Furniture/Decorations Ideas That Are Affordable For a Student Residence

Moving out is all fun and games until you own no more than a mattress. Furnishing an apartment can be tough when you don’t have the funds to purchase an entirely new living room. When seeking out furniture, remember that it will only be in your student house for a maximum of four years. Don’t break the bank for furniture! Here are some tips on seeking out affordable furniture.

1) Furnished Apartments
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This option is super simple. Your cost of rent will be a little higher because the entire apartment is furnished unless of course, you join us at St Cathy’s Montreal Student Residence with furnished apartments at the fraction of a studio apartment price. Nonetheless, furnished accommodations are ideal for students who are unable to move some of their own furniture to their new house. It is also ideal for students who aren’t looking to add the stress of furnishing a home. Furnished apartments are definitely super fun but take into consideration your budget for rent. Click here to learn more.

2) Multi-Purpose Furniture
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Multi-purpose furniture is super convenient because you’re getting two options for the price of one! For example, if you’re purchasing a couch, look for a sofa that doubles as a pull-out couch. You will be getting both a bed and a couch for the cost of one. While it may not be ideal to sleep on a pull-out couch, you won’t have to spend money right away to buy a bed also!

3) City-Wide Garage Sales
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Specifically, in the summer, seek out city-wide garage sales! Not only are they fun, but you will definitely find lots of furniture and decorations that you can afford. Be prepared to spend more than you expect because people have so many things to sell and you’ll just want it all!

4) Kijiji Is Your Friend
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It may feel sketchy or unsafe sometimes to purchase furniture, appliances, or decorations off of someone online, but Kijiji is by far the safest out of all. Use the search engine to narrow down the type of items you need, the preferred location, and the maximum budget. You will be surprised with the amount of options you have!

5) Old Tenants = New Friends

If you’re lucky enough to meet the old tenants of your potential new home, you are truly blessed. When moving, getting rid of a lot of things becomes part of the game. There is a good chance that the previous tenants are looking to sell some of their items that you may need in your Montreal student residence room, such as an ironing board or a kettle. Ask them about their move and hopefully they’ll give you a good price on some of the things they’re getting rid of.

6) IKEA Wild Night Sale
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Most IKEA’s will participate in an annual student night sale. This sale will be your lifesaver when buying furniture. IKEA will drop their prices quite a bit for this specific night because of the amount of students that participate in the event. Do everything in your power to not buy everything you see! While it is new furniture, this will be a benefit when and if you decide to sell it in the future. If you are staying in a Montreal student residence, this can be a great chance to spice up your room with some art and decorations.

7) On Campus Residence Move Out Sale

Most universities and colleges host an event where students can sell the things they don’t need. While it might not be couches and beds, you may be able to find bookshelves and smaller appliances such as toasters for cheaper!

Moving into a university off-campus Montreal student residence is all apart of the experience. No one said the experience had to be more expensive than it already is! Take these options into consideration and you will end up with a beautiful room that you’ll be proud of.

6 Ways to Motivate the #StudyGrind

It’s that time of year again! The new school year is begining, and somehow you already feel mentally drained, your motivation has completely disappeared, and you the semester will finish you before you finish it. You’re struggling with the idea of staying driven to the very end of exams. It’s difficult to see the light at the end of the tunnel but with these 6 tricks, your motivation will be back and here to stay until the end of the semester.

1) Give yourself a break

If you’re completely burnt out, it will show in your work. You want to give the best you can possibly give and to do so, you need to be at 100%. Give yourself a break! Take a nap, watch an episode of a television show you enjoy. Remember that it is just a break, so don’t spend the entire day taking a break.

2) Airplane Mode Is Your Best Friend

It is easy to get carried away with social media apps that are available right on your phone. As exciting as it is to view photos of golden retrievers on Instagram, your schoolwork will not get done with your phone sitting on your desk. Put your phone on airplane mode and putit in a drawer. As a way to encourage yourself to get work done, place an hourly timer to use your phone for 15 minutes after every hour as a motivation mechanism!

3) Set All The Goals!

As humans, we love the feeling of accomplishment and encouragement. Think about that feeling of closing all those tabs on your laptop after finishing an assignment. Now, think about the feeling of crossing that assignment off your to-do list. There are very few things that feel as good as this! Set goals, big or small, for yourself to keep yourself motivated and encouraged to keep working.

4) Treat Your Body Like A Temple

As students, we sometimes forget that broccoli is important. Some might have not seen a piece of broccoli since they’ve started university. It is difficult to meal prep and make meals that are healthy, however, it is not hard to at least try and eat a little better. Cut back on the endless instant noodles and feed yourself some brain food so that you’re awake while you’re studying. The more energy you have, the more you will get done and feel accomplished!

5) Change Up Your Study Style

Studying can be quite boring especially if you have been studying the exact same way for as long as you can remember. Get out of your comfort zone and try group studying. It will encourage you to meet some of your classmates and will potentially benefit you as it will be numerous brains studying together as opposed to just one.

6) Don’t Over Do It

The brain can stay focused for about five to six hours. The minute you stop retaining information is the minute you should take a break. You will be wasting your own time trying to stay focused and will only result in frustration from the lack of retaining. Keep your motivation and encouragement by not overdoing it! Try to change it up with some physical activity before getting back to your studies.

What are your favorite ways to motivate yourself? Let us know in the comment section below.

5 Must-Do Activities this March in Montreal

Spring is in the air!

With the month of March quickly approaching, we’re starting to get over the winter blues and ready to begin

 

Check out to Bal en Blanc

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Ready to ring in the spring with an awesome party? Then grab your favorite white festival attire and head to New City Gas’ Bal en Blanc this March.

 

Try a Sugar Shack

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In true Canadian-fashion, check out one of the many sugar shacks surrounding the city. What better way to enjoy the mild end-of-winter weather than with a tasty treat?

 

Spring Skiing

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Get some friends together and head out to Mont Tremblant for a spring skiing trip. With the snow quickly melting, this will be your last chance to hit the slopes until next winter.

 

Enjoy the St. Patricks Day Parade

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Montreal’s annual St. Patrick’s Day parade is lit! On Saturday March 17th, Saint Catherine street will turn into a celebration of all things Irish. Between the bagpipes and the floats, this is the perfect daytime event to get you into the St. Patrick’s Day spirit!

 

Take a Road Trip

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Now that the icy roads have finally melted seize this opportunity to take a road trip to one of Canada’s great cities. Looking for something close? Check out the nation’s capital city, Ottawa,  and all the fun that comes with it. If you’re ready for a longer drive, Toronto is calling your name!

 

What will you be doing during the month of March in Montreal? Let us know in the comment section below or by tagging @stcathys on social media.

5 Ways to Spend Valentine’s Day in Montreal

Love is in the air!

Valentine’s Day is around the corner (literally, it’s tomorrow)! Did it sneak up on you? Don’t worry, if you haven’t quite gotten around to planning something mind-blowing for your special someone, it’s not too late – check out our list of 5 exciting things to do in Montreal this Valentine’s Day.

Carriage Ride

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Take your date on a romantic excursion in Old Montreal! The city has horse-drawn carriage rides every 60 minutes that take you on a scenic tour of Old Port for two!

 

Doggy/Cat Cafe

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Dating an animal lover? Take your s/o to either Le Doggy Cafe or the Cat Cafe based on their animal preferences (of course).

 

Le Blossom

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Not only will your s/o absolutely love the ambiance and giant pink blossom tree inside the restaurant setting the perfect scene for romance, but Le Blossom’s sushi and sake are absolute to die for!

 

Bota Bota

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If you really want to spice it up and surprise your s/o, try booking a romantic spa day or evening for two at Bota Bota. From the view to the service, the Old Port staple will surely blow you and your date away!

 

Keməstrē Bar Gourmet

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Feel like indulging in some drinks and delicious food? Keməstrē is your place to be! Try their excellent mixology drinks created by luxury vodka brand Grey Goose and the delectable bites from a menu curated by one of North America’s top Chef; Joe Mercuri. Oh, not to mention it’s right next door!

 

What will you and your Valentine do on this special day in Montreal? Share your experience with us in the comment section below or by tagging @stcathys on social media.

We’ve Just Made Your Weekend Plans!

It’s time for an unforgettable experience.

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As Thursday rolls around, you’re likely starting to think about the weekend. Do you have plans already? Well, cancel them. – because this weekend is the last weekend of Montreal’s famous winter music festival Igloofest. Attracting some of the world’s best DJs and music producers, Igloofest is a highlight of any young Montrealers winter. Check out our schedule below to find out when (and why) you need to be at this festival this weekend in Montreal!

Thursday

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The fun starts tonight! Kannibalen Records – the label behind Snails, Black Tiger Sex Machine, Apashe, and many more, shows the city what home-made talent really is with some of their biggest names performing this evening. From DJ ESCO and Vnce Carter Dabin on one stage to Apashe and Black Tiger Sex Machine, tonight will surely set the tone for Igloofest’s final weekend. Get tickets here.

Friday

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Day 2 of Igloofest’s final weekend promises to be just as entertaining, especially for those like deeper styles of electronic music. Tone Depth, Sasha & John Digweed, and Pulses, promise to deliver the ambiance and funk (and vibe) you’re looking for on a Friday night. Don’t forget to check out the awesome winter ice slides! Get tickets here. 

Saturday

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What better way to end the day after the St Cathy’s Olympics games by heading to Old Port for an unmatched dance music show. Finish up your weekend and Igloofest at the festival’s final event. Sure to have many surprises in store, Igloofest’s closing night will feature shows from 14 artists, including renowned producers Worakls and Mike Laz. This will surely be an unforgettable show – and definitely something you won’t want to wait another year to experience. Don’t miss out; get your tickets here.

Are you ready for the best winter weekend of the year? Share your Igloofest experience with us by tagging @stcathys on social media. We can’t wait to see how you braved a Montreal winter for the love of music!

5 Ways to get A’s this Semester

Back to the grind…

Guys, we have some bad news … as you’ve probably noticed, school is about to start back up once again. Instead of crying over the end of everyone’s favorite season and the omnipresent workload, we’ve decided to go into it with a positive frame of mind this year. With that in mind, we’ve come up with a list of 5 tactics to ensure you get the best grades yet in all of your classes this semester.

 

Stay Organized

Whether your organizational weapon of choice is a giant calendar, iPhone, or agenda, staying organized is crucial for a successful semester. Not only will you be able to track important dates and schedule studying time, but with a standardized scheduling system, you will have peace of mind due to a direct overview of all of your tasks, commitments, and due dates.

 

Find your Workflow

One of the hardest parts of getting your semester in order is finding your workflow. From in-lecture reviews, reading, writing assignments, and studying for tests/quizzes/exams, it’s no secret that students are bombarded with work. However, figuring out which ways you work best make tackling this workload a breeze. Map out your workflow, and stick with it! Need some extra guidance? Try using Trello.

 

Schedule Studying Time

This goes without saying, the more you study, the better you will do on exams and tests. Even if it’s once a week to review the notes you’ve taken and concepts you’ve covered in your lecture, scheduling study time is an inherently critical activity when aiming for high grades. You’ll be thanking yourself when you no longer feel the need to stay up all night, cramming for the next morning’s midterm. No matter how many classes you’re taking on this semester, scheduling study time will help you get that A! Do you prefer studying on-the-go? Check out Cram (thank us later).

 

Live Healthily

This probably isn’t the first you’re hearing of a healthy lifestyle being relative to good grades. This is because proper sleep and healthy food ensure your brain is in an optimal state to learn and retain information, and your energy levels are where they should be. Nothing’s worse than feeling drained and still having a 3-hour lecture to attend before going home…

 

Attend your Classes

Ok, this one goes without saying, yet may be the hardest of them all. Attendance and good grades are inextricable from one another. Despite cold wintery mornings, getting out of bed and to class is guaranteed to improve your grades. Feeling like skipping out on some readings? All the more reasons to get your butt to classes! You won’t regret it.

 

What are your favorite tricks to ensure good grades in your classes? Let us know in the comment section below or by tagging @stcathys on social media.

 

This Week is the Best Time for a New Business Idea

Time to make your money!

Whether you’re a psychology or engineering student, in today’s society, conducting business is an inextricable factor when aiming for success within any industry. Like so many before us, prosperity has been found time and time again among budding young entrepreneurs and inventors alike. In fact, countless world business leaders realize how important it is to inspire young entrepreneurs and have implemented programs to motivate young people to chase their dreams and become the next generation of business leaders.

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And yet, there’s never been a better time to be a young entrepreneur. Not only because so much support and resources are available, but some colossal news has just been announced. According to Product Hunt this week only, serial (and Canadian!) entrepreneur Elon Musk has announced the Bored Elon Seed FundFor one week only, all entrepreneurs and inventors have a chance to pitch their ideas to Elon Musk via Twitter, with the top 3 ideas receiving seed funding from the technology mogul himself

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So why does this program have us declaring the best week ever to have a business idea? Well, it turns out that the seed funding is quite significantly, 5 million for the top 3 ideas. Better yet, Elon himself is taking 0% equity of the winners’ companies. 0%. This is truly a blessing for anyone hoping to start a company!

What are you waiting for? Brainstorm your best business ideas and pitch it to @elonmusk on Twitter today. This just may be the start of a new career! Let us know what you think about this effort in the comment section below or by tagging @stcathys on social media.

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Read Elon’s full statement here.

You’ll Never Guess What Drake is Pouring Money Into Now

Straight out the 6.

World renowned Candian rapper Drake is about as familiar with investing in projects and partnering with companies as he is with promoting his home base, Toronto (#sixvibes). From the Sher club and Virgina Brand Whiskey to investing in tech start ups and acting as a brand ambassador for the Raptors, Drake has embarked on countless business ventures while building his brand. But you’ll never guess what his latest LA-based project is…

Drake’s latest thing is literally paying for giant billboards all over LA. What do these billboards say you may wonder? Well, they’re promoting Canada’s ability to get along wih one another – how relevant. Although these billboards are actually an ad campaign to promote his latest OVO merch, kudos to Drake for showing his Canadian pride (and maybe inspiring some envy among our southern neighbours).

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These billboards have caused a slight bit of controversy for LA residents and Americans in general – from capitalizing on tragedy as a promotion tool to the word Canada not being capitalized, these signs seem to be making people mad. That being said, we love them! What do you think about Drake’s latest ad campaign? Let us know what you think in the comment section below or by tagging @stcathys on social media.

You Need to Check out These Websites Right Now!

Ah, the internet.

Who doesn’t love wasting countless hours surfing the web? Okay, so maybe it’s a guilty pleasure. Either way, cool new websites are always launching yet often missed by internet-lovers due to the abundance of content on the internet. With this in mind, we’ve created a list of our top 3 cool sites that you may be missing, but are seriously worth checking out!

 

Girlboss.com

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Created by the amazing Sophia Amoruso – CEO/founder of everyone’s favorite clothing site Nastygal, GirlBoss.com is the perfect spot to read thought-provoking articles on just about anything! From health to beauty and business, this site is the ideal answer for anyone looking to get productive and interesting insights while simultaneously wasting time on the internet (it’s called multitasking, duh!). 

 

Producthunt.com

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Another great site for those interested in business, Product Hunt is keeping you updated on the latest products and news in an inherently entertaining fashion. A personal favourite, this website is worth checking out whether

 

Iwastesomuchtime.com

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This website says it all directly in the name – it is your hub to waste so much time. From hilarious videos to thought-provoking infographics, you will be hooked from the first page on.

 

Which websites do you visit to get caught in the spiral of the internet? Let us know in the comment section below or tag @stcathys on social media.

 

 

The 5 Sets You Can’t Miss at Ile Soniq This Weekend

House time is anytime.

Since its inception, Ile Soniq has attracted countless household names in the electronic music scene. As it kicks off its fourth year, the festival has delivered yet again, announcing an awesome lineup with countless notable acts. With so many great artists and such limited time, it can be hard to narrow down which shows to see. With that in mind, we’ve compiled a list of the acts that will seriously blow your mind. If you’re heading to the festival this weekend, these are the top 6 sets you simply can’t miss.

 

Excision

How many amps of sound does it take to blow your mind? Excision will answer that question for you this weekend. Get ready for some head banging, because this show will go one hundred miles an hour from start to finish.

 

Jauz

Known for his amazing base drops and cool remixes, Jauz’s set is guaranteed to be one of the best of the weekend. Trust us when we say, you will not want to miss this one.

 

Rezz

Guys, Rezz is one lady you definitely won’t want to miss. This newcomer has made a name for herself in the EDM scene over the last few years, attracting international attention for her dark techno beats. Oh, and did we mention she’s Canadian (as if you needed another reason to love her)?

 

Louis the Child

Future bass lovers (think Flume and ODESZA), you can’t miss Louis the Child. Kings of unique drops and using great sounds in their music, this talented duo will play the perfect set to enjoy on a Friday afternoon – and luckily you can!

 

Migos

Time to get bad and boujee! Migos will be yet another great set you can enjoy at Ile Soniq this year. The hip hop trio has made waves over the past year and a half, with their hit song Bad and Boujee earning them international attention and invites to the esteemed Met Gala, with a new album drop on top of all that. Take your chance to see them while you can, as we’re sure their stardom will go nowhere but up from here.

 

Tiesto

Finish the night off with EDM veteran Tiesto’s set. This show is sure to bring great vibes to the crowd, mixing an entertaining light show with amazing music for all true electronic lovers.

 

A few more honorable mentions: Big Gigantic, Marcus Schulz, Porter Robinson, Afrojack, Desiigner, Robin Schulz, R3hab, Ghastly, and last but certainly not least Infected Mushroom!

 

Who are you looking forward to seeing at Montreal’s Ile Soniq this weekend? Let us know in the comment section below or tag  @stcathys on social media.

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