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Off-Campus Housing


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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: You will need to find your own place the 2nd year at McGill. There is no point in staying in Rez after the first year. Prices can vary, but there are many options. McGill offers many seminars on how to handle finding and signing for an off-campus place.

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5 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: So many great options: you can find whatever kind of place you're looking for.

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5 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: You can find whatever it is that you want: cheap, expensive, clean, ugly, nice, close, you name it.

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5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Living on campus isn't an option after first year. But the ghetto is super fun and apartment living is great. There is an infinite selection of housing off campus and prices vary based on how far away from campus you're willing to live. I know people who pay $900 each for a crappy apartment in the ghetto and people who live a few metro stops away and pay $300 each. Generally you can find places in the ghetto/plateau for $550-$800

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: There is a lot of off-campus housing available, but the prices an be rather high. However most neighborhoods are nice to live in, pretty quiet and close to campus or at least a metro station.

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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 30 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 30 responses

  • 83% Totally worth it. It's easy to find a place, and prices are reasonable.
  • 17% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 0% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 0% Not worth the hassle or expense. Everyone just lives on campus.

How helpful is the school in helping students find off-campus housing?    Based on 30 responses

  • 23% Extremely helpful.
  • 50% Somewhat helpful.
  • 27% Not very helpful.
  • 0% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
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