Montreal Guide

The new Desautels Montreal Guide is designed to help people new to the city get settled in and feel at home. Learn about some quick facts and must-do’s, landmarks and museums, and much more. Explore the city with us and learn what makes Montreal so unique.

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A unique experience

Offering a true joie de vivre, living in Montreal is a unique experience halfway between North America and Europe.

Photo: Downtown Montréal from parc du mont Royal, Copyright Tourisme Montréal

Supporting Research

Montreal ranks first in Canada for university research funding.

Photo: McGill College Avenue, Copyright MTOQ, Cécile Benoit


QS Best Student Cities 2016-17 ranks Montréal as the Best Student City in the World.

Photo: Old Port of Montréal, Copyright Old Port of Montréal Corporation Inc., A.P.E.S.


According to The Economist, Montreal is the 2nd best city in the world for living and the 4th safest city in North America.

Photo: Family scenes in Montréal, Copyright Tourisme Montréal, Shanti Loiselle

Living in Montreal

A UNESCO City of Design since 2006, Montreal offers a true joie de vivre, boasting a unique experience halfway between North America and Europe.

Year after year, Montreal is highly acclaimed as one of the most affordable, diverse, sophisticated, and safe cities in the world. Above all, both going to school and living in Montreal is a fun and rewarding experience!

As a major cultural and technological centre, Montreal offers students unparalleled opportunities to explore life outside the classroom. Montreal is home to the world-renowned International Jazz Festival and the Just for Laughs Comedy Festival, providing students with countless opportunities to take part in the cultural experiences, festivals, and events offered throughout the summer months.

Montreal enjoys worldwide recognition

4th Best Student City in the World, #1 in North America

QS Best Student Cities 2018

The World’s top intelligent community of 2016

The Intelligent Community Forum (ICF), 2016

Top Host City in North America for International Association Events

Union of International Associations (UIA), 2015

#1 in Canada, 2nd in North America, on the Index of Bicycle-Friendly Cities

Copenhagenize, 2015

2nd Best City in the World for Living

The Economist, The Safe Cities Index 2015

3rd Friendliest City in the World

Rough Guides, 2014

3rd on the Best Summer Cities List

Lonely Planet, 2011

Top 10 Hip Cities

New York Times, 2011

Canada tops the list

Millennials (aged 18 to 35) from around the globe view Canada as the best country in the world.

Source: US News & World Report’s (2016)