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the Woodnote

Located across from the iconic Park Lafontaine, the Woodnote is the perfect balance between urban living and green spaces...

Mount-Royal Plateau
3505, avenue Papineau, Montreal

the Rose des vents

Located in the heart of a lively and booming neighborhood, the Rose des vents project is UTILE's first inter-university project...

Rosemont - Angus Eco-District
2770, avenue du Mont-Royal, Montreal

Eligibility Criteria

Proof of Studies

All of our apartments are rented with the student population as a priority. Proof of education is required when submitting your rental application. 

For projects made possible by the financial contributions of one or more student associations, student members of these associations will be given priority during the leasing process. 

Financial Viability

All applicants must submit proof of their ability to pay the rent for the unit they are applying for.

From the pool of applicants whose financial viability has been confirmed, those with lower incomes will be prioritized.

*A co-signer may be required in some cases.

UTILE Community

Renting an apartment in a UTILE building offers tenants the opportunity to get involved in their community while also accessing an affordable apartment.

If you have an interest in participating in the community aspects where you hope to live during your studies, mention it! Let us know how living in a UTILE apartment would support you in your academic journey, both financially and socially.


What services are included in the price of rent?

All UTILE rents include electricity, heating, hot water, internet and are semi-furnished (stove and refrigerator.) Other services may be included in the rent, depending on the building. Please consult the project pages on our website (Woodnote / Rose des vents) for further details.

Are the apartments rented furnished?

No, the apartments are semi-furnished (stove and refrigerator included.) In addition, curtain rods are provided in each room of the apartments. The rest of the apartment must be furnished by the tenants.

How does UTILE ensure that rents are kept affordable over time?

The buildings are owned and operated by UTILE, a non-profit organization. By its very nature, UTILE does not pursue the goal of maximizing profits. Rent increases will be limited in order to maintain affordability. Meanwhile, rents on the private rental market increase much more each year. Over time, UTILE rents will become more and more affordable than market rents.

Is it possible to sign a lease for less than 12 months?

No, UTILE signs 12-month leases. The vast majority of student tenants who rent on the private rental market, pay higher rents than other types of renting households. UTILE wishes to offer a complementary housing model to student residences that is closer to the type of rental arrangement offered in the conventional private rental market. This practice makes it possible to meet the needs of the greatest number of people while guaranteeing affordability by reducing the financial impact of a shorter-term rental formula.

Which documents are accepted as financial and academic proof?

Financial Proof - We understand that each person's financial situation may vary. Thus, we accept several documents containing the name of the person or the guarantor: 

  • Pay Stub;
  • Bank statement;
  • Loan and bursary document;
  • Brief letter attesting to the ability to pay the rent.


Student Proof - We accept any valid document including the name of the person, the name of the university, the year of registration and the number of courses.

We are UTILE

The Unité de travail pour l'implantation de logement étudiant (UTILE) is the only social economy enterprise that specializes in student housing throughout Quebec.

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