Downtown Montréal, home to +130,000 students

As the university capital of Canada, downtown Montréal is home to thousands of students attending one of the area’s seven colleges and universities.

The neighbourhood boasts a wealth of opportunities and stimulating experiences:

  • architecture;
  • gastronomy;
  • culture;
  • nightlife;
  • job opportunities.

Enjoy studying downtown

Find out how Naomi Askenazi, a student hailing from Boston, fell under the spell of downtown

I find downtown to be packed with activities for everyone, a place full of beautiful, spontaneous moments. If I’ve been here for five years, it’s because I love the place.

Discover downtown Naomi Askenazi

A vibrant downtown for the student community


Largest university hub in Canada, 2nd largest in North America


Best student city in Canada (QS Best Student Cities, 2023)


Coolest neighbourhood in Canada (Time Out, 2023)


Safest city in the world and 1st in Canada (State of Travel Insurance Safest Destinations, 2022)


Annual festivals

Explore downtown

Discover downtown Montréal: museums, public spaces, universities, works of art, and historic buildings.

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Must-see places

Shaughnessy Village murals

visiter le centre-ville et admirer la vue depuis le mont Royal

The restaurants from Shaughnessy Village

Sainte-Catherine Street

Shops from Sainte-Catherine streets

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