Parking

Location
Montreal, QC
Undergrads
20,181
Tuition (in-state)
$16,360 ($5,378)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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2 College Sophomore

Parking: It is really hard to find parking because McGill is in the middle of the city.

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2 College Senior

Parking: Very difficult to find parking on campus or in surrounding McGill Ghetto area. Luckily you don't need a car at all.

4 Recent Alumnus

Parking: parking in downtown campus is difficult because of its limited space while in MacDonald, it's really in the outskirts so no worry. however I don't think you need a car since the transportation system in Montreal is really excellent.

4 College Freshman

Parking: A car in Montreal is not a huge necessity. You will most likely be in easy walking distance to school, and if not, biking is very popular and aided by bikes lanes and Bixi stations (rental bikes) throughout the city. If you do have a car however, parking is not so hard to find near campus, especially in the McGill Ghetto. If you do park on city streets however, parking fees would be pretty terrible for the whole day but it really depends on where you end up and for how long.

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College Senior

Parking: Parking is no longer allowed on campus. There is good (but expensive )parking elsewhere throughout the city of Montreal. You can obtain a parking permit for in front of your apartment building but if you park without one expect a heavy fee. There is absolutely no need to have a car in Montreal. The public transit system is amazing and most of the city is walkable, especially campus. There are plenty of bike racks on campus to lock your bike however. They just quadrupled the number this year.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 1046th
    Most Reasonable Permit Costs
  • 1184th
    Best Parking Availability
  • 1214th
    Best Off-Campus Parking

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Kelly Baker
Hometown
Weston, CT
Major
Sociology
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Students who live in a city must make some sacrifices. One of these sacrifices is cheap and accessible parking. McGill does not see it as their responsibility to provide parking, given that there is so much cheap public transportation available. Since the school is not helpful, it is advisable to take that hint and not bother bringing a car, at least for the first year. If, in the course of getting an apartment, an affordable space comes up, it might be worth looking into, but owning a car and parking is pretty excessive and indulgent for students living in this city.

Permits are reasonably priced in comparison to other city schools, but again the availability of spots is low. Students with a car are often asked by friends to take them on errands, adding another reason why it is better not to have a car on campus, for needy friends are just that-needy. The only perk students can address is having access for easy roadtrips or going home, two of the most common reasons for students to use public transportation, for everything a student needs is within walking distance.

Facts & Statistics

Student Parking Lot?
Yes
McIntyre Garage and Upper Residences.
Freshmen Allowed to Park?
Yes
It's based on proximity to residence halls; preference given to those with limited access to public transportation
Approximate Parking Permit Cost
  • $130 per month for Upper Residencies
  • $420 per term for McIntyre Garage
Common Parking Tickets
Parking on a residential street without a permit: $40
Best Places to Find a Spot
Side streets off of Maisonneuve or Sherbrooke
Good Luck Getting a Spot Here
Campus parking lots
Getting a Parking Permit
Priority is given to students with disabilities and to students who live beyond access to public transportation. See www.mcgill.ca/ancillary/parking/student for details.
Parking Services
McGill Parking Services
3550 University St., Room 030
(514) 398-4559

Student Polls

How convenient is off-campus parking?    Based on 22 responses

  • 18% The cost is totally outrageous, and there are never any open spots.
  • 5% The cost is totally outrageous, but you can usually find a spot.
  • 50% The cost is reasonable, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 9% The cost is reasonable, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 18% It's free, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 0% It's free, and there are usually plenty of spots.

Rate the campus parking on the following topics    Based on 22 responses

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  • Distance from class
  • Distance from dorms
  • Ease of finding a spot
  • Parking enforcement
  • Permit cost

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