[Throughout the Spring ’18 semester, Social Media Ambassador Amanda has explored Montreal and its many hidden corners. Here she gives her best reasons as to why students should consider coming up here with the Champlain Abroad program]
1. New way of living
College dorms can be boring. Picture this instead: hotel-style rooms, kitchens, and freedom.
2. Poutine is like the American burger
Poutine is a classic in Canada, and chances are the restaurant you’re looking at has one or two on the menu. With this expertise comes lots of variety too!
3. Tim Hortons around every corner
Boston has its Dunkin Donuts, but Canada has it’s Tim Hortons!
4. St. Catherine Street
It’s as if each street has its own personality. This one is a shopper’s dream, as it’s packed with modern shops and restaurants!
5. A second city underground
Avoiding the sunlight or need a change of pace? Stroll through the underground malls connected by a series of multiple different tunnels and metro stations.
6. Alternate means of transportation
Sometimes walking just can’t get you places, and this is where the public bus and metro come in handy.
7. Get in the exercise
Sometimes walking is your only option, or the better option. With a moderately flat city, it’s easy!
Up for an adventure? A trip to Ottawa (Canada’s Capital) bursts the Montreal bubble.
9. Field trips over classrooms
Just like dorm rooms, classrooms get old. Trips to Chinatown, Jean-Talon market, Dawson College, and the Satosphere spice it up with the added benefit of learning from a new experience.
10. Make connections with alumni
Year after year students go through the same process of studying abroad. Some learn better lessons than others, and it’s always nice to spread the knowledge and get to share different stories.
Visit studios like Ubisoft, Gameloft, Behaviour Interactive, and many others to hear inspiring tales and beneficial feedback from those who know games.
12. Be taught by industry professionals
Professional programmer by day, game professor by night.
13. Meet new people, make new friends
From fellow college students staying in the same residence to new people at the bar or classmates you’ve never spent time with, it’s time to make new connections!
14. NHL arena turned movie theater… and others!
Who doesn’t want to watch an IMAX movie in an old hockey arena?
With the right timing, tickets can come cheap and you may find yourself converting to a Canadiens fan for the semester.
16. Concerts on all scales
From indie to Justin Timberlake, there’s a concert for everyone.
17. Unique bars
Piranhas swimming below your feet, five dollar beer with five dollar food, and video game and arcade machines. Three bars, three interesting experiences.
18. Food for the night owls
Part of this city never sleep, with various restaurants and bars closing at 3am or never at all.
19. 24hr convenience, literally
Don’t fret about missing the closing time of the grocery store when scattered all across the city are 24/ hour pharmacies stacked with all you need to get you through the night.
20. More bang for your buck
1USD is equivalent to 1.26CAD; never hesitate on that buy ever again!
21. Bubble tea!
The sister shop to Tim Hortons; bubble tea, and bubble tea everywhere.
Beautiful graffiti and large scale street art cover the ugliest parts of the city.
23. Innovation and art
Nightly fountain shows, enchanting moving images, and popup art exhibits can be found throughout the city and underground.