There are few things as stressful as trying to find a new roommate. Whether you are new to Montreal or want to step outside your social circle, here’s our advice on how to find a great roommate in Montreal.
Get your timing right
Most leases in Quebec are renewed on June 30 every year. This means that while the rest of Canada celebrates Canada Day on July 1st, this date is known as “moving day” in Quebec.
Friends, family and colleagues
The first thing you should do when looking for a roommate is to tell everyone you know. Send a group email to your Montreal friends, family, colleagues and acquaintances telling them what kind of roommate you’re looking for, what your budget is and when you’re moving. Post a message to your social media channels and ask people to share it with their friends. Tell your barista, that guy you just met at the dog park, and everyone else who crosses your path. Even if no one you know is searching for a roommate, your mom’s hairdresser’s friend’s daughter might be. It’s worth a shot.
Networking events are an excellent way to meet people who share your interests and hobbies. Check out the calendars on MTLBlog, Eventbrite and Meetup to find out what’s happening in Montreal every night of the week. Look for events that are likely to attract a crowd of your age, income and lifestyle, where the focus is on mingling and making connections. Don’t forget to work your roommate search into your introduction (if nothing else, it’s a good conversation starter), and leave them with your card or contact details.
Your university or college alumni network is another great way to find roommates in Montreal. Most schools have alumni Facebook pages or online chat forums where you can post a message. Sign up for the Montreal alumni email blasts and sign up for all the speakers, sports games, and charity evenings you can handle. Make sure to befriend the organizers, who likely attend every event and can connect you to people you may have missed.
Apartmate is the only website that calculates roommate matches based on personality, values and lifestyle. Using a method inspired by dating sites, you can provide your own answer and the answer you would accept from your ideal roommate for a diverse set of questions. It is free to create a profile, search, and chat with potential roommates in Montreal. If you’re looking for someone to pair up with to rent a place together, look for your best match among other roomseekers to find the perfect partner.
You can find Facebook groups to fill almost any housing niche. They are usually closed groups with administrators who try to keep things sane. However, they sometimes suffer from their own success – Once these groups get too big it can be hard to moderate spammers and scammers. Check out these Facebook groups for Montreal roommates:
- Montreal Apartments, Roommates, Rooms for Rent and Sublets
- Montreal – Rooms for rent, roommates & sublets
McGill Off-Campus Housing
McGill University offers an Off-Campus Housing website. Here, you can search based on size, location, and the type of dwelling you’re looking for (apartment for rent, roommate wanted, room for rent, faculty housing or sublet). All ads include rent price and location, many have pictures, and all state the availability. There is also a virtual alert option to receive e-mail alerts when a new ad is posted that matches your criteria.
The Erasmus Program (European Region Action Scheme for the Mobility of University Students) is an exchange program for students in the European Union. Erasmusu.com appears to be an unaffiliated website aimed at current and former Erasmus students looking for roommates in cities around the world, including Montreal. If you are a European student looking for a roommate or room for rent in Montreal, you can create a profile and contact others. As on any other platform, beware scams, especially since there will be a plausible reason for not meeting up in person if they are overseas.
Craigslist & Kijiji
The classified sites that just won’t quit, many examples of roommate magic (and sitcom plotlines) have been found on Craigslist and Kijiji Montreal. They are buyer beware though – you have to know how to spot spam and be aware of common scams to look out for. If you’re not confident communicating in written English, you might want to be extra cautious on these sites as it will be harder to screen messages with suspicious language and more difficult to come across as genuine in your own.