7 Signs your Roommate is your Best Friend

Roommates that are absolutely wonderful are hard to come by. I am grateful enough to have found a roommate that is quite literally my other half. My roommate is not someone I had known before we moved in. In fact, we barely knew each other before we moved in. I met him once and decided that he was going to be my roommate. It was the best decision I have ever made because my roommate has become one of my best friends and one of the better stories to my university experience. Here are seven signs that you also have a roommate that is amazing.

1) Free Therapy Service

Sometimes life gets tough. Exam season is coming, the boy you’re into won’t text you back and you have three dollars in your bank account. Thankfully, your roommate is stuck with you and has no choice but to listen to you complain.

2) They Feed You

Whether it is the leftover poutine from a night out or warm nachos, they will always offer you food. If you are as lucky as me, sometimes they will even go out of their way and make you food. Just like your grandma, they will make sure you are fully fed and happy knowing you would do the same for them in a heartbeat.

3) They Don’t Judge You For Your Quarter Life Crisis

A roommate will look past the fact that you haven’t washed your hair in about a week and won’t judge you for never wearing pants around the house. They won’t even judge the fact that you definitely do not have your life together. Instead, they’ll provide love, unconditional support and maybe kindly gift you some shampoo and conditioner.

4) My Closet + Their Closet = Our Closet

I may not have had the luxury of sharing cute dresses because my roommate was a male, but I still managed to get a pair of Minion pajama pants and a pretty sick Levi’s shirt. Your roommate will become a savior when it comes to clothes especially when we’re all too broke to buy anything new.

5) Separation Anxiety

With such busy class and work schedules, it is sometimes impossible to see your roommate. It is perfectly fine to miss them because you hate being apart even if it is only for about half an hour. When you both are not together, you end up texting, Snapchatting and tagging each other in memes to remind them that you’re thinking about them.

6) They’re Mr. Clean

Cleaning is usually the most common argument between roommates, however, your roommate likes the home just as clean as you do. They leave rooms semi presentable, they take out the trash, and they clean up after themselves. Bonus points if you don’t even need to ask them! This is all clear signs that you are truly blessed with a good roommate.

7) You Wouldn’t Want To Change Roommates

Your roommate may irritate you sometimes, but realistically, there is no one else who would deal with your nonsense. They’re the person you will share everything with while transitioning in and out of university and there is no one else you would rather share the experience with.

What do you love about your roommate? Have you become best friends with your roommate at St Cathy’s Montreal Student Residence? Let us know in the comment section below!

10 WAYS MOVING OUT WILL BETTER YOUR LIFE

You do you boo boo.

Living alone is a big step in any student’s life, and as amazing as it is, it can also sometimes be stressful and lonely.  To keep things in perspective, we’ve taken this opportunity to list our favorite ways that living alone actually make you an increasingly complete person (#adulting):

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You become more responsible.

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You learn how to cook.

 

You learn how to fix things.
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You have time to self-reflect (no we don’t mean selfies) and discover.
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You learn how to depend on yourself and entertain yourself.
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You can order delivery at any hour (let’s be honest, that is a luxury).
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You can decorate however you please.
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You can do things on your own time, and have no one to blame but yourself for procrastination.
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You don’t have to answer to anyone when you come in at all hours of the night.
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THE BATHROOM. Never feel rushed, sing in the shower as loud as you please, and don’t ever put a toilet paper roll back on the holder.
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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!

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!

Luminothérapie: Prismatica and Fascinoscope- St. Cathys

The quality of life in Montreal is rich in culture and helps inspire students to grow not only academically but inter-personally with its peers. St. Cathy’s Residence has a very active student community that participate together in monthly activities. Nightlife at St. Cathy’s Residence is like no other. All students from the surrounding colleges get together downtown at the hippest night clubs and cigar lounges for a night of entertainment and relaxation. If you enjoy the more simple pleasures of staying in with a nice glass of wine and studying then look no further then housing with St. Cathy’s Residence. The modern décor and soft lighting of the rooms that are available to you here create an ambiance and relaxing atmosphere that will set the mood for all types of personalities.

Aside from St. Cathy’s Residence array of amenities and features, the greatest part of living in Montreal is the amount of festivals, food and musical venues throughout the city streets. The months of December through February particularly is well known for the exclusive attractions of Luminotherapie. Giant prisms also known as Prismatica illuminate the streets downtown. About 50 strategically placed colorful prisms permeate throughout downtown Montreal in Saint Laurent metro station. The wonderful imagery lights up buildings and sidewalks with bright colors and shapes you would only find in a giant kaleidoscope. This festival is one of the most popular attractions in downtown Montreal and tours are available for those who wish to view the light shows by tour guides.

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.

The Benefits of Feng Shui at St. Cathy’s Residence

We all know as college students we can get a bit messy at times, especially after a long night out with friends. Here at St. Cathy’s Residence we thought it would be a great idea to shed some light on how to utilize the space within your room more effectively and turn it into your very own harmonious sanctuary.

Feng Shui is an ancient Chinese art of placement and spirituality. The ancient Chinese believe that placement of objects in your living space creates a harmonious balance with your inner energy. This strict discipline is based on the belief that decorating your surroundings affect us.

A few things we can do to better create a tranquil atmosphere in our living space is through the use of welcoming and calming colors. Color has a great impact on our psychology and physiology. Feng Shui practitioners recommend warm, rich earth and skin tones such as cotta, copper, coral, cream, peach, tan, and cocoa for creating a cozy welcoming atmosphere in the bedroom. Try decorating with candles in these colors or bed sheets for your mattress to drive color to the smaller quarters of your room that are more neutral.

In Feng Shui they say you should keep your bed as far away from the door as possible. Either turning your bed or turning the position in how you sleep, make sure to keep your feet in the direct opposite position of the door. This gives you a sense of safety and protection while you rest. This also allows from negative energy from entering.

We’re not fans of clutter but most college students fall victim to it because of their lifestyle and habits. Feng Shui is all about perspective. Clutter symbolizes something being incomplete or unfinished and hampers forward progress in life. Try to keep all clutter contained and away from furnishings. This enables chi to freely flow around the room creating positive energy. Minimize messes by keeping shoes and boots in the hallway and jackets in your closet or hung behind doors.

Keeping plants in the room is great energy and a great added décor to your living quarters. Placing plants on night stands creates a powerful Zen. Plants placed in corners help to prevent energy from stagnating there.

Another necessary part of Feng Shui is about the importance of natural light. We all know that many of our students at St. Cathy’s Residence live in the darkness with the curtains closed like they’re something out of a Lord of the Rings movie. Exposure to sunlight first thing in the morning influences serotonin levels and can help energize the rest of your day. They say to have natural light during the day, soft light in the evening and darkness while you sleep. With the winter hours putting a damper on our day light, make sure to keep the curtains open during the day to let the sun in and help energize you and your room while you do what you do best. STUDY!