Montreal has been ranked the ninth-best city for students in the world, according to QS Quacquarelli Symonds, an international higher education network that analyzes education throughout the world. It tied with Boston and Paris for ninth place.
The city fell three spots in the 2022 best student city ranking compared to 2019, going from number six to number nine.
London and Munich made up the top two student cities in the world while Seoul and Tokyo tied for third.
In order to be considered in the best student cities ranking, cities must have a population of over 250,000 people and be home to at least two universities featured in the QS world university rankings. Montreal currently has three: McGill University, Université de Montréal and Concordia University.
Although Montreal's affordability is competitive compared to many cities in the world — including Toronto and Vancouver — it ranked 52nd for affordability, according to QS. The affordability ranking is based on tuition fees, retail prices, an iPad pricing index, and the city's cost of living.
Montreal ranked 10th in the world for the QS student view ranking, which is based on the student experience in the city and the proportion of students who would remain living in the city post-graduation.
QS cited a friendly student environment and a world-class education as Montreal's main attractions for students across the globe.
Truth time, friends. My ultimate goal in life is to live somewhere happily on my own, close to all the action in Montreal, with nothing at all to worry about except how much of an awesome time I'm going to have.
Sometimes, though, it's a little difficult to find stress-free living in Montreal. Either you find an awesome place, but then you have to think of adding in appliances, heating, and all that wonderful stuff - or you just don't find anything you like at all, and are forced to settle.
Which is exactly where Luna Apartments comes into the picture to save the day (/your whole life).
Luna Apartments are pretty much designed so you don't have to worry about a thing. They're situated close to Concordia and literally in front of McGill University, on 1100 Dr Penfield Ave, and offer up awesome amenities, and awesome services. Not to mention, they're super urban and straight-up gorgeous, thanks to a top to bottom designer renovation.
Thebuilding itselfis located super centrally, in Montreal's Golden Square Mile, close to restaurants, coffee shops, banks, buildings, stores, and metro stations. Plus, you're minutes away from Montreal's Old Port, Chinatown, and Mount Royal.
And even though it's downtown,the neighbourhood has lots of huge trees, parks, gorgeous Victorian buildings, and plenty of greenspace.
Each apartment comes with access to the buildings' amenities,which include a fully equipped gym, laundry room/game room, lounge, conference room, study room and a 24 hour doorman (because safety is key!).
Luna's also got a hugeprivate, oasis-like gardenoutside,which is pretty much the perfect spot to chill after a busy day in the city. It's basically an urban retreat: they've got a fountain, manicured lawns, a terrasse, lounge chairs, table, BBQ and an herb garden.
There also happens to be a SubwayRestaurant and a Couche-Tard right in the building... so going out to eat won't even require leaving the comfort of your own home. Sounds like paradise to me, TBH!
On top of that,you've got everything included in the price of your monthly rent. And by everything, I mean everything: heating, lights, air conditioning, hot water, a fridge, microwave, dishwasher, stove, and (of course!) beautiful views of Montreal.
TheLuna Apartmentsalsohappen to come in a variety of different options. You have semi-furnished 3 1/2 and 4 1/2 standard and contemporary models, plus furnished 1 and 2 bedroom suites.
Honestly though, what really sold me on the sheer awesome factor of these apartments is how much current residents hype them up.
Seriously, they saythe only way to know if an apartment building is actually as fantastic as they appear to be is to ask the people who already live there.
People generally havenothing but good stories, with just one of many current residents saying, "In simple words, it's one of the most student-friendly apartments located in the vicinity of McGill University. It's one of the few places that I can call a home away from home."
Oh, and not to mention that they also haveSkype and FaceTime viewingsas well. Yeah, I think that pretty much speaks for itself. They are also doing a HUGE renovation where all the windows and balconies are going to be updated, which is going to be completed this October. Hello more sunshine and morning coffees on your private new balcony!
On top of the above,Luna is contributing to the sustainability by having a green roof. Green roofs help reduce the urban heat island effect and produce oxygen. Moreover,Lunahas joined the urban beekeeping movement by having 2 hives on its rooftop!
This was mostly because of all the wonderful people I met here, whether in residence, through clubs and student groups, or through classes, the people here are what make this school great.
If you're about to come to Concordia for your first year and you're a little nervous about what you should expect, don't be! Changes those nervous jitters to shakes of excitement because you're going to have an amazing time here I guarantee it!
If you're living on the Loyola campus and have classes downtown or you're living downtown and you have classes at Loyola, you'll be taking the shuttle bus every day of your life.
You'll hate it at first because it's pretty slow, the driver's always take weird routes, and you almost always have to stand. But eventually you'll accept that it's a free shuttle just for Concordia students and you just have to deal with it!
Concordia has some stunning study spaces that some people don't know about! The Grey Nuns Chapel is the old chapel in residence that was converted into a cozy study space. It's so beautiful you almost won't mind studying!
There's also the Concordia Green House on the top floor of the Hall building that doubles as a study space for students! You can hit the books amongst the plants here!
If you're moving into residence at either the downtown or Loyola campus' and you're a little worried about how grim the rooms are going to be, don't be!
Grey Nuns Residence is definitely prettier than Loyola but at either one you can dress your room up however you like to make it feel like home! Just get some nice bedding, wall prints, and maybe some twinkly lights and you've got yourself a cozy rez room.
Concordia is always hosting crazy parties all year long. You'll attend TONS in your first week, there will be almost too many to choose for Halloween weekend and we don't stop partying once it gets cold out, we party even more!
Concordia is full of brilliant, insightful, and inspiring students that you're bound to meet during your first year of school. The best way to meet these kinds of people is to get involved in clubs, student groups and go to as many student-run events as you can!
Even if you say you won't, you definitely will. It's impossible, especially in your first year, to attend every single class so don't feel bad about it.
Going to class usually doesn't put you at an advantage to succeed on the final, so if you'd rather stay home and catch up on some sleep or go have some drinks with your friends, do it! You'll catch up later, I promise.
9. You Will Learn That You Don't Have To Spend A Small Fortune On Textbooks
Don't waste your money on buying textbooks new from the bookstore unless you absolutely have to! This is incredibly important because I, and I'm sure a lot of other people, made this mistake their first semester.
There's tons of other alternatives like the Concordia Underground Book Exchange Facebook page where you can buy the books you need from other students for cheaper. There's also a Coop Bookstore at 2150 Bishop St that has tons of books for Concordia classes for way cheaper!
10. You Will Fall In Love With This School And Everyone In It
Concordia University is an amazing school and with all the wonderful people you meet during your time here, you're bound to fall in love! Both Loyola and the downtown campus' are gorgeous, we're environmentally conscious, we have tons of clubs and student-run groups, and tons of our programs rate in the top in Canada!
Within a year you'll have fallen in love with Concordia and you definitely won't want your time here to end!