Accommodation for Newcomers in Montreal
Immigration Accommodation in Montreal
As a new immigrant arriving in Montreal one of the first tasks is to find short term and long-term accommodation in Montreal for you and your family.
Your first accommodation on arriving in Montreal may be temporary. This is ok, and is the route that most new migration arrivals in Montreal take. Some individuals opt of a good hostel or Serviced Accommodation in Montreal, while some are lucky enough to be able to stay with family or friends in the area. Most new arrivals take a short-term rental while they look for something long term. As with any city, it’s always easier to find someplace new to live once you are already there and Montreal is no different.
Accommodation for newcomers in Montreal guide
You’ve been through the stress and emotional roller coaster involved with securing a visa for Canada and you’ve chosen Montreal as your destination. It’s a charming place with plenty or heritage. Montreal is well known to be extremely welcoming to new migrants.
Here is some background on Montreal for new immigration arrivals.
Montreal ( MUN-tree-AWL; officially Montréal, French: [mɔ̃ʁeal] (listen), Kanien’kéha (Mohawk): Tiohtià:ke) is the second-most populous city in Canada and most populous city in the Canadian province of Quebec. Founded in 1642 as Ville-Marie, or “City of Mary”, it is named after Mount Royal, the triple-peaked hill in the heart of the city. The city is centred on the Island of Montreal, which got its name from the same origin as the city, and a few much smaller peripheral islands, the largest of which is Île Bizard. The city is situated 196 km (122 mi) east of the national capital Ottawa, and 258 km (160 mi) south-west of the provincial capital, Quebec City.
In 2016, the city had a population of 1,704,694, with a population of 1,942,247 in the urban agglomeration, including all of the other municipalities on the Island of Montreal. The broader metropolitan area had a population of 4,098,247. French is the city’s official language and in 2016 was the main home language of 49.8% of the population, while English was spoken by 22.8% at home, and 18.3% spoke other languages (multi-language responses were excluded from these figures). In the larger Montreal Census Metropolitan Area, 65.8% of the population spoke French at home, compared to 15.3% who spoke English. Montreal is one of the most bilingual cities in Quebec and Canada, with over 59% of the population able to speak both English and French. Montreal is the second-largest primarily French-speaking city in the developed world, after Paris.
Historically the commercial capital of Canada, Montreal was surpassed in population and in economic strength by Toronto in the 1970s. It remains an important centre of commerce, aerospace, transport, finance, pharmaceuticals, technology, design, education, art, culture, tourism, food, fashion, video game development, film, and world affairs. Montreal has the second-highest number of consulates in North America, serves as the location of the headquarters of the International Civil Aviation Organization, and was named a UNESCO City of Design in 2006. In 2017, Montreal was ranked the 12th most liveable city in the world by the Economist Intelligence Unit in its annual Global Liveability Ranking, and the best city in the world to be a university student in the QS World University Rankings.
Montreal has hosted multiple international conferences and events, including the 1967 International and Universal Exposition and the 1976 Summer Olympics. It is the only Canadian city to have held the quadrennial Summer Olympics. In 2018, Montreal was ranked as an Alpha− world city. As of 2016 the city hosts the Canadian Grand Prix of Formula One, the Montreal International Jazz Festival and the Just for Laughs festival. It is also home to ice hockey team Montreal Canadiens, the franchise with the most Stanley Cup wins.
Finding Immigration Accommodation for Newcomers in Montreal
Most searches begin with a search engine. Local papers in Montreal may well be online and of course, listing sites such as Craigslist and Rentfaster Montreal can be of great help.
What is the cost of short term accommodation in Montreal
The cost of short-term newcomer accommodation in Montreal varies greatly depending on requirements and neighborhoods. Lots of new arrivals to Montreal use Airbnb to give them an indication of short term rental process in Montreal and also the option to book with confidence and security.
Another website that offers the same accommodation as Airbnb but at less cost is Book Direct and Save
Rental accommodation in Montreal for newcomers
One you decide to rent an apartment or house there are certain things specific to Canada to keep in mind. For example, make sure to agree who pays for utilities, and who is responsible for removing snow!
Property owners and landlords will usually require payslips or proof of income, bank statements and occasionally they may require references from previous landlords although lots of new immigrants to Montreal were homeowners in their previous country. Sometimes it does help to already have secured employment in the greater Montreal area.
All renters in Montreal have rights, so you need to familiarize yourself with those rights before you sign any agreement. Thankfully there are a number of Organizations set up in Montreal to help. These are called Newcomer services and a list of these can be found here: newcomer service
Newcomer subletting in Montreal
Sometimes when a renter leaves for a few months they will sublet their accommodation. Quite often they leave some furnishings behind and for some newcomers to Montreal this can be an ideal option, especially if you’ve yet to buy furniture or if your shipment is delayed.