Arrival Information

Warm greetings from UNB Saint John!

Congratulations on your acceptance to UNB Saint John! I hope that your time with us will be a wonderful experience for you. Important arrival information is listed below, and I hope it will help you in planning for your arrival to UNB. If you have questions about your arrival in Saint John, I'd be pleased to help you! Please contact me by email or phone and get answers to your questions.

I look forward to meeting you and welcoming you to UNB, and wish you a safe trip to Canada!

Warmest regards from your international student advisor on the Saint John Campus.

  • Ms. Ase Kelly Berg, Advisor for International Students & Programs. Email: Phone 1 506 648 5618

Immigration Matters

Citizenship & Immigration Canada is a federal department which issues study permit and entry visas to international students. In some cases, it is possible to apply online for these permits; in other cases, you must visit or apply through a Canadian Embassy overseas.

Study Permits: For information about study permits, application forms and how to apply, please visit, or contact the nearest Canadian Embassy.


Saint John Airport has connecting flights to major Canadian cities: Montreal, Toronto, Ottawa or Halifax. The airport code for Saint John Airport is YSJ. The airport is very small with only one gate and one luggage carousel. It is impossible to get lost!

Housing ON and OFF-campus

UNB Saint John has two on-campus residences. Please apply as early as possible to reserve your space.

You can also live off-campus. We provide basic resources on finding accommodations in the city, both uptown and close to the university.

Regardless of whether you wish to live in residence or in the community, please make arrangements for housing before arriving in Canada, even if it is only temporary in a hotel for a couple of nights.

You can google hotels or Bed & Breakfasts in Saint John and research the best option for you and eventual family members which may accompany you. Upon reservation of a room, be sure to ask if they have a student rate.

Arrival and Welcome Week

We recommend that you arrive at least 1 – 2 days before classes start in order to familiarize yourself with the campus and city.

  • Important: Your UNB insurance only covers you 15 days prior to the start of the term. If you arrive in Canada earlier than this, you must purchase alternative health insurance to cover you until UNB’s health insurance start.

In the beginning of each term, we schedule daily information sessions, which will help you adapt to life in Saint John and on campus. Student volunteers will help you with various activities such as registration for courses, student card, campus and city tours, cell phone purchase, accommodations, paying fees, etc. There will also be social events for you to get to know other students on campus and start making friends right away.

We strongly recommended that you arrive in time for our Welcome Week, as it will help you get a good start to your time at UNB Saint John!

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