La Ronde opens daily and plans huge Canada Day firework display

La Ronde opens daily and plans huge Canada Day firework display

La Ronde, one of Montreal’s most popular student attractions has this week launched full time ahead of an action packed summer. From now onwards, the thrill seeking Theme Park will be open 7-days per week through the rest of June, July and up until August 25th. La Ronde officially opened its doors last month, but the exciting Theme Park will finally be open to tourists and local visitors every day of the week for what is sure to be one of summer’s most in demand experiences.

La Ronde’s newest 2015 attraction ‘Maison Rouge – Labyrinth of Terror’ has already been a huge hit with visiting students seeking a thrill. The creepy labyrinth welcomes visitors to explore its dark and crazy corridors, only to be hunted and tormented by insane clowns. Fans of Stephen King’s IT will love this terrifying experience.

Other popular rides with tourists and locals alike include sampling ‘Monstre’ the tallest two-track rollercoaster in the world, being spun around with ‘Ednör’ the sea themed rollercoaster, or taking a plunge with Goliath, the fastest ride at La Ronde.

If stomach churning fun isn’t appealing, no problem because La Ronde has other less intense attractions to enjoy for those students visiting Montreal seeking a more relaxing day of entertainment. La Ronde’s more leisurely rides including the beautiful Grande Roue Big Wheel, which offers some of the best panoramic views across Montreal, and the park’s Minirail is a great photo taking opportunity, and one of the best ways enjoy the park at its summer best.

Canada Day “Royal Troops Salute” Firework Display

On Wednesday July 1st La Ronde will join in with the rest of Montreal to celebrate Canada Day. However this year’s Celebration will be extra special, with La Ronde planning to delight audiences with a Firework Display to remember. A special salute to the Troops of the Royal 22nd Regiment display has been carefully created by organisers which will be performed alongside an enhanced musical presentation. This firework display is an event not to be missed, and the perfect way to experience Montreal’s hospitality on one of the most important and patriotic days in our Country. Organisers also plan a Season Finale spectacular celebrating Madonna, which is currently being kept under wraps.

Where to stay when visiting La Ronde

St Cathy’s in Montreal is the perfect place to stay for an awesome summer trip to La Ronde. Just a 15 minute drive away you can be back relaxing in our stunning residence after an exhausting day of thrill seeking. If you would like some advice in planning your next trip, then call St Cathy’s today on 514-296-1312.

 

Grand Prix Weekend in Montreal

Grand Prix Weekend in Montreal

Montreal will play host to the Formula One Grand Prix this weekend. And you know what that means? If you ever plan to go to Montreal or are near the city, then this is the best time to do so!

Of course, just like with all things, if you’re planning to go to Montreal between the days of June 10-13, it certainly won’t hurt you if come “prepared”, so to speak. So, how can you do so, then? Well, here are some suggestions below you might find some use for this weekend!

Race day

If you happen to be a racing fan, then this is simply a can’t-miss event for you. Getting premium seats at this junction, though, may be a bit difficult for you.

Thankfully, tickets for general admission are always made available for a daily basis, though the only place you can sit on is at the grass beside the track area. If you’re the type of person who’s not willing to get inside the “thick” of things, then you probably won’t mind this set-up.

Stuff to do

Okay, so you’re going to Montreal, but you’re not exactly a fan of Formula One or any forms of racing, for that matter. Hey, it’s still cool: there are tons of stuff you can check out while you’re at the city, with each possibly “catering” to any interest you may have.

For instance, the place where the Grand Prix will take place, Crescent Street, plays host to dozens and dozens of restaurants that will surely indulge the inner foodie in you.

On the other hand, the clubs located on Crescent Street will also be bringing in world-class DJs and musical talents that will surely provide you the necessary break from all of those asphalt-burning activities happening this weekend.

The highlights, though, are inarguably the official Grand Prix Festival events happening downtown in all three days. Not only will you get to actually touch real F1 cars up close, but the entire street will be closed off for the events so you can be able to party with the local musical acts that will provide you entertainment on your stay.

Where to stay

And speaking of “staying in”, you’re in luck since St. Cathy’s is located right down from Crescent Street! If you’re planning to stay for the duration of the entire weekend, then what better place to do so than somewhere that is just right beside where the party is happening? St. Cathy’s houses a vibrant student community, and you can probably make a few friends along the way while you’re at it!

Career and Professional Development Fair for St. Cathy’s Students

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Career and Professional Development Fair for St. Cathy’s Students

This Thursday’s career and professional development fair is an excellent opportunity for St. Cathy’s students to promote their talents and network with numerous companies gathered together for this national career event in Montreal. Countless employees and assistants help to make this event a success, which it’ll most likely be: 5 fairs, 160 exhibitors and 2000 job offers – all under one roof. This is a great opportunity for you to grow your career by finding a training program or a position in the field that you’re interested in.

Furthermore, several conferences and workshops will be made available to students during the event, in order to help them with finding a job. Plenty of topics will be covered, such as: resume, interview, networking, social media etc.

Also, to top it off, the career and professional development fair has added specialized pavilions, in order to cover as many areas as possible:

 

•                A Careers & Employment Pavilion where you can meet recruiting employers

•                An Entrepreneurship Pavilion if you wish to open you own business

•                An Employment Services / Immigration / Region Pavilion presented by Immigrer.com for those who need information and assistance for finding employment in Quebec

•                Electrical and Electronics Pavilion presented by Élexpertise – to discover job offers in this industry

•                SME Pavilion – for employment in SMEs in Montreal

 

The Career and Professional Development Fair takes places from April 13 – April 16, 2016 – 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Palais de congrès de Montréal, Métro Place d’Armes. So what are you waiting for? Go check it out! It is a wonderful opportunity for any student interested in securing a future. What is more, the admission is free – all the more reason not to miss an opportunity to meet your future employer!

Why St.Cathys Residence?

There are certainly several reasons why any student would want to consider putting up at St. Cathys Residence. First, the residence is within proximity of a good number of academic institutions including Concordia University, which is just across the street. Secondly, the residence provides every student with everything that he/she needs to excel in his/her studies including furniture, Internet, heating facilities and coin operated laundry on each floor.

Thirdly, students who board at the residence need not worry about their personal security and that of their possession since the residence has security cameras installed at strategic locations in and around the residence. Add to these highly flexible rental terms, simple monthly billing system and online payment and you have everything you need to excel in your studies. Furthermore the residence is easily accessible, which also gives resident students easy access to the city and other locations of interest.

Easy Dorm Room Hacks At St. Cathy’s Residence

Want to learn some quick and easy dorm room hacks that are easy to do, low cost and saves you time? Here at St. Cathy’s Residence, we have compiled a number of practical and useful dorm room hacks that will turn your ordinary dorm room into a pop culture inspired loft.

Heads Up!

Sleeping without a headboard? No problem. We have you covered! This super easy headboard can be made from stuff you probably have lying around your room. Now you can  free up the mess in your closets by combining two things into one!

 What You Need

  • ·wallpaper or fabric of your choice
  • ·cardboard
  • ·tape
  • ·utility knife
  • ·scissors

How To Do It

Simply draw a pattern of your choice on the cardboard with a pencil or sharpie. Newspaper works well if you want to first make a template to trace onto the cardboard. Once you have the pattern traced out, then simply cut firmly into the cardboard until the pattern is completely cut into. Now after you’ve cut out your headboard, take your tape and start taping down the fabric onto the cardboard. When you start taping around the curved parts (patterns) of the headboard, you can make little snips into the fabric to get it to curve around the headboard. Once your done just simply hang it or tape it behind your bed. Instructions can be found here: http://www.starsforstreetlights.com/2012/09/how-to-make-simple-headboard.html

Room A Little Funky?

Sometimes our rooms can get pretty stuffy especially during the dead of winter when its really cold out. If you keep the windows closed often then you’re not letting fresh air in your room.  If you’re out of candles or fragrances, then simply tape a dryer sheet to the vent in your room. As the air blows through the dryer sheet it will let out a pleasant aroma. This also works well on air conditioners during the summer.

Frame Your Posters Without Putting Holes In The Wall

If you want to make your poster collection look a little more creative and cohesive then try using washi tape as a border. Simply tape around each poster you hang. You can make all different types of abstract shapes and angles around the poster and the best part is the tape is easily removable and doesn’t leave any marks.

Have A Green Thumb?

Add some color and some energy to your room by adding miniature potted plants. This little bit of nature will help your dorm room come to life instead of feeling unbearably sterile. Get a little creative and paint the pot with some acrylic paints or embellish it with some stickers.

Need Some Lighting?

Decorate a mason jar with your favorite type of decorative fabric and place a battery operated tea light candle in the jar. Makes a great lighting fixture for your kitchen table or nightstand. Instructions can be found here: http://fellowfellow.com/sweet-diy-votives/

Keyboard A Bit Wobbly?

Having problems writing your thesis because your keyboard is dancing while you type? Simply use binder clips to fix the broken keyboard feet. Just clamp the binder clips to the bottom of the keyboard where the broken keyboard feet are. Problem solved.

Tea Please!

If you have a mini fridge, you can use empty tea cans to store your pens and pencils. Simply place a small magnet on the inside of the back of the tin!

Not From Around Here? Best City in Canada for Students!

The city of Montreal has the highest concentration of higher education institutions in North America, institutions that attract a good number of students from across the world. Some of these include Université du Montreal (UdeM), Université du Québec à Montréal (UQÀM), Université du Québec, McGill University, Concordia University and Lasalle College among many others.

These academic institutions no doubt attract a good number of students, which raises the need for specialized student accommodation. Luckily, St. Cathys Student Residence exists to serve that need. Located downtown of Montreal City along St. Catherine Street, the residence provides accommodation to both local and foreign students with not just accommodation but a hassle-free accommodation for that matter, making it the best student residence that any student intending to study in Montreal needs to consider for a memorable student living experience.

Igloofest Takes Over St. Cathy’s Residence

Igloofest is amongst us again for its 8th consecutive year in a row. The annual outdoor festival will take place again in Old Port Montreal. World renowned DJ’s will be taking to the stage to bring you dirty beats and electrifying light shows. Brave the cold and dance under the stars to this years hottest electronic music.

Igloofest will be running for 4 straight weekends through the month of January and February. Right now the event is only in its 2nd weekend and is already creating much hype. Students from the surrounding schools will be there showing off their true electro colors.

Don’t forget to dress warm and wear colorful clothes. Igloofest photographers will be snapping photos of some of the wildest outfits they see from its concert goers. Glow sticks, neon jackets and sparkly hats will be much of the outer wear you will see at this years festival.

St. Cathy’s Residence is easily accessible by cab or metro. By cab it is only a 9 minute ride to the venue. The metro runs every 15 minutes if you wish to commute, Guy-Concordia (across from St. Cathy’s) to Champs de Mars. Make sure to tag along with some friends and play it safe, we know its going to be a wild night you’ll never forget.

20 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT MOVING TO MONTREAL

Looking for a new opportunity in the city? Moving to Montreal from the rural outlays? Maybe you’re moving for the duration of your studies? At any rate, before you move, you’ll definitely need to know what to expect and the few things that can make your life much, much easier.
July is the busiest time of the year for apartment rentals.
There are rentals available year round, but July is the month that offers the most rental opportunities.
There’s no law or official ruling that says it’s the first of July, but it’s something of a tradition that has set in and stuck. If you’re moving to Montreal, start looking as early as March for a place to rent from July, the places disappear quickly
A 3 1/2 room apartment doesn’t mean there are 3 bedrooms
All the rooms in the apartment are counted. The kitchen and bathroom are also counted, the bathroom being counted as a half.
Some buildings are over 100 years old
Some have been refurbished and others not. You’re likely to see interesting things.
Rent is somewhat cheap when compared to Toronto and Vancouver. So moving to Montreal will be great on your wallet. It’s not necessary to go through an agency for a rental
Montreal is gloriously bilingual.
Brush up on your French while here. Really, it’ll come as second nature after a while. Luckily for newcomers, Montrealers are relatively easy going and will be happy to help you in both languages.
Looking for a job can get tricky if you don’t speak French.
There are a number of English Jobs out there. However, for the most part, finding a job in Montreal will require you to be bilingual, so brush up on your French if you want to be first in line for that job.
You’ll need permits to work in Montreal
Either a Residence permit or Temporary work permit.
Try to get your things in order even before your big move to Montreal.
The taxes are astronomical. Many people complain about the very high tax rate, but there are benefits like free health care and education right up to college.
The traffic is a killer going in and out of the Island.
‘nuff said
Parking is very hard to find
There are decent public transport options in place thanks to the STM
The STM Company services just about all the areas. 185 Bus lines, 4 subway lines (known as Metro) and taxi vans available to make the commute from one point to another as efficient as possible.
There is a huge cultural diversity
That can be likened (somewhat) to New York’s cultural diversity.
Winters can get cold, wet and icy.
Make sure you have clothing that can keep the chill out. Oh, and shoes that are suited to the slippery layer of ice on the ground.
The Habs are a huge thing for us here in Montreal
If you’re not a hockey fan, you better become one quick. The only way you’ll survive.
Festival time!
There’s always a festival going on somewhere, but there’s no need to complain about it. They’re always lively, always fun and there’s always the possibility of meeting new people. Which is exactly why moving to Montreal is so great, as the next point clearly shows.
There’s always a reason to party
Like the wonderful Igloofest. The cold is definitely not going to stop us from partying up a storm.
Cycling and walking are a huge part of daily life in Montreal
Because of the terrible traffic. Look on the bright side: you’ll get plenty of exercises.
Montreal is a beautiful and interesting place.
We know you’re going to love moving to Montreal. It’s a vibrant place to be and the St Cathy’s residence make the experience simply awesome.

Delicious and Cheap Eats Near St. Cathy’s Residence

Delicious and Cheap Eats near St. Cathy’s Residence

Students live on a budget, that’s not a surprise. But to say that you can’t try to treat yourself to something from time to time is absurd. Luckily there are a few tasty haunts near the St. Cathy’s Residence that won’t break the bank and they’ll definitely be worth your time if you’ve had a stressful week. The area also offers a huge amount of ethnic variety and makes it so that you’ll never be bored, even while trying to keep your meals out at a minimum. Here are 4 awesome places to add to your go to list of emergency cheap eats.

Cuisine Bangkok- This delectable Thai based restaurant is amazingly close to St. Cathy’s and boasts very affordable dinners. They offer a variety of South East Asian fare such as shrimp pad thai, beef pad thai, and green chicken curry. On Yelp they have 4 out of 5 stars, so a perfect place to get more bang for your buck.

http://www.yelp.com/biz/cuisine-bangkok-montr%C3%A9al-2?osq=restaurant+cuisine+bankok

Sandwich Cao Lanh- Over on Rue Ontario, there’s a great sandwich shop for grabbing some grub on the go, or taking it to a nearby park or square. They boast fresh veggies and meats to concoct the sandwich of your choice, and even freshly rolled sushi. A great place to eat in between classes or after a long workday.

http://www.yelp.com/biz/sandwich-caolanh-montr%C3%A9al-2?osq=cheap+eats

Boustan- Another lovely taste of the world can be found in this Middle Eastern based restaurant that has a variety of pitas, shawarmas, and combo plates. It’s also a great take out spot for busy days, or just a casual lunch spot with classmates. With stellar reviews and such filling portions for so cheap, frequenting Boustan is a no brainer.

http://www.yelp.com/biz/boustan-montr%C3%A9al-3

Dahlia’s Mediterranean Bistro- Though this isn’t the closest to St. Cathy’s, it’s still within walking distance. As the restaurants name portrays, there will be a variety of Mediterranean cuisine including stuffed grape leaves, falafel, and hummus. The fresh food makes for healthier options and also a great place to relax.

http://www.yelp.com/biz/dahlias-mediterranean-bistro-montr%C3%A9al?osq=cheap+eats

Find Your Own Home in St. Cathy’s: Montreal Apartments for Students

Find Your Own Home in St. Cathy’s: Montreal Apartments for Students

The place where you hang your coat; the place you share laughter with the people who matters to you most; the place where you belong and cherished is…your home. “There is no place like home” is a famous quotation known to many of us because what it speaks is true. There is no other place that we feel safe, cared for, loved, and protected than our home, our resting place, our safe roof as we weather life’s tough storms.

Live Independently.

The importance of the place we live is something that we cannot disregard. Our home is our shelter and as much as possible we wanted to live comfortably with our loved-ones. While there are also many of us who wanted to live independently, still the essence of a good home remains.

Live in Harmony with the Fast-paced Life.

However, our generation made it difficult for many of us to find a place perfect to live peacefully and in harmony with nature especially in urban areas. The fast-paced life is something that many people are required to adapt. Fortunately, there are Montreal apartments like St. Cathy’s that can make a dream of peaceful and sustainable lifestyle possible for students.

Live in Comfort and Style.

Many people are becoming interested to live in urban places which are accessible and can offer them optimal livability. The challenge is to find the best among Montreal apartments that offer sustainable lifestyle, vibrant spaces, while building a healthy community. St. Cathy’s ensure great services with an amazing deal of amenities to ensure your comfort in your student life.

Live where you belong.

Look for a place that can encourage sense of belonging, a place that you can be proud to say, this is my home, and this is where I belong. Find the space where urban and sustainable living meets. There can be a lot of Montreal apartments to choose from, but the sense of community at St. Cathy’s is definitely exceptional.

Our blog is intended for students looking for awesome Montreal apartments where they can enjoy the best of both worlds—beautiful and functional units, and sustainable, friendly community. Feel free to go through the posts and find useful information, tips, news, and topics that tackles all about Montreal and things that may matter to your student life.

Activities

Living in a student residence can definitely have its perks over apartment life. Here at St. Cathy’s, there is a wide assortment of hosted activities ranging from sports nights, community dinners and even video gaming festivals (Yes, you heard that right). These things are simply not available in the majority of apartment complexes around Montreal. With all of the self-evident social advantages of residence living, why would anyone want to pay to experience dull apartment life? Yeah, I don’t know either.

All-Inclusive Amenities

The stress-inducing task of remembering to pay for your lights, cable, phone, water, and internet fees can easily break the spirit of many apartment renters. After all, that energy should rightly be focused on accomplishing academic success. Residence centers take care of that by offering these amenities all inclusively. Because of this, students are able to spend more time worrying about their grades, and not digging for that light bill they misplaced.

Furnished Rooms

Moving can be EXTREMELY stressful. Don’t worry! The rooms at St. Cathy’s also come furnished with beds, desks, chairs, microwaves, refrigerators, flat-screen TVs, satellite cable, and landlines with local calling included. Plus, they also provide wireless internet all throughout the building. Sounds awesome, right?

Location and Community

When contemplating where to place down one’s college roots, student residence centers should definitely fall under the college student’s radar. As opposed to the unknown population of any given apartment building, living at St. Cathy’s is simply more suitable for students. As soon as they arrive, the student’s life will be filled with new faces and friendly people. It’s a great place to start the next phase in their educational journey.

Plus, you can’t beat our location. St. Cathy’s is located only a few moments from the majority of major universities in the area. When considering the huge role punctuality plays on a college student’s life, the ease and practicality of resident-life easily shines above apartment living.

Safety

When parents are forced to experience the inevitable task of setting their children free on the road to independence and educational success, safely is most-definitely on the majority of their minds. Residence centers help to ease that pain with complex security camera set-ups, new-age security systems and caring staff members. In St. Cathy’s, Residence Assistants are there to help students with any problems they may be facing when transitioning into university life. They also ensure the community is running smoothly, thus helping parents to remove one more entry on their “worry list”.

Something to Think About…

When searching for a quality place to live for their univesity-aged young adults, parents typically look for places with a sense of community, ease, convenience, and high standards of safety. Trust me, these things have never been in a more-pleasant bundle than with St. Cathy’s Student Residence.

Urban living may sound chic or high-end living, but there is more to a building that makes life better and easier for many.