Moving Season


July 1st is Quebec’s (very busy) traditional moving day. I’ve personally never been around during that time of the year, but I hear streets are packed with moving trucks, sidewalks are full of people carrying boxes back and forth, and furniture is often sprawled on the lawn. For university students, peak moving season seems to be at the end of the winter semester, following the exam period and before the start of summer classes.

I’ve traveled and moved around my whole life and can confirm that the process is very tiring and stressful for everyone, but the student moving season around campus in downtown Montreal has a very different feeling than our international relocations as I was growing up. Instead of big moving vans being filled with cardboard boxes by professional movers, students are the ones transporting their items from one home to another instead. From carrying floor lamps to pushing dolly carts to stuffing the back seat of a car with pillows and kitchen utensils so as to avoid a second trip back to the apartment, the moving atmosphere definitely changes the whole vibe of the McGill ghetto, especially if you aren’t used to it and have just finished your first year.

Moving can be expensive if your new home is further away and you have lots of things to bring with you, but doing it all on your own can be time consuming and just not feasible. You have some options to make the process easier. Most importantly and most obviously, split moving tasks between roommates if you’re moving together, and ask for help from friends if you’re moving alone. The more extra hands you have, the better, regardless of what moving entails for you. To speed up the process and because you likely have larger, heavier items to move like mattresses and desks, rent a hand truck or moving dolly if your next apartment is only a few blocks away. However, if you’re moving from one end of the metro line to another, the more convenient option may be to rent a small moving van. You can find vans to rent for the day at excellent prices, and some places offer special discounts for students. Finally, consider looking for small movers or student movers – they tend to be good at what they do, will help with the entire moving process (from boxes to settling in), and offer their services very reasonable prices.

Good luck to anyone moving out/moving in. Once it’s done, you’ll finally be able to look forward to your summer plans!

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