Bridges House

Freezin' for a Reason

Bridges House Polar DipEvery February, at the peak of the Canadian winter, Bridges residents get people to take the plunge. In groups of four, brave souls and good sports from across the residence community dive into Bridges’ icy outdoor pool. And they’re freezin’ for a reason – to raise funds for the IWK Children’s Hospital. The Bridges House Annual Polar Bear Dip attracts about 80 people annually and raises thousands of dollars for this worthwhile cause.

This popular event actually begins in September when Bridges House residents ‘warm up’ their prospective dippers with a demonstration. Donning their Bridges House T-shirts, freshman and upper year students take turns jumping into a kiddie pool–without the ice.


  • Pool table

  • Foosball table

  • Computer lab

  • TV lounge

  • Study lounge

  • Vending Machines

  • Exercise Lounge

  • Kitchenette

Students in Bridges

A typical 14 x 10 foot double room includes:

  • 2 twin beds

  • 2 pillows

  • 2 desks

  • 2 chairs

  • 2 closets

  • Shelves

Bridges Double

At a Glance

  • Lifestyle: Co-Ed

  • Meal Plan: Required

  • Year Opened: 1962

  • Capacity: 97

  • Number of Rooms: 38 Double Rooms, 21 Single Rooms

  • Namesake: Henry Seabury Bridges; UNB Classics Professor and Hedley Vicars Burpee Bridges; President of the Provincial Normal School

  • House Charity: IWK Children’s Hospital

  • House Colours: Blue and white

  • Known as: The Bears

Bridges House at UNB Fredericton