Saint John Campus


UNB Saint John offers two residences on campus overlooking the beautiful Kennebecasis River. 

The Dr. Colin B. Mackay Residence opened in September 2003 and was designed with input from our own students. It offers 170 beds in the form of spacious double suites for independent style living. Suites include two single bedrooms, kitchenette, complete with microwave and fridge and private three-piece bath. At UNB Saint John, housing is non-smoking, co-ed and security locked. Each room is furnished with a double bed, and desk set.

The Sir James Dunn Residence offers 72 beds with single and double rooms are available. With newly updated washrooms, Sir James Dunn gives you a modernized living in residence environment. 

Both residences have standard house amenities include furnished TV rooms and study lounges, high-speed Internet and cable TV connections and free laundry facilities. If you prefer a more subdued, quiet lifestyle, the residences also has a section that offers a 24-hour quiet policy. Both residences have an indoor connection to the campus. 

Food Services and Residence Fees

Sir James Dunn residents have a tax free meal plan which will be incorporated into the total residence fees as set out in the residence fees schedule. Students living in the Dr. Colin B. Mackay residence must purchase a $400.00 meal plan but may elect to purchase one of the regular meal plans. Meal plans are administered on a declining balance basis. For example, this means that if a meal plan that was valued at $1,300 per term were purchased, the student's account would be credited with this amount toward food services. The cost of any purchases at the Baird Dining Hall or Tim Horton's common cafe during the term would be deducted from the balance until a zero balance is reached. Ideally, a zero balance is reached at the end of each term; however, food service accounts can be supplemented at any time in increments of $25 or greater. It is important to keep in mind when choosing a meal plan that although an account can be supplemented at any time, any balance remaining at the end of April is non-refundable.

Residence Activities

Living in residence is not just about studying and sleeping. Student house committees are elected each fall to plan social events such as OrientationWeek, Winter Carnival, Holiday Formal and charity fundraiser. They also assist in establishing residence policy and procedures, administering the residence and student activities, and representing the residences in student government. The Committee uses house dues, which are collected from the students at registration time to provide Orientation activities, subscriptions to cable television, newspapers etc. for the common areas, and anything else they would like to sponsor. Residences are served by a Residence Life Co-ordinator in addition to a number of Residence Assistants who live on campus.

Applying to Residence

Applicants who are interested in living accommodations in the university residences must complete the application form, which is included in the UNB Saint John Application for Admission package or they may apply online at //

Residence applicants should note that acceptance to UNB Saint John does not guarantee a place in residence; acceptance into residence will not be offered until admission to UNB Saint John has been granted. Upon acceptance, students will be sent a residence deposit form. The form must be returned with a confirmation deposit of $500.00 as quickly as possible to ensure a place in residence.

For information on the residences, please contact: Residence & Conference Services, Sir James Dunn Residence - e-mail to:, telephone 648-5755, fax 648-5762, Monday - Friday 8:15 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. and also visit our website at and proceed to Residence Admissions where you will find a virtual tour along with applicable forms and information.