By Amelia Payne (Game Programmer ’21) Food Writing is one of the most popular classes in Montreal. Every week, I was excited to try Canadian foods, and explore culinary history. When the COVID-19 outbreak forced classes to move online I had no idea how food writing would work, but professor Susan Semenak has pulled it […]Continue reading
By Hannah Mata (Game Art ’21)
The transition from Burlington to Montreal was easier than I expected; in fact, if you’ve already smoothly made the transition from living at home to living on campus, you’re halfway there! It’s pretty easy to adjust, as the hardest thing for me was really just finding Canadian stores are parallels to familiar stores in the United States. That being said, if you have never made food for yourself or used public transportation, you’re in for a real treat!
There are a lot of questions people frequently ask, so here are a whole bunch of them answered based on my own experience! Continue reading
For some, Montreal is the first time when grocery shopping has become a priority. If you’ve never lived on your own before and have had to shop and cook for yourself, the idea of moving to a new city in a different country and having to deal with groceries may seem a little daunting. The goal of this guide is to help those who want a little guidance, or help those who just want to become a little more organized with their monthly spending. This is mostly focused on groceries and recipes, but along with this is a monthly budgeting worksheet that includes various areas of expenses, such as bills, clothing, etc.
Coming to a bustling city such as Montreal, it’s extremely tempting to go and try all of the great restaurants it has to offer. Foods from around the world are available, from tiny family-run businesses to large chains. As much as it’s highly encouraged to try new things, dining out isn’t the best for your wallet in the long run, so it’s important to give yourself a monthly limit (and stick to it). The best way to reduce stress about what and how you’re eating is to plan ahead and budget. Let’s go!
By Amelia Payne (Game Programming ’21)
Let’s get this straight right off the bat. You DO NOT need to speak French to study in Montreal. Canada is a bilingual country and most people speak both languages. I’ve yet to meet a single person who doesn’t speak flawless English. That said, learning a few French phrases is a great idea because it will enhance your experience. In Montreal, a little French will take you a long way.
I decided to study French before coming to Montreal because I love learning languages but it is not necessary to do so. Once in Montreal, you can take Survival French or just survive without it.
If you do decide to study in advance, the school has some great online resources. I especially like Mango languages. It has a course on Quebec French and a very laid back approach. You use your Champlain login to get free unlimited access to Mango.
Montrealers are very laid back but they appreciate it when people make an effort to speak French. They won’t laugh at your American accent. Even if you immediately switch to English, starting a conversation with a few french words will be well received.
Our Social Media Ambassador, Alex Theodoreu (Game Art ’21), takes us on a tour of Montreal by showing us some her favourite outings. From Mount Royal, to the Botanical Gardens, to exploring the city’s metro architecture, our students got up to a lot during their short stay here!
By John Connelly (Game Programmer ’21)
Montreal’s two main forms of transportation are its public bus and subway system. If you are studying abroad, you’ll probably invest in a monthly metro pass, as it is the best deal. This gives you access to both the bus and subway with unlimited fare for that month. That being said, the metro goes right from the student housing at Evo to the academic center, so there is no direct need to ever use the Montreal busses. Hopefully, at some point of time in Montreal however, you may decide to go out and do things in the city, but chances are that you’ve only ever really taken the metro. I was in a similar boat, and I believe I chose wrong. Whenever I was in a situation where I could either take one bus, or transfer between multiple metros and do a fair bit of walking, I would choose the metro since it is what I was familiar with, and I didn’t trust the reliability of the busses. While this works, there are ways to further familiarize yourself with the bussing system so you aren’t afraid to use it. Download the Transit app so you are able to keep track of the best bus routes, and don’t be afraid to learn some bus routes as early into the year as possible, so you can get the hang of it before it gets cold. Continue reading
By Social Media Ambassador, John Connelly (Game Programming ’21).
Montreal is a bustling city, and each day leads to tons of new activities and events to go to. From live shows, to interactive art exhibits, to our own school hosted events such as botanical light shows and improv sessions. While all of those activities have been a blast, there is one activity that has me ecstatic no matter the time of day or occasion. Eating food. Now when I say eating food, I don’t mean waking up and groggily pouring some milk into a bowl of Frosted flakes, I mean going out to experience as many different and unique foods that Montreal has to offer. There is such a rich culture in Montreal, from Chinatown’s abundant Asian cuisines to Little Italy’s massive farmers market where you can get an astonishing amount of locally produced goods. It would be a shame to come here for a study abroad semester and not try a little bit of everything. Continue reading
Our Social Media Ambassador, Alex Theodoreu (GART ’21) sat down with former Assistant Director, Ryan Hipgrave, to get his tips and recommendations for future students after 4 amazing years at Champlain Montreal.
“My favourite memory is definitely the day that my first group was leaving.. I went into the lab and they all stood up and they gave me this gigantic group hug… it was people that I had only known for 4 months but we had become so close.” Continue reading
By Alexandra Theodoreu (Game Art ’21)
While humans are adaptive creatures, being thrown into a new environment is never easy. I’ve moved a lot and lived in a lot of places, but I’ve never lived in a big city like Montreal. It took a little time to adjust, but so far I’ve been loving it here.
Hearing different languages everywhere you go is one of my favorite parts of being here. Sometimes you hear a different language or two back in Burlington, but definitely not everyday. Here, you hop on the Metro and every station name is spoken in French. And you don’t just hear French either, it goes from from hearing Italian at Jean Talon Market to Chinese at the Bakery that my friends and I frequent for lunch in Chinatown. Continue reading