Starting out your first year at on of Montreal's fine eduational establishments like Concordia or McGill?\nHere's everything you need to know about Montreal life, student life and more.\nTips from a local veteran 👇\nVisit MTLBlog for more headlines.\nIt's coming up faster than you know. That's right, it's the beginning of the fall semester at all Montreal universities! By now, you should have your schedule ready, your booklist prepared, and maybe, your first-day outfit. If you don't have that by now, stop reading this article and get that done!\nYou're back? Good. Now take a seat because the first week of university in Montreal comes with a lot of unexpected circumstances. Aren't you lucky that your friendly neighbourhood blog writer is a former student and has gone through many first weeks?\nAs a local Montrealer, I knew what to expect from the city. I knew less about the expectations of university life, however. You might be from out of town and have no idea what the city has to offer and that's okay! This article is for everyone who's worried about their first week.\nBefore I pour into this list, keep in mind that these expectations are based on my own observations. If you don't care about my opinion and want the public's advice, check out this article.\nLet's get to it, shall we?\nWhat the Hell is a Ligne Verte?\nMontreal's metro system can be confusing to some, especially those who have no grasp of the French language. Getting around doesn't have to be complicated though.\nSTM\nThere are four major metro lines that run through the city and you only really need to know two of them (depending on where your school is). The orange line and the green line (and blue line for French students) is where most of your university life will take place as most schools, bars, restaurants, and stores are located in and around those metro lines. Commit these to memory!\nBonjour/Hi\nMontreal is a French city despite the fact that everyone in your rez is English. You'll find that out the hard way, especially if you're from out of town. Often, the language barrier is what makes people quit Montreal. It's recommended that you learn at least a minor amount of French to get by.\nView this post on Instagram Samedi légèreté ✌🏻 • #MTL #montreal #mtlblog #livemontreal #mtlmoments #downtownmontreal #explorecanada #VSCO A post shared by Bertrand Exertier (@bertexertier) on Aug 10, 2019 at 7:59am PDT\nFrench lessons don't have to be complicated or expensive, as this list proves! Learn some basic words and phrases and you'll be fine.\nREAD ALSO: Where To Find Cheap Food Around Montreal's Concordia University\nThere's More to Life than Downtown and the Plateau/Mile End\nMany students fall into the trap of spending their whole university careers in these two neighbourhoods. There are plenty of other awesome neighbourhoods to discover in Montreal, though. Explore the city!\nView this post on Instagram 🇨🇦 MONTREAL 🇨🇦 Home sweet home! Can’t wait to eat all the poutines, all the outdoor spaces and beautiful people of #Montreal 😍 So what’s cooking for this #StJean weekend?! #MTLmoments #YULmoments 🍃 - 🇨🇦 Poutine, @orange_julep, hockey Cosom, terrasses de @montreal YAS J’AI HÂTE! @adventurefaktory et moi on est là jusqu’en mi-août pi on a hâte en taaaaa de redécouvrir le beau Québec! 🗺 - ✈️ More photos of 📍Montréal #AdventureFaktoryInCanada 🗺 Travel guides & inspiration ➡ @adventurefaktory A post shared by Thuymi Voyage 🇻🇳🇨🇦🇦🇪 (@thuymi) on Jun 22, 2019 at 11:30am PDT\nRestaurant Overload\nThere are way too many places to eat in Montreal and that's not always a good thing. There's no need to get overwhelmed by the sheer number of options. Pick a spot, preferably cheap, and stick to it.\nREAD ALSO: Where To Find Cheap Food Near Montreal's McGill University Campus\nPick a Side... or Don't\nEspecially if you're a student of Concordia! You're bound to experience some kind of political manifestation or information booth walking around the campus.\nGetting involved in politics can be a fulfilling experience but it can also be a terrible one. Montreal students are extremely passionate about politics and aren't shy about protesting. Choose wisely because people will assume your personality based on that.\nView this post on Instagram They know how to throw a good aul #protest round these parts! #Montreal #mtl #Quebec #Irish in #Canada #minimumwage #strike #montrealprotest #samba #drums #jeantalon #nofilter A post shared by Niamh Devaney (@memesdev) on Oct 15, 2016 at 10:23am PDT\nYou're Gonna Drop a Class\nThe first week of school should be treated as a feeling-out process for classes. Unless your schedule is premade according to your program, you'd be wise to pick at least 5 classes you think you'd be interested in because I can guarantee that you'll drop at least one.\nFact is, you won't enjoy school if you don't enjoy going to class.\nTry Not To Party Too Hard\nIt's tempting I know. You're 19 years old, from Vermont and never had such freedom. But destroying your liver one week into school is no fun whatsoever.\nDrink in moderation and know your limits before you wreck yourself.\nView this post on Instagram It’s time to cool off tonight at WET WEDNESDAY 💦 A post shared by Les Terrasses Bonsecours (@terrassesbonsecours) on Jul 3, 2019 at 11:29am PDT\nDon't Fall in Love too Hard\nMontreal is by nature, a very transient city. Because of this, it's tough to find a partner. If you don't focus your energy on love affairs, you should be okay but even the most loveless of us eventually find someone who's worth it.\nMy advice: make sure they aren't leaving the city anytime soon because you will be a heartbroken mess and bam, semester failed.\nREAD ALSO: 30 Free Things To Do In Montreal This September\nWhere's the...?\nIn terms of on-campus facilities, here's what you need to commit to memory during your first week:\nThe library\nProgram faculty offices\nStudent union \nMedical clinic\nBookstore\nThat's it!\nView this post on Instagram home stretch‼️ A post shared by Marianne Alicia Lynch (@marianne.alicia) on Apr 11, 2018 at 9:58am PDT\nNotes Will Save Your Life\nEven if your professor uses PowerPoints, take notes on what they're talking about. Usually, what your professor says is what's important. Try not to rely on your computer to type out your notes - handwritten ones are proven to be more effective.\nIf you don't think you can keep up with your prof's cadence, invest in a recording device.\nMost Importantly...\nHave fun and don't take yourself too seriously! Your first week of university is a time to explore and try things out. Your first semester, even more so. Unless you have a clear life path in mind, take some time to find what you like. Don't make your life harder than it needs to be!\nHope you all have an awesome first week, Montreal!