Loyola 101

Surviving Concordia’s N.D.G. Campus

  • Graphic Laura Lalonde

Whether it’s your first year in university or just your first class at Loyola, finding yourself on a new campus can be a bit overwhelming. The Loyola campus often gives students the impression that they’re somewhere in the middle of nowhere.


However, this guide will make sure you’ll be able to find everything you are looking for—from grocery stores to coffee shops and restaurants. Be prepared to make the 105 bus line down Sherbrooke Street your new best friend. Going from Loyola to Vendôme metro, you can count on this bus to be there for you at least every 10 to 15 minutes.
So, take a deep breath, grab your map, your bus pass and a copy of The Link, and half the work is already done.

Groceries


Provigo (6485 Sherbrooke St. W.)
Just a few minutes away from the Loyola campus, the mighty Provigo awaits around the corner of Sherbrooke St. and Cavendish Blvd.

Pharmaprix (6411 Sherbrooke St. W.)
Hopefully you won’t need a pharmacy, but as Benjamin Franklin once said, “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” So just in case, the staff is friendly and ready to accommodate anyone. You can even renew your prescription online or by phone and just go in to pick up your medications.

Loblaws (6600 St. Jacques St.)
Now, we all know that Loblaws and Provigo are pretty much one and the same, but for those of you that prefer one over the other, all you have to do is find the street parallel to Sherbrooke St.

Super C (6900 St. Jacques St.)
A few steps away from Loblaws, just in case you weren’t able to find all you were looking for.

Mouton Vert (6000 Sherbrooke St. W.)
For vegan and vegetarian choices. The store also offers already prepared sandwiches, daily soups, meals and mini pizzas, among other healthy products.

Coffee Shops


Café 92° (6703 Sherbrooke St. W.)
Just a few blocks east of Loyola, this is definitely your closest choice for a good coffee. Wireless Internet is available, and there are also sandwiches and a few Mexican-themed items on the menu.

Café Grand (6202 Sherbrooke St. W.)
Café Grand is pretty small, but apart from breakfast and brunch from 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., it also offers lunch specials from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Their sandwiches and salads will set you back between $13-$16.

Café Chimera (5768 Sherbrooke St. W.)
A game-store/café combination, Café Chimera is a great place to hang out with friends. Not only is their coffee delicious and local, but for $5 per person, you and your friends can try any (or even all) of the games provided by the café. Admission is half price on Thursdays.

Resto Café Oxford (5630 Sherbrooke St. W.)
Celebrating its 70th birthday, Resto Café Oxford is a great place to go for breakfast or just your morning coffee. Oxford offers breakfast from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., so whether or not you’re a morning person, you know you can still get your brunch favourites.

Restaurants


DaWa (6135 Sherbrooke St. W.)
A new Korean grill that has multiple types of fried chicken. The chicken is great and the sauces are excellent. Better yet, show your Concordia ID card and you’ll get 10 per cent off.

Restaurant Maru (5461 Sherbrooke St. W.)
An upper-scale Korean restaurant, it may be a little pricier than the other choices, but it’s definitely worth it.

Bofinger (5667 Sherbrooke St. W.)
Combos, daily specials or lunch specials—you name it, this old fashion American BBQ has it. Monday to Thursday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Bofinger offers a “Midi Express” menu for only $7.95.

Nikas (6087 Sherbrooke St. W.)
Delicious Greek specialties can be found here and for a limited time, you can have a menu for two at $22 from Sunday to Thursday.

Vegan Rapide (6206 Sherbrooke St. W.)
A new mother- and daughter-owned business, Vegan Rapide’s Mediterranean-inspired menu offers sandwiches, pizzas and desserts that are 100 per cent vegan. They deliver anywhere in N.D.G., Westmount, Montreal West, Côte Saint-Luc and the Sud-Ouest for a minimum order of $15. They’ll also deliver elsewhere in Montreal for a minimum order of $25.

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