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Written by Kelly Baker
For suburbanites used to driving everywhere, moving to a city like Montréal can take some getting used to. There is no guarantee of parking in the city, and the campus provides almost none. Once students move off campus, if they really want to have a car, they can buy one, but most landlords charge 50 to 100 dollars a month for parking. Most people in Montréal rely either on their own feet or public transportation to get around.
The Métro system is extensive and not too complicated, making it the easiest way to travel across town. Buses too are also pretty regular, and they connect a lot of the neighborhoods surrounding the downtown area. In nice weather, one can usually walk to most places that a student would want to go. Some students cite having to walk everywhere as the number one reason why they did not gain the Freshman 15. As the weather gets colder, however, people tend to rely more on the Métro or taxicabs. Cabs are fairly cheap, and one can get from the campus to Old Port for about 10 dollars. If you split that with some friends, it's very economical. Considering that the Métro closes just after midnight, if it's cold or the bar is far, coming home on weekends usually requires a cab.
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