YOUR MTL BUCKET LIST

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Fill your weekends up, take your friends from out of town, find a date, blow off studying… find pretty much any reason to complete our Montreal bucket list. This list of 40 must-do Montreal activities will have you feeling the city’s vibe!

 

 

Walk, dine, and adventure in Old Port


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Get your dose or culture at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts

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Go shopping and grab an organic bite at Eva B on St Laurent

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Hit up a Montreal Beach (or topless beach if you dare!)

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beach day

 


Visit the ever-changing Mcgill’s Urban Forest, downtown on Sherbrooke

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Go hang out with the kitties (and maybe Dillon Francis) at the Montreal Cat Cafe

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Spend a lazy Sunday at Tamtams

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tamtams

 


Rage at Montreal’s premier winter rave, Igloofest

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igloofest

 
Learn something at the Montreal Science Center

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science center

 

 

Check out one of Montreal’s renowned music festivals (Osheaga, Ile Soniq, Jazzfest, etc.)

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Be a ride warrior at Parc Jean Drapeau’s La Ronde

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Enjoy the themed gardens at Montreal’s Botanical Garden

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Watch the sunset at Parc Lafontaine


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Don’t stop the party at one of Montreal premiere after-hours bars like Stereo, open until a whopping 10am!

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Enjoy tea-time at the Ritz Montreal

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See a concert at le Centre Bell- Kanye’s coming on September 7th

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Enjoy Parc Jean Drapeau’s International Firework Festival

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Try rooftop drinks on a terrace downtown

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Dance the night away at Le Belmont

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Le belmont

 

 

Take an insta pic at Place des Arts (or any of these prime locations)

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Make it to the top of the Mount Royal lookoutmountroyal2

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Festival Mondiale de la Biere

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Picnic and take advantage of Quebec’s picnic law on a Sunday afternoon at Parc Angrignon

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Head to Montreal’s Just for Laughs Festival (just don’t get pranked!)

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Just for Laughs Montreal

 

Get lost in the underground- you know it’ll happen

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Try a French delicacy from Le Maison Du Macaroon

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Visit the Montreal Biodome

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Go shopping on St Catherine Street

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st cat

 

 

Try a Montreal style bagel (and never go back)

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REALbagel

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EAT. POUTINE. ANYWHERE.

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Lounge at one of Montreal’s many amazing spas

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Check out these secret swimming spots

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Hang out in Apartment 200’s living room

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Go night skating on one of Montreal’s gorgeous lit up skating rinks

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Take a ride on Montreal’s musical swing set

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Take the challenge and try finding some of the coolest street art spots you can in Montreal (hint hint: Old Port)

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streetart

 

 

Take the Mile End Food Tour

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Try some maple syrup and check out “La Cabane a Sucre au Pied de Cochon” (oh, so Canadian)

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la cabane

 

 

Experience “Fete des Neige” at Parc Jean Drapeau this winter

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Experience the winter village at the Olympic Stadium

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10 HACKS TO MAKE LIFE CHEAPER

Montreal is known world-wide for the city’s unique vibe and the outrageous nightlife, but between La Champagnerie, spending endless money on concert/show tickets to Beachclub and New City Gas, and blowing all of your money on the world-class Montreal food, it gets expensive quick. This list contains some of the best places and tips to make your MTL life a little cheaper:

 

Student Discount

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It’s everywhere... you just have to ask!

 

Thrift/Online Shopping

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Changing your shopping style may just be key! Check out the many thrift stores around Montreal (Eva B), and try out shopping online and checking the sales sections. If you’re okay with waiting for about a month for your stuff to come in head to Allie Express, and if you’re just into some cheap duds check out the sales sections at both Urban Outfitters and Miss Guided  (you’re welcome).

 

Eating for cheap does exist around Montreal.

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In fact, we wrote a whole article on it! Check out our cheap eats article

 

Capitalize on your Government Benefits

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Check to see if you’re eligible for any government benefits- for example, you can rent benefits from simply living away from home as a student if you’ve paid your rent on time. Find out more here.

 

Find the Discounts

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Make sure to check out the discount apps and grocery stores to always capitalize on the saving potentials.

 

Pay with Cash

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It’s scientifically proven to be a factor in money saving because physical cash is perceived as more scarce to consumers than paying with plastic.

 

Use Plastic Bottles

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Get your own plastic bottles ready; this is an easy way to save buying drinks while on-the-go, and a practical way to ensure you stay hydrated (and green!).

 

Starbucks Hacks

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Never forget these Starbucks hacks exist.

 

But also …

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Take this into consideration.

 

Take Matters into Your Own Hands

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Break something? Try fixing it yourself with the help of FixItClub.com; a website that will show you how to fix anything step-by-step.

 

Save on Dryer Sheets

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Never buy dryer sheets again!

10 EASY WAYS OF BEING AN EFFICIENT STUDENT

D’s get degrees, but A’s are much better.

 

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Not caring about your GPA is all fun and games until we realize it actually determines a lot. With a low GPA sports teams, activities, societies, case competitions, associations, exchange programs, and even some jobs may deem you as ineligible. To help ensure your GPA stays sky-high and that you can enjoy your post-secondary experience to the fullest, we have created a list of 10 easy habits to becoming an effective student:

 

 

Don’t cram

Because forcing your eyelids open isn’t exactly considered studying.

 

Plan out your study time

Like budgeting, planning out your study time tends to lead to higher performance among students, this is because designating specific time for each course will not only allow you to build a routine, but also allow for excess course-review time when you’re actually caught up with your studies.

 

Set Goals

If you set goals in each course or during each study session,  you are sure to pinpoint the important areas of focus and study effectively by setting clear direction instead of spending time on a topic that may or may not be of serious relevance to your course.

 

Start with the Most Difficult Subject

Since motivation is at it’s all-time highest when you actually begin a task, start with your hardest subject first, that way it only gets easier as the session progresses.

 

Initiate Group Work

Group work forms a highly effective study session for a few reasons; first off it’s nice to have someone else there in case you don’t understand a concept, you complete assignments more quickly, and as you reiterate or teach lessons to one another, you’re also internalizing the subject matter which ultimately makes for a better understanding and an easier time remembering certain concepts and information.

 

Organize Yourself

The key to efficiency is organization, and although this may seem like an initially time-consuming, tedious job, after the initial organization having your notes, computer files, assignments, and books organized will aid in maximizing efficiency, having ready access to information, and handing in assignments promptly.

 

Take Great Notes

Instead of shuffling for course notes right before an exam, take great notes in the first place! This will surely make studying and organization easier due to the accessibility of your course notes, but will also aid in accumulating actual course knowledge as you’ll be rewriting concepts now and at the time of studying.

 

Don’t Procrastinate

It’s insanely easy to ignore that above mentioned study schedule, but if you do a little bit of studying daily, you’re sure to remember the course better, have an easier time building and connecting subject matters.

 

Live Healthily

Ok, not to go all elementary school on you, but getting approximately 8 hours of sleep, maintaining a generally healthy diet, and getting some regular exercise, are all immediate factors of  how much brain power, motivation, and stress- relief your body is ready to output, all seriously important components to maximizing efficiency as a student.

 

Read your Course Outline

I can’t stress this enough!! Not reading your course outline can be detrimental to your grade. Not only are all your important due dates and corresponding grade percentages included, but profs tend to include very important information on these sheets that they may not bother telling you in class, even if you make it to the intro lecture. An example of this may be the amount of classes you can miss without failing or whether or not neglecting to hand just 1 assignment can lead to automatic fail (this is actually a thing!).

14 HILARIOUS TWEETS ABOUT UNI

They get us every time.

As the second week of school is officially upon us, the September blues begin to set in. However, you can take comfort in knowing that pretty much all college/university students alike are currently feeling one another’s struggle. From Concordia to UBC, let’s take a moment to laugh at our collective struggle of living the student life, with these 14 hilarious tweets about uni life:

 

Seems legit.

seems legit

 

Watch out for the rare non-coffee drinkers.

watch out

 

Ah the bi-yearly mental breakdown, right on schedule.

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LOL…oops

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There must be a better way.

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Okay not school related but I could definitely take a note from this guy’s book.

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At least we can dodge them for a few more months.

too real

 

Good news, there’s hope for us yet.

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Taking time to ponder those deep-universe questions.

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The textbook struggle.

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That moment you regret your Arts degree.

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When you’re on the extra extra cheap eats vibes.

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Exams be like.

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The majority level of dedication to my grades.

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THINGS TO DO IN MONTREAL- AUGUST 2016

There’s nothing quite like summer in Montreal.

As you may have read by now, Montreal is the place to be, rain, shine, or snow. To ensure you get the absolute best out of your summer, we have put together a list of Montreal’s best activities going on this August, much like we did last month.

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Ile Soniq

If you’re born to rage, check out Ile Soniq at Parc Jean Drapeau.

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http://www.ilesoniq.com/

 

Picnik Electronik

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If you haven’t spent a Sunday at Picnik Electronik yet, you know what to do!

http://piknicelectronik.com/en/

 

Eleganza

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Eleganza – Italian Fashion Show. Can you say models and champagne?? The show will also features styles from 1945 all the way until current fashion.

http://www.mccord-museum.qc.ca/en/exhibitions/italian-style-fashion-since-1945/

 

Slide the city- Montreal!

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Montreal is about to have a giant slide going through it. REPEAT. Montreal is about to have a giant slide going through it. THIS IS NOT A DRILL.

Slide The City 

 

Montreal Pride Parade

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Have a great time and surely make a new friend or two at the Montreal Pride Parade.

http://www.fiertemontrealpride.com/en/pride/

 

The Colour Run

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colour run

The Colour Run is in town this August!!!

http://ca.thecolorrun.com/locations/montreal/

 

 

Montreal’s Fashion and Design Festival

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Calling all aspiring designers and fashion enthusiasts- check out this month’s Montreal Fashion and Design Festival, after-all you are in one of Canada’s biggest fashion hubs.

http://2016.festivalmodedesign.com/en

 

See Celine Dion in Concert

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Go see Celine Dion in concert (oh so Quebec) at the Montreal Bell Centre. You can’t miss her because she will be performing NINE shows.

http://www.celinedion.com/tour

 

First Friday’s

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Eat your heart out at First Friday’s – the annual food truck gathering.

http://cuisinederue.org/en/les-premiers-vendredis/

 

Otakuthon

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Head to Otakuthon and check out some different culture! This Japanese cosplay and pop culture festival is sure to teach you something new.

http://www.otakuthon.com/2016/home/

 

10 of Montreal’s Cheapest Eats

Living cheap in Montreal is surprisingly not impossible.

When your bank account has reached the “span $40 for the next week” state, it’s important to know where the cheap food options are in the city. This is why we created a reference list of some of Montreal’s yummiest/cheapest eats, averaging at around $5:

 

Le Warehouse1446 Rue Crescent, Montréal

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Delicious and cheap, what more do we need? With a fixed $5 menu, Warehouse is the place to go for premiere cheap eats, and features many delicious drink options, making it a Montreal after-class favorite!

 

Montreal Pool Room 1217 Boul St-Laurent

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Famous hot dogs, and many other delicious fast-food staples

 

Nilufar1923 Rue Sainte-Catherine

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Many vegetarian bites and $3 pitas; Nilufar’s Middle Eastern food is sure to blow you away while keeping your wallet nice and thick.

Cinko  1641 Rue Saint-Denis

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cinko

 

With a name like Cinko, you know you’ve found that prime $5 menu.

 

Blanche Neige 5735  Cote-Des-Neiges

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blanche neige

Cheap + 24h = just plain awesome.

 

Vua Sandwiches1579 St. Denis & 227 Bernard

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VUA

Sushi, sandwiches, and bubble tea – this simple Asian eatery has many low budget options with higher budget tastes!

 

Bagel St Henri -4354 Rue Saint Antoine O

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All sorts of bagels, Benedict, sammies, and more, for under $5!

 

L’entrepot Mount Royal 1019 Mont-Royal

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lentrepot

You must purchase a drink but the menu comes at $4.99 (heart eye emoji).

 

Super Sandwich 1115 Rue Sherbrooke O

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All sorts of deli, all sorts of cheap.

 

La Chilenita 130 Rue Roy E

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Calling all Mexican food lovers! La Chilenita offers a deal of $2.75/Empanada with price breaks on group orders. Bring a few friends, and fill up for hella cheap at La Chilenita!