I've read through a few threads about moving to Montreal. And although I have found it very helpful, I still have a few questions.
I'm 21 years old, and have lived in Vancouver now for 4 years. Since I first came here, rent has gone UP. I'm sure many of you have heard Vancouver is something in the top 5 most expensive cities (don't quote me on that stat...). To give you an idea, I am currently doing marketing and online social media for a small company, making $12.50 an hour. I live in a quiet neighborhood which has a lot of shops nearby, however it's a pain to get downtown/out of my area. I share a small basement suite (I am going to say maybe 700-800 sq ft) with another roommate, and pay $750 a month with utilities. So it's a financial struggle and I am getting really sick of it.
I'm not too worried about french. I was in french immersion up until high school, and was surrounded by many french Canadians all of my life. I can easily understand french (even when spoken quickly, or slang usually). However I hate speaking it because I'm paranoid about how horrible my accent compares to someone who is actually french. So, I would like to live in an anglophone area.
So my unanswered questions would be the following:
-Given my story above, is Montreal the right destination for me? Or is the grass not much greener?
-It sounds like I should be looking in the West End. However, I haven't heard much about the areas enough to know if they match with my hopes of living around boutiques/cafes/ etc. So far I have written down: Cote St. Luc, St. Laurent, Pierrefonds, Outremont, Plateau Disctrict, Town of Mount Royal, Westmount, and Hampstead.
- I do have a friend who is thinking about moving with, but I don't want to rely on that. If I do end up moving alone, would you recommend I rent a room out in a house with other roommates, which is what I did when I moved to Vancouver.
-Craigslist is a biggie in Vancouver, same goes for Montreal?
Any more advice or personal stories that may be helpful would be much appreciated.