We strongly suggest that you wait until you arrive to sign a lease to avoid unpleasant surprises. So, it would be advisable to arrive two weeks before the start of classes (mid-August) or in the beginning of January, to have time to find a place. The majority of leases in Montreal begin on July 1st for a 12-month duration. If you can come to Montreal in March or April, you should begin your search at that time. However, 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 term to lease their apartment. Furthermore, there are many sublet and flat-sharing offers for students in the weeks just before the academic term.
It is imperative that you reserve temporary housing for your first few nights in Montreal, 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.
If you don’t know anyone you can stay with in Montreal for the first days, you still have a wide range of possibilities to choose from: hotel, youth hostel, couch surfing, etc.
It is advisable to make reservations as soon as possible. Montreal is a popular city for tourists in August, and many international students arrive in town in early August and in the beginning of January.
N.B.: HEC Montréal will not be responsible for the quality of housing on offer. We urge students to exercise caution before putting down any amount of money as a deposit.
Here are some useful websites for reserving temporary housing in Montreal:
The following considerations need to be addressed:
Rent prices vary from one area to the next. The neighbourhoods most popular with HEC Montréal students are:
The HEC Montréal-Darlington offers 40 full-time students, and students from outside of Canada, the opportunity to rent a room in a university residence.
Located within 10 minutes walking distance of HEC Montréal, the UdeM university dorms offer decent quality at affordable rates. Full-time students at HEC Montréal can obtain a single or double studio, or one that is customized for people with disabilities.
This section is intended for all individuals (owners, neighborhood residents, staff members, students, etc.) who wish to post a listing for renting or subletting an apartment.
This section is intended for all individuals (owners, neighborhood residents, staff members, students, etc.) who wish to place an ad for renting or subletting an apartment.
You must log in to HEC en ligne with your registration number. Under the “Services aux étudiants” menu, the "Consulter annonces de logement" tab lists the current housing offers. Only students admitted to or enrolled in HEC Montréal can view these listings.
Before starting, please note:
If you would like to modify your listing, please send an email to email@example.com specifying the listing number and the changes that are required.
Workshops on “Looking for housing" and "Finding a roommate” will be offered during new student orientation at the start of the semester. Check your emails for further information.
During new student orientation, a computer lab will be open, where you can use the computers to search housing ads, call landlords with the telephones provided and get expert advice from our team.
Send your questions to: firstname.lastname@example.org