Themichelle.cubano [at] mcgill.ca (subject: House-Hunting) ( Faculty Relocation Advisor) can provide new staff members with information about Montreal neighbourhoods, offer assistance with house-hunting, and provide general information regarding the process of purchasing or renting a home. In Quebec, it is a tradition to move on July 1, but properties are available for rent or purchase throughout the year, with limited availability in the winter time.

Campus Housing

Limited staff housing is available for rent at the Macdonald Campus in Ste. Anne de Bellevue, at the western end of the Island of Montreal. Staff members should contact the Staff Housing Administrator, at 514-398-7672 or tanya.rother [at] mcgill.ca for cost and availability. Staff housing is not available at the Downtown Campus.

Property Listings

Properties that are for rent and for sale can be listed by real estate agents or by the owner. Real estate agents list properties primarily on their broker websites and on national websites, such as www.centris.ca and www.realtor.ca 

For-rent-by-owner and for-sale-by-owner listings are also available. Some sites, such as du Proprio are regulated, while others such as www.padmapper.com, www.craigslist.ca, and www.kijiji.ca are not. Short- and long-term furnished rentals can also be found on  www.sabbaticalhomes.com and www.airbnb.ca.


For information about renting in Canada, visit Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation

For a step-by-step guide on buying a home, visit Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation

To learn about the laws governing property rentals and ownership in Quebec, visit Educaloi

To learn about tenant and landlord rights and responsibilities, visit Quebec’s rental regulation board, the Régie du logement

For renting before relocating, learn about the Promise to Lease Form

For standard rentals, view a Standard Lease Form

To learn about home insurance, visit the Insurance Bureau of Canada and Info Assurance

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