A Metropolis of Quebec and the second largest French-speaking city in the world after Paris, Montreal is distinguished by its multicultural and cosmopolitan accents.
With more than 180,000 university students, it has one of the highest concentrations of post-secondary students of any major city in North America. The students are unanimous: Montreal is one of the most beautiful places in the world to live and study.
Which city offers the advantages of a large urban centre without having the cold and impersonal side? Montreal! The metropolis continues to occupy a prominent place in the hearts of students, who appreciate it for its conviviality and the harmonious marriage of North American and European influences found there. In addition, there is a stimulating cultural life, numerous sporting activities, splendid green spaces and a welcoming and bilingual population.Learn More
Montreal's public transit system - buses, subways, commuter trains - welcomes thousands of passengers every day and allows Polytechnique students to get to their courses easily, regardless of where they live. In a few years, the new Metropolitan Express System will make travel even easier for Greater Montreal residents with its state-of-the-art light rail system, which will include 26 stations.
Montreal also has an extensive network of bike paths and a very popular self-service bike-sharing system (BIXI). Its pedestrian network also includes 32 underground kilometres to escape the winter cold. Students generally benefit from low rates for most services.
Taking a taxi in Montreal is also very safe and remains relatively affordable. In particular, it is a means of transport used by students to return in the early morning after the closure of the subways. For driving, a student with a valid study permit may drive with a driver's licence, if it is written in French or English. Otherwise, it is recommended to have a translation of this document or to obtain an international driver's license. For more information on the use of foreign driver's licenses, you can consult the Quebec Automobile Insurance Corporation.
The MLC College in Montreal is on Highway 40 and well served by the STM network. Students can get there by bus to the 17th Av/Cremazie and Jarry/17th Av at bus stops by metro at St Michelle's Stop.
Despite the high occupancy rate in Montreal, housing opportunities are plentiful, and students are able to find a place to live fairly quickly, regardless of their neighbourhood of interest.
In order to facilitate your search, you can use the sites dedicated to this purpose as well as social networks. Several offers are available for different forms of rental and for all budgets.