Housing for incoming exchange students

Live on-campus in one of our university residence buildings, or in an apartment or room in Fredericton or Saint John.

Living in residence

It is easy to meet other students when living in residence. There are always social activities to choose from, and it's only a short walk to classes and the library, which in the Canadian winter is appreciated by many students! Furniture is provided, and you have easy access to meals in nearby cafeterias. It is usually possible to move in a few days before classes begin, but you will not be able to stay after the term has ended. 

Explore UNB's residence options.

Residence rooms are assigned once the residence application and the application deposit have been received. The earlier you apply and pay the application fee the better the chances are to be assigned a room of your choice.

Living off-campus

There are many apartments for rent in Fredericton and Saint John. Off-campus housing options vary in price depending on location, size and amenities. Learn about living off-campus in Fredericton and Saint John.

Shopping and restaurant visits can be within walking distance. You can be more independent and familiar with the community. It’s often a cheaper option than living in residence, partly because there is no requirement to purchase a meal plan.

Things to keep in mind about off-campus:

  • Length of stay: Some landlords require tenants to lease for the full year. If you are only staying for one semester, you may wish to consider alternatives such as a finding a roommate to share the lease or renting a room in a private home for the short-term. If you sign a term lease, you will have to stay until the end of your lease even if you end up not liking your apartment!
  • Visit first: We highly recommend that you do not sign a lease without having personally visited.
  • Never send a deposit before seeing the apartment: It can be tempting to do this to be sure that you have a place to stay upon arrival. Some landlord will ask you to do this — but please do not do this.

If you've decided to live off-campus, we recommend you book a hotel for 1–2 nights so you have a place to stay upon arrival. Then, during your first days in New Brunswick, view different rooms/apartments in order to make an informed decision.

Kijiji’s online classifieds are a good way to find rooms/apartments, roommates, etc.

Typical costs for off-campus housing

  • Room in privately-owned home (often furnished): $350 – $550
  • Furnished bachelor apartment $600 – $750
  • Bachelor:  $500 ‑ $650
  • 1-bedroom $550 - $700
  • 2-bedroom $700 - $900
  • 3-bedroom $900 - $1,200