Residence accommodation is guaranteed for first-year students admitted by mid-June and is granted on a first-come, first-served basis after that date. If you requested to live in residence on your initial application, the status of your residence offer will be indicated on your acceptance letter from McGill Admissions and on Minerva. If you have been offered a space in residence, you must confirm your room reservation on Minerva and pay your deposit before the June deadline to secure your spot.
If you didn’t make an initial request but have since changed your mind, please contact:
Get more information on McGill residences and a map of their locations.
If you've decided not to live in residence, it's best to start looking early for an apartment or room to rent. Montreal offers many interesting neighbourhoods to live in, and most are easily accessible by public transportation.
The Off-Campus Housing Office can help with your search, and offers important information about your rights as a tenant and useful tips for finding a great place to live. The also offer apartment listings, and links to external ones as well!
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 SSMU Marketplace is a great resource for apartment hunters, featuring solo listings as well as ads posted by students seeking roommates.
Other apartment listings in Montreal include:
- Craigslist Montreal
- Kijiji Montreal
- The Montreal Gazette (print and Web)
- The Off-Campus housing website
Please note: Quebec Lease Laws require tenants to let their landlords know if they will be renewing their lease 3 months before the end of the lease. Therefore, the best time to start your housing research is approximately 3 months before you your ideal move-in date.
- 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.
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.
Don't limit yourself to the areas right around campus. Rents in downtown Montreal, the Milton Park area and the lower Plateau are higher than elsewhere, and availability is lower, so expand your search to other easily accessible neighbourhoods like NDG, St. Henri, Rosemont-Petite-Patrie, Mile End, Lasalle, 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). Take note that it is illegal for a landlord or anyone else to ask you to pay a "finder's fee". It is best to avoid any rental where this is being asked of you.
The Off-Campus Housing Office offers a great Survival Guide for those planning to rent in Montreal.