Where to rent: thriving Montreal neighbourhoods
If you’ve come to Montreal to rent an apartment for school or work, you’ll find it easy to get around to any of these neighbourhoods. But to truly appreciate this city, you have to get to know the village life of its colourful neighbourhoods and their unique je ne sais quoi.
Montreal is mostly laid out as a grid. Taking McGill University as the epicentre of the city, the downtown core (which includes the Old Port) extends to some of the more popular rental neighbourhoods of:
- Mile End and Park Extension to the north
- the Plateau to the north-east
- the Village and Hochelaga-Maisonneuve to the east
- Notre-Dame-de-Grâce (NDG) and Côte-des-Neiges to the west
- Griffintown, St. Henri and Verdun to the south-west
These neighbourhoods, along with ones with monikers such as Little Italy, Little India, Little Portugal, and Chinatown, all have a quite distinct character. Each has its own village-like atmosphere and a main street abounding with amenities: local shops, businesses and restaurants for all tastes, which are the pride of Montreal.
Beyond the city are areas more popular with families who enjoy the lower costs of renting houses:
- Laval to the north
- The South Shore
- West Island (the western half of the island)
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