Living in Montréal


University residences are reserved for regular full-time students. The number of rooms is very limited and there is no housing for couples (with or without children). For the fall session, the request form and flyer are available around mid February and registration begins on March 1. For the winter session, housing requests are put on a waiting list. Rent for a single room is around $380 a month and you will have to sign a lease. For more information or to request a room, contact:

Direction des résidences
Université de Montréal
C.P. 6128, succursale Centre-ville
Montréal (Québec)
Canada H3C 3J7
Telephone: (514) 343-6531
Fax: (514) 343-2353

To find off campus housing, visit the UdeM's Bureau du logement hors campus (off campus housing office). The Bureau has a data bank of apartments and rooms located near the UdeM or in neighborhoods that are easily accessible by metro or bus.

The Bureau cannot make reservations. Therefore, it is useless to contact it before arriving in Montréal. Compared to many other big cities, rent is reasonable in Montréal. However, the number of vacancies for all kinds of housing (rooms, apartments, etc.) has fallen in recent years. Therefore, you will need to plan some time, once you have arrived, to find housing that will suit your needs. It is a good idea to arrive two to three weeks before the beginning of classes.

Bureau du logement hors campus
Pavillon J.-A.-DeSève
2332, boul. Édouard-Montpetit
3e étage, local B-3429
Montréal (Québec)
Canada H3C 3J7
Telephone: (514) 343-6533


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Bureau du logement hors campus (off campus housing office)

Types of housing


A room in a private house is usually furnished. The rent includes heating, hot water, electricity and use of the kitchen. In general, the bathrooms and kitchen are shared with the other occupants. The rent is around $400/$500 a month, depending on the neighbourhood.


The number of rooms varies (all rooms count as one, the bathroom counts as 1/2) but apartments always include a private kitchen and bathroom. Generally, apartments only have a stove and refrigerator and are unfurnished. The owner must indicate if heating costs are included in the rent. In addition to essential furniture, you must count on at least $250 for bedding, dishes and kitchen cutlery, which are not provided. Some apartments are furnished but they are generally smaller and relatively expensive.

Average monthly rent for an apartment near the UdeM: (Côte des Neiges district)

1 1/2  (furnished or not)    450 $

2 1/2 rooms (unfurnished) 600 $

3 1/2 rooms (unfurnished) 700 $

4 1/2 rooms (unfurnished) 850 $

Some additional charges have to be added to the rent, such as:

• Electricity – varies depending on consumption  - about 40 $ per month;

• Gaz (when applicable) for cooking product - about 25 $ per month;

• Heating - varies depending on consumption - about 100 $ per month during the winter months, from November to April – et 25 $ par mois de mai à octobre);

• Phone – residential line - about 70 $ installation fees. A 200 $ deposit may also be requested, which is refunded when customer departs.

Basic monthly subscription is about 25 $ per month (excluding long distance calls);

• Furniture: if the apartment is unfurnished, count 300 $ to 1 000 $ for the basics


In general, landlords require you to sign a one-year lease. In some cases, the lease can be verbal. Whether verbal or written, the lease is legally binding. Tenants who wish to leave before the expiration date of the lease must find someone to replace them (a subtenant) with the landlord's approval. It is highly recommended that you buy home insurance covering public liability, theft and fires (varying cost; plan on paying $200 to $350 per year).

Study in Montréal