The Grad Club

The Grad Club is owned and operated by the Society of Graduate Students (SOGS), a not-for-profit student advocacy organization at Western University. The Grad Club’s goal is to promote the interests of graduate students. An academic, social, and wellness space for the campus community, the Grad Club is the Heart of Grad Life at WesternU

The Grad Club is a place for safe and responsible consumption of alcohol, in an atmosphere conducive to the academic and social interests of all graduate students and Grad Club associate members. The Grad Club is licensed under the AGCO and is subject to its regulations and the regulations of the Campus Alcohol Policy.


WANT TO GET INVOLVED WITH THE GRAD CLUB? Consider becoming a member of the Grad Club Committee! Nominate yourself (SOGS members only) by emailing the Grad Club Committee Chair at 


    • 1968: SOGS inaugurated “Happy Hour” for graduate students every Friday in the Graduate Student Dining Room in Somerville House.
    • 1977: SOGS moved to the University Community Centre (UCC) and extended “Happy Hour” from Monday to Friday.
    • 1979: SOGS established the “Grad Centre’’ in Middlesex College in order to expand and replace its “Happy Hour” operation.
    • 2004: The Grad Club underwent a major renovation, doubling its size and adding kitchen facilities, and obtaining the rights from Western Food Services to offer year-round food service.
    • 2023: SOGS completed a $100,000 refresh project that included repainting all interior surfaces, reupholstered seating, installation of accessible patio furniture and new interior chairs, as well as updated lighting and fans. 

Since establishing its permanent location in 1979 in Middlesex College, the Grad Club has incorporated and developed numerous events and services that have become integral to its operations, such as the grad life tradition of Trivia Tuesdays, and the famous Goblet of Knowledge. We have over 60 board games for your to enjoy during your visit. Additionally, we feature an array of student-focused events hosted by various SOGS committees such as Board Game Night, Karaoke Night, Gradtoberfest, and more. As an inclusive and safe community space, the Grad Club has become a hub for various clubs, community groups, cultural and social events, informal meetings, and weddings.

10% SOGS Member Discount

Starting September 1, 2023, SOGS members can now receive a 10% discount on food, up to a total discount of $3 per order, by obtaining their Grad Club membership sticker!

Get your membership sticker at the SOGS office (Middlesex College Room 8), Mondays through Fridays from 10am to 4pm. Bring your WesternU identification card.

Please note: SOGS member discount cannot be applied with the use of a WesternOne meal plan card nor can it be used with or for group orders.

A SOGS tradition since 2008, the Goblet of Knowledge has become an icon of graduate life and scholarly achievement at Western University.

A symbol of hard work, dedication, perseverance,  and academic success, the Goblet has graced the lips of hundreds of graduate students over the last decade.  Drinking from the Goblet is a benefit of your SOGS membership. 


When you successfully defend your Master’s or PhD thesis, you are entitled to a FREE drink (alcoholic or non-alcoholic) of your choice in the Goblet at the Grad Club! In order to use the Goblet, you must reserve it with the Grad Club staff first.

Post your photos with the Goblet and be sure to tag @UWOGradClub on Instagram, Twitter (X),  and/or Facebook! Use #IDrankFromTheGoblet.

Partnering with local breweries, the Grad Club offers a wide selection of craft beers, featuring a rotation of local seasonal brews that complement our domestic and import selections.

When you stop in for a refreshing beverage, don’t miss our extensive food selection. The Grad Club offers a variety of hearty breakfast options, daily lunch specials, savoury pub fare, and delicious dinners. Planning an event? Check out our catering options.

Want to book an event or party at the Grad Club? Want to order catering? Want to book the boardroom for a grad student or faculty meeting? Contact the Grad Club manager ( 

The Grad Club is situated on the traditional territories of the Anishinaabeg, Haudenosaunee, Lunaapeewak and Attawandaron peoples, who have long-standing relationships to the land and region of southwestern Ontario and the City of London. SOGS values the significant historical and contemporary contributions of local and regional First Nations and all of the Original peoples of Turtle Island.

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