Once you arrive in Montreal, you may want to set up a local bank account near either the Downtown or Macdonald campus, to facilitate the handling of your expenses and other financial affairs. Most banks offer student accounts, but make sure to do your research. Take the time to ask bank representatives any questions or concerns you may have regarding service fees, transaction quotas, free services (i.e.
Finding a grocery store in downtown Montreal can be tough. Keep this list handy when you set off in search of food.
Find an apartment, a bank, and more
Moving to a new city involves more than just hunting down a place to live — you may need to find a bank, a daycare service or even your neighbourhood post office. Our mini-guide can't possibly list the thousands of service providers that dot the city, but it's a good place to start.
In addition to Discover McGill and all of the Orientation Week activities that are available for everyone, International Student Services also plans events for new international students. Click on the International Student Orientation Information website in order to see all they they have put in place for you and plan to take advantage of as many as you can.
Your course books are an integral part of your university learning experience and can form the start of your academic library. It is important to have them for your courses so you can do the required readings and get the most out of your courses. Professors typically give a list of required texts on the first day of class. There is also an index available in the basement of the McGill Bookstore that lists the required books for each course.
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