Montreal is the cultural and economic capital of the province Quebec and the second largest city in Canada. Set on an island in the St. Lawrence River, Montreal is a city where the French and English cultures meet. It is a city rich in culture and history and a well-deserved reputation as one of the liveliest cities in North America. Montreal is the second-largest French-speaking (as a mother language) city in the world, behind Paris. The population of Montreal is about 1.9 million, with 4 million in the metro area.
The Montreal International Institute of Language Arts (M.I.I.L.A.) has an FAQ page that includes 'Questions about Montreal' as well.
Will I like Montreal?
Montreal is without a doubt the safest, cleanest, most fun and exciting city in Canada, and the cost of living is the lowest in North America! This means that you will be able to afford longer and more enjoyable stays here than in any other Canadian city and most cities in the USA. There are so many things to do in Montreal that it is impossible to get bored. You will love Montreal!
Should I be afraid of winter in Montreal?
Not at all, although winters are cold in Canada and Montreal can be cooler than some other cities. In January and February, snow is abundant and temperatures drop below zero degree Celsius; however, you will be well equipped with a winter coat, a warm hat that covers your ears, a pair of gloves and a scarf that covers your nose and mouth. People do not tend to wander around outdoors for hours during the winter as they would during the summer; instead, they enjoy the amazing underground city! By the way, did you know that M.I.I.L.A. is located only minutes away from the underground city?! You can also enjoy winter sports such as downhill or cross-country skiing, ice skating, tubing and fun winter festivals. Spending at least one winter in Montreal will be a fantastic unforgettable experience.
What is the best season to study in Montreal?
It depends. Each student has different temperature preferences and interests in outdoor activities. The nightlife remains the same throughout the year. Students generally enjoy summer more than the winter in Montreal, because of the warm weather, the longer days, and the numerous outdoor festivals. However, if you have never seen snow or enjoyed winter activities before, a winter in Montreal is a must!
Montreal enjoys four distinct seasons. The summers are humid, and range from warm to hot, with a daily average of 21 to 22 °C in July; temperatures in excess of 30 °C are not uncommon. Winter in Montreal usually brings cold, snowy, windy, and, at times, icy weather, with a daily average of around −10 °C in January. Spring and fall are pleasantly mild but prone to drastic temperature changes.
As in every large city the rent wildly varies so it is betters to check on craigslist and other sites the rent you would be paying.
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