The best university neighbourhoods in Montreal and Quebec City

Are you looking for a cozy nest for your university years? Here are our top neighbourhood picks, where life is good.

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Recognized for its dynamic aura, this district is always full of activities. There is an eclectic and colourful fauna that loves to read books, have a drink and enjoy life with its many green spaces. Think, in particular, La Fontaine Park where joie de vivre reign both in summer and winter.

Mile End

It’s the hip neighborhood par excellence! Offbeat and cosmopolitan, it is recognized for its mix between Anglos and Francos, and citizen initiatives. There are many indie boutiques, thrift stores and cafes, not to mention the famous Montreal bagels.


Whether you’re studying at Concordia University or McGill University, the Downtown District is just right for you. Incidentally, there are numerous student apartments in this area. Living in the heart of Montreal means getting closer to the entertainment district, with its many shops, restaurants and museums.

The Village

Just a few steps from UQAM (the University of Quebec in Montreal), the Village is a neighbourhood where open-mindedness rules first and foremost. Close to one another are two metros stations: Beaudry and Berri- UQAM. You should choose this festive sector if you like to taste the nightlife, thanks to the many nightclubs feeding this bubbling neighbourhood.


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You plan to study at HEC or at the University of Montreal? The Côte-des-Neiges neighborhood has a lot to offer you. With its diverse population, the neighborhood promotes accessibility to all the services you need, even a pharmacy and a grocery store open 24 hours a day. We love it for its diversity and for its proximity to the city centre. NL


Sainte-Foy (around the Pyramid / Laurier / Place Sainte-Foy)

A student neighbourhood par excellence with at its heart Laval University and the CEGEPs of Sainte-Foy, Champlain-Saint-Lawrence and Garneau are within a few minutes’ walk or bus ride. A neighbourhood life where everything is easily available, including the Pyramid where you will find restaurants, cinema, pharmacy, etc. Keyword: accessibility!


Located in the Lower Town (Basse-Ville), Limoilou is considered one of the new trendy neighbourhoods of Quebec. It offers its residents a real neighbourhood life with its many cafes, restaurants, shops and parks nearby where you can enjoy a jog or walk before the day starts. Sparkling and solidly authentic.

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The oldest working-class suburb of Quebec City, Saint-Roch district, which some people call little Brooklyn, is a trendy place where a fauna of workers, students, craftsmen and shopkeepers come together. This mix is all found on St. Joseph Street, known for its good restaurants, bars and shops.

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Called the Quartier des Arts, Montcalm is very popular for its quality of life with that hint of bobo (bourgeois bohemian). There is a multitude of bars and terraces where it is good to meet friends, not to mention the cafes, bookstores and restaurants feeding neighbourhood life. For outings: fall for a good movie at the legendary Cinema Cartier, or for a play at Periscope.


Saint-Jean-Baptiste, often called Faubourg Saint-Jean, is one of Quebec’s oldest neighbourhoods. This warm place with its unusual streets has everything a dynamic neighbourhood can offer, as we can imagine: neighbours chatting with each other, as well as walking to local shops and public places to chat with friends.

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