Housing How-Tos


Living on or off campus in Montreal

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A message from Campus Life & Engagement, the one office dedicated to new McGill students.


Hi Campus Life & Engage!


Montreal has so many diverse and wonderful neighbourhoods! Whether you chose to live on or off campus, there will always be something around the corner for you to discover. If you’re planning to move to Montreal before the term starts, here are some things you need to know! As always, you can find more information in the Housing module of GradLife Orientation on myCourses. Read on for key dates, tips and events to help you choose housing and make Montreal your home!



Take Note!


1️⃣Graduate students moving to Montreal should start thinking about finding rental accommodations in June. Popular places to look include Facebook Marketplace, Kijiji and Places4Students!


2️⃣ Take a peek at the Good Neighbour Guide, a guide to living in Montreal created by Student Housing and Hospitality Services. Read more in our "Use" section!


3️⃣ Full-time students can get a discount when purchasing an OPUS transit card! OPUS cards are your pass to Montreal’s public transit system. Your reduced student fare will ensure you get to explore all that Montréal has to offer without breaking the bank!


4️⃣ McGill student housing for graduate students is limited and fills up fast! For inquiries on availability, please contact housing.residences@mcgill.ca.



🚲Off-Campus & Commuter Student Support and COMunity provide helpful resources and information for all off-campus students, and host events to help commuter students connect with each other and get involved on-campus!


⛱️ Look forward to our upcoming Summer Socials, where you can meet other incoming and returning graduate students!

  • Faculty Intro - Science (open to students in Science) - June 14th at 10am EDT
  • Martlet Mixer (open to all incoming students) June 14th at 11am EDT

✅ Don’t forget to join the 2021/22 Graduate Entering Class Facebook Group to connect with your peers!

Learn About!


For more information about local legislation on renting and living in Quebec, the Tribunal administratif du logement (formerly the Régie du logement)’s webpage is the place to go! The Legal Information Clinic at McGill can also help you locate the information and resources you need!



If you are planning on living off campus, the Good Neighbour Guide will walk you through all you need to know about living and renting in Montreal! It covers everything from leases, boroughs, insurance, commuting, housing rights and more.




Join us for our Off-Campus Housing webinars, where we’ll cover all your questions and concerns about living off campus and the services and resources available for you!

  • Tuesday, June 22 at 6 PM EDT
  • Wednesday, June 23 at 10 AM EDT

While the above webinar is suitable for all students, we have also scheduled a new Housing webinar specifically for graduate students, which also includes expanded information on for students with children.

  • Monday, June 21 at 6PM EDT

For more info on your legal rights as a renter, consider attending one of the upcoming Know Your (Legal and Student) Rights webinars presented by the Legal Information Clinic at McGill!

  • Friday, June 18 at 2 PM EDT
  • Friday, July 16, at 10 AM EDT

We'll be writing to you again next week, to keep you up to date on the numerous health and wellness resources specifically for graduate students at McGill! In the meantime, you can reach out to Housing Services with any questions you have about living in Montreal!


For questions on any other aspect of graduate life at McGill, email us at firstyear@mcgill.ca!





Gilbert Lin

Manager, Orientation & Student Engagement | Campus Life & Engagement | McGill Student Services


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