New Student Orientation | New Students | Saint John | UNB

New student orientation

Do you have any questions for us about your new beginning with UNB Saint John? We are here to help! Throughout August, every Wednesday from 2 - 3 p.m. ADT Student Services staff will host an online drop-in session via Microsoft Teams.

Schedule

Residence Move-in day

  • 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. | Family and Supporter Orientation | Oland Hall 104
  • 4:30 p.m. | Meeting with your RA | Location: Your assigned floor
  • 5 - 6:30 p.m. | Mandatory Residence Meeting | Hazen Hall Lecture Theatre
  • 6:30 – 8 p.m. | BBQ & Washer Toss Tournament | The Quad
  • 8 – 10 p.m. | Speed Friending and Trivia | Whitebone Pizzeria

Residence Orientation

  • 9 – 11 a.m. | Pancake Breakfast | Baird Dining Hall
  • 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. | Scavenger Hunt | Pick up instructions in the Baird Dining Hall
  • 2:30 – 4 p.m. | Water Guns, Balloon Fight & Slip n’ Slide | Meet in the Quad
  • 4 – 5 p.m. | Ice Cream Social | The Quad (Rain location Baird Dining Hall)
  • 7 – 10 p.m. | Karaoke, Coffee House and Bon Fire | The Quad (Rain location Baird Dining Hall)

  • 12 - 2 p.m. | T-Shirt & Orientation Pack Hand out & Goose Chase Starts | The Quad (Rain location: G. Forbes Elliot Athletics Centre)
  • 2 – 3 p.m. | SRC Presentations/Speeches | The Quad in front of Ward Chipman Building (Rain location: G. Forbes Elliot Athletics Centre)
  • 5 – 6:30 p.m. | Pizza Party compliments of your SRC | The Whitebone
  • 6 – 8 p.m. | Vegas Entertainment | Bumper cars, Lazer tag, lots of games. Bus transportation provided | Meet by the Campus Bus stop in front of the gymnasium
  • 8:30 – 10:30 p.m. | Movie Night – The Lost City | Popcorn and Cotton Candy provided by SRC | The Quad (Rain location – G. Forbes Elliot Athletics Centre)

  • 8:15 - 8:30 a.m. | Students Arrive at G. Forbes Elliot Athletics Centre
  • 8:30 – 9:30 a.m. | Campus Welcome | G. Forbes Elliot Athletics Centre
  • 9:30 – 10:45 a.m. | Faculty Presentations
    • Faculty of Business | Meet your Future Professors and fellow upper year students for the “Straight Goods Lecture with no profs around” | Meet 2nd floor Atrium of Oland Hall
    • Faculty of Arts | Meet your Future Professors and Fellow Students. Tour the building and find out where your classes are. Get the inside scoop and conclude with a “Student’s Only” session led by 3rd & 4th year students| Hazen Hall Lecture Theatre
    • 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 (Rain location: OH 104)
  • 10:45 a.m. – 11 a.m. | Break | Stretch your legs!
  • 11 a.m. – 12 noon | Things I wish I knew as a first-year student! Presented by your SRC | Hazen Hall Lecture Theatre
  • 12 – 2 p.m. | Join us for a BBQ compliments of Student Services | The Quad (Rain location: The Baird Dining Hall)
  • 12 – 2 p.m. | SRC Clubs & Societies Expo – During the BBQ |The Quad
  • 1 – 3 p.m. | Campus Tours drop-in | meet outside Oland Hall Level 1
  • 1:30 - 2:30 p.m. | Athletics Event – Spike Ball | The Quad (Rain location gym side courts)

Advising Drop-In Sessions | If you need help with your courses stop by to chat with our advisors

  • 1:30 - 2:15 p.m. | Arts/CGEN Advising | Irving Hall 101
  • 1:30 – 2:15 p.m. | Engineering Advising | Irving Hall 102
  • 2 – 3 p.m. | Indigenous Advising | Oland Hall 103
  • 2:15 – 3 p.m. | Science Advising | Irving Hall 102
  • 2:15 – 3 p.m. | Bachelor of Health Advising | Irving Hall 101

Commencement Ceremony

  • 3 – 3:15 p.m. | All new students meet in the gym and line up with faculty | G. Forbes Elliot Athletics Centre
  • 3:15 – 3:30 p.m. | Students are led by piper to Commencement Ceremony | Ganong Hall Lecture Theatre
  • 3:30 – 4 p.m. | Commencement Ceremony | Ganong Hall Lecture Theatre


  • 5 – 7:30 p.m. | Tropical Beach Party – Pizza/ Board Games/Music | The Whitebone Pizzeria
  • 6 – 7:30 p.m. | Family/Supporter Orientation | Your parents and supporters are invited to meet Vice President Dr. Petra Hauf to hear some great tips on how you can support your student. Our UNB Saint John Student Services and departments will also be available to answer any questions or concerns | Hans W. Klohn Commons main level

  • 12 – 2 p.m. | Scooters | The Quad
  • 3 – 5 p.m. | Ultimate Colour Blast | UNB Quad in front of the Ward Chipman Building
  • 5 – 6:30 p.m. | Taco Bar | The Baird Dining Hall
  • 7 – 8:30 p.m. | Trivia: Spilling the Tea on Relationships, Myths, and Sex, co-hosted by drag queen Goldie Cox in partnership with the Students' Representative Council | Whitebone Pizzeria

  • 2:30 – 5 p.m. | Lily Lake | Bus transportation provided. Come try out canoes, kayaks, water bikes. Meet by the Campus Bus stop in front of the gymnasium
  • 5:30 – 7 p.m. | Breakout Saint John | G. Forbes Elliot Athletics Centre
  • 7:30 - 9:30 p.m. | Meet your SRC & Glow in the Dark Bingo | Whitebone Pizzeria

  • 8 – 10 p.m. | Casino Night | The Baird Dining Hall

  • 11 – 3 p.m. | Bottle Drive – proceeds to Shinerama | Parking lot behind Saint John College/Health Centre

Orientation week, from Sept. 5 – 9, is a fun filled week of events, activities and informative sessions to help you make friends, have fun and learn about all the incredible things UNB has in store for you. Whether you are international or domestic; high-school entrant, transfer or mature, if it is your first year at UNB Saint John then you are invited to participate in orientation events. Make the most out of your time here at UNB and make sure to attend all the events planned that week.

Our goal is to make you feel welcome, as well as prepared for the upcoming year.

What you can expect

During the week of Sept. 5-9 you will be able to attend various events, activities and sessions that are applicable to you. This year we are happy to announce that all our events will take place in-person. Throughout the day we will be introducing you to all our key support people in Student Services and your faculty. We can’t wait to meet you!

Other students recommend it

"I loved being able to meet the people living on residence and I cannot wait to start classes to meet more people" – Mickayla

"The most fun part about orientation day was going around and actually learning about the school and figuring out where my classes are, also being with my friends and having fun" – Pat

"It has been an awesome experience and an awesome first week. I couldn’t have asked for more! The events have been fun and exciting. 10/10" – Aiden

"One thing I wish I knew before orientation... just go! You don’t have to participate, just go. Talk to people. Make friends. They might be your friends for a lifetime!" – Krista

Campus and faculty welcome

Trying to make friends with others in your program? Well, you will not want to miss this! Now that you are a part of our community at UNB Saint John, we want to give you a warm welcome!

Join our campus Vice-President, Dr. Petra Hauf, our Director of Student Services, Sheldon MacLeod, and the President of the SRC Devin Debly in the G. Forbes Elliot Athletic Centre.

You will then be escorted to your specific faculty building where you will meet your professors and other students within your program.

Student Services

The Student Services 'ask me' table is located on the 1st floor of Oland Hall and will be available from Tuesday, Sept. 6 – 8 from 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. for any drop-in questions you may have. Student volunteers will be on hand to help you find your way to your first class. Representatives from our departments are very excited to meet you!

On Tuesday, Sept. 6 Student Services will host a free BBQ lunch with lots of fun and games.

Student Representative Council

The Student Representative Council (also known as SRC) is your student union that represents all undergraduate UNB Saint John students. They have so many fun activities planned, not only for orientation but all year round! The best way to stay informed with your SRC is on Facebook & Instagram.

Academic advising and registration sessions

UNB Saint John offers so many interesting and diverse courses for you to take, so how will you choose? Our academic advisors will be accessible at specific times to help you understand the course requirements for your degree and will aid in the selection of your fall and winter term courses.

These sessions will focus on students who have yet to register for their courses or those who want to ensure they are on their best path towards graduating.

Campus store

Our campus store, on the main floor of the G. Forbes Elliot Athletic Centre, Room 112 is your one stop shop for textbooks, school supplies and UNB merchandise to show off your UNB pride! Can’t wait for orientation? Start shopping for UNB clothing and accessories.

Family orientation

Parents, guardians, supporters and other important people in your life are just as excited for you to attend UNB Saint John as you are.

This session introduces your family to what support services UNB Saint John can offer you, to ensure you make the most of your time with us both socially and academically.

Tuesday, Sept. 6 | Hans W. Klohn Commons Library main level: Join us from 6 – 7:30 p.m. along with Vice-President Dr. Petra Hauf to hear some great tips on how you can support your student. Our UNB Saint John Student Services and departments will also be available to answer any questions or concerns.

Residence orientation

Are you moving into one of our beautiful residences on campus this fall? This is the best way to meet your new neighbours! Our residence staff have been planning a series of events to introduce you to your new home, including your peers and residence-specific supports. Keep an eye on your email for more information.

Commencement ceremony

On Tuesday, Sept. 6 at 3:30 p.m., the University of New Brunswick, Saint John campus invites new students to Commencement. Hosted by Dr. Paul Mazerolle, UNB President and Vice-Chancellor, and Dr. Petra Hauf, Vice-President, this annual ceremony is a special time for us to welcome you, our newest students, to the UNB family.

IT Services

Before your arrival to campus for orientation welcome week it is very important you have claimed your IT services. Activate Your IT Services now. If you require assistance with your username or password or have questions for our IT service desk team, contact the IT Help Desk.

Are you ready to get started?

More information for your first week of classes

Our new student guide is developed specifically with you – our new students – in mind! It’s packed with information and QR codes to UNB pages often visited by students. This guide will also give you a campus map to help you find your way around and locate your classrooms.


If you are commuting to campus, you have to purchase a parking pass. They are available for various durations (1 month, 2 months, one term, two terms and a full year for instance). Vehicles without parking passes are not ticketed during the first week of classes to give you time to pay and pick up your pass. Order a parking pass (UNB log-in credentials needed).


At UNB, your student Id card is called your U-Card. You can upload your own photo prior to coming to campus and simply pick it up from our Security office in the Athletics Centre. You can also add money to your U-Card to purchase food on campus and to print documents in our computer labs.


Many of you would like to know which textbooks to get for your classes. Each professor will provide this information when you receive your syllabus during the first day of classes. Your syllabus may be available prior to classes start via UNB’s course management system called Desire to Learn Brightspace (UNB login credentials needed). Once you have determined which textbooks you need, you can purchase them in the Campus bookstore, located on the main level of the Athletics Centre.


UNB offers many payment options. The deadline for paying your tuition and fees is September 16. If you have questions about your student account or fee statement, reach out to stufees@unb.ca and remember to include your student number. If you don’t remember your student number, you can find it on your letter of acceptance to UNB.


As a UNB Saint John student, there are lockers available to you in many of the campus buildings. You need to bring you own lock. It’s “first come, first serve”. If you see an empty locker, it’s yours!


Campus tours are part of Tuesday’s orientation’s schedule. If you are unable to participate or you wish to become familiar with campus prior to orientation, you can schedule a campus tour.


The Athletics, Recreation & Wellness department is your hub for campus recreation, intramural, fitness and more. Looking to play soccer for the Seawolves? Full-time UNB Saint John students can participate in our men’s & women’s training camp or register to tryout for our men’s and women’s volleyball and basketball teams. Full-time and part-time students are welcome to tryout for our competitive club team Seawolves Football.

Help us to make your student experience even better by participating in our Campus Recreation Survey. Great prizes to be won! Follow the Seawolves on Facebook & Instagram.


Be sure to be familiar with important campus regulations:

  • Face marks must be worn in instructional spaces and indoor shared spaces as well as when transitioning indoors between classes, offices and travelling through common spaces, including hallways and stairwells.
  • The face mask requirement applies to all students, faculty and staff regardless of COVID vaccination status.
  • Smoking is not permitted in any university building, including residence rooms. All building entrances are designated as non-smoking areas. Smoking is not permitted within a 10-meter perimeter of any university building, or adjacent to any ventilation air intake.

There are several food services on campus: our Whitebone Pizzeria, Baird Cafeteria and the Commons Café. Make sure to explore them all and learn about the meal memberships to save money.


Student Services can always be you first go-to resource! We are a department full of helpful staff members. Our location is the ground floor of Oland Hall. You can stop by any time to ask questions or contact us via stuserv@unb.ca.