There is something different about Université de Montréal as it has not a real campus with a central quadrant or green between the buildings. In fact the whole place is set on the slopes and plateaus of the northern sidse of Mount Royal. The idea was to have just one pavillon sitting in the middle of a forest. The task of designing it was given to Ernest Cormier, the best architect in Canada at the time. He built it in a mix of Art Deco and International style. Note the really phallic styling of the main tower that has no real use except as a book storage but what a symbol! The building was not innaugurated yet when WWII started and it was appropriated by the Canadian Government to do some secret projects. One of them was the first stages of the Manhattan project!
So the main building is nice but except the grand hall there is not so much else to see for a regular visitor. The campus has expanded in a linear fashion due to the topography so you find buildings on the north slopes of the mountain for about a mile or so. You can arrive by métro like most students, it is located at the base of the hill and a huge movable ramp brings you to the main plaza and you can then walk through buildings until Jean-Brillant avenue. On the opposite side the student résidences are more modern and still with forest around and at the extreme east the music faculty with a very nice concert hall sits alone in the mountain. Note that both École Polythecnique and Hautes Études Commerciales (HEC) are also located in the same area but are separate high learning institutions, patterned a bit on the «Hautes Écoles» in France.
For those foreign students that wants to study at university level in French this is, with Laval University in Québec City, your best choice as it ranks in the top universities in North-America.
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