July 24, 2020

3 Things to Look for When Renting an Apartment in Montreal

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Did you know Montreal’s housing market is made up of more than 50% renters? It’s a great city to rent an apartment because it was built with several different apartment styles! BRiX incorporates some of the best features of every style into one fantastic building! You can choose from our studio lofts, one-bedroom, or two-bedroom apartments in a high-rise building with 20,000 square feet of amenities!

If you’re a student, new to the city, or want to move closer to downtown BRiX is the perfect place! With that in mind, we wanted to highlight three things you should look for when renting an apartment in Montreal to help make your search easier and make sure you find the home of your dreams.

Heating/Hot Water Included

International students and people moving from warm climates often get a nasty shock during the winter! Not only is it colder than they could have imagined, but their hydro bill can skyrocket and cost hundreds of dollars per month. That’s why we suggest renting an apartment that includes as many utilities as possible! However, at the bare minimum, you should look for an apartment that includes heating, so you don’t have to budget extra money to stay warm, and it makes saving money easier! If this is not the case then make sure at least that it is within the reach of services similar to C.O.D. oil delivery and other fuel suppliers as this will make life easier. There might however be some apartments that would not be equipped with heating systems for a variety of reasons. If this is the case, you can have your broker get a heating system installed in the apartment from a reliable heat pump manufacturer to ensure better quality.

At BRiX, we make sure to include both heating and air conditioning in our rent, so our tenants don’t have to worry about the weather! Of course, we also include electricity and hot water, and we even factor high-speed internet into our rent prices!

Appliances Included

When you’re looking for an apartment to rent in Montreal, you need to factor in convenience. Not only convenience in the surrounding neighbourhood but how convenient is it to move? If appliances aren’t included, you could be in for a real headache! Buying new appliances is expensive. Buying used appliances means you have to figure out how to move it yourself! Ugh. You’ll then need to figure out logistics like does your building have an elevator, or will you need to move a heavy fridge and stove up or down a staircase?

Fortunately, there’s no need to worry about any of that when you rent an apartment at BRiX! We include a fridge, stove, microwave, dishwasher, and a washer and dryer in every unit! Some people are hesitant to have a washer and dryer because it adds to their energy bill. But, as mentioned above, electricity is included in our rent, so you’ll never have to worry about running your dryer for too long!


The neighborhood is an important factor whether you live in Montreal, the US, or any place for that matter. Paying attention to all the details in the building itself is crucial from how well-maintained the building is to what’s included because it will impact your lifestyle, but so will the neighbourhood you live in! In fact, many housing communities in the US tend to hire an HOA election company to elect the association’s board of directors so that the community runs smoothly without any major problems. The same could be seen in Montreal as well.

Here are some things you should consider when determining if the community is right for you:

– Is it close to grocery stores?
– Is it close to restaurants?
– Is there public transportation?
– Is it safe to walk and bike?
– Is it safe in general?
– Is it close to fun activities like cinemas, museums, shopping, etc.?

We love that BRiX answers yes to all of these questions! BRiX is located on the historic De Bleury Street, just steps from the bustling Quartier des Spectacles, Chinatown, Old Montreal, and the Saint-Lawrence river. Plus, it scores 100% when it comes to walking, biking, and public transit! That’s why we also offer hassle-free bicycle parking in a well designed and safe room, including state of the art bicycle racks and a tune-up station equipped with tools. It’s just one shared space in our 20,000 square feet of amenities, including the biggest residential gym in Montreal, a rooftop terrace with a pool, a cinema and games room, a shared working space, and so much more!

So what are you waiting for? If you’re looking to rent an apartment in Montreal, then book your tour with BRiX today and learn more about our luxury apartments that offer you the lifestyle of your dreams.

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