Living in Montreal
Living in Montreal, Quebec, Canada will offer you a wealth of opportunities – and the chance to have some fun. Canada is one of the finest countries in the world – vast, beautiful, peaceful, and home to an exceptional higher education system.
Quebec is Canada’s largest province geographically, and the only Canadian province with French as its official language. That said, English and French coexist and services are available in both languages, along with a variety of other languages as well. Living and travelling in Quebec enables francophones from around the world to communicate in their native tongue, and gives non-francophones the opportunity to learn or improve their French. While McGill’s language of instruction is English, you are welcome to submit your essays, examinations and theses in French. The University offers very affordable French courses for full-time students to help them appreciate the culture of Quebec and the city of Montreal.
Montreal: a stunning city
Montreal is an ideal place to live while pursuing graduate studies. It’s an affordable, safe, multi-cultural, cosmopolitan city located east of Toronto, and north of New York City.
Montreal sparkles with culture, from Cirque du Soleil, the International Jazz Festival and the Just for Laughs comedy festival to the vibrant harmony of live bands and spirited patio conversations. The city’s diverse architecture juxtaposes elegant heritage buildings with some of North America’s most unique and exciting structures.
Only here can graduate students live such a comfortable life. Rent is significantly lower than in other major university cities. All areas of the city are easily accessible through the Metro subway system and numerous bike paths, so you don’t need a car to get around.
Montreal is also a centre of economic development. Many international institutes, pharmaceutical and financial companies, and aeronautical firms are based here, leading to plentiful employment opportunities. As one of the world’s foremost producers of interactive entertainment, Montreal continually garners an excellent reputation for its cultural exports.