Montreal. Made by creators and innovators.
Of Greater Montreal’s 3.8 million residents, nearly 250,000 are college or university students—that’s more students per capita than any other North American city. And it’s no wonder why.
With its open and creative culture, world-class universities, competitive tuition fees, and excellent employment opportunities, Montreal is one of the top student destinations in the world. Our city ranks no. 1 in Canada and sixth in the world on the 2019 QS Best Student Cities index.
In the city core, you’ll often hear Montrealers using French and English interchangeably. Around half of the Montreal population’s first language is French, 12 percent is English, and the rest speak a different first language including Arabic, Italian, Spanish, Creole and Chinese. If you don’t speak French, don’t worry. You’ll be able to get by easily with English. But once you’re here, why not try to learn? Living in Montreal is a great opportunity to immerse yourself in a new language and culture.
Montreal is an eclectic blend of North American and European culture, with plenty to see and do year-round. Check out the city’s countless museums and art galleries. Soak up the world-famous nightlife and comedy scene. And take your pick of more than 100 annual festivals—from Osheaga and Mural Festival in summer to Igloofest and Nuit Blanche in winter.
“Few cities can compete with Montreal’s mouth-watering mix of food, festivals and fun-centric living”—Lonely Planet
If you’re a foodie, Montreal is the place to be. The city is home to six farmers’ markets and 6,000+ restaurants, second only to New York for the most restaurants per capita in North America. Love the outdoors? Explore on two wheels with the city’s extensive network of bike paths, or go kayaking on the Lachine Canal. With 2,200 acres of parks, Montreal has green spaces to spare—like the beautiful and sprawling Parc Mont-Royal, located right beside McGill’s downtown campus.
Exceptional quality of life
According to the 2019 Mercer index, Montreal ranks 4th in North America and 21st in the world when it comes to quality of living. Safe and affordable with a host of great neighbourhoods to choose from, Montreal has lower living expenses than most major cities including Los Angeles, New York, Toronto, London, Melbourne and Beijing.
A progressive leader
Montreal is one of the most progressive cities in the world, with a liberal culture and diverse community. The United Nations’ Montreal Protocol turned the tide in the global fight to protect the ozone layer. And the Declaration of Montreal outlined the basic human rights and freedoms owed to people everywhere, regardless of sexual orientation.
An incubator of innovation
In recent years, Montreal has firmly established itself as a global leader for innovation and talent in industries spanning aerospace, tech, artificial intelligence, video games, pharmaceuticals and more. The city is an incubator of creativity and ideas, with countless opportunities to thrive in every sector.
An international hub
Located in the Canadian province of Quebec in the heart of North America, Montreal is within easy driving distance of New York, Boston, Toronto, Ottawa, and Quebec City. And you can catch direct flights to more than 130 international destinations from Montreal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau Airport.
Home to four distinct seasons
Temperatures can range from a sunny 30°C in July to a snowy -30°C in January. But whatever the weather, Montrealers love to get outside—from skiing, skating and hockey in winter to volleyball, soccer and cycling in summer. As soon as the weather warms up in spring, locals flock to hundreds of Parisian-style terrasses across the city.