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Montreal

Cell phone providers

Before purchasing a cell phone, check out the McGill Classifieds, as students are often looking to sell their old cell phones or transfer their contracts. This can help you both find an inexpensive phone and avoid costly activation charges.

Daycare

Most Quebec daycares are subsidized by the government and only cost $7 per day. Space is limited however, and applicants for subsidized childcare are often placed on waiting lists, so be sure to make daycare inquiries as soon as possible.

Post offices

Feeling homesick? Prefer pen and paper to e-mail? If you'd like to write home the old-fashioned way, visit Canada Post's website to find the post office nearest you.

Sending a letter within Canada costs $0.57, letters to the U.S.A. cost $1.00, and regular mail to other countries costs $1.70.

Restaurants

Montreal is renowned for its culinary treats, and features a restaurant to suit nearly every taste. From Afghan to Tibetan, from its famous smoked meat to its celebrated bagels and poutine, Montreal offers an eclectic array of reasonably priced foods that are not to be missed.

Banking

Once you arrive in Montreal, you may want to set up a local bank account near either the Downtown or Macdonald campus, to facilitate the handling of your expenses and other financial affairs. Most banks offer student accounts, but make sure to do your research. Take the time to ask bank representatives any questions or concerns you may have regarding service fees, transaction quotas, free services (i.e.

Grocery stores

Finding a grocery store in downtown Montreal can be tough. Keep this list handy when you set off in search of food.

Services

A future student peruses the wares in the Children's section of the McGill University Bookstore.

Find an apartment, a bank, and more

Moving to a new city involves more than just hunting down a place to live — you may need to find a bank, a daycare service or even your neighbourhood post office. Our mini-guide can't possibly list the thousands of service providers that dot the city, but it's a good place to start.

Where to shop

Several malls along Ste. Catherine St. are within walking distance of the Downtown campus, but for some less expensive options, consult our mini-list.

Food

McGill's annual Farmer's Market provides students, employees, and neighbourhood residents the opportunity to buy fresh, healthy, organic food directly from the farmers who produce it.

Montrealers love their food!