Combating the neighborhoods: Côte-des-Neiges, the center of the UofM

The Côte-des-Neiges district is a classic for many mountain campus enthusiasts. It is particularly recognizable for the large and emblematic UdeM tower, which in fact gave our blog its name, but also for its diversified businesses and multiple green spaces! Let me tell you more about this…

The iconic UdeM tower, named after the university’s first lay president, Roger Gaudry

The best neighborhood to enjoy UdeM facilities

Although UofM is spread over several campuses, the most imposing remains the one in the mountains. Whether through its libraries, its sports facilities or its numerous pavilions, the campus spans over three metro stations. If you live in the neighborhood, you can enjoy all these benefits all year round!

If you feel inspired[e] for a long study session or if the four walls of your room start to tire you, the campus offers different places conducive to maximum concentration. For example, you can go to one of the many libraries. Personally, I love going to the solarium on the 5th floor of the library of letters and humanities (also known as BLSH or officially, the Samuel Bronfman Pavilion). This space allows me to enjoy the sun while ticking my Chores diary.

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The 5th floor solarium is located just after the elevators, next to the atrium, and allows you to enjoy the sun most of the day

Even more places to explore…

After a long day, I don’t think there’s anything better than running CEPSUM, the UdeM sports center, or swimming in its Olympic-sized swimming pool. You can rent a gym for free (squash court, tennis court, for example). You also have access to several sports facilities. There is in particular a gymwhich requires a subscription and an additional cost.

Finally, a place you don’t necessarily think about going: the Faculty of Music! Perched on top of the hill overlooking CEPSUM, it allows members of the university community to attend concerts. They can be given by large orchestras in Montreal or by teachers.[e]if student[e]s of the Faculty. I work there as a porter and I especially liked the big band concert : is impressive and often attracts a large number of viewers[rice]s.

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Musicians must have good wind to get to the college every day: it sits on top of a large hill and overlooks part of the Outremont district.

A student and cultural life that is not surpassed by other districts

Côte-des-Neiges offers a wide range of social and outdoor activities. In good weather you can join your friends[e]s at Parc Jean-Brillant. Whether for a picnic or a 5@7, the large lawn lends itself to many gatherings.

A few steps away is the intersection of study sites, chilling it’s from Party.

The coffee caravan offers a wide variety of drinks and food… It is the ideal place for a brunch based onavocado toast or Eggs Benedict. Installed in an old apartment, there are several rooms where you can settle in with your friends.[e]take advantage of an environment conducive to group work or reading circles.

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Café Caravane is a must-see in Udemia’s life

Directly opposite is The House, UdeM’s emblematic bar, renamed “la Maiz” for friends. If you walk by, you’ll see that all the UdeM programs are written on the walls. Several other bars compete with it, such as St. hops which is exactly the opposite, and the McCarold’s Bar on the next street.

In general, Côte-des-Neiges is a lively neighbourhood. In September, around the start of the new school year, it is common to see groups of students[e]s suitable for orienteering games. Otherwise, the surroundings offer a wide range of world cuisine at all times. There are many restaurants along the Chemin de la Côte-des-Neiges.

A perfect balance for an easier apartment life

Finally, companies in chemin de la Côte-des-Neiges allow you to find absolutely everything you need. enter the bakery first harvestthe grocery store subway open 24 hours a day and pharmaprix, you can easily do all your shopping nearby. In the spring, a seasonal market also open 24 hours a day, and located at the intersection of rue Jean-Brillant, it allows the purchase of vegetables, fruits and plants at a lower cost. It transforms into a Christmas tree market in winter! Convenient, isn’t it?

Many fast food are also open most of the night: between McDonaldsThe A WThe Mount Tacos… The choice is vast! My favorite? The PizzaShow! This restaurant is lesser known but offers exceptional poutines.

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Combine business with pleasure

It must be said that Côte-des-Neiges is not unanimous because it is the university district. However, I think there is everything I could possibly need. The sunset is magnificent, and living there allows you to combine business with pleasure. In winter, living right across the street from the university saves incredible time. In summer, the university is empty: you can cold calmly on the grass, go to the library without fear that your to see be taken, and enjoy quiet cafes.

The area is also very well served. Thanks to line 165, the city center is close by. Line 51 allows you to go to Plateau-Mont-Royal. Finally, fast travel is greatly facilitated by the blue metro line.

It is therefore the perfect middle ground for anyone, like me, who wants to live close to the university and be an integral part of campus life, while enjoying a neighborhood life rich in possibilities.

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