Downtown is the star of Montreal, but tons of people who work and party in the city's core actually live in the West Island, the\nunofficial name for all the towns + burroughs on the West end of the island of Montreal. West Island residents may come into the\ndowntown area for the nightlife scene, but they always return to their quieter neighborhood and homes. Why? Well, there are a fair\namount of perks about not living downtown. Plus, they're are some not-so-cute elements about living in Montreal's busiest areas.\nWhich one is superior? The hustle and bustle of downtown, with all the bars and drunken folk? Or the more low-key West Island neighborhoods, where you can actually sleep safe and peacefully? We're gonna break it down with some pros and cons of West Island vs. Downtown living.\nWest Island\nPROS\nYou're able to escape the constant buzz of the city\tAlot less violent, with not as many robberies and break ins\tA strong sense of community in the west island burroughs\nCONS\nTendency to stay in rather then go out because downtown is is fucking far\tDorval airport can be loud as fuck\nDowntown\nPROS\nNot having to spending $70 on cab rides home after a night out\tBusses and metros are so much more convenient and accesible\tNight life is all around you, so you can get drunk anywhere\nCONS\nMasses of bros and biddies clogging up the streets\tRush hour traffic makes driving and bussing a bitch\tMuch better accessibility for students with campuses downtown and metro-action\nWest Island\nPROS\nEasier to communicate for anglophones\tNo drunken ruckus near your home\tTons of SAQs to choose from\nCONS\nFeel bad doing sketchy things with so many families around\tHaving access to a car is nearly essential, otherwise: long ass metro/bus rides\nDowntown\nPROS\nBetter shopping with tons of boutiques and the Eaton Centre + underground malls\tFood available nearly 24/7\tYou get to live blocks away from friends\nCons\nDrunken people being obnoxious and loud\tMore dangerous in general since the sketchy folk congregate downtown\nOkay, so you can't really declare an exact winner, it mostly depends on what you're priorities are. A wise man once put the difference between the two best:\nBasically the west island is the equivalent of being in a relationship. It's safe, predictable, cheap, and comfy.Downtown is like being single. Its new, exciting, expensive, and sometimes dangerous.\n-Alex Melki\nSo where do you prefer to live readers? Do you love the comfort of the West Island, or are you all about downtown? Pick a side in the comments below.