You can now use your Western ONE card to pay for your meals at the Grad Club!
The Grad Club, located in Middlesex College on Western University Campus, is a not-for-profit graduate student pub and eatery that is owned and operated by the Society of Graduate Students (SOGS). As an academic, social, and wellness space, the Grad Club is the hub of graduate student life and the home away from home for all graduate students and associate members. The Grad Club has and always will be an institution that aims for inclusivity and providing a welcoming space for students and non-students alike.
The Grad Club has existed in many forms over the last 52 years. In 1968, SOGS inaugurated “Happy Hour” for graduate students every Friday from 3-6pm in the Graduate Student Dining Room in Somerville House. By 1977, when SOGS moved to the University Community Centre (UCC), “Happy Hour” extended from Monday to Friday. In 1979, SOGS established the “Grad Centre’’ in Middlesex College in order to expand and replace its “Happy Hour” operation. In 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, which is the Grad Club @ Western we know and love today.
Since establishing its permanent location in 1979, The Grad Club has incorporated and developed numerous events and services that have become staple to its operations. Most notably, Trivia Tuesdays, Board Game Nights, Live Music, and of course the ultimate celebration of academic achievement, the Goblet of Knowledge! As a community space, The Grad Club has become a hub for various clubs, community groups, events, informal meetings, and weddings.
Staying close to its “Happy Hour” roots, the Grad Club offers a wide selection of craft beers, featuring a rotation of local area breweries and the occasional import. While many stop in for a refreshing beverage, the extensive food selections should not be forgotten. The Grad Club offers a variety of hearty breakfast options, daily lunch specials, savoury pub fare items, as well as catering options.
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.
The Grad Club’s liquor licence is owned by Western University and therefore subject to the regulations of the Campus Alcohol Policy and the Alcohol Gaming Commission of Ontario’s regulations. The Grad Club’s operations is overseen by the Grad Club Manager in consultation with the SOGS President, VP Finance, and SOGS Grad Club Committee.