Montreal is pretty great when it comes to public transportation. It’s accessible, fast and easy to get the hang of. Here’s a short breakdown of ways you can get to class, then the bar. Or vice versa!
Craigslist! Kijiji! Online listings are a godsend when it comes to finding a used bike. Be sure to take your new wheels in for a tune-up at either a bike shop in the city or at Right to Move, the non-profit bike co-op at Concordia, where they’ll show you exactly how to repair it yourself with the tools they provide. Bixi, Montreal’s city bike-sharing program, has stations all over the city, and it’s a good option if you’re not going to be biking every day.
Be sure to get your reduced-fare application stamped by Birks Student Services at the beginning of the year to benefit from the reduced student rate, which rings in at $45 monthly. Transit passes for students require that you have your photo taken at the Berri-Uqam metro station. Don’t wait until the last day to get your photo taken though, or you’ll be forced to wait in line all afternoon, surrounded by grumpy procrastinators. Keep in mind that only full-time students under the age of 25 are eligible for the reduced rates, so sorry, mature students and part-timers.
With all the other options available, driving should probably be your last option unless you live in an area not easily accessible through public transit. If you absolutely have to drive to school, there’s indoor parking at SGW, but it’s going to cost you $12.75 a day. Student permits for parking at Loyola are $175 a semester.