Get Ready for a New School Year at ÉTS

Is this your first semester at ÉTS? Here's some useful information:  welcoming activities, student card, campus map, digital services for students, school material and books, among others!

COVID-19: Informations and procedures


Welcome sessions

Get the information you need to maximize your success at ÉTS.

  • Undergraduate students | Friday, December 18, 2020, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon | Registration
  • Graduate students | Friday, December 18, 2020, 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. | Registration 
  • Ph.D. students welcome activity | Thursday, January 7, 2021, 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon | Registration

Orientation webinars for international students

These sessions for international students are complementary to the welcome sessions.

  • Graduate students (in English) | Thursday, December 17, 2020, 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon | Registration
  • Undergraduate students | Friday, December 18, 2020, 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. | Registration
  • Graduate students (in French) | Friday, December 18, 2020, 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. | Registration
  • Exchange programs | Wednesday, January 6, 2021, 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon | Registration

Information booth

January 4 to 7, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and January 8, 2021, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Hall of Pavilion A (1100 Notre-Dame Street West, Montreal)
The Winter 2021 back-to-school team will be on hand to answer your questions about ÉTS services.


Thursdays, January 7 and 21 and February 4, 2021 at 12:15 p.m.

Student Services is hosting a series of fun virtual coffee breaks. This fun and light program will allow you to take your mind off things, socialize and laugh. (In French)

Virtual tour of Montreal

Friday, January 8, 2021, 12:15 p.m.

Explore the city from the comfort of your living room! The presentation will allow you to discover the different neighborhoods of Montreal, its tourist attractions, in addition to several practical information. (In French)

Randolph's Fun Quiz

Wednesday, January 13, 12 p.m.

Come have fun, relax, meet other new students, and improve your general knowledge of Quebec, since the quiz will be on the theme "Quebec 2020 Year Review". (In French)

Language Café

From January 20, 2021, 12:15 p.m.

Every Wednesday, come and practice French, English, Spanish or any other language with peers from all over the world!

Conference on the history of Quebec

Thursday, January 21, 2021, 12:30 p.m.

Come and improve your knowledge of the Belle Province, to better understand the events that have shaped Quebec today. This conference will be hosted by Paul-Étienne Rainville, postdoctoral fellow in the Department of History and Classical Studies at McGill University, who will amaze you with his masterful knowledge and his obvious pleasure in transmitting his passion! (In French)

Conference with Louis-Xavier Proulx | Mathematics at the service of science

Monday, January 28, 2021, 12:15 p.m. 

This webinar is an opportunity to discover the hidden mathematical link between various technological phenomena and innovations! (In French)

The essentials

Members of the Student Association are covered by a group insurance plan. All members are invoiced and registered for the health and dental care plan administered by the Alliance pour la santé étudiante au Québec (ASÉQ – Alliance for Student Health in Québec)).

International students

International students, including those who are registered for a mobility program (short program, certificate), are automatically invoiced and registered for the ASÉQ coverage, which is optional. Students who determine that this coverage is not required are responsible for opting out of the plan by visiting

Students who are registered for an integrated program, for which ÉTS usually assumes the tuition fees, are responsible for paying their own group insurance fees.

Only international students who are registered for ECH1 and ECH2 programs are not invoiced or registered for the group insurance plan.

For more information, please consult the Alliance pour la santé étudiante au Québec or the ÉTS Student Association, at 514 396-8883.

ÉTS provides each student with a student card, which is mandatory for taking exams and accessing laboratories and other services (library, Security Service, Sports complex, ÉTS Coop, etc.). It can also be used as a debit card for certain photocopiers.

How to obtain a student card

  1. Connect to the Mon ÉTS portal
  2. Open the Uploading your photo page
  3. Follow the instructions for uploading an identity photo
  4. Follow the instructions for uploading a photo of an identity document
  5. Send the documents

Your documents will then be verified by an authorized person. If they are approved, you will receive a confirmation email, and your student card will be sent by mail (if you have a Canadian address) or will be made available for pickup at the Facility Assets Management Service in Room A-1410 (if you have an international address). If they are not approved, you will receive a rejection email, and you will have to begin the process again.

IMPORTANT: Your student card will not be created until your photo has been submitted and approved.

Renewing your student card

In case of loss, a $15 fee will be charged for a replacement card. If you have any questions, please contact the premises access attendants at

Lockers, which are available only to undergraduates, are shared between two people. To reserve a locker, you must know the name and permanent code of the person with whom you’d like to share a locker beforehand.

Reservations are made through MyÉTS portal beginning on the first day of each session, under the “My File” tab.

Please note that the ÉTS Sports Centre also rents lockers on the third floor of Pavilion B. For more information, visit the reception desk.

Be sure you’ve completed all the steps required for your program of study.

Academic Calendar

Take note of important dates for each semester in the ÉTS Academic Calenders.

Assigned Contact

Do you have questions about your academic path, student record, or other? Resources are available to help you.

Purchases That Are Required Before Classes Begin

  • Undergraduates : You’ll need the TI-Nspire CX CAS calculator (in French) by Texas Instruments for your very first math and science courses. Buy it at a great price at the ÉTS Coop (in French).
  • Students pursuing the Technological Academic Path : To enter certain laboratories, you must have shoes with toe protectors and protective goggles.

Wait until after your first course before you buy your books and materials. You’ll know the specific requirements of each course in terms of books, class notes and IT equipment. Please note that a number of IT labs are available to you throughout your session.

A Smart Way to Get Your Books and Materials

  • Get your Textbooks from the Lexya platform.
  • Become a member of Coop ÉTS to get low prices on school supplies and books. As a member, you’ll save money while encouraging a cooperative, democratic and fair-trade business. The ÉTS Coop helps student development by offering students jobs and contributing a portion of its sales in the form of scholarships, donations or sponsorships of student organizations.

Get Required Manuals and Other Resources From the Library

Copies of all manuals required for courses given at ÉTS are available at the Library (in French). A few copies are available for 72-hour loans at the reservation desk behind the circulation counter for your needs throughout the session.

The Library also gives you access to all kinds of specialized engineering documentation, primarily accessible in electronic format. To access these electronic resources from your home, configure off-campus access.

Don’t have a place to live yet? Your room in one of the ÉTS dormitories isn’t open yet? Need to find temporary housing? Here are some useful resources for your housing search.

Off-Campus Housing, Long-Term Lease

A number of sites advertise places to rent or share in Montreal. Here are some of them

Colocation and rooms

Renting an apartment can be a significant financial burden. Many students will prefer to rent a room in a shared accommodation.

Facebook groups are a popular option for finding accommodation or roommates.

Short-Term Housing

Here are some places to stay for a few days while you find permanent accommodation.

Do you need help finding housing?

During the back-to-school period, Student Services offers assistance for new international students who are looking for housing. An Advisor will be on hand to provide you with tips, advice and assistance. Register now to make an appointment.

Not familiar with Montréal’s boroughs?

Check out these city maps.
ÉTS is in the Sud-Ouest borough.

ÉTS is a connected campus! Before you start the school year, learn more about our digital services, as you will need them beginning on the first day of class. To start, configure your e-mail address so you can receive official communications from your professors, as well as those from different ÉTS services and departments, like the co-op work program!


A number of digital tools and collaborative platforms are available to you to monitor and organize your student life more easily. These services, which are accessible from the MyÉTS portal (in French), these services will help you:

  • find class schedules and register
  • locate available computers on campus
  • share your notes with classmates
  • centralize your administrative exchanges
  • find out your exam results, etc.

Wi-Fi: Connect to ÉTS!

On the ÉTS campus, a Wi-Fi network is available in all pavilions.

The Société de transport de Montréal (STM) offers a reduced fare for full-time students registered at ÉTS, regardless of their age. You can now apply for or renew your photo OPUS card via Mon ÉTS, under the heading Mes documents. It’s easy, online and quick! For more information concerning the photo OPUS card, please visit the STM website.

ÉTS also offers an optional public transit program for students.

Active transport

Secure indoor bicycle racks are available in the underground parking facilities at Pavilion A, B and E. A number of other measures (French document) have been implemented at ÉTS to promote active transport.

Take advantage of a discounted subscription to Bixi (in French) for the 2020 season.


Pavilions A, B and E offer indoor parking.