Life in Montreal

Life in Montreal

With its sociable joie de vivre and high quality of life, Montreal is a top pick for students, researchers and businesses. The low cost of living and doing business here, along with a multilingual, dynamic culture make it one of the most enjoyable and well-connected urban centres in North America.

Montreal is a bilingual city (English and French) located in the heart of North America. Montreal offers students a unique and enriching cultural experience in addition to an exceptionally low cost of living. It is often referred to as the Paris of North America. As for climate, there are four seasons where the daytime high can reach as high as 32°C in mid-July to -20°C in mid-February.

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Living and studying at McGill

Master students traditionally live off campus in downtown Montreal. For detailed information on apartment sizes, location, lease laws, subletting and tips on searching for an apartment in Montreal, visit the McGill Student housing website.


McGill Alumni Network

The McGill Alumni Network is composed of over 250,000 alumni living around the world. Over 30,000 of them are Desautels graduates, many of whom have built successful careers in the financial industry.



DesautelsConnect is your exclusive networking and mentoring platform. Powered by Ten Thousand Coffees, DesautelsConnect introduces you to alumni and other students based on your specific career interests and goals. 


Social Media

Experience life at Desautels through our social media channels. Read the latest news, discover student stories, hear about our research, and keep up to date with Faculty announcements. Join in on the conversation using #Desautelsfamily.


Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Get the latest Covid-19 updates and learn what to expect for McGill’s return to campus this Fall, 2021.

For Desautels specific updates please visit our COVID-19 FAQ page.

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