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Montreal, a bounty of cultural, social, and artistic discovery

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"Montreal’s best-kept secret is Mount Royal. I love going up to the mountain. I feel so connected."
Hometown: Peterborough, ON

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"If you’re anxious about moving to Montreal, you shouldn’t be. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience. You will be forever changed by coming
to this school."
Hometown: Calgary, AB

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"Montreal is the true international city of Canada, as far as arts and culture go. The vibrance of different groups of people is exemplified perfectly in Montreal. You can really witness a slice of any kind of life in Montreal."
Hometown: Newmarket, ON

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"Coming to Montreal to study theatre provides that particular tension of being at once an outsider and an insider. It is not only intrinsic to the artistic point of view, it can bring an emerging voice into bold relief.""
Hometown: Fredericton, NB

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"It’s been a really cool experience to learn in a place that I call home [Canada], but to also be able to get an idea of a different culture at the same time. It’s made me a better artist."
Hometown: Toronto, ON


Montreal, Cultural Metropolis

The diversity and originality of Montreal’s theatrical productions contribute to the city’s proud status as a cultural metropolis. It is a creative city with a wide and diverse set of artists fully engaged in every area of artistic expression. Many have already gained international recognition; many more are waiting in the wings.

A few interesting facts:

  • Montreal is ranked the world's best city for students, ahead of Paris and London. (2017 Quacquarelli Symonds Ranking)
  • Montreal boasts more than 50 indoor and outdoor theatre and performance venues.
  • It is the city of festivals: The Montreal Fringe Festival, FTA, The Montreal Jazz Fest, Just for Laughs, Francofolies, FIFM, New Cinema, Mutek, Osheaga.
  • It harbours some of the finest museums and art galleries such as the Museum of Fine Arts, the Contemporary Arts Museum, the Arsenal and Centre PHI.
  • It has a vibrant music, dance, video mapping, and visual arts scene. Think Arcade Fire, Moment Factory and Marie Chouinard.
  • Montreal has compelling street art.
  • Its Underground City is unique, formed of a 13 km underground passageway, offering street artists another performance platform.
Montreal, a city for students
  • Montreal attracts students from around the globe; it has 11 universities, of which four have an international reputation. (McGill, Concordia, Université de Montréal and UQÀM)
  • More than 17,000 foreign students attend one of these universities, adding rich cultural notes and flavours to the mix that is Montreal.
  • Montreal is ranked second in North America in terms of the ratio of students to number of inhabitants.

It is possible to find reasonably priced apartments near the main campus (Michel and Suria Saint-Denis) building. The main campus of NTS is located in the Plateau Mont-Royal borough; its theatre, the Monument-National, is situated in the borough of Ville-Marie.

Please note that in Quebec most leases are renewed on the first of July for a duration of one year, unless otherwise agreed upon with the landlord.



Whether you’re walking, biking, or using public transportation, it’s easy to get around Montreal. Maps, bus and subway routes, fares, and train and airport information, as well as plenty of other useful information, are available on the following websites:

Montreal Transit System (STM)
Bixi - Montreal's public bike rental system
Tourisme Montreal


Financial Aid

Money should never be an obstacle to talent. The National Theatre School offers bursaries, in addition to government student loans and bursaries, as well as emergency loans, to assure students can entirely commit to the learning of their art forms and to support their creative projects.


Assistance finding reasonably priced apartments near campus, if needed, through other students, recent grads, or student services.


On-site cafeteria serving a variety of healthy menu choices at reasonable prices.


Group medical insurance plans offered through the NTS student association.

Build a significant professional network

NTS students join a prestigious community of 2000 influential graduates, and as many professional artists who regularly teach at NTS, recognized for their leadership and their cutting-edge work—each year, NTS students, alumni, and teachers receive over 100 awards and distinctions.


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ART APART | Urgent support for emerging artists amid COVID-19 crisis

Because physical distance shouldn’t mean total isolation, the National Theatre School of Canada (NTS) is allocating $60,000 in support of emerging artists (as 80 grants of $750). These funds will be granted to theatre artists in training, or artists who have completed a theatre training program within the past five years, to present a piece of art online.

Apply online: https://ent-nts.ca/en/art-apart

Please note that the School's activities are suspended until May 1st. Subscribe to the newsletter to find out about the latest developments regarding the crisis.