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The City of Montréal

Keeping it real in: Montréal

It has been a year and five magazine issues later when we finally decided to take your readers out of the European, or rather a Dutch Student Cities. In this edition, we head on over to the number one student city in the world located in Canada.


Situated in the Southern region of Canadian Province of Quebéc, lies the beautiful city of Montréal, also called Ville de Montréal in French. The city is named after the Mount Royal, a peaked hill located in the heart of the city. Montréal is the largest city in eastern Canada and, after Paris, the second largest French-speaking city in the world. In 2016, the city had a population of 4,127,000, which more than 155,252 are full-time university students in the greater Montreal area and over 30,000 students come to Montréal from outside Canada.


In Montreal, there are four universities and seven alternative degree awarding institutions. The most known English university in Montreal is Canada’s leading higher education institution, the McGill University which has been ranked as Canada’s top university for over fourteen consecutive years and is ranked as the 24th best university in the world! The second well-known French university in Montreal is the Université de Montréal, the second largest research university in Canada. The school is divided into two institutions – School of Engineering and School of Business, with the latter being one of the best business schools in Canada. 

But, the lingering question remains as to why, as a student, you should move to Montreal. Well, the question should be 'Why not?' Why wouldn't you want to live in the number one best student city in the world? Notably, Monreal has also been named one of the happiest cities. Besides education and top-ranked happiest city, there are three more reasons why you should consider the possibility to move to Montreal Canada.


Montreal is internationally known as the city of festivals, according to, Monreal has annually more than 120 festivals and parades – no wonder why this city is so well-cultured. Furthermore, Montreal has something for everyone, a Chinatown, Little Italy and even a Little Portugal; these are only a few of the cultural and ethnic locations that Montreal has to offer. There are also large groups of Arabs, Latinos, Caribbean, Indian and Pakistani that live in Montreal, here you definitely have the opportunity to taste new cuisines! 


For half of the year that the weather is 'nice' in Canada, downtown Montreal is a wonderful area to walk around. If you don't feel like walking you can look for a BIXI, Montreal's bike sharing system. Can't ride a bike? The city has a wonderful and inexpensive public transport system – STM, which also offers discounts for students who want to use their fast, clean and safe buses and subways. Yay, discount! 

Cost of Living.

Lastly, compared to other cities in Canada, or international cities like London, Paris or Tokyo, Montreal is relatively cheaper to live in. Where you can get a slice of pizza for less than $2 CAD and Monreal's world-famous dish of Poutine for less than $4 CAD. And renting? Renting an apartment there can also be affordable, depending on which city you live in. But, considering that the city has so many students that live there, a popular way to live while saving on rent is to share an apartment with one or more fellow students. This is also a fantastic way to make new friends and learn about other cultures. Hello, intercultural living!

Considering these amazing point's I've discovered and summarized for you...Are you ready to pack your bags and head on over to Montreal? Who knows, maybe you will be sharing your story with us soon. If so, don't be afraid to contact us for an interview!


Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this blogpost are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official views of Phryme Magazine.


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