University Street

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University Street
Montreal University tango7174.jpg
At the corner of De La Gauchetière
looking southward.
Length 2.1 km (1.3 mi)
Location Between Pine Avenue and Notre-Dame Street
Coordinates 45°30′13″N 73°34′14″W / 45.503518°N 73.570496°W / 45.503518; -73.570496
Inauguration November 30, 1842

University Street is a major north-south street located in downtown Montreal, Quebec, Canada. It links Pine Avenue in the north and Notre-Dame Street in the south.

The street runs from the foot of Quebec Autoroute 10 to the slopes of Mount Royal, where it ends at the Royal Victoria Hospital and the Montreal Neurological Institute.

McGill University has many of its buildings on the street. There are also several notable buildings located on the southern portion of the street, including Place Ville Marie, Place Bonaventure, Telus Tower and the world headquarters of the ICAO.

At its southern end, the street forms the western boundary of the Quartier international de Montréal, with a colonnade of pillars encasing a stylized representation of the flags of the world.[1]


University Street in 1935

The major part of this street, linking René Lévesque Boulevard and Sherbrooke Street, was ceded by the descendants of Sir Thomas Phillips, a merchant, and an entrepreneur in construction, who became a city councillor in the 1840s. At the time, University ended at Sherbrooke Street, where a little path continued to McGill University, the institution from which the street got its name.

Planned name change[edit]

On August 27, 2014, Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre announced the majority of University Street that runs through downtown Montreal will be renamed to Robert-Bourassa Boulevard, after the former premier of Quebec. The affected portion of the street will stretch from Notre Dame—where the road begins, through to Sherbrooke Street. Only the small section of road between McGill University and (the soon to be closed) Royal Victoria Hospital will retain the original University Street name.

The same street name change plan honoring Bourassa had been proposed for Park Avenue in 2006, however was met fierce opposition from merchants and citizens, and eventually dropped, preserving the historic street name.

McGill University gates (Milton gates) on University Street.


Coordinates: 45°30′13″N 73°34′14″W / 45.503518°N 73.570496°W / 45.503518; -73.570496