The 5 Keys to Student Life in Montreal

We know that Montreal is one of the very best student cities in the world, but how do you ensure you have a great student experience in Montreal? We’ve cracked the code, and narrowed it down to 5 simple keys to a great student life in Montreal.

Know the Discounts

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We love a student discount – and many businesses in Montreal cater directly to us students. Don’t forget to take advantage of it while you can!

Understand How to Use the Metro

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Don’t get caught up staying in your neighbourhood because you don’t know how to use the metro! It’s an essential skill (and not nearly as intimidating as it seems).

Explore Different Boroughs 

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Don’t get stuck staying in your little neighborhood – the Montreal boroughs have so much to offer. Hop on the metro and explore Old Port or Mount Royal, we promise you won’t regret it!

Join Events and Societies

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Have you ever heard the saying that life is what you make of it? Well, that’s very true for student life in Montreal. Get out of your shell and join different societies and events to network and make new friends.

Choose the Right Montreal Student Residence

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You are going to spend so much time in your residence, that it’s important to choose the right Montreal student residence. We suggest @stcathys!

What are your keys to enjoying student life in Montreal? Let us know in the comment section below.

Your ‘Gram-Able Picnic Guide Has Arrived

If one post has become omnipresent during the pandemic, it’s the picnic. You know the one – we’ve all the influencer hosting picnic that seems to perfect to be real. Well turns out, they are real, and we can help you get that aesthetic pic of your dreams! Below find our steps to the perfect picnic!

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  1. Find the perfect spot in the park. Go with the greenery!
  2. Choose a blanket that is not too busy. We vote to stick with a white or cream sheet.
  3. Don’t cheap out on the extras – it’s all about that perfect basket.
  4. Accessorise! What really adds to the picnic is the flowers and greenery!
  5. Don’t do dishware – aside from wine glasses. Other than that, opt for bringing a wood cutting board rather than plates.
  6. Go with trendy (and easy) food. Did someone say cheese and meats?
  7. Choose your fruit strategically – go for trending colours like orange peaches and mandarins, or pink strawberries and raspberries.
  8. Take photos with strategic angles. We love an above-view!
  9. Dress accordingly. Choose outfits that are aligned with the colours of your picnic.
  10. Don’t forget the drinks! From blood orange juice to a crisp rose, the drinks are one extra layer of oomph that you can add to your picnic.

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Well, that’s our guide to the perfectly ‘grammable picnic. What are your favourite tips? Let us know in the comment section below or by tagging @stcathys on Instagram!

 

5 Ways to Ace Online Learning

If you, like many, have had to move your courses online during the COVID-19 pandemic, we understand how it can be a struggle. Luckily, we have created a list of five key things that you can do in order to Ace your online learning straight from your Montreal student residence.

Don’t Change a Thing

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The key is to treat your online lecture the same way you would as a real lecture, stay attentive, be on time, and focus on the content.

Take Notes

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We understand that it might be easier to slack off when you’re taking a course online, but it’s important to take notes and be organized just as you would in a real lecture.

Organize Beforehand

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The beauty of taking online courses? You can roll out of bed and still make attendance! Unfortunately, that’s not the best way to eat your courses – you should think about organizing yourself beforehand and understanding what the contact will be so that you can take notes while keeping up with the lecture.

Debrief!

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Sometimes, the content might not be syncing the same way when you’re not physically in a lecture hall. That’s why it’s key to debrief after your lecture so that you can understand where you may be missing information and what the key goals of the course were.

Create Digital Study Groups

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One of the best parts of the university experience is your peer class. Just because you’re not on campus doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy group studying. Take the initiative to create a group study session and conduct it digitally via Zoom! It can be just as rewarding and helpful as a physical study group, and you’ll have the added benefit of creating lasting connections with your peers. On top of that, you can do it all from the comfort of your Montreal student residence!

What are your favorite tips for acing online courses? Let us know in the comments section below!

Staycations Are Here to Stay!

With the uncertainty surround Covid-19, we can’t blame you if you’re not quite ready to go back to life as (semi) normal. No worries, there are many ways to enjoy your summer inside! Here’s our guide to hosting yourself an ultimate Staycation.

Gourmet  Drinks

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Whether it’s hipster coffee or a champagne treat, go for your favorite indulgent drinks to add a special aspect to your staycation.

 Special Snacks

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Alright similar to gourmet drinks, indulge a little in your favorite snacks. We’re personally going with truffles or coconut oil popcorn!

Get that Spa-Level Fun

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Go for your favorite face masks and at-home spa treatments. That way, you will get the rejuvenation of a spa with the relaxation of being at home.

 Two Words.. Comfy Socks

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Fluffy, exfoliating, amazing…need we say more?

Choose Your Entertainment 

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Maybe it will be a classic film, favorite book, or that new Netflix series you’ve been dying to watch. Either way, one thing’s for sure – the entertainment makes the staycation that much better!

Well, it’s official, staycations are the best socially distant summer activity! Did we miss your favorite at-home tip while staying in your Montreal Student Residence? Let us know in the comment section below

5 Post-Quarantine Ways to Enjoy Montreal

Now that the quarantine has lifted, it’s time to get out and enjoy Montreal. Make the best of it with these 5 activities that will have you enjoying the summer.

Go for Lunch or Dinner

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From Bar George and Marcus to Chez eric or Monarque, Montreal is one of the best foodie cities in the world! Take advantage of this and enjoy a socially distant meal while restaurants remain open.

Run The Mount Royal Hike

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The quarantine taught us how to enjoy exercising outside, don’t let that be done now – try the stair path at Mount Royal. Best yet, you’ll get to enjoy the wonderful view from the top!

Picnic in Parc Angringon

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Leading nicely into our point about a new appreciation for nature, try having an Instagram-ready picnic in the gorgeous Parc Angringon. We promise it’s worth the metro ride!

Walk Through Old Port

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There’s nothing like Old Port in the summer. Grab your masks and check out the recently reopened Old Montreal area – it’s the European vacation you’ve been wishing you were on!

Hit a Rooftop

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Another sure way to enjoy summer in Montreal? A rooftop of course. Hit Terrace Nelligan or William Grey with your friends to enjoy a drink or brunch in the sun.

Have a Staycation in Your Montreal Student Residence

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Just because things are open, doesn’t mean you need to be outside! Host a dreamy staycation in your very own Montreal student residence room and enjoy some well-earned chill time.

There you have it – it almost feels like a real Montreal summer! What are your favorite Montreal activities to do now that the city has opened back up? Let us know in the comment section below or by tagging @stcathys.

5 New Social Media Apps to Watch For in 2019

 

Waiting to meet a friend that is still thirty minutes away? Flip your phone out. Long journey gets too much? Log onto facebook. Where social media has chained our time to the apps, there time passing isn’t now more of an issue.  This is all thanks to the developers of these amazing social media apps, that have made the connectivity easier and lives busier! 

Here are five new apps that you wouldn’t want to miss on, this year!

Tik Tok

Tik Tok is the most downloaded app in the first quarter of the year. It allows you to make short video clips and then share it on social media. You may also have the privilege to add a sound clip in the background along with a wide variety of filters and effects. So next time if you have to make birthday clip or a memory chart you wont have to use all those complicated softwares.  

 

Meetup

Meetup is one amazing app that allows you to stay updated to all the groups and events which are of your interest. It also keeps you updated about any future happenings and meetups around your vicinity. In a life like today meetup draws a line between social media acquaintances and real life friends.  

 

Nextdoor

A great initiative to keep the entire neighbourhood on one page, neighbourhood allows only people of one specific neighbourhood to join the groups and events of that area. Its privacy is the key element and it lets the people of one neighbourhood stay connected, updated and secure. 

 

Internations

This specific site lets you find other people in your city who match your language, interests, or line of work. So if you are an expat then you must have it on your phone! You may attend a lot of physical events or can use just to get some know how about the new home!

 

Reddit

Reddit is a combination of discussion forum and content submission platform. The viewers have the liberty to up vote and down vote the current going on trend. It further consists of sub-Reddits which almost has every topic. It’s a great platform to find likeminded people and to share your thoughts and views on a common interest.  

 

TikTok

The ultimate Gen-Z app seems to be here to stay! TikTok is a video sharing platform that has taken the world by storm since 2018, even producing it’s own influencers (similar to the short-lived 5-second video sharing platform Vine).

Have something more to add to it? Leave your suggestions in the comment section or follow us @stcathys to review about any new apps that you spend your time on! We can’t wait to hear from you.

Do it for the ‘Gram – Top 10 Food Insta Spots in the city

 

Are you an Instagram diva? Looking for the right spots to hit the most amazing food inns in Montreal? Well, you will be now attracting more than hundreds of followers just by adding these Instagramable food spots. We have collected the most visited, most ‘Grammed food spots for your ease!

 

 La Diperie Ice Cream

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If you are looking for an original, of higher quality, attractive to the eye and delicious creamery then La Diperie is the place. Get a wide range of exotic flavours, colourful gelato and lots of topping options. From wide variety of chocolates to fruity and bubblegum flavours; each dessert is a delightful sight to the eyes and tongue! So if you are whore for good instagram photos head up to the this great venture!

 

 

Le Blossom

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If you crave asian cuisine then Le Blossom is the right place to hit. The ambiance will take you to Japanese spring streets, loaded with blossoms. The beautiful blossom tree right in the centre is a great attraction to all the visitors. Le Blossom is not only famous for the ambiance rather they serve extremely delicious asaina cuisines. Their fried apple pie gyoza served with vanilla ice cream is to die for. We can definitely say that it is worth the hype.

 

Falafel St.Jacques

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Check out wide variety of Arabic cuisine. Ranging from shawarma wraps to falafels, this food in is quite a treat for vegans. 

 

The LockHart Bar

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Try wide range of eye appealing drinks and a variety of pastas and starters at Lockhart Bar.

 

impasto

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This amazing eatery is all about pastas. Scallops, shrimps, chicken coupled with pasta of all shapes and sizes that takes you back to the streets of Italy. 

 

Patisserie Rhubarbe

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Get to indulge in various mouthwatering desserts. This amazing patisserie offers the most colorful and photogenic rhubarbs, tarts, cakes and desserts.

 

Makro Restaurant

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Hands down to the Montreal’s best seafood restaurant. Order their live octopus to flaunt the photos on Instagram! 

 

Ca Lem

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Home of the infamous charcoal ice cream!

 

Marcus

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Marcus is the newest addition to Montreal’s foodie scene by Harlem Chef Marcus Samuelsson. And we assure you, every dish looks as delectable as it tastes! Located inside the Four Seasons, this is the perfect spot to splurge a little.

 

Did we miss one of your favourite Instagram-ready food spots in Montreal? Let us know in the comment section below or on Instagram at @Stcathys.

10 Unique Ways to Celebrate Your Birthday in Montreal

It is that time of the year again where you start questioning the significance of birthdays. So lets not be a bore anymore and not celebrate the cliché birthday with cutting a boring cake and hanging out in the neighbourhood bar. As life is too short, spruce your special day up by putting one of these ideas to life and you would want to do these over and over again!

Paint the Night

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Get the tickets at the yaymaker.com for yourself and friends and paint the night with exquisite selection of wine. The fun is to take your created art pieces back home as a permanent memory of the day.  It’s a unique way to celebrate that you surely have yet to try!

 

Relax at Bota Bota

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What could be more fun than pampering with your girl gang on your special day. Head to Bota Bota for amazing spa experience. Don’t forget to book your tickets in advance for best prices. Oh, and did we mention you can add a massage or spa treatment for an extra special day?

 

Try Water Rafting

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If you are an adventurous person and would want some adrenaline rush on this birthday sign up for white water rafting. Book yourself in advance not to miss out this utter fun.

 

Paintball Time!

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Shoot away the birthday boy this day! Head to this fun activity at Skorpion Paintball. The cherry on the top is the free admission to the birthday boy/girl. So without a second thought book your passes. We’re dying to try it out!

 

Take a Cool Dip (and Road Trip!) to Calypso Waterpark

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If your day falls in summer then you are in for a great treat. Experience water fun and games at Calypso intense wave pool. Enjoy cold beers at the well-lit bars with scrumptious chicken wings and burritos. What else could one ask for on a birthday?! Book your tickets now.

 

Celebrate by Wine Tasting

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Celebrate by tasting the sophisticated Italian wine with French cheese. You may take a trip to vignoble Bouche Art in Bouchard Island and celebrate by getting drunk with your gang!

 

Picnik Electronik

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This yet again is a birthday treat for all those who are born in summer. Dance to the beats at only ten minutes outside of Downtown Montreal, and featuring local and international DJs and producers.

 

Bord’elle

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Want to have a birthday inspired by the Great Gatsby? Bord’elle is the right place for you to party! A venue having a space inspired by the 1920s, that will make you feel as if you have traveled back to a time of great prestige. Enjoy the fabulous dinner followed by the course of sophisticated wine round to end your special day in style.  

 

Go-Kart It

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Enjoy the go-karting experience with your crazy friends and race around one of the most amazing racing tracks at Action 500. So go drive Wild on your birthday. 

 

Surf Away

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Surfing is another exciting way to spend the day. Try Montreal’s river surfing on the Lasalle rapids if you are an adventurous person. But if you want to play safe then hit up Brossard’s Oasis Surfing! It’s an indoor surfing complex with an amazing bar and restaurant.

 

Hopefully around this year you won’t have to look at the boring birthday cake only because we called everything out for you. So enjoy the day out and book your tickets in advance to avoid disappointment. If you have some more ideas to add write in the comment section or follow us on Instagram.

12 Practical Tips for Creating Better Habits

 

We all talk about ‘de cluttering’ our life. De cluttering doesn’t really refer to the physical things, rather try de clutter toxins by eating healthy, de clutter your life by being organized, de clutter your mind by staying positive and reading, start exercising to de clutter your body. Many of us start these all things and even succeed in sticking to them for few days. But then we tend to get lazy and we start to sway back to normal routines.

Have you ever wished that there was software that you could download into your system and your system would automatically follow the instructions blindly?  Well, here is a software for you to stick to create habits and then stick to them for long!

 

Start Small

Most of us want to start from four gym sessions, and getting from size 12 to 8 overnight. It is practically impossible to manage 5 extra minute of exercise the next day. Keep small achievable targets to keep motivation alive!  

 

Make it Daily

Whatever your goal is make sure that you do it every day. Make it a part of your routine. Exercise, eating healthy can be done daily. Organizing on the other hand, can go tricky. Divide seven days of the week to organize seven nooks of your house. So that each place gets a time once a week!

 

Self – Reminder

Initial two weeks into the routine and then you may forget about the new regime. To keep yourself reminding, set reminders on your phone and check mark the everyday list to feel accomplished!

 

Get a Partner

This will help greatly. Having a buddy on the same regime can help you check each other’s targets. You may also find a person to talk about the same stuff to and share relevant experiences. 

 

Replace Needs

Do something positive in the empty time. For example if you are giving up on watching a series, utilize that time in book reading or go on a walk. Don’t allow yourself empty time slots. It will make you long the old habit back. 

 

Write it Down

Writing down the goals will help you clear your intentions. It will also help you to refer back and see where the problem lied and how far you have come to overcome it.

 

Know the Benefits

Know the benefits of making the respective change. Research on internet or read a book regarding it. This could also motivate you further.

 

Plan Smarter

Make use of project management software such as Trello, to better plan your workflow for each goal.

 

The Art of Goal Setting 

Learn how to set realizable goals, for example, set SMART goals. A SMART goal is specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and time-sensitive, meaning you have a clear way to measure success and a time-line to do so in.

 

Know the Harm

Know the downsides of the habit that you are giving up. While doing so, remember its never too late to revert.

 

Do it for Yourself

Be firm on doing it for you solely. Weak guilt and empty resolutions don’t work.

 

Stay Consistent

If you are trying to take up on a habit it is advisable to do it at the same time every day. Doing this for continuous 30 days will make you miss it on the 31st day.

 

Celebrate

Celebrate your small wins. Treat yourself on achieving little milestones. It will be greatly helpful.

 

Befriend Supporters

Surround yourself with supporters who will talk positive to boost your motivation. Negative people and negative remarks will bring your morale down! 

 

So if you are on the brink to start some positive habits, give this a read to get amazing tips before you begin. If you have something more to add, leave it in the comments box or follow us at insta @stcathys to add to our follower community!

A Few Hacks to Make the #StudentLife a Little Cheaper

Being a student and with income like next to nothing its pretty hard to afford lavish quite just a lifestyle. The general income of a student is barely enough for meals and daily basics; and it tends to be when the realization of how expensive life can be, truly hits you. It is true that monthly expenses go quickly and little savings can go a long way. Here are few hacks for you to make your life a little cheaper!

 

Cook Your Own Meals

Try buying grocery and cooking your own meal rather than eating out every day! For worst days locate cheapest eat outs around the vicinity. You may be able to find places which provide meal as low as $5. 

 

Get Student Discounts:

Student discounts are available almost everywhere. You just have to ask for them. For few, it could be a little shy some to ask for – but, what could be better than saving a few bucks?

 

Thrift Shopping:

Find a nearest thrift store and try to find commodities from there. Trust me there is no happiness greater than saving a dime with a little hassle.

 

Online Shopping:

Online shopping can get you great discounts. You get to escape the commute expenses. There are quite a few online websites that offer almost everything at great prices and that too with free shipping option! You just have to search for it. 

 

Make Use of Coupons:

Get and USE any discount coupons that you find around. There is no utter shame in redeeming even if it saves you a cent. Install apps that notify about the discounts and coupons for all types of shopping.

 

BIY – Brew It Yourself! 

One can simply not operate without coffee. Rather than buying every morning from a store if you brew it yourself, it will save you almost $1100 per anum. You don’t believe it? Do the Math and thank us later!

 

Try Fixing Stuff Yourself:

Burnt wire or laptop messing? Try www.fixit.com and save all those bucks by fixing almost everything yourself.

 

Décor Your Montreal Student Residence Room in a Budget

Find sales before going back to school. Pick up sheets and pillows from clearance. You may get individual pack of cutlery rather than buying a whole set of it. Check out our article on how to spice up your Montreal student residence room on a budget.

 

 Vouch for Hand-Me-Downs

You may find second hand mini fridges and microwaves at great prices online. Try getting hold of garage or yard sales and collect a rug, cushions or an accent chair. You may also find few senior students getting rid of their old stuff. Take that opportunity.

 

Hopefully all these tips and tricks if followed, might help you save some, if not a lot of bucks. Have something of greater good to add? Write to us and follow us @stcathys. Or leave your precious comment in the box.