Accueil Plus, easy and simple for international students coming to Québec !

L', 7 August 2015

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Each year at Montréal-Trudeau airport, Accueil Plus greets new international students, with is free service, arriving in Canada to study in a Québec university or college.

This service is designed to simplify your arrival in Québec. With, Accueil Plus you will have information about your school, the Montréal public transport, a temporary lodging and the way of living in Québec. You will have access to resources that will be useful for your stay.

Here are the requirements:

  • Having been accepted in a Quebec participating university or college.
  • Arriving at Montréal-Trudeau airport between Monday, August 7th and Thursday, September 7th 2015.
  • Arriving in Montréal on a direct flight. Students who arrive from a connecting flight or whose port of entry isn’t the Montréal-Trudeau airport have to go through the customs and immigration procedures at their entry point.
  • Having a Canadian study permit number (F on the approbation document issued from the Citizenship and Immigration Canada Offices).
  • If applicable, having a valid Québec acceptance certificate (CAQ) for studies.

Register now. Don’t miss your chance!
The online registration will resume on Wednesday, September 6th 2017.

Moving without bedbugs

L', 19 June 2015

MONTRÉAL, June 19, 2015 – Moving time is almost upon us and with it the possibility of an increase in bedbug infestations. The city would like to point out a few prevention tips and remind those who will be moving to leave their old apartments free of harmful insects and to avoid moving them to a new dwelling unit.

Acting quickly is the best solution
If you discover bedbugs in your apartment, immediately notify your landlord, who will need to call a certified exterminator. If the landlord does not act after a ten-day period, call 311 to notify your borough of the infestation problem. The borough could require action on the part of the landlord within a prescribed period under penalty of a fine.

Never try to get rid of bedbugs by yourself. The use of insecticides may be ineffective and are often toxic. These products could cause the bedbugs to spread to your neighbours’ dwellings or increase their resistance to extermination products.

Infested mattresses or furniture
Most bedbug-infested mattresses and upholstered furniture can be treated. Before getting rid of such items, ask a certified exterminator for advice.

If they cannot be treated and the exterminator tells you to get rid of them, make them unusable by slashing the fabric with a knife or an X-Acto. This way, people will not be tempted to bring the items home and they will avoid infesting their dwellings.

After slashing the fabric of your mattress, enclose it in an extra-large plastic bag before taking it out of your dwelling. This will prevent bedbugs from dropping from your mattress and infesting common areas as well as your neighbours’ apartments. Extra-large plastic bags are available for free at most Accès Montréal offices.

Never pick up mattresses, upholstered furniture, sofas, chairs, sofa-beds, futons or used clothing from the curb, even if they appear to be in good condition. They could be infested with bedbugs.

For more information on bedbugs, how to avoid or control infestations, please visit the Web at: You will also find useful prevention tips for travellers.


SOURCE Ville de Montréal

Your moving ? Did you think about changing your address ?

L', 8 June 2015

Moving is not only making boxes, you have to change your address. The service québécois de changement d’adresse offers you the chance to send your new address to the participating departments and agencies below in one operation.

Check the information list before getting started.


Nevertheless, some exceptions are applied. Make sure to fufill all the obligations before applying. Click here to apply and for more informations.

The Ville de Montréal invites households who will be without a home as of July 1 to call 514 868-4002 for assistance


Here is a presse release from the Ville de Montréal.

Montréal, le 8 juin 2015 – The moving period is approaching and Russell Copeman, member of the Montréal Executive Committee, responsible for housing, announced that the city is, again this year, implementing measures to help low-income households who will be without a home as of July 1. Montrealers who have reason to believe that they will be without a home as of July 1 may call starting today the referral service help line at 514-868-4002 for assistance in finding housing.

“Although the July-1 period emergency situation is less severe than in the early 2000s, we understand that families who find themselves without a home can go through hardships. The referral service will step up efforts between June 8 and July 3 to help households find a home. Large affordable housing units are scarce, and this service is aimed especially at low-income households who will be without a home this moving period. We urge them to call the help line for assistance,” said Mr. Copeman.

In 2014, between mid-June and mid-July, 26 households received assistance from the city and its partners, 8 more than for the same period in 2013. The city administration works closely with the Office municipal d’habitation de Montréal and with community and humanitarian organizations, including Sun Youth, to provide temporary lodging to households without a home and to make sure that no one is left out on the street on July 1.

Although the situation has improved significantly, it is still difficult for vulnerable Montréal households to find large, low-rent housing in the city. Montréal continues to promote the development of affordable housing, including social and community units. Since 2002, close to 16,000 housing units of this type were developed in Montréal. Approximately 6,100 of those units are family-housing units, including a significant number of large units, 2,500 of which with three bedrooms or more. Projects that include hundreds of housing units are in planning.

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Villeray, a neighborhood in which to live !

L', 14 May 2015

Villeray is a neighborhood where several major arteries converge in Montreal. Access is easy both by public transport and by car. This “eco-district” radiates through local assistance between residents and traders. This expanding area is seen to be rejuvenated by the arrival of younger families. Visit the Jarry Park and enjoy the green spaces!

If you decide to adopt this neighbourhood, the “Maison de Quartier Villeray” might interest you. This charity helps improve the living conditions of the population. The organization offers services such as community gardens, collective cooking classes, economic groceries and more. It is in a spirit of mutual aid and solidarity that the «Maison de Quartier Villeray» aims to develop the community.

For more information on visit the «Maison de Quartier Villeray ».

Want to discover gastronomic, cultural destinations and more visit le Voir Montreal.

Likehome now online!

L', 4 March 2015 is now live, launched at the occasion of Concordia’s Housing Fair. This site was developed for all the students of Montreal, and we hope they will find all the information they could use here. By the way, if you are studying elsewhere in Quebec you will likely find a lot of the information to be of some use – everything but the map, likely!

This project was born out of UTILE’s 2014 survey to McGill, Concordia and UQAM students, which showed that students very often pay more on average than the rest of the population for their rent. This is especially true in some neighborhoods and for certain groups – out-of-province students, mainly.

Through discussions with CSU’s HOJO team, UTILE learned that simply giving better access to relevant and clear information on student housing could solve a lot of students’ housing problems. The two organizations collaborated to produce, a central platform that gives access to existing ressources.

Did you spot something wrong on the site? Would you like to help us developing or promoting it? Feel free to get in touch!