New Student Orientation | New Students | Saint John | UNB

New student orientation

Orientation week eases the transition to university and promotes relationship building with fellow students and the campus community. All new UNB Saint John students (all first year: international or domestic; high-school entrant, transfer, or mature) are invited to participate in orientation events.

Our goal is to make you feel welcome, as well as prepared for the upcoming year. During the orientation events, you will have the option to participate in academic, social and recreational activities that will help you feel comfortable in your new environment.

What you can expect

During the week of August 30 - Sept. 3 you will be able to take in two different sessions. These two sessions will give an overview of what to expect in the first weeks of class as well as an overview of Orientation with our SRC Orientation Chair and VP Student Life who will discuss in greater detail some of the activities planned for orientation week. We will also let you know about any rules and expectations for the fall as it relates to how the campus is handling COVID.

During the week of Sept. 6-11 you will be able to take in a series of both face-to-face and virtual sessions that are applicable to you. This year we are happy to announce that most of our events will take place in-person.

Expect an email from the campus as well as the student representative council, who will provide you with more information about session times and web links for how to register for appropriate events.

International students

While we are hosting some sessions specifically for International students, be sure to join all the general Student Services and UNB Saint John Student Representative Council events.

Recognizing that some students are outside Canada or completing their self-isolation period or are unable to attend sessions in person, the international orientation sessions will be offered as in person sessions and virtually at the same time (*unless otherwise noted in the schedule.)

Fall Orientation Channel in MS Teams: The orientation presentations will be posted to the International Student Orientation Teams channel. Login to ahead of time to have the most functionality on Teams.

Undergraduate students: Join the scheduled activities for a good start to your time at UNB and get to know other new and current students.

Pre-MBA students: You are welcome to join all the scheduled sessions, and you are in particular invited to your own welcome session on Wednesday, Sept. 1 at 9 a.m.

SJ MBA students: Beyond the scheduled events below, which you are most welcome to join, the MBA Team will have additional orientation activities for you later in September. Please consult with Corinne for the specific program.


Monday, August 30

  • 12 – 1 p.m. | International Student Welcome Session This session will provide you with lots of practical and useful information to navigating your first weeks at UNB Saint John! | Oland Hall Room 105 | Join virtually
  • 1 – 2 p.m. | Info Session | UNB works with the Insurance Company to provide emergency health insurance to incoming international students | Oland Hall Room 105 | Join virtually
  • 2 – 2:30 p.m. | Questions and Answers Session | Oland Hall Room 105 | Join virtually

Tuesday, August 31

  • 1 – 2 p.m. | Student Panel “What I wished I had known in my First Year” | Live streamed event to learn tips and advice from upper year students | Oland Hall Room 105 | Join virtually
  • 2 – 2:30 p.m. | Questions & Answers Session | Oland Hall Room 105 | Join virtually

Wednesday, Sept. 1

  • 9 – 10 a.m. | Pre-MBA Orientation | Specific to Saint John pre-MBA Students: Lots of practical useful information on navigating your first weeks at UNB Saint John | Oland Hall Room 105 | Join virtually
  • 10 – 11 a.m. | Health Care on Campus and in the Community | Our Nurse practitioner will explain how to access our Campus Health Centre and update on Covid-19 regulations | Oland Hall Room 105 | Join virtually
  • 11 – 11:30 a.m. | Important Immigration Rules | Learn about the various Canadian Immigration regulations about working on and off Campus | Oland Hall Room 105 | Join virtually
  • 11:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. | Questions and Answers Session | Oland Hall Room 105 | Join virtually

Friday, Sept. 3

  • 10 – 11 a.m. | Culture Shock | Counselor Cat Paulin talks about stages of culture shock and how to settle into life in Saint John | Oland Hall Room 105 |Join virtually
  • 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. | Getting involved with the Saint John Community | Join Lina Gharbiya from the Saint John Newcomers Centre. They offer services and events to newcomers to Saint John | Oland Hall Room 105 | Join virtually
  • 12 – 12:30 p.m. | Questions and Answers Session | Oland Hall Room 105 | Join virtually

  • Move-in day for first-year students in Residence

  • 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. | Orientation Packs and Customize your T-Shirt | The Quad
  • 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. (all week) | Opening of the Zen Den | Thomas J Condon Student Center Room 226
  • 12 – 4 p.m. | Orientation Olympics | Canada Games Stadium
  • 7 – 9 p.m. | Casino Night | The Cafeteria – Thomas J Condon Student Center Room 226

  • 8 – 9 a.m. | Campus Welcome | G. Forbes Elliot Athletics Centre
  • 9 – 11 a.m. | Faculty Presentations
    • Faculty of Business | Meet your Future Professors and Current Co-op Students | Oland Hall Room 103 & 105
    • Faculty of Arts | Meet your Future Professors and Fellow Students | Hazen Hall Lecture Theatre, HH 126, HH 232, HH 239
    • Bachelor of Health | Join your fellow students for a brief meet & greet and coffee. Followed up by a group activity around campus grounds. Bring your walking shoes! | Irving Hall 107
    • Faculty of Science, Applied Science and Engineering | The AmaSASEing Race | Meet in the Quad Outside Oland Hall
  • 11 a.m. – 12 noon | Advising Sessions | Oland Hall 104
  • 11 a.m. – 12 noon | Indigenous Advisor | Oland Hall G108
  • 12 – 1 p.m. | Break
  • 1 – 2 p.m. | Advising Sessions | Oland Hall 104
  • 2 – 4 p.m. | Student Services BBQ | The Quad (Athletics Centre as wet weather location)
  • 4 – 5 p.m. | RBC Presents: “Budgeting 101 & Student Banking Solutions” | Irving Hall 104
  • 5 – 6:30 p.m. | Your fellow Students Presents: “What I Wish I Knew as A First Year Student” | Oland Hall Room 103
  • 5 – 6:30 p.m. | Family Orientation | The Commons Library
  • 7 – 10 p.m. | Movie Night – Imperial Theatre Presents: Monsters University | The Quad

  • 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. | Paint and Plant | The Quad
  • 3 p.m. | Break Out Saint John – “Dying to Retire – A Mega Mystery Game” | G. Forbes Elliot Athletics Centre
  • 5 p.m. | Debate on Campus | Location to be announced on SRC Facebook @UNB-SRC and Instagram @UNB_SRC pages

  • 1 p.m. | Beach Day | Tucker Park Beach – Meet at the trails in the parking lot behind MacKay Residence
  • 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. | RBC Presents: “Building Your Professional Brand” | Irving Hall 104
  • 5 - 8 p.m. | Shinerama Showcase | Whitebone Pizzeria

  • 10 a.m. | Pinwheels and Airplanes | Student Building Room 226
  • 1 p.m. | Goose is Loose | Throughout Campus
  • 5 – 8 p.m. | Quiz Night | Whitebone Pizzeria

Ask me anything

Look out for the “ask me anything” table located outside of the Registrar’s Office and in the Quad. Staff and senior students can help answer just about any UNB question – and if we cannot, we’ll point you in the right direction.

Also keep any eye out for staff and students wearing the “Ask Me” button. These individuals have volunteered to help you find your way.

Campus welcome

Join our campus Vice-President, Dr. Petra Hauf in the G. Forbes Elliot Athletics Centre, as we welcome the Fall 2021 class to UNB Saint John. During this session we will welcome you to our beautiful campus and learn all about student life and supports we offer our students. Kick-off the year and classes by attending this session and learning all about what UNB Saint John has been busy with as we prepare to launch your University career.

Faculty orientation and meet & greet

Each of our faculties are preparing a way to welcome you to campus and to your new academic family. There is a variety of events planned to orient you to your Faculty and academic program. Our main goal here is to help you integrate both academically and socially to UNB Saint John and make sure you get off to a strong start.

Academic advising and registration sessions

Our academic advisors will be hosting sessions to help students understand the course requirements of their degree, important academic information and select the courses you will take in your Fall and Winter term.

These sessions are designed for students who have yet to register and to help you register for the courses. Students only need to attend this session if you do not know how to register using e-services or if you are experiencing issues.

Family orientation

We know that parents, guardians, brothers, and sisters are also excited about you attending UNB Saint John. This session is designed specifically to let your support network know how we plan to support you over the academic year.

Residence orientation

Our Residence staff are developing a series of events to get you used to living on campus. These events will be coordinated by the Residence Assistants (RAs) and intended to let you meet your peers living on the same floor as you.

Student Representative Council

Your SRC Orientation Chair has spent the summer furiously planning activities to introduce you to student life here at UNB Saint John. Join us for walks in the park, movie nights under the stars, online comedy shows, and so much more. This combination of online and face-to-face events is designed to introduce you to life as a student whether you can be on campus or are studying from afar.

Student Services sessions

Student Services will drop into many session to help introduce ourselves and talk briefly about our services. Be sure to keep an eye out for our staff and the many topics they are passionate about including transitioning to university, student health and wellness, Immigration, Welcoming students to NB and Canada, financial aid, and many more.

Campus Store

Our Campus Store will re-open in September 2021 with a new location, main floor of the G. Forbes Elliot Athletic Centre, Room 112. Watch your email for confirmation on the opening date. All your course materials and textbooks will be ordered online however the Campus Store will be able to provide all of your school supply needs along with UNB quality clothing and accessories.