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McGill Ghetto




A small area just east of McGill University populated mostly by the students of same. The "ghetto" moniker is misleading for the area is neither dangerous nor rundown.

The neighbourhood's principal commercial "hub" is the stretch of the Avenue du Parc between Sherbrooke and Prince Arthur. There you'll find close to a dozen cafés (thankfully not all of them Starbucks), a few restaurants, a handful of supermarkets, a laundry, a couple of bars, and even a high-end stationery shop (Nota Bene 3416, Av Du Parc). The number 80 bus connecting the area to Mile End and Outremont makes several stops.

Rue Milton, which connects to the main campus, plays the role of the main "drag". Very few commercial establishments there (of note, the used bookshop "WORD"), but a more relaxed atmosphere. The bike lane runs along Milton.


The area’s apartments are not particularly luxurious bunch. First of all, with the exception of certain blocks where beautiful row houses are well-maintained, most of the area consists of "built-only-to-rent" rental buildings whose main clientele is McGill University’s students. The laws of supply and demand result in rents that are somewhat higher than elsewhere. Those same laws dictate that the aesthetics can be played down and maintenance minimized. In other words, "good enough for students" is the operating motto. The neighbourhood has a very high turnover rate anyway (as graduating students move out each year). Generally, if you intend to live here, don't expect anything beyond the most basic amenities.

But the convenience of being so central and so close to McGill is unbeatable and it seems to clinch the argument for many students.

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