Orientation week

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.

Returning students can also get involved and are invited to certain events. If you’re an upper year student interested in volunteering, email stuserv@unb.ca for more information.

Saturday, August 31

For students living in residence: All day Residence move-in day & activities

Sunday, Sept. 1

For students living in residence: All day Residence orientation

Monday, Sept. 2

10 a.m. Orientation kit pick-up begins in the quad. These will be available all day long, and also available for new students arriving on later dates.

All day: Fun activities and live music beginning at 10. A detailed schedule will be included in your orientation kit.

1 - 4 p.m. Calm Room in the Whitebone Lounge to relax and take a break, or meet one of our counselling & wellness staff.

7 p.m. Kickoff concert in the quad (like the rest of orientation, this is a no-alcohol event)

Tuesday, Sept. 3

10 - 10:30 a.m. Welcome Ceremony in the G. Forbes Elliot Athletics Centre gymnasium

10:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. Faculty Orientation at various locations around campus. Go with your new classmates from the Welcome Ceremony or ask an orientation leader where your session is.

1 - 4 p.m. Shinerama fundraising uptown for cystic fibrosis. Buses will leave campus at 1 and leave uptown at 4.

5 p.m. Shopping trip for students who recently moved to Saint John. Take the bus with a student volunteer and shop around for what you need at McAllister mall, like the best cell phone plan. Meet at the campus bus stop at 5 p.m.

7 - 9 p.m. Casino night at the New Brunswick Museum

Wednesday, Sept. 4

All day: First day of fall term classes

All day: Ask Me Tables outside Tim Hortons for your questions (the most common being “Where is my class?”)

11:45 a.m. Residential Tenancies Tribunal information session about renting an apartment in New Brunswick

3:30 - 4:30 p.m. International students frequently asked questions and meet & greet in Irving Hall 106

7 p.m. Outdoor yoga in the quad. Bring your own mat! Rain location is inside the Athletics Centre table tennis room.

Thursday, Sept. 5

All day: Ask Me Tables outside Tim Hortons for your questions (the most common being “Where is my class?”)

4:30 - 5:30 p.m. International students frequently asked questions and meet & greet

9 - 11 p.m. Movie night in the quad (rain location: Ganong Hall Lecture Theatre)

Saturday, Sept. 7

2 p.m. at the campus bus stop (or 2:15 at the King's Square RBC bus stop) Shopping trip for students who recently moved to Saint John. Take the bus with a student volunteer and shop around for what you need at McAllister mall, like the best cell phone plan.

Ask us!

During the first two days of classes, you can find the “Ask Me” table set up across from Tim Horton's in the Ward Chipman Building. Student Services staff will be able to answer questions about our campus and student resources. The tunnels can be confusing at first, and we’re happy to provide directions.

Apart from the tables, many people on campus will wear “Ask Me” pins. They can answer your questions too. Orientation week is informative, but short. If you have questions later in the academic year, you can ask:

  • instructors
  • Student Services staff
  • other support staff

This is another benefit of our smaller campus size.

Questions about orientation week? Email stuserv@unb.ca.

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