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Question About Housing

smarie385smarie385 Registered User Posts: 2 New Member
edited August 2007 in McGill University
I am from the the US and I was looking to come to McGill for the language program (to study french) for 6 months-1 year. A HUGE part of my decision is the housing option since I want to meet as many people as possible. I'll be 23 so I dont necesarilly want to be in a hall with ALL freshman. I was mainly looking into getting in M.O.R.E.

However...I also read that for the (second language imersion) french program housing is only available for the summer term. Is this true? If so does anybody either know:
A) a way around it, or
B) another school or program that might be offering what I'm looking for.
Post edited by smarie385 on

Replies to: Question About Housing

  • brooklynmombrooklynmom Registered User Posts: 181 Junior Member
    It is very possible to sublet off campus housing in Montreal. You see, McGill students are only given one year of guaranteed on campus housing. Most (many most) depart campus housing after their first year. The city is awash in sublet opportunities.
    You can check Craig's list, I know many listings are posted there.
    MY son is at McGill now. Has lived and lives off campus. If you want to send a private msg to me letting me know the dates of your study at McGill, I could pass it on to him to see if he knows of any housing options.
    No promises-but I would be happy to pass the info on.
  • smarie385smarie385 Registered User Posts: 2 New Member
    well I actually wont be attending this year-- it would be sometime next year (so I still have sometime) but...I'm a compulsive planner, you see, and I like to make sure I have at least some sort of a plan-- I figure housing is a big part of the plan. But I'm sure that it is too far in advance to know if there are off-campus housing options
  • brooklynmombrooklynmom Registered User Posts: 181 Junior Member
    Up to you, I will be happy to help if I can. It may be that my son will be vacating his room at his current apt in Montreal in the Spring of 2008. So, that room would be available.
    Just keep my address handy and send a msg whenever you like.
    P.S. It really is very easy to find off campus housing. One of my son's roommates is from France, not a student, just working and living in Montreal. He is about your age.
  • dufaydufay Registered User Posts: 381 Member
    This is not McGill- but it's right downtown on St Catherine's- International Language School of Canada (ILSC.ca then go to French programs). My daughter studied there this summer- they have many levels- from 3-6 hrs/day (she did 4.5). They have housing options, including host family (Francophone), and others for older students. I was impressed at how well run it was; she really improved (altho picked up some Quebec slang). They also have some kind of college credit program too.
  • 1mike121mike12 Registered User Posts: 68 Junior Member
    You probrably already know this, but francais Quebecois is a lot different from Francais parisian. It sounds distinctly different.
  • 1mike121mike12 Registered User Posts: 68 Junior Member
    In montreal, lots of people speak english to you if they detect that you aren't fluent. almost every francophone here can speak english well; which means you might not be fully immersed in French as much as you would like. In France, although there is much Anglicanism, it's much easier to become fully immersed in French becuase you are forced to speak it.
  • dufaydufay Registered User Posts: 381 Member
    That's assuming the French will give you the time of day. The Quebecois are much friendlier, and the English is often halting once outside Centre-ville. My daughter's host family in MTL spoke almost no English.
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