Take a virtual tour, connect with student mentors, and get to know some of your peers through Grad Chat.
Meet Welcome Crew mentors
Welcome Crew mentors are here to help you transition easily into your first year at Concordia. You can reach them by phone, email or video chat to talk about anything from the course registration system, to where to meet new friends.
Chat with grad students
Want to connect with students in different departments? Have a few questions you wish you could ask a current student? Connect with new and returning graduate students on Grad Chat.
Set up your Concordia email, Moodle and related student accounts now so that once classes start, you will be tech-ready.
My CU Account
You can find quick access to your computer accounts and passwords via the Student Hub.
Navigate to My CU Account, select the Personal information & accounts tab and click on View computer accounts & passwords.
Every student has access to a Concordia email address, and although using one is not mandatory, it's highly recommended. It will grant you free access to Microsoft Office 365, a super useful suite of tools that you might otherwise have to pay for. You can activate your email account as of the first day of class.
Moodle & eConcordia
You'll use the Moodle platform to submit assignments, participate in classroom discussion forums and more. If you are registered for eConcordia classes, you will need to activate your eConcordia account.
Downloading the following apps onto your phone can help you stay connected. The Concordia app is an easy way to view your courses, check your grades and consult the shuttle bus schedule. The Guardian app helps keep Concordians safe and inform students of any system outages. Keep track of your health insurance with the Studentcare/Bluecross app app and access your Moodle courses on your phone with the Moodle app.
Your student ID and OPUS card will help you get around town, and you might consider renting a locker and getting set up with DPrint.
Student ID card
Your student ID card allows you to access the Concordia shuttle, get a student-rate OPUS transit pass to take public transit and access certain campus buildings. You can get yours 48 hours after registering for your first course..
Renting a locker
When campus is open, some students find it helpful to rent a locker. You can select which building your locker is located in. Rental periods last for a year and payment is made by credit card.
Another useful service: DPrint allows you to print and make photocopies at Xerox machines located around campus. You can add funds to your DPrint account online, which is linked to your student ID card.
Before the beginning of the semester, start checking out which books are required for your upcoming courses. Professors may have already made the course outline, which includes book lists, available on Moodle.
Whether by car or bike, on foot or by bus, here's what you need to know to get around Montreal.
If you plan to take public transportation in Montreal, you may want to buy a monthly OPUS card. To get a reduced student rate, you must have a Quebec home address saved in your Student Centre and be registered full-time for the current term.
Biking is a quick and convenient way to get around and the SGW Campus is located right on the Maisonneuve bike path. BIXI is Montreal's seasonal bike-sharing service and there are often discounts on subscriptions for Concordia students.
The Concordia Campus Shuttle connects the downtown SGW Campus with Loyola Campus and is free for Concordia students (just show your student ID as you board). When campus is open, the shuttle departs approximately every half-hour from both campuses.
Parking on campus
Parking permits are available for students on the Loyola Campus and hourly parking is available first-come first-served in several locations at the SGW Campus.
Before classes start, ensure your schedule is aligned with your academic program. Consult the Graduate Calendar, your offer of admission or speak to your Graduate Program Director/Assistant or supervisor for support.
Check the Graduate Calendar anytime to make sure you are taking the required courses for your program and to read course descriptions. It's the definitive source for understanding academic rules and regulations as well as which courses you’ll need to complete your degree and program requirements.
Be sure to review any information related to deficiencies indicated in your offer of admission. This information may affect your course registration.
Depending on your program, your Graduate Program Director, supervisor, or Graduate Program Assistant can help you understand general degree requirements, Faculty rules, transfer credits and more.
Orientation and welcome events are hosted by Concordia and take place before and during the start of term. Here’s how to join the action.
Orientation is designed to help students from all faculties dive into the university experience, meet other new students, and build up study strategies needed for a smooth start. The university-wide Orientation generally takes place just before classes start and will be offered online and in-person.
Program-specific information sessions
Some academic departments host program-specific information sessions to give new students detailed instructions, a chance to meet their staff or professors and often see the facilities they will be using before classes start. If your department does this, you will receive a specific email invitation.
We encourage you to participate in as many events as you can to get the full orientation experience. If you need support with your transition to Concordia, you can also connect with student mentors on the Welcome Crew or join Grad Chat at any time.
At the start of term, Concordia's student associations organize various welcome events. These focus on meeting and making friends with students from your new faculty through virtual scavenger hunts, movie nights, student club fairs and more. Follow your association's social media accounts for details.