Montreal is a city of neighbourhoods, each one characterised by a unique charm. But what are the best Montreal neighbourhoods for newcomers and young families? Where to live in Montreal depends on your preferences and particular needs, so we outline which Montreal neighbourhoods may be the right choice for newcomers.
This section offers a brief description of the different neighbourhoods of Montreal. Deciding where to live in Montreal may take a while, so try not to commit to a location long term until you have arrived and seen more of the city. There is a steady flow of rented accommodation in Montreal.
As a general rule, the Island of Montreal is more anglophone on the western side and far more francophone toward the east. The neighbourhoods listed include neighbourhoods close to downtown Montreal, as well as more suburban neighbourhoods that lie within the commuter belt of the Greater Montreal Area.
Montreal has an extensive public transit system that includes North America’s third-busiest metro (subway) system, as well as a wide network of bus routes. Many neighbourhoods of Montreal are well served by this system. However, newcomers thinking of living in a suburb of Montreal west of Trudeau International Airport or off the Island of Montreal to the north or south may note that transit to and from the city is more difficult without access to a vehicle. More and more, urban and suburban residents of Montreal are turning to car-sharing as a solution to their transport needs.
You may find that many apartment buildings do not use media to advertise. Instead, they will post notices outside the buildings to advertise vacancies. It’s worth walking around different neighbourhoods of Montreal you may want to live in to see if there are any “For rent/à louer” signs, or try calling the property management companies to check if there are any vacancies.
A curious oddity with Quebec is that apartments and houses are described not by how many bedrooms they have, but by adding up the total number of rooms, with the bathroom counting as half a room. Thus, a studio is a 1½, an apartment with one bedroom, a living room, a kitchen and a bathroom is a 3½, while one with three bedrooms, a living room, a kitchen and a bathroom is a 5½.
Where to live in Montreal: Neighbourhoods Guide