For our visit to Montreal, my wife and I were advised to check out the university residences, after friends of ours stayed at similar residences at the University of Toronto recently.
We were a little uncertain, because we remember what student dorms were like in our day, but were pleasantly surprised. The accommodations are spacious and on a par with a good 3-star if not 4-star hotel—with little touches such as convenient power outlets (incl. for USB) above the bedside table, and (Glory be!) separate, directable, bright LED lights for reading in bed.
The breakfast cafeteria in the lower ground level is convenient, and reasonable in price (~$10Cdn for full breakfast), although its layout could be improved so one's food doesn't get cold during checkout or fetching toast.
There are DIY laundry facilities, but it's a bit of an obstacle course: you need to buy laundry soap at the UniPrix shop in the underground mall; then a $4 laundry card from the Front Desk (for $5); then work out how to use the card to operate the machines in the laundry room. Provision of laundry soap at the Front Desk, clearer operation instructions, without nickel-and-diming on the laundry cards, would easily rectify this. The only other quibble is the absence of a microwave in the common rooms; and the building's distance (800m) from the nearest Metro station (Place des Arts).More
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