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Unfortunately, we do not have the resources to help with off-campus housing.
However, here are some links to help you find off-campus accommodation:
- Résidences de l'Université Laval
- Les PAC
- Online bulletin board of Laval University
- Laval student association website (CADEUL)
You can also ask local students if they have room to rent on our Facebook Group.
For information on types of accommodation, Québec City neighborhoods, rental contracts, telephone and Internet services, and home insurance, go to Chapter 6 of the Foreign Student Handbook in section Pre-arrival handbook for international students.
Unfortunately, exchange students are not allowed to work during the semester.
3. Life in Québec City
With its magnificent architecture, pedestrian streets, and fortifications unique in North America, Québec City is a real treat for history and culture buffs. Stroll through Old Québec, explore the historic Plains of Abraham, or visit Musée National des Beaux-Arts du Québec to soak up the city’s Old World charm.
The Québec City Tourism website is a great place to learn more about the city’s must-see attractions and cultural and artistic events. The Going to Quebec website is also a great source for the latest on cultural events, festivals, movies, and more.
If you have a valid driver’s license from your country of origin that lets you drive abroad, you may drive a car or motorcycle in Québec for the duration of your studies without the need for a Québec driver’s license. You must, however, respect the conditions set out on your license.
If the language of your driver’s license is neither English nor French, an international driver’s license is highly recommended. To obtain an international license, you must apply in the country that issued your regular driver’s license. Your original driver’s license must always accompany your international driver’s license.
Québec City has a bus system. You can pay your fare with exact change as you board or with electronic tickets available in the form of a disposable or rechargeable smart card (Opus card). These cards can be purchase from authorized retailers, such as convenience stores, pharmacies, and supermarkets. The convenience store in Maurice-Pollack building sells Opus cards. As you board, ask the driver for a transfer that will let you transfer to another bus traveling in the same direction without having to pay twice. If you plan to make several trips on the same day, it can be cheaper to buy a daily pass for unlimited travel that day.
Buy a rechargeable OPUS card if you plan on using public transit often. It can be loaded with a monthly pass that provides unlimited travel from the first of the month to the first of the next month. Students can purchase bus passes and cards at reduced rates. Before using your monthly pass, you must first get a subscription card with photo from Réseau de transport de la Capitale (RTC), the local public transit corporation. Cards can be obtained from the La Rentrée UL event at the start of each semester and at all times from the Brunet pharmacy in the Laurier Québec mall.
Quebecers generally tip barbers and hairdressers, taxi drivers, gas station attendants, parking valets, and servers in restaurants and bars. The amount is about 15% of the cost before taxes.
You will find shops of all sorts in the three large shopping malls located near campus (Place Ste-Foy, Place de la Cité and Laurier Québec). Together, they are the second biggest shopping area in Canada. You will also enjoy discovering lovely boutiques on Maguire, Myrand, Cartier and Saint-Jean streets and in the Saint-Roch district.
Prices vary a lot. We advise you to go to several places and, when possible, talk to someone who has lived here for years to find out which prices are fair and to get familiar with stores in the area.
Québec is known for its many excellent restaurants. You should definitely taste Québec original cuisine while studying at Laval University.
In Québec, breakfast is called déjeuner, lunch is dîner and supper is souper. A meal in Québec generally includes soup or an appetizer, a main dish accompanied by potatoes or rice, a dessert and a hot beverage.
If you want to taste traditional Québec cuisine, try soupe aux pois (pea soup), pâté à la viande (meat pie), fèves au lard (beans with bacon), tarte au sucre (sugar pie), pâté chinois (Shepherd’s pie) or fondue chinoise (Chinese hot pot).
But Québec cuisine is also… fish and shellfish, poultry and wild game, fine cheeses and refined maple syrup-based desserts.
4. University Life
A host of social, sporting, artistic, and cultural activities are yours to enjoy on campus.
During the first weeks of each new semester, Bureau de la vie étudiante (BVE) runs an Orientation Lounge in Alphonse-Desjardins building exhibition hall, where new students can access computers and learn about various aspects of university life. BVE also runs guided campus and city tours, with many more activities organized throughout the semester. Stop by BVE (Alphonse-Desjardins building, Room 2344) to find out more, sign up for activities, and take a look at the events calendar.
Also, you can always come by the international activities center and ask our local students to know what there is to do on campus, and about the upcoming activities organised by the international student committee. Please read the section International Activities Center for more information about planned activities in the semester.
Student associations also host events throughout the semester. Keep an eye on your student association website and campus notice boards.
You can enjoy all kinds of sports at the Université Laval sports complex, better known as PEPS (Pavillon de l’Éducation physique et des Sports), and be sure to take a look at the university’s events calendar for all the latest activities organized by other organizations and faculties.
Every class is worth 3 credits, which is the equivalent of 6 ECTS. They last 45 hours of teaching per semester and include 90 hours of personal work outside of class. The recommended workload per semester is 12 credits (4 classes).
Student performance is usually evaluated by means of assignments and exams throughout each semester. A great deal of information may be provided in class, so you should start planning your coursework and exam preparation in the first few weeks in class. Exams tend to be held in the week before reading week and the last week of classes.
Centre d’aide aux étudiants (CAE)—the Student Aid Center—runs workshops on time management, organization, concentration, and other aspects of university life.
Last modification : March 4, 2013