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3 College Sophomore

Transportation: The only transportation is an old bus to get to the McDonald Campus, but most students never go there their entire four years. There is a program called drive safe at night to get people home from clubs safely but there are few cars so it takes a long time for the car to come.

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4 College Freshman

Transportation: Although parking is scarce, there are so many types of public transportation that makes it easy for student to get around

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5 College Junior

Transportation: Campus is centrally located downtown so its easy to walk around. There are subway and bus stations just outside of the campus. There is also a rural campus, where the school provides regular shuttle buses to.

5 College Freshman

Transportation: You can walk everywhere you could possibly need to go. Campus is also very walkable. Montreal is also a great city for biking when it's not winter (about 6 months of the year...). And for places you want to go which are out of walking distance, cabs, subway (metro), and buses are easy to take.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: Montreal is great on foot. During the spring, fall and summer months the abundance of bike lanes makes Montreal easy on bike as well. Public transport is decent if you need it and taxis are always around.

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For suburbanites used to driving everywhere, moving to a city like Montréal can take some getting used to. There is no guarantee of parking in the city, and the campus provides almost none. Once students move off campus, if they really want to have a car, they can buy one, but most landlords charge 50 to 100 dollars a month for parking. Most people in Montréal rely either on their own feet or public transportation to get around.

The Métro system is extensive and not too complicated, making it the easiest way to travel across town. Buses too are also pretty regular, and they connect a lot of the neighborhoods surrounding the downtown area. In nice weather, one can usually walk to most places that a student would want to go. Some students cite having to walk everywhere as the number one reason why they did not gain the Freshman 15. As the weather gets colder, however, people tend to rely more on the Métro or taxicabs. Cabs are fairly cheap, and one can get from the campus to Old Port for about 10 dollars. If you split that with some friends, it's very economical. Considering that the Métro closes just after midnight, if it's cold or the bar is far, coming home on weekends usually requires a cab.

Facts & Statistics

Best Ways to Get Around Town
  • Bike
  • Bus
  • Cab
  • Metro
  • Walk (in nice weather)
Best Ways to Get to the Airport
  • Cab service to the airport costs a flat rate of $35 from anywhere downtown.
  • L'Aérobus (514) 842-2281

Public TransitWhat's This?

Société de transport de Montréal (STM)

Montreal's public transportation system

(514) 786-4636


Nearest the campus is the McGill stop on the green line.

There are also buses that stop near the campus and go all around the city. Students can buy a Carte Privilège for $9.50 for the year that gives them discounts on monthly passes. The regular cost of trains and buses is $1.50 each way, or $63 for a monthly pass.

Nearest AirportWhat's This?

Montréal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport (Montréal-Trudeau)

975 Roméo-Vachon Blvd. North, Montréal

(514) 394-7377 (800) 465-1213

Montréal-Mirabel International Airport

12300 Service A-4 St., Mirabel

(514) 394-7377 (800) 465-1213

Nearest Passenger BusWhat's This?

Greyhound Station Centrale

505 Boul de Maisonneuve Est., Montréal

(514) 843-4231

Greyhound Courier Express

Various locations in Montreal

(514) 844-4040

Nearest Passenger TrainWhat's This?

VIA Rail

Both Amtrak and VIA Rail (Canada's version of Amtrak) depart from the same station located under the Queen Elizabeth Hotel at the Bonaventure Métro station.

895 rue de la Gauchetiere, Gare Centrale, Montréal

(514) 989-2626


Both Amtrak and VIA Rail (Canada's version of Amtrak) depart from the same station located under the Queen Elizabeth Hotel at the Bonaventure Métro station.

895 rue de la Gauchetiere, Gare Centrale, Montréal

(800) 872-7245

Student Polls

How convenient is the campus-provided transportation?    Based on 29 responses

  • 17% Easily accessible, runs frequently and has many pick-up locations.
  • 14% Somewhat accessible with a schedule that usually parallels class times.
  • 14% Moderately difficult to utilize, the pick-up times and locations are far and few between.
  • 0% Extremely difficult to utilize-it's not reliable nor is it convenient for a student's schedule.
  • 55% Nonexistent.

How necessary is it to have a car on campus?    Based on 30 responses

  • 3% Campus is isolated, so students rely mostly on cars to get them where they need to go.
  • 0% The shuttle/bus service often fails to meet student needs, so a car is very practical.
  • 10% Students usually walk or take the bus, but cars are nice for venturing outside the bus line.
  • 80% Cars are totally pointless. Everything you need is within walking distance.
  • 7% You can't have a car here.

Rate the convenience of long-distance transportation to travel between home and school    Based on 19 responses

Very convenient
  • Airport
  • Passenger bus
  • Passenger train
  • Ride sharing

Rate the cost of the following transit options    Based on 17 responses

  • Campus shuttle
  • Public transportation
  • Taxis
  • Zip cars

Rate the convenience of the following transit options    Based on 17 responses

Very convenient
  • Campus shuttle
  • Public transportation
  • Taxis
  • Zip cars

How easy is it to get around town?    Based on 32 responses

  • 62% Very easy.
  • 38% Fairly easy.
  • 0% Fairly difficult.
  • 0% Very difficult.


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