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Apartment-hunting tips

Finding the perfect pad can be a daunting exercise -- especially for out-of-towners not used to Montreal's particular terminology. Here are a few tips to help you get started, as well as a guide to apartment listings. 


The McGill Classifieds are a great resource for apartment hunters, featuring listings as well as ads posted by students seeking roommates.

Apartment listings in Montreal include:


  • Apartment sizes
    • 1 1/2: a single-room apartment, also known as a "1.5" or a studio. It includes a room with an attached kitchen or kitchenette and a separate bathroom.
    • 2 1/2: similar to a 1 1/2 except that there is some separation between the bedroom and the living room, though they may not be two distinct rooms.
    • 3 1/2 an apartment with a separate living room, bedroom and kitchen.
    • Each increasing number after 3 1/2 indicates an additional room.
  • Rent
    When you ask about the rent, be sure to find out what amenities are included. Heat can add a sizeable portion to your rent, so you may want a lease that includes heat and/or hot water. To find out about electrical costs, you can contact Hydro-Quebec at 514-385-7252 from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday to Friday to ask how much the previous tenant paid.
  • Location
    Don't limit yourself to the Milton Park Neighbourhood. Rents in downtown Montreal, the Milton Park area and the lower Plateau are higher than elsewhere and availability is low, so expand your search to other easily accessible neighbourhoods like NDG, St. Henri, Rosemont-Petite-Patrie, Mile End and Verdun.
  • Do your homework
    When in doubt about a landlord, a building or a lease, call McGill's Off-Campus Housing Office (514-398-6010) or the provincial government's Régie du Logement (514-873-2245).
  • Survival Guide
    Follow this link for an excellent guide prepared by the Off-Campus Housing Office