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Originally Posted by buddahsmoka1 View Post
False. You said your friend got an apartment for $700, and I guarantee that this is a special occasion. Even then, rent prices in Montreal average much less than that.
No, it's not a special occasion.

Why would you fabricate such an obviously false argument? You must know for certain already that I would not bring it up if it were a special occasion. The fact that I' m bringing it up should in and of itself clue you in that it is general.

It's well known that Columbia is one of the largest real estate owners in New York. You go there, as an undergrad, grad, postdoc, or faculty, and you'll get very cheap accomodation.

I mean honestly arguing with you is really annoying here. I bring up a fact, which you know has to be general, and you invent the argument that is has to be a special occasion ... what's the matter with you? Why not simply acknowledge that this is a factor you were not aware of?

And no, you cannot get a high-quality apartment in downtown Montreal for 700/month, never mind one with a respectable landlord who will cover repairs and such issues on time and properly.

Originally Posted by buddahsmoka1 View Post
Where? In Ohio? No ****...
Columbus is a major city with a population of 1.7 million.

I'm sure you think of it as "the middle of nowhere", but you know what I've heard ignorant people call Montreal? "The middle of nowehere" - lol.

When people insult a location they've never been to and know nothing about ...

Originally Posted by buddahsmoka1 View Post
I am sorry about your father, but we are talking about graduate students are we not? How is my health 'because I am in my 20s' not relevant to a discussion about graduate students, but your middle-aged father's health is? Doesn't make sense.
You could still get sick in your 20s even if you're less likely to.

One of my friends in grad school actually did get a tumour. It's not as common at age 25 as at age 65 but it still happens. She got good treatment. If it had happened in Montreal she might be dead now.

Originally Posted by buddahsmoka1 View Post
Yeah, key word, mentioned. As in you know, it's only part of a wider assortment of consumption goods in the index.
Two other factors are the cost of gasoline and the cost of plane tickets, I don't remember if they were mentioned or not, but they're both much higher in Canada than in the USA.

Originally Posted by buddahsmoka1 View Post
I have never seen a student without a lap top. And if they don't have one, they can park their ass in the library and use those. Otherwise they can GTFO, because there is no point of going to university if you don't have a laptop or access to a computer.
Not everybody is as wealthy as you are. I certainly didn't have my own laptop, but I'm from a working-class background. I know a lot of people who did not have laptops of their own.

Honestly you're coming off as clued out. You want people to use the computers in their libraries? Are you completely and utterly insane? What do you expect them to do when they have an idea at 3am -- walk to the library which is closed at 3am and walk back? How do you expect them to work when they're travelling?


Originally Posted by buddahsmoka1 View Post
Yeah, I'll wait to see when Montreal becomes a second or third world backwater within North America, much less their universities.

Here, I'll give you a little homework. Go on the QS rankings, and check out the funds all the top 20 universities receive. McGill has been one of the lowest earning universities on that list for over a decade, it hasn't changed anything.
It's already happening. Montreal was once Canada's financial center, it's been on a steady trajectory of decline for 40 or 50 years. It did improve under the Charest Liberals but that is over now.

The roads are dilapidated and bridges fall on people, the olympic stadium is an international joke, and at McGill you can't find a clean bathroom without looking hard.

Under better management, the city would become comparable to Boston.

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