Montreal is an international city, one that is consistently recognized as one of North America's most livable urban centres. It is the largest French-speaking community outside of Paris; however, Montreal is also a city of great ethnic diversity. Few world cities are as accessible and enjoyable for students. Living costs are quite low, and inexpensive rental accommodations abound within walking distance of the University. By North American large city standards, Montreal is safe, with excellent subway and bus systems.
The greater Montreal area is a thriving metropolis that offers the best in shopping, dining, nightlife, music, the arts and cultural events for all tastes. The city is known for its many festivals, including the incomparable International Jazz Festival, which attracts more than 1,000 jazz musicians from around the world. The Just for Laughs Festival offers spectacular theatrical presentations and sizzling standup shows. Many of the city's cultural and recreational activities are free to students or offer significantly reduced student rates.
If it is nature you seek, Montreal is just a relatively short drive away from the Laurentians, the Eastern Townships, and northern New England (Vermont and New York State). McGill University is set on the slopes of Mount Royal, a green oasis in the heart of the city.
McGill is an international university attracting students from all over the world. Leading figures in every field from all over the world come to McGill to give talks, lectures and to see the progress of our research. It's an exciting place to study. There is always something happening on campus. The wide variety of clubs and activities and many community service programs offer endless and enriching opportunities.