Why Montreal Is The Perfect Place To Go To University

By Concordia University Modified on May 07, 2018

Joie de vivre in an amazing city, ranked the top spot on the planet for students in 2017!


Montreal earned the title of best student city on the planet in the 2017 international rankings by Quacquarelli Symonds (QS).

Just two reasons Montreal is such a great place for students: rental accommodation is plentiful and affordable; transportation is convenient and inexpensive. But it’s a certain je ne sais quoi that makes newcomers fall in love with the city.

European flair in a North American setting
Montreal is the largest French-speaking city in the world after Paris. You’ll have the chance to learn or improve your French. That’s why Thivadee Narayana (pictured) chose to come to Concordia University from Colombo, Sri Lanka. “Also the people are quite friendly,” she says.

An inspiring mélange of people and influences
Biochemistry major Noraldin Al-Deri came to Montreal from Amman, Jordan. “What I wanted to experience most was diversity,” he says. “When you’re around people with different opinions, you grow. I now have friends from around the world: Egypt, France, the United States, Rwanda.”

An active lifestyle
Running on Mont-Royal, cycling along the Lachine Canal, paddleboarding on the St-Lawrence River, snowshoeing in the Laurentians with the Outdoors Club – Concordians know how to make the most of the beautiful surroundings.

A vibrant creative scene
The best acts on the planet perform in Montreal, with festivals and cultural events injecting energy into the city all year round.

A rich community on campus
Meet new people and work on projects that are important, educational or simply tonnes of fun, with our more than 200 student-run clubs.

A supportive atmosphere
Concordia is a big university, with the facilities to match. But class sizes are small – and students tell us they feel right at home. With student services like peer mentoring and career planning, you’ll find resources for achieving all your goals.