- Moving to Montreal to start your first year at McGill or Concordia?
- There's a lot to discover, from cafes to restaurants to bars and more, and we've got you covered.
- Take a look at our unofficial ranking of all of Montreal's downtown residences, from worst to best.
First year is an interesting experience, full of contradictions. On the one hand, you're an adult who is ready to tackle higher education while learning to branch out on their own. On the other hand, you're blacking out three times a week and you still haven't learnt to cook for yourself because you're living in rez and therefore are not quite self-sufficient yet.
For many, living in rez is an important part of the university experience. In rez, you get to meet tons of new people, go to a lot of parties and finally know what it's like to have Satan for a roommate.
To help you pick the best rez, we've made a very subjective and not-at-all definitive ranking of McGill and Concordia rezes. Obviously, everyone has vastly different needs when it comes to a living situation, and will assign different weights to certain criteria such as proximity to school, sociability, food availability, etc.
That being said, here's our ranking of McGill and Concordia rezes.
11. University Hall, McGill
This one is a bonus and scores so low because, even though I went to McGill, I've never heard of University Hall, nor did I ever meet a single person who lived there. Working theory: it's not actually a residence but a McGill lab facility.
10. Jesuit Residence, Concordia
This residence is really only handy for people who study at the Loyola campus, and even then, many people prefer to stay at Hingston Hall. On the bright side, all of the rooms are private rooms, so you don't have to deal with annoying roommates.
9. Douglas Hall, McGill
This rez has all of the inconveniences of being "up the hill," without any of the social advantages that come with being in Upper Rez. On the bright side, you can go back to your quiet, cozy rez when the Upper Rez students who have never had a drink in their lives decide to do six shots, puke, and spend the rest of the night screaming with their friends. And your caf looks like something out of Harry Potter.
8. Carrefour Sherbrooke, McGill
Also known as C4, Carrefour Sherbrooke is a sad little industrial rez with a weird room layout. On the bright side, this rez also has a Starbucks and a Quesada right in the building, so you can make your lonely Saturday nights a little better by eating burritos.
7. Hingston Hall, Concordia
I've taken off points because this rez is at the Loyola campus, and therefore annoying to navigate via public transit (step up your bus game, NDG). However, the rezes are actually cozy looking, and on a nice campus.
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6. Solin Hall, McGill
I may be biased, but every single person I've met who stayed in Solin is an actual gem. I've given this rez points for being in a cool borough, and everyone who went there seemed to genuinely enjoy it, but I've taken points off for naaaasty kitchens and the fact that none of your "McGill bubble" friends will ever come to see you.
5. La Citadelle, McGill
This hotel-style rez is brand-new and actually well-renovated, so you can live out your Suite Life dreams. Bonus points for the beautiful common rooms. However, it's so close to school that leaving your 5-block radius to do anything will seem dauntingly far way.
4. RVC, McGill
The only reason that Royal Victoria College scores so high is because they objectively have the best caf, despite the (alleged) rats, and because there are a lot of music students who live there, and music students are unquestionably the hottest McGill students.
3. Grey Nuns, Concordia
I cannot put this rez any higher on the ranking because it's definitely haunted. Like, students hear wails in the night, and not the sexy kind, haunted. However, the huge rez is home to some pretty cool people, and it's in an unbeatable location.
2. Upper Rez, McGill
Upper Rez is high up on this list because of the sense of camaraderie that develops when you have to climb up a treacherous, icy hill every day just to get home from class. The single rooms are pretty cute, but the caf suuuucks. Most students stop at RVC or New Rez on their way back from classes to eat.
1. New Rez, McGill
New Rez is arguably one of the nicest rezes: it is newly renovated, has a pretty solid caf and a Première Moisson attached to it. Not to mention the fact that you can access an underground mall via an elevator, so you can get toilet paper, tequila and some groceries without even going outside. For some reason, it's also the most popular rez with French kids.
That completes the list of McGill and Concordia rezes.
Which one do you think is the best?
I'm curious to know whether my opinion is an unpopular one or not, so tweet us @MTLBlog with your thoughts.