Montréal is one of the most cosmopolitan cities in North America. The nightlife, the shopping, the restaurants, and the culture make this one of the most exciting cities for a student to live in. To top it off, it has one of the lowest cost of living for a city of its size. Along with McGill, Montréal is the home of many other universities and colleges. Accordingly, the shops, bars, and restaurants often specifically target students with special discounts and specials. Montréal is a student's paradise; with the drinking age set at 18 and relatively loose attitudes towards marijuana, the party here really doesn't stop unless you want it to. When it comes down to it, Montréal makes McGill.
Besides the plethora of things to do, the other defining characteristic of Montréal is its French roots. While it is a bilingual city for all practical purposes, its official language is French. The English language also carries the stigma of oppression, as up until the 1960s, Québec's natural and labor resources were exploited by English-speaking businessmen from outside the region. Despite vast improvements in the past 30 years, there is still an undercurrent of hostility. Class discussions about Québec identity and history can get very heated, and many native Montrealers look down upon Anglo-McGill. However, despite the occasional culture clash, the experience of living in a place where you are the foreign minority is a learning experience definitely worth having.