Off-Campus Housing

Montreal, QC
Tuition (in-state)
$16,360 ($5,378)
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5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Wide availability of apartments to choose from. Prices are reasonable, so you can probably find an apartment that fits you and fulfills your needs. The area has a great housing selection that includes townhomes and walk-ups seconds away from campus, to apartment complexes minutes away that are connected to an underground mall. Many students also choose to live even further from campus, where apartments tend to be a lot nicer, but it's necessary to take the metro, the bus, or a bike to get to class. On that note, quality of the apartments / landlords in Montreal also widely varies. Be sure to do your research before you begin hunting for an apartment (which is mandatory for all students who aren't freshmen, as living in Rez is only available to first years).

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5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: There are a lot of options in the McGill Ghetto to live off campus but really close to campus. On campus living is not available after first year. The further you live from campus normally the cheaper

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: There are so many great locations to live off campus. There is a great student community and the prices are great (much cheaper than Rez)!


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  • 13th
    Best Off-Campus Housing Options

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Kelly Baker
Weston, CT
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Montréal is renowned for its low cost of living and availability of apartments, which is why so many students move out of Rez after their first year. In most cases, it's actually cheaper to live off campus. The University does not own any off-campus apartments, however, so besides their Web site, which posts rental listings, students are on their own to find a place to live.

If you want to live within walking distance of campus, also called "the ghetto," renting can be pretty pricey, with a two-bedroom running over 1,000 dollars. If you don't mind taking the Métro or the bus, however, prices go much lower. If you really don't mind commuting, prices can go as low as 800 dollars for a three bedroom, but that means a 45-minute train ride to campus everyday. Montréal has some of the best renter's laws around. Once you sign a lease, that room is officially considered private property, and no one, not even the landlord, has the right to search it without a warrant or permission. Also, legally, the only thing they can ask you for is a deposit to hold the apartment for you, and once you sign the lease, your first month's rent is due. Compare this to other cities where you have to pay first and last month, give a security deposit which you might never see, and Montréal looks pretty friendly. The one thing to be aware of is finder's fees. Especially in the ghetto, students and landlords try to charge absurd fees for helping you find your stylish and convenient apartment. This is, however, illegal, and you should take your money elsewhere to someone with more scruples. Most of the apartments are in pretty good condition, and there is enough availability so that whatever you are looking for, if you do your research, you can find it.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
Best Time to Look for a Place
March and April
Popular Areas
  • "McGill ghetto," the area right near campus
  • Neighborhoods between the Guy and Atwater Metro stations
  • The Plateau
Average Rents
  • 1 BR: $725
  • 2 BR: $950
  • 3 BR: $900
  • Studio: $625

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 25 responses

Very poor
  • Availability
  • Cost
  • Ease of obtaining/process
  • Landlords
  • Parking
  • Proximity to campus
  • Proximity to public transportation
  • Proximity to shopping
  • Quality
  • Safety
  • Variety

What is the off-campus housing selection like near campus and is it worth it?    Based on 22 responses

  • 0% Not worth the hassle or expense. Everyone just lives on campus.
  • 0% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 9% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 91% Totally worth it. It's easy to find a place, and prices are reasonable.

How helpful is the school in helping students find off-campus housing?    Based on 23 responses

  • 26% Not very helpful.
  • 0% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
  • 48% Somewhat helpful.
  • 26% Extremely helpful.
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