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!

Exploring Student Life In Montreal

Student life in Montreal Quebec Canada can be one of great bliss and discovery. Even if you’re traveling thousands of miles away to study in one of the large universities or smaller colleges, the area opens up to students and tourists in a way that most other cities don’t or can’t. This island has 19 boroughs and is the second largest city in Canada. It’s rich culture allows for linguists to have a fruitful adventure as it is the only French-speaking city in the continent of North America. There are incredible opportunities for international and local students staying in the city to explore, as it is one of the best locales to live, learn, and play in.

For students that are seeking diversity, the bilingual atmosphere is just the start. The city has been known as one of the happiest in the world, and has been ranked high in terms of celebration and diversity. The city hubs play a role in hosting some of the largest festivals of music, education, and more. Whether you’re studying deep academia or exploring the far reaches of art and music, you’ll find that the area is home to a wide range of events throughout the seasons, even in the cold.

When it comes to art, you will not be disappointed. The city comes alive with contemporary art, museums, and installations. From major festivals that celebrate cultural history, to pop art and much more. As far as exploring the arts, you’ll be home with the incredible options to explore. From the Montreal Planetarium, Centre d’historie de Montreal, Montreal Science Center, to the Redpath Museum, McGill University and others, you will never have a dull moment in terms of exploring the artistic history of the city and surrounding educational centers.

Economic development has been growing in the area, and recently has boasted large scale projects around the borders. While the global economies are struggling, Montreal has seen vibrant employment rises, and major engineering, research, development and academic projects. This is a good thing for students that fall in love with the area and decide to stay after graduating from their studies. With so many employment opportunities abounding in nearly every industry, sticking around may just very well be one of the keys to the success the city has enjoyed for many years.

Student life can be more than just about studying, as Montreal Quebec Canada boasts some of the largest shopping, tourist, and nature areas in the nation. Not only that, professional sports as well as collegiate sports thrive in the city. With large scale arenas that house just about every type of sport, you will find yourself lost in the cheers of the local favorites. Professional sports teams include major teams in the MLS, NBLC, CFL, NHL, Canadian Women’s Hockey League, USL W-League, and so many others.

No matter what brings you to study in Montreal Quebec Canada, you will find that student life can be filled with a diverse array of activities. You will not be holed up in a dorm room studying alone, as there’s so much to explore.

Montreal’s “Butterflies Go Free” Festival At Jardin Botanique

 Looking for something colorful to do this weekend? Step into the wonderful world of Jardin Botanique. This botanical garden and planetarium is located in Montreal and home to some of the most eye catching wonders of the world. Since 1988 the Jardin Botanique de Montreal has hosted unique events that are open to the public. This year the gardens insectarium will be hosting a “Butterflies Go Free” festival. Over 20,000 species of butterflies from Malaysia, Costa Rica, Kenya, El Salvador, Tanzania and the Phillipines will be filling the rooms for all to experience. The colorful insects will be released 100 at a time over the course of the event. This event will take place February 19 through April 26. The butterfly festival runs all day. Witness for yourself as these shimmery creatures create an aerial ballet before your eyes. Make sure to bring you phone or camera for this event. You don’t want to miss out on catching some great photos of these splendid creatures.

 

The event is located at 4101, rue Sherbrooke Est Montréal. It is only 19 minutes from St. Cathys Residence and is easily accessible by cab or metro.

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!

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.

Montreal hosts the World’s Largest Outdoor Games Festival

Montreal hosts the World’s Largest Outdoor Games Festival

Are you ready to play? Montreal is about to become the most fun place on Earth as the largest outdoor games festival kicks off on July 11th. This unique games festival is expected to attract thousands of players from Montreal and beyond, seeking to enjoy the very best board games, video games and local outdoor gaming events all for free.

The action will take place at Quartier des spectacles where students, locals and tourists are encouraged to come together in a true multiplayer experience. The event will last just over two weeks and is expected to exceed last year’s 150,000 players.

Visitors can also expect to meet some of gaming’s leading creators from both the digital world and traditional games industry. Warner Bros will be sending their local Montreal Games team, who will be joined by other legends including Nintendo and the team behind the popular ‘Just Dance’ game.

Montreal’s Gaming Boulevard

At the heart of the festival will be Maisonneuve Boulevard, which is being transformed into an open-air playground. Even for those who don’t wish to participate, this outdoor gaming event is a spectacle not to be missed. This summer will see a collection of new games available from multiplayer shooting action on the WiiU, to giant sized board games from the popular gamers Sociojeux. The Boulevard will have an assembly of Booths available to explore with some of the latest and coolest games to try out before most of the world.

Montreal Video Games Lounge

Feeling competitive? Complexe Desjardins will be the home of an epic video games lounge during the festival. Here the best players will battle to become the festival’s ultimate gaming champion. A live studio will also be broadcasting a special eSports contest to millions of Twitch users around the world.

The annual Mondial des jeux Loto-Québec event will take place from July 11th until July 25th and is likely to be the biggest event yet. With over 100 different games on offer, this festival will cater to gamers of all different ages and tastes.

St Cathy’s is ideally located for this summer’s Gaming Festival. We are just a 12 minute cab ride away from the Boulevard and at the heart of an area popular with students. To find out why we receive such amazing reviews for our rooms, give us a call today on 514-574-3336.