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When is the best time to begin your search?

          Temporary housing

          Housing search help

What type of dwelling should I choose?

          Renting an apartment on your own

          Flat sharing with roommates (or renting a room)

          Student residences at Université de Montréal

          Living with a homestay family

Apartments and general terminology

What amount to budget for

 


 

When is the best time to begin your search?

We strongly recommend you to wait until you arrive in Montréal to avoid unpleasant surprises. We recommend that you arrived two weeks before the begin of the class to have time to find a place.

The great majority of leases in Montréal are generally signed in the spring and begin July 1st for a 12-month duration.  If you can come to Montréal in March or April, you should begin your search at that time. 

If you are not here at this time, which is the case for international students or those from remote areas, you will still find many offers during the summer.  In residential areas close to the School, some flat owners wait until just before the beginning of the term to put up a sign.  Furthermore, there are many sub-leasing offers and flat sharing offers for students in the weeks that precede an academic term.

   

Temporary housing

It is imperative that you reserve temporary housing for your first few nights in Montréal, until you find a place and can arrange to move in.  We recommend you reserve a room for one week and adjust the length of your stay if you find something more quickly. 

+  Where to find temporary housing ?

Here are some useful websites for reserving temporary housing in Montreal:

 

Housing Search Help

Students may seek help at the Welcome Kiosk of the Student Services and the International Student Affaires (ISA) office in the days during the welcoming weeks.  Also, ISA holds workshops on housing search hints.  Their aim is to give you enough time armed with the required knowledge regarding the Montreal housing market to find housing before classes start.

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What type of dwelling should I choose?

Before you start your search, ask yourself what type of accommodations you seek. Here are the main types of offers on the market: 

 

Renting an apartment on your own

Renting an apartment is a good option but it is more expensive than the other options. It is well suited for people who prefer to live alone.

 

Flat sharing with roommates (or renting a room)

Flat (Apartment) Sharing with other students is a popular option in Québec.  It is another way for students from remote areas and foreigners to successfully integrate Montréal living. It is an affordable form of housing that reduces costs by sharing many fix costs (electricity, heating, telephone, internet…).

 

HOW TO FIND A FLAT SHARE
 Finding a room within a Flat Share: Finding an apartment to share with others:
 Join an existing Flat Share with a group of students offering an available bedroomRent a bedroom in a Flat Share organized by the Owner and rented “room by room “. Rent an apartment with one or two extra bedrooms and find your own roommates. Form a group of roommates and look for an apartment together.
Contract Sign a lease for your bedroom directly with the Owner or sign a Flat Share Agreement* with the roommate who signed the apartment lease.You will sign a lease directly with the Owner for your bedroom only.You will be responsible for the lease and your roommates will sign a Flat Share Agreement* with you.You will all sign the lease as a group and will be collectively and individually accountable for payment of the Rent (should one roommate fail to pay his share you will need to compensate).
Advantages You will choose who you live withYou will be responsible for your own rent only

You will choose your roommates yourself

You will not assume the risk of the Lease and the Rent payments on your own.

Installation costs are greatly reduced: you will only have to furnish your room and will avoid often complicated steps (installing a phone line or opening an account with the Electric company.
Disadvantages

You will have to make compromises and adapt to the existing way of living in the Flat Share.

 

You will not choose your roommates, the Owner recruits them himself.You must be able to fully pay for the Rent should a roommate leave or fail to pay his share. 
You will usually need to get furniture for all rooms of the apartment.

*Signing a Flat Share Agreement offers more flexibility (e.g. duration) than a Lease and is perfectly legal.

 

Student residences at Université de Montréal

The Université de Montréal residences are located within a 10-minute walking distance of HEC Montréal. An 8-month lease is required. The price of a single room is approximately $ 350 per month and includes many services. Registration (in French) at:  www.residences-etu.ca  .

The number of rooms is very limited, you have to register as soon as possible. The registration begins in February. For the Winter Semester, you will be automatically listed on the wainting list.

Exchange students have to contact the International Student Affairs Office before registration.

 

Living with a homestay family

Taking a room in a family environment removes all of the obligations of a rental lease agreement and it is more economical than an apartment.  This option is also a most interesting way for a student to quickly connect with Montrealers and integrate his new environment.  If you wish to live with a family, be sure to check the location of the house and avoid the more isolated suburbs of Montréal. You should also check the various house rules regarding meals hours and curfews. 


 


 

Apartments and general terminology

 

Ther are different types of appartment :

  • Furnished : everything included even furnitures and some household electrical appliances.
  • Equipped ou semi-furnished : Includes at least a stove and refrigerator
  • Studio (11/2 or 21/2 ) : 1 room (bedroom and living-room), kitchen area and bathroom.
  • X1/2 : the number "X" refers to the number of rooms though "1/2" refers to the bathroom. Ex: 41/2 means an apartment with four rooms and a bathroom.

The surface of apartments is rarely indicated. If it is, it's often in square feet. (100 square feets = 9,3 square meters)

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What amount to budget for 

Housing in Montreal is relatively less expensive than other big cities in the world:

    • Collocation: 375 - $ 600 / month according to the furnishing and the inclusive charges
    • Rent alone: plan at least 700 in $ 800 / month
    • *Electricity: 30 to $ 50 / month (divide according to the number of occupants)
    • *Heating: 60 to $120 / month (divide according to the number of occupants)
    • *Gas (sometimes): $ 30 / month (divide according to the number of occupants)
    • *Telephone: $ 30 / month
    • *TV and internet cable: 60 to $ 100 / month
    • Tap water: No charge
    • Local residence tax: the tenants are not responsible
    • House insurances: $ 30 / month

    *Expenses of activation can apply

 
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