Student accommodation Montreal
Finding and booking student accommodation in Montreal, Canada through Student.com is easy.
We’ve made it easier for you to find the right student accommodation for your budget with our search feature that allows you to search for properties based on price. You can also search by the type of room as many of the properties we list offer both shared and private accommodation.
We offer a wide range of different options for student housing across Montreal withover 100 propertiesavailable. You can easily find student residences close to your university or anywhere in Montreal with our mapping feature.
Because your safety is our main priority, our strict vetting process ensures we only list properties from trusted landlords. If you need help with choosing from our many options or want further information, don’t hesitate to give us a call. Help from our helpful booking consultants is just a phone call away.
Booking your ideal student home with us will provide you with a great base to enjoy student life and thejoie de vivre(joy of living) of the cultured Montreal.
Student life in Montreal
If you spend any time in Canada’s second-largest city you’ll see why it’s one of the most well-liked in the world. With a reasonable cost of living, a mix of languages, multiple ethnicities, great entertainment, and scrumptious food, Montreal provides one of the best student experiences in the world. It’s easy to see why it was voted the best student city in the 2017 QS Best Student City rankings.
So happy are the inhabitants of Montreal with their city that it was named the second happiest city in the world in 2010. So let’s explore exactly why Montreal lures so many students from around the globe to study in Canada.
Get to know Montreal
Montreal, one of Canada’s oldest cities (founded in 1642), is located in the southwestern part of the province of Quebec. It’s 166 square miles in size and is home to two million people.
With its mix of youthful energy and old-world charm, Montreal differs from the more conventional metropolitan Toronto. The cobblestone streets and narrow alleys of Quebec’s largest city have the signifiers of elsewhere. With its depth and pervasiveness of European history, Montreal is described by some as a little piece of Europe in North America.
The sophisticated chic andjoie de vivrevibe of Montreal will give you a strong taste of its French heritage. It has one of the largest French-speaking populations in the world. However, the island city is bilingual. You will hear Montrealers often switching back and forth between French and English.
A cultured city
Montreal is well-cultured. Its French connection is well known but there’s a huge Chinese influence as well. There are also large concentrations of other Asian, Caribbean, African, Arab, Latino, Indian and Pakistani people.
There are several ethnic communities in the city - Chinatown, Little Italy, and Little Portugal are some of the more established ones. All of these ethnic groups and communities coexist peacefully to give Montreal its unique cultural landscape.
While a beautiful city to walk around, public transportation in Montreal is great, especially for students. The public bus transit system (STM) is clean, fast, safe, accessible and inexpensive. It provides discounts for students using buses and subways. There are four color-coded subway lines and multiple bus routes. For those living outside of the city centre, the AMT (public train system) operates in most of the areas that the STM doesn’t.
Cost of living
Students thinking about studying in Montreal will be happy to know that the island city is very reasonable compared to other cities in Canada and international cities like London, Paris, Tokyo, and Berlin.
Food and rent is affordable. A slice of pizza can be bought for as little as $2 CAD and Montreal’s world-famous dish (poutine) can go for as low as $4 CAD. Renting an apartment in Montreal can also be very affordable depending on the neighbourhood.
Montreal offers plenty for students to do. Whether you’re looking for a cultural or historical experience, or just want to relax, it has something for everyone. In addition to many festivals and events, the European chic and sophistication of Montreal makes it a glamorous city for shoppers. Some people even regard Montreal as the New Orleans of Canada.
There are over 120 annual parades and festivals in Montreal. You’ll be hard-pressed to find a month in the social calendar without some sort of event or celebration being held.
If you like food there’s the YUL Eat Festival in early September.
If music is your thing, Osheaga takes over Parc Jean Drapeau and thrills mainstream music lovers in early August, while Pop Montreal satisfies fans of indie music in mid-September. The Plateau and Mile End areas are littered with music venues.
For the lovers of art there are the Montreal en Lumiere all-night art festivals in February. For street art, the week-long Mural Festival where artists from around the world plaster blank walls with artwork that will remain for the rest of the year, is held in mid-July.
For the foodies Montreal is a dream come true. It offers some of the best food in Canada.
Food is everywhere – Montreal has the second-highest number of restaurants per capita in North America. Students can try a range of foods from local market offerings to French and other international cuisines.
The island city is also home to over one hundred microbrewed beers.
Universities in Montreal
Quebec has roughly 250,000 post-secondary students, which is the highest proportion of all major cities in North America and one of the largest in the world. There are seven major universities and twelve colleges within a 5-mile radius in or around Montreal.
McGill University, located in downtown Montreal, is perennially rated as one of the best in the world.
List of universities in Montreal
- McGill University
- Université de Montréal (University of Montreal)
- HEC Montréal
- Concordia University (Loyola & Sir George Williams Campus)
- Université du Québec à Montréal (University of Quebec in Montreal)
- École de technologie supérieure ÉTS
- ILSC - Montreal
Frequently asked questions about student accommodation in Montreal
How do I book student accommodation in Montreal?
Booking student accommodation in Montreal is easy and free with Student.com.
Once you figure out the dates you’ll need the accommodation in Montreal, you can then find the right property for you by using the filters to compare and the map function to check the locations of the different properties.
After you’ve found your preferred student housing, go to the property page and click ‘Enquire’ or ‘Book Now.’ You’ll then learn the next steps from one of our booking consultants, who will call you soon after.
After the chat with the booking consultant, we’ll prepare a contract for you to sign. You won’t have to worry about any additional costs outside of your rent and deposit.
What are the different room types you offer?
There are three different types of student residences to choose from in Montreal.
In the Shared Rooms, two or more people sleep in separate beds in the same bedroom. Additional living spaces such as living room, kitchen, and bathroom are all shared as well.
This the same for the Private Rooms but you’ll have a private bedroom and in some cases, a private bathroom.
If you rent the Entire Place, you won’t have to share anything with anyone. You’ll get a fully self-contained property - the bedroom, as well as cooking and bathing facilities, will only be for you.
Are bills included in the rent?
It depends on the property you choose. In most cases, bills are included in the total cost of our student residence, so you’ll only have to pay the rent and nothing else. However, make sure you check to see if this is the case with the property you choose.
Can I see the property before I move in?
Yes. If you'd like to see the property before booking it, you can contact us and our booking consultants will set up a viewing for you.
Do I have to pay a deposit?
To secure your chosen residence, you will have to pay a deposit. Your booking consultant will provide you with more information about this.
Do I need to get a visa to study in Canada?
Yes. If you're not a Canadian citizen, to be eligible to study in Montreal, you'll need to obtain:
- A CAQ (Certificate of Acceptance), issued by the Government of Québec.
- A Study Permit, issued by the Government of Canada.
For full details on requirements,click here.