About SOGS

The Society of Graduate Students (SOGS) is the graduate student union and advocacy organization at Western University. Dating back to the 1960’s, SOGS originally had 1500 members and a small executive team, which focused mainly on representing the social interests of its members.

Today, SOGS is a union that represents over 6,000 members and runs a student government to ensure that it is a democratic institution of the university. Additionally, SOGS works with sister unions and stakeholders on-campus and politicians off-campus to fight for student rights in Ontario and abroad. A local (#47) of the Canadian Federation of Students, SOGS works to keep the university and our governments accountable to students.

Over the decades SOGS and has expanded its operation to include:

  • negotiating the graduate student health & dental plan and bus pass for all members;
  • funding committees that engage student socially and culturally;
  • creating new commissioner (Accessibility, Indigenous,Pride, Women’s Concerns) positions that advocate for all bodies on campus;
  • creating, hosting, and adjudicating the Graduate Student Teaching Awards and the Western Research Forum;
  • owning an on-campus bar and restaurant that employs nearly 20 staff members;
  • organizing various orientation, wellness, and academic events to enrich graduate student life;
  • offering tons of academic, financial, and social/cultural support to members; and,
  • so much more…

Need some help, or something to eat? SOGS and the Grad Club are located on the ground floor of Middlesex College.

SOGS is YOUR graduate student voice on campus. Are you a member?

SOGS Members


The table below illustrates the breakdown of your SOGS membership fees. Please consult the graduate student section of the Ancillary Fees document on the Office of the Registrar’s Fee Schedules for additional Western University student fees.

2018 – 2019 SOGS Fees Full-time  Part-time 
SOGS Membership Fee* 36.85 19.73
Bus Pass Dues 80.03
Bus Pass Administration Fee 0.42
CFS Membership Dues 5.49 2.75
Health Plan Premium ** 590.96
Health Plan Administration Fee * 9.99

NOTE: Student Dues and Fees come into effect [i.e. collected by the University] September 1 of the new fiscal year.

* Administration Fees are increased annually by the rate of the Ontario Consumer Price Index in accordance with the SOGS Bylaws to support the administration of the programs.