic.
Calling itself a “not-for-profit alternative to corporate bookstores,” Concordia’s co-op book retailer is located at 2150 Bishop St., just up the street from the Hall Building. Members are offered added discounts and only have to pay a one-time fee of $10.00. This is also a good place to get used schoolbooks at a discounted price. Visit co-opbookstore.ca for more information.
Financial Aid and Awards Offices:
All inquiries regarding scholarships and bursaries can be brought here, in room GM-230 of the Guy-Metro Building. A comprehensive list of all offered scholarships and bursaries is available online at faao.concordia.ca, where you can also find information on government student aid requirements.
Concordia Student Union:
Politicians aren’t a resource, per se, but the CSU offers plenty of services to students and are here to represent you however they can. Their reception office is in the Hall Building in room H-711, and they also have a website, csu.qc.ca.
CSU Legal Information Clinic:
One of the CSU’s plethora of services, the LIC is here to answer your law-related questions and concerns. Check out their office in the Hall Building in room H-731, where volunteer law students have a precedent of being ready to help.
CSU Off-campus Housing and Job Bank:
Better known as HOJO, this CSU service offers workshops on apartment hunting, legal information on tenant rights, and even has its own classifieds where you can scour for some new digs. Find them online at hojo.csu.qc.ca or in room H-260 of the Hall Building.
CSU Health and Dental Plan:
Dental bills are expensive—but they don’t have to be that expensive thanks to the CSU’s health coverage. All full-time students are automatically opted into the service (part-time students have to pay roughly $300), which covers prescription drugs, pays roughly 50 per cent of dental costs and even includes optometry (glasses). Find out the extent of your coverage at ihaveaplan.ca.
Rumbly in your tumbly? Or worse? Concordia’s in-house medical team can help with that. Centres are open Monday to Friday in rooms GM-200 and AD-131 (at the SGW and Loyola campuses, respectively). Hours are 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. at SGW and 9:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.-4:30 p.m. at Loyola.
Counselling and Development Office:
Mental health is a fragile thing, and everyone needs help sometimes. Counselling and Development has trained psychologists on staff, offers workshops and one-on-one counseling for personal, educational or career-oriented questions and issues, and even has a new student program. Their office is located in the Hall Building in room H-440 and in the Administration Building, room AD-103, at the Loyola campus. You can also check them out online at cdev.concordia.ca.
Centre for Gender Advocacy:
A student-funded and student-run centre, the Centre’s mandate is two-fold: to provide peer support, safer sex resources and transgender health services, while also being a campaign centre advocating for missing and murdered indigenous women, victims of sexual assault and harassment, and transgender health issues.
They also have partnered with the Counseling and Development Office to open a sexual assault centre, which will arrive later this academic year. Find them at 2110 Mackay St., or online at genderadvocacy.org.
Office of Rights and Responsibilities:
This is the place to go if you think you have experienced harassment, discrimination, or any violence from other ConU students. You can meet with their advisors at their office, located in the Guy-Metro Building in room GM-1120, or find out more at rights.concordia.ca.
Student Emergency Food Fund:
If ever you can’t afford food, head to the Multi-Faith Chaplaincy’s office at 2090 Mackay St. The chaplaincy can provide you with gift cards for grocery stores so you won’t go without.
The People’s Potato:
37 cents per credit goes a long way when it feeds you everyday. Open every weekday between 12:30 p.m.-2:00 p.m. (except holidays), The People’s Potato is a collectively run soup kitchen located on the seventh floor of the Hall Building. Bring your own dishware so you can get in the express line!
Advocacy and Support Services:
An umbrella of services, Advocacy and Support Services encompasses the Access Centre for Students with Disabilities, the Aboriginal Student Resource Centre, the International Student Office and the Student Advocate program. Located in the Hall Building in room H-645 (right down the hall from The Link, if you feel like saying hi), Advocacy and Support has different programs and resources for many groups at Concordia, which are listed and explained at length at supportservices.concordia.ca.
If ever you disagree with Concordia rules or policy, the Ombuds Office can offer you impartial counseling on your options. They are independent of the university, which allows them to remain confidential. They are located in the Guy-Metro Building in room GM-1120.