Montréal

Culture, innovation, and vibrant student life.

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Diverse Cultures

Montréal boasts a unique cultural tapestry that reflects its rich history and diverse population. The city’s European charm is evident in its cobblestone streets of Old Montréal and their historic architecture. As a multilingual city, French and English coexist with other languages, fostering an inclusive environment. Montréal blends diverse cultures, languages, and traditions. Its neighborhoods are brimming with character, from the artistic haven of Plateau to the trendy streets of Griffintown and neighborhoods like Little Italy, Mile End, and Parc-Extension, reflecting the rich heritage of Italian, Jewish, and South Asian residents. The city’s culinary scene offers global flavors, from Indian curries to Italian pasta, delighting food enthusiasts. Montréal’s international tapestry enriches the cultural life of its residents.

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AI and ML Hub

Montréal is a global leader and one of the world’s premier hubs for machine learning. Mila, the world’s largest research institute in deep learning, hosts more than 900 researchers in this field, creating a central hub for extended collaborations between local experts in Montréal. IVADO, a supporting establishment of hundreds of institutional members, including academic and industrial partners, serves as a catalyst to develop and promote a vibrant ecosystem of data scientists in Montréal. With four major universities and a population of more than half a million university students and multiple accelerators and incubators, Montréal has turned into the “Silicon Valley” of machine learning.

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Student City

Montréal is a thriving student city, home to numerous prestigious institutions Université de Montréal, McGill University, and Concordia University. With nearly half a million students, the city pulses with youthful energy, fostering a dynamic atmosphere for learning, collaboration, and innovation. Montréal’s affordable cost of living and vibrant social scene make it an attractive destination for both local and international students. The city has repeatedly been ranked the world’s best student city by QS Best Student Cities index, thanks to its excellent academic institutions, cultural diversity, and unique urban lifestyle. In Montréal, students benefit from top-tier education and also enjoy endless opportunities for personal growth and memorable experiences.

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A City of Arts and Festivals

Montréal is a cultural hub renowned for its dynamic arts scene and year-round festivals that celebrate various forms of creative expression. The city’s streets come alive with events like the Montréal World Film Festival, Just for Laughs comedy festival, Montréal Jazz Festival, and Osheaga music festival, drawing both local and international talent. In addition to these vibrant festivals, Montréal’s artistic community thrives in its numerous galleries, museums, and performance venues. The city’s strong street art culture further adds to its visual appeal, showcasing diverse and imaginative works that reflect Montréal’s unique spirit. Embracing a wide range of artistic disciplines, Montréal offers residents and visitors an unforgettable cultural experience.

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Cost Advantage

Lower cost of living, lower rent, and high renter protection have made Montréal an affordable city compared to other major metropolitan areas in North America. An extended network of public transport, including the Montréal Métro and the newly built REM, in addition to an extensive infrastructure for biking, allows Montrealers to have the freedom to live in their favorite neighborhoods and commute with ease. The city’s diverse culinary scene, vibrant arts and culture, and numerous recreational opportunities cater to a wide range of tastes and budgets, further enhancing the appeal of Montréal as a cost-effective urban hub. Accessible education and healthcare services, coupled with the city’s commitment to sustainable living, add to the overall value that residents enjoy.

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International City

Montréal is a vibrant international city, blending diverse cultures, languages, and traditions. Neighborhoods like Little Italy, Mile End, and Parc-Extension reflect the rich heritage of Italian, Jewish, and South Asian residents. The city’s culinary scene offers global flavors, from Indian curries to Italian pasta, delighting food enthusiasts. As a multilingual city, French and English coexist with other languages, fostering an inclusive environment. Montréal’s multicultural tapestry enriches cultural understanding and fosters lasting connections.

What to do in Montréal

Explore a few of our favorite events and activities in Montréal.

International Jazz Festivals

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Orchestre symphonique de Montréal

Crew Collective & Café Montréal