Erasmus Experience in Montreal, Canada by Mandar
Why did you choose to go to Montreal, Canada?
I had heard good things about the institute from my seniors, plus I wanted to experience winter sports (coming from India, dont have so many opportunities).
How long is the scholarship? How much money do you receive to help you with living costs?
Scholarship was for the duration of exchange program (3. 5 months), fixed stipend. I was able to save ~20% of the amount.
What is the student lifestyle like in Montreal?
You get a good amount of time to work on the problems/assignments individually and in groups. Apart from curriculum, you are encouraged to attend events and seminars which adds to experience. Plus there are tons of fun things going on the campus all the time - be it sports, cultural events, etc
Would you recommend the city and the University of Montreal to other students?
I would definitely recommend staying in Montreal and McGill University
What is the food like?
As a practicing vegetarian, I thought it would be difficult for me to adjust to Montreal's food culture. But I was pleasantly surprised to see the cosmopolitan culture and a good number of vegan outlets in the city
Did it cost you to find your accommodation in Montreal?
I found my accommodation through kijiji; I stayed with a native Canadian and I highly recommend it as it adds to the overall experience. Thanks Mark!
How much does it cost to live in Montreal?
- Rent: ~$500-800 per month (depends on the location and amenities)
- Food: ~$8 per meal making it ~$700 per month
- Commute: Month pass $75
- Entertainment: $300 per month (movie + clubbing etc)
- Trip outside Montreal: ~$100
Is the language easy to get to grips with? Are there language courses available at the University?
Most Montrealers speak excellent English, although one does find a few fervent Quebequois who speak only French. But then a few common phrases of French should cover it up. McGill does offer language courses, but frankly not required.
What's the easiest or most economical way to travel to Montreal from your city?
Flight (obviously from India! )
Where would you recommend to go on a night out in Montreal?
St. Laurent Street for sure!
And for eating? Can you recommend some good restaurants in Montreal?
Aux Vivres (vegan), Le Taj (Indian)
Is there any other advice that you could give to students going to Montreal in the future?
Be prepared for the cold in December! Dont worry about anything - its an amazing city!
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