The idea

When HOJO and UTILE began to collaborate together they recognized a mutual concern  over the lack of accessible information available regarding Montreal’s rental market. The consequence this has had on housing conditions has become overwhelmingly apparent, emphasized by the research results obtained by UTILE after they surveyed over 11,000 students from Montreal and Quebec. HOJO, as a frontline  housing advocacy service for, faces the daily challenges of serving a particularly vulnerable  tenant population who are largely uninformed about their rights and recourses.

L’Unité de travail pour l’implantation de logement étudiant (UTILE) is  a non-for-profit organisation created for and by students which seeks to empower and develop innovative solutions in order to  meet housing needs. In addition to its research projects and the development of student housing coops, UTILE works towards promoting access to housing legal information for the student body at large.

The Concordia Student Union Off-Campus Housing and Job Bank (HOJO) works to empower, educate and support the Concordia community by providing reliable housing and employment information, resources and referrals. HOJO encourage a proactive and holistic approach towards finding adequate housing, part-time and summer employment. The association also advocate for more socially and environmentally just housing policies and practices.

Our Story


Collaboration between UTILE and HOJO is a united front opposed to the degradation of student housing conditions in Montreal. Not only is there a deficit of safe, sanitary, and affordable housing in Montreal in general; our focus on student tenants revealed a drastic shortage of accessible legal information.


We are a dedicated team of students, researchers, volunteers, housing advocates, academics, and community organizers with the collective goal of improving living conditions for student tenants. We believe that the legal information that rules and regulates the housing system should be available to all in an accessible and understandable language. Our team developed an online resource to break down some of the barriers facing student tenants that recognizes our tenant body’s multilingual backgrounds.


Good housing is not only for the rich who can afford luxurious accommodations. By using this site to inform and share your experiences as a student tenant in Montreal you are taking a step towards making a more equitable and just housing a reality. When we can effectively advocate for ourselves in the current system we can then take that knowledge and build the future world we want to live.

The team

We wish to thank each and every team member for their contributions of time and dedication, as well as  all the colleagues and friends who have participated in sharing ideas, comments and suggestions! This incredible group of people is responsible for making this Web site come together.

UX Designer

Samuel Mehenni

Web Designer

Keli Chiu

Illustrator & Logo Designer

Philippe Duguay-Blais


Baptiste Nobre

Urbanist & Writer

Léa Rioux
David Carpentier-Laberge

French Translator & proofreader

Marta Raposo
Mariane Gilbert

French Proofreader

Laurence Hamelin

English Writer & Proofreader

Hannah Brais
Grace Lee
Anita Lambton
Micheala Holt
Kyle McLoughlin

Chinese Translator & Proofreader

Claire Xie
Ian Zhang

Chinese Translator

Yuming Du
Shuang Shuang
Ziyi Zhou

Legal Review & Column “True Stories”

Sebastian Fernandez

English Editor & Coordinator

Leanne Ashworth

French Editor & General Coordinator

Agnès Gaudreau
Laurent Levesque
Laurent Deslauriers