Staying at the house of Canadian students in Paris is a unique life experience in itself. In fact, it's more than that. It changes a life! It's living the ultimate student experience. Upon my arrival on site, I simply couldn't believe that I was going to spend the next six months in such beautiful and stimulating environment. The Montsouris Park that is directly in front of the house is my favourite park in Paris where the swans wander...
Gabrielle C. Poirier
April 25th, 2014
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January 14th, 2012
I lived in the MEC in 1991 and I have great memories of the atmosphere and the very happy times I spent at the House. Especially the Canadian music students with whom sometimes we shared magical moments. Today I play the cello because I have discovered it there with Emmanuel, a young Canadian cellist. I don’t remember his name anymore but if anyone knows him, I would like to thank him.
August 24th, 2011
I lived in the MEC from September 1980 to June 1982. I was president of the MEC Residents’ Committee for the year 1981-1982. I went to visit it in the summer of 2011. What a pleasant surprise to see all the improvements brought to the house since I left. My wishes at the time when I wrote my final report were to improve the quality of life, to make it more interesting for each of the residents; all of them have been fulfilled. Each room now has a fridge, a bathroom and a great, modern environment throughout the house, a balcony accessible in front, along the Jourdan Boulevard. Bravo to all the administrators who have made all these improvements possible. Hope the house has a long life! Present and future students, you are or will be pampered in this environment. Many successes in your studies!
August 4th, 2010
In 2010 I lived at MEC for more than eight months and under conditions quite unusual compared to my daily life in Quebec. As a researcher, so as a person older than the majority of the house residents, I have sometimes felt at a loss, but I don’t think one can find a better home for intellectual work in comfortable conditions. The small issues rising from community life are quickly forgotten there due to the kindness of the entire team: director, maintenance, reception. Consume without moderation! I would return for other eight months.
December 30th, 2009
I lived at MEC for two years in 1988 and 1989 (room 31) and I had the honor of being the president of the Residents’ Committee in 1988 while the late Mr. Gauthier was there the administrator. My stay has helped me to be more open to the world and cultural diversity. I am sending my best wishes to the people I have worked with during those two wonderful years...
September 27th, 2009
I was fortunate to be hosted intermittently by the MEC between 2002 and 2006. I was in Maryse’s office when I found out I had my competition and this, nobody can forget! I saw the renovation work, the closing and re-opening of this house which remains one of the friendliest places I have ever met. Maryse, Mr. Samson and Rabih are those who were very important and although far today, a piece of my mind will remain on Jourdan Boulevard. Long live MEC, long live Canada!
August 29th, 2008
It was 34 years since I left the NEC in August 1974 after spending 3 wonderfull years studing in Paris. This spring my oldest daughter spend a week at the MEC and is planning to come back to Paris for graduate studies and hopefully live at the MEC. In reading the "Livre D'OR' I saw the person that occupied my room "24" Daniel Black after I left, La MEC is a special place and it made my stay in Paris very specialand for many years after I left the MEC I worked with Jean Ostiguy and he would keep me informed of the developement at the MEC. Thanks for the special memories.
February 20th, 2006
Dear friends 1992-1995! What vintage! More than 10 years later, nostalgia is very strong. The MEC world was exceptional, it will surely be even more so after the renovation! Hope you stayed in a good mood.
January 27th, 2005
How many memories of my stay at the MEC, where I spent two fantastic years in 1998 and 1999. Those who were there during those years remember Luc’s apple harvest dance, Pierre-Paul’s eternal rice with lentils, the machine serving Neo-Citran and the endless beer tasting (...). So many beautiful moments! Moreover, this is where I met my wife, Caroline. I hope our little girl, Victoria, who is just six weeks old, will have a chance to stay at MEC and thus to benefit from all that Paris has to offer.
November 25th, 2004
More than any academic institution, MEC is a unique alma mater for those who have taken the trouble, not just to live, but to live it, to take full advantage of the uniqueness of the cultural life of the Cité universitaire and most important, the 1001 excesses Paris allowed us! Speaking of excesses, I would like to greet my former “neighbors” who are now scattered around the world, returning home between Brussels and Mauritius, via Uzbekistan. I so want to tell you again “Come, let’s have an aperitif in the living room; if it is Wednesday, do we go to Deutsch? If it is Friday, where do we go out after the football game? If it is Saturday afternoon, a “fried chicken”? If it is Sunday morning, who goes for pancakes? What time bubble that MEC anyway! It’s traumatic! Hoping that the incredible reputation of MEC goes on. Who knows, maybe another trophy from the Cité earlier than 75 years!
November 10th, 2004
Mec is a fantastic life experience! I had the opportunity to meet amazing people that I would have never had the pleasure of meeting elsewhere. The hallways, rooms, the small lounge, terrace, the dedicated staff, security guards and especially the residents… So many places and people that leave you with magical memories. MEC is a moment in our lives where we were built.
July 17th, 2004
What memories! My friend Colette and I had such a wonderful stay in Paris in 1995-96 during our medicals studies at Paris-Sud. We still talk about this often, almost 10 years later! In any case, if you ever have the opportunity to visit or even better reside there during a stay in Paris, I am sure you will keep good memories forever. I want to thank the entire staff for their warm welcome. :)
July 5th, 2004
What a wonderful chance to find the MEC site! I keep so many beautiful memories from the time spent between its walls! I could never forget the beautiful moments I spent during my trips between September 1998 and April 2002. Thanks to MEC I have met extraordinary people and I stayed in touch with many of my “roommates”! To all those who currently live at MEC or will possibly live there, I hope you thoroughly enjoy every moment that you live. Kisses to all those I have met!
May 8th, 2004
What a breath of emotion browsing this site! (resident 1999-2001) The truth is that part of us is still in this house, prowling the corridors and running into Mr. Alves without him knowing it(!) Note to future residents: there are ghosts at the MEC. Ghosts of those who have laughed and cried. I salute all my old and precious companions. :) I'd want to go hang out tonight in the lounge, maybe run into some of you. But where are you now? “The wind blows ...”
JASON L. ALCORN
January 26th, 2004
Hello to all. I was looking at the very nice website of MEC and I had a beautiful moment of nostalgia. My two years at the MEC (1999-2001) were an opportunity to make contacts with people from all over the world. It is a place that I miss tremendously. I salute you all!!
January 8th, 2004
I already remember with nostalgia my years at the MEC, that is to say, from April 99 to April 2002. They will be etched in my memory forever. I met people who are among my best friends to this day, not to mention my boyfriend who caught my eye during the wine and cheese evening organized by management, more than 4 years ago. Thank you to all those who have made the MEC a fantastic place.
December 20th, 2003
My cordial greetings to all current and former residents and administrators of the MEC. I am the son of John Allan BLACK, former resident of the House of Canadian Students during the Second World War (room 24) and a former resident myself (room 24) and president of the Residents’ Committee between 1973 and 1976. I had the honor of chairing, together with the Director Suzanne VIAU the festivities of the 50th anniversary of the MEC in 1976. I have kept a lasting memory of these years and wish the desired success to the current residents of this useful and venerable institution.
December 8th, 2003
I happened to come across this site while browsing on the CIUP website... and nostalgia choked me, remembering the (almost) three years spent at the MEC, the three best years of my academic career. I leave a few written words on this site, as I can’t do more, even though I know a picture hangs in the “small lounge”, photo of the year in which the MEC won the CIUP sports tournament... to all my old housemates, I wish good luck … and long life to the MEC!
CANADA – ATHLETICS TEAM ÉMILIE MONDOR
August 29th, 2003
We are now at the end of our stay in the Canadian House, part of the athletes village for the 2003 World Championships. A big thank you for the welcome and the support that you provided to us during this week. Hope to come back and spend some time at the House and in France. Thank you from Quebec, Canada.
June 17th, 2003
Time goes by and I retain a strong memory of the year spent at the MEC in 1978. The MEC has allowed me to have a comfortable and reassuring living environment. Now, I encourage my students to go there whenever possible. Long live the MEC!
April 3rd, 2003
I will preserve fond memories of my two years of living in the MEC. I had a most pleasant stay, stimulating encounters, in a warm atmosphere, in short, ideal conditions for first dealing, and then enjoying the Parisian life. Moreover, there I feel a bit at home (thank you Maryse) and come back with pleasure to greet people with whom we forged strong links.