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Residence and living accommodations

Frequently asked questions about 2020-21

Will residences be open in September?

UNB Fredericton campus: Residences will be available in our residence suites and apartments for students that are registered in required in-person courses. Capacity will be limited with strict physical distancing and significant New Brunswick Public Health measures will be in place.

UNB Saint John campus: Residences and food services will be open with strict physical distancing and significant New Brunswick Public Health measures in place.

How will the safety of students be ensured in UNB’s residences?

The safety and health of all UNB students, staff and faculty, including those living on campus, is UNB’s top priority.

Students who enter New Brunswick from outside of the Atlantic provinces must self-isolate for 14 days. Designated isolation spaces are available with specific protocols for food, supplies and cleaning for students who have been granted space in UNB residences. The Province of New Brunswick also offers more information on requirements for international and interprovincial travelers.

Students experiencing symptoms will not be permitted to move into residence. Students experiencing symptoms after move-in will be required to contact New Brunswick Public Health and self-isolate.

Residences will have public health safety measures in place including but not limited to:

  • Pre-screening prior to moving into residence.
  • Community face masks will be required when physical distancing is not possible.
  • Common areas will have a maximum capacity to ensure physical distancing. Some common spaces will be closed until further notice.
  • Guests will not be permitted into residence.
  • Traffic flow throughout residences will be indicated by directional signage.
  • All bedrooms will be single occupancy. Students in rooms without a private ensuite will be required to adhere to public health regulations in the communal washroom and shower areas.

If assistance by residence staff is required, contact:

How will UNB help students required to self-isolate in residences?

Several Student Services offices are working to assist students in self-isolation and supporting students to prepare for fall term on UNB campuses. We are working directly with students to ensure that those arriving from outside the Atlantic bubble can safely self-isolate for 14 days in residence in compliance with all COVID-related guidelines.

UNB is committed to work closely with each student who will be living in residence to create a personalized plan on how they can complete the 14 days of self-isolation with the support, supplies and resources they will require.

  • Students will be provided with necessary information to prepare for self-isolation. Students required to isolate in UNB residences will be asked to arrive at least 14 days before the start of classes to complete this 14-day self-isolation.
  • Dependent on the style of suite assigned or residence plan selected, UNB will provide initial basic supplies and a combination of meal delivery and/or information packages containing contact information for ordering groceries. Student volunteers will also assist with grocery delivery.
  • UNB has prepared separate self-contained units to be used for students with suspected or confirmed cases of COVID-19 at any point throughout their stay in residence.
  • Throughout the isolation process, UNB nurse practitioners and nurses will be in daily communication with students to monitor their physical and mental health concerns.

What happens if students are unable to go home if the campus closes again?

If New Brunswick Public Health restrictions are reinstated, UNB will act with reason, diligence and compassion in developing a plan for students living in residence. We will take our guidance from New Brunswick Public Health regarding the approach to campus closure. We learned a great deal from the first wave and will use this knowledge in our plan moving forward, while taking steps to support and to protect the health of our students.

UNB has several services for domestic and international students that are available to support students who remain in New Brunswick. Student Services and the International Student Advisors Office works with the UNB Counselling Services team and others to support UNB students regardless of where they are located.

The New Brunswick Public Health released on-campus residence guideline that states, “To prevent the spread of COVID-19, students living in residence in on-campus dormitories will not be allowed to leave the dormitory or transfer to family care during an outbreak if the dormitory is part of a COVID-19 outbreak.”

What should I do if I develop symptoms while living in residence?

  • Stay in your room as much as possible and notify the residence staff.
  • Use the self-assessment tool.
  • If you have symptoms, call 811 and follow their directions.
  • If you are having difficulty breathing or experiencing other severe symptoms, call 911 immediately. Advise them of your symptoms and travel history.
  • UNB Fredericton, resadmin@unb.ca, 506-453-4800
  • UNB Saint John, resadmin@unb.ca, 506-648-5755

What happens if students are unable to go home if the campus closes again?

UNB has several services that are available to support students who remain in New Brunswick for domestic and international students. Student Services and the International Student Advisors Office works with the UNB Counselling Services team and others to support UNB students regardless of where they are located.

If I have been accepted to residence for September, can I defer my spot to the winter term instead?

UNB Fredericton: Due to the limited number of spaces, residence assignments may not be deferred to the winter term.

UNB Saint John: Students who have been granted space in UNB Saint John residences may defer to winter term.

Should students renew leases for winter term?

Given the unpredictability of COVID-19, we are unable to anticipate the course delivery methods required for the winter term at this time. Students must make the personal decision to move to Fredericton or Saint John based on what is best for their individual set of circumstances.

UNB will continue to work with New Brunswick Public Health to ensure the health and safety of the UNB community and minimize the risks of spreading the COVID-19 virus. We will be reassessing and evaluating the situation and communicate the latest developments at unb.ca/coronavirus.