Balance is the motto here
Across the St. Lawrence River from Montreal, Longueuil is famous for playing host to the Canadian Space Agency. The city prides itself on this and on its sense of cohesion, epitomized by its motto “labour et concordia” (AKA “work and harmony”). This harmony is not just about locals getting along; it is also about maintaining balance. That balance is a big draw, with many residents having moved to Longueuil from Montreal to enjoy a slower pace of life at the end of the work day. The affordable rent does not hurt either!
The vast majority of the places in Longueuil are detached homes that were built just after World War II. Often, the houses that come up for rent are being put up by private owners. In many cases, there are also partial houses for rent, including basements and second floors. There are also rental companies, who tend to deal with the apartment buildings in the city. No matter where you end up, you will be thrilled by the price!
Typical housing type:
Post-war detached homes.
Avg. rent by housing size:
Avg. rent compared to other Canadian cities:
Longueuil is 39% lower than the Canadian average
If you are hunting for a cheap rental, you are in luck in Longueuil. Why? Because the listings for Longueuil on rental websites consistently have prices under $1,000… and this is not just for a basement unit. You can find studios, 1-bedrooms and 2-bedrooms in apartment complexes at low prices. It’s also easy to locate units that are all-inclusive or at least offer some utilities included.
Longueuil is a great place to live… Note that your ability to speak French is essential to enjoying your life here properly, though. You will not be able to get a job or function in the community unless you are fluent. Don’t expect most residents to be bilingual. Many only speak French. Not sure if your French is strong enough? We strongly advise taking a trip to the area to test it out before making any move to the city.
Longueuil’s population tends to be on the older end, with the population of retirees on the rise for a number of years. There are plenty of families in the area, but they do tend to be small, having just one or two children. These youngsters are not so young. In fact, many are teens or even adults in their own right. A solid percentage of the population is also childless couples or couples who don’t have children living at home anymore. This is a French speaking community – and most locals here do not speak English – so ensure your French is fluent before moving!
Perfect for: Couples, families with teens or adult children, and seniors.
Not-so-perfect for: Families with little tykes.
Life & Style
Life in Longueuil is a blend of work and pleasure. Locals take their jobs seriously, but they leave their work at the office at the end of the day, enjoying their downtime with family and friends. Filling the time is no problem as there are plenty of arts and culture events. The environment is another priority in Longueuil. Longueuil works to make sure growth doesn’t eliminate green spaces. On top of that, neighbourhood residents will come together to ensure public spaces are clean and well cared for.
There are a number of post-secondary campuses in Longueuil, as well as elementary and high schools. Don’t forget to visit the town’s parks, including the one surrounding the Bibliotheque Jacques-Ferron. Hours of entertainment can found at the PI-O Amusement Park, which is close to a number of big box stores, including a Walmart and a Canadian Tire. Driving is easy, with major highways criss-crossing through town. For shopping, head over to Place Longueuil. There are a number of fast food places nearby, as well as restaurants down on Rue Saint-Charles Ouest.
Saint Helen’s Island
Co-Cathedral of Saint-Antoine-De-Padoue
Église de Saint-Hubert
Montreal Québec Temple