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Montreal

By Betsy Burlingame

Last updated on Sep 05, 2022

Summary: Expats, digital nomads and retirees talk about what it is really like living in Montreal, Canada. They offer advice about meeting people, cost of living, finding a home and more.

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What do I need to know before moving to Montreal?

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When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Montreal, they said:

"The most important thing is to ask advice from someone independent of the real estate sector. Real estate agents have a huge interest in selling you houses in the area they work and are rarely independent. Locals tend to be biased toward their own neighborhoods. The best advice will come from a relocation agent who is not tied to realtor who can show you all the good neighborhoods for a day, or ask other expats. TAKE YOUR TIME! Act in haste repent at leisure," commented one expat who made the move to Montreal.

How do I find a place to live in Montreal?

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We asked expats how they chose their neighborhood and found a place to live. They answered:

"We are in our 4th home in 8 years, moving from rental to rental until buying 5 years ago. Our neighborhood was really decided upon by the schools available to us with Quebec's language laws. If we could use any schools we would live more downtown rather than in the burbs," mentioned another expat in Montreal.

What is a typical expat home or apartment like in Montreal?

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"We live in a suburban estate not typical for expats as we have been here a while now. Most expats live near downtown or out on the West of the island," remarked another expat who made the move to Montreal.

What is the average cost of housing in Montreal?

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If you are thinking about moving to Montreal, cost of living in probably a key consideration. Expats commented about the cost of housing:

"Housing costs are roughly half those of the UK. an average 2 storey house costs $226,000 dollars but is of course bigger than a similar house in the UK as they usually have finished basements," remarked another expat living in Montreal, Canada.

What should I bring when moving to Montreal?

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People living in Montreal were asked what three things they wish they had brought and three they wish they had left behind. They wrote:

"1. My mother
2. More of my dinner service
3. The BBC 1. Our stereo equipment
2. VHS tapes
3. Most of our furniture," mentioned another expat in Montreal.

Is the cost of living in Montreal high?

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We asked people about the cost of living in Montreal, they wrote:

"Here are a few comparisons from numbeo - the cost of living in Montreal vs. New York City and the cost of living in Montreal vs. London and the cost of living in Montreal vs. Sydney, Australia," said an expat in Montreal.

What are the visa & residency requirements in Montreal?

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" You can find extensive information about immigrating to Canada on their official website. There is a program where you may be able to apply as a Quebec Skilled Worker. ," commented one expat who moved to Montreal.

Why do people move to Montreal?

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When we asked people why foreigners move to Montreal, they responded:

" Montreal is an international city that attracts people for a variety of reasons. Montreal's economy is the second largest in Canada. As far as expats that move there for work, the largest industries include aerospace, electronics, pharma, printed goods, software, telecom, textile and apparel manufacturing, tobacco, petrochemicals, and transportation. According to CanadaStop0100, Montreal's top employers include such international heavyweights as Bristol-Meyers Squibb (Jobs), Sandoz Jobs, Dassault Systemes (Jobs, and many, many more. There are retirees who will spend part of the year in Canada (U.S. expats who live there up to 180 days can be there without the need of a visa) - visit Travel.State.Gov's Canada Page for more information). Montreal, and other places in the Province of Quebec and its rich French heritage, such as Quebec City, have a lot to offer in terms of cultural experiences for expats. ," said another expat.

About the Author

Betsy Burlingame Betsy Burlingame is the Founder and President of Expat Exchange and is one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. She launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU. Prior to Expat Exchange, Betsy worked at AT&T in International and Mass Market Marketing. She graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a BA in International Business and German.

Some of Betsy's articles include 12 Best Places to Live in Portugal, 7 Best Places to Live in Panama and 12 Things to Know Before Moving to the Dominican Republic. Betsy loves to travel and spend time with her family. Connect with Betsy on LinkedIn.

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