Arrival information

Congratulations on your acceptance to UNB Saint John! I hope that your time with us will be a wonderful experience for you. You will find important arrival information below. I hope it will help you with your planning for arrival. If you have questions about coming to UNB Saint John, I'd be pleased to help you! Contact me at or call 1-506-648-5618 to get your questions answered.

I look forward to meeting you and welcoming you to UNB, and wish you a safe trip to Canada!

Warmest regards from your international student advisor on the Saint John Campus.

  • Ms. Ase Kelly Berg, Advisor for International Students & Programs. Email: Phone 1 506 648 5618

Airport pick-up

UNB Saint John is pleased to offer a free pick-up service for new international students. The service will be available from Aug. 27 - Sept. 9, 2018. Request airport pickup.

Before you arrive

Immigration matters

Citizenship & Immigration Canada is a federal department which issues study permit and entry visas to international students. In some cases, it is possible to apply online for these permits; in other cases, you must visit or apply through a Canadian Embassy overseas.

Study Permits: Make sure to apply for a study permit as early as possible, as the processing time will vary for different countries. You can either apply on your own, or have an authorised immigration agent help you with the application process. 


Saint John Airport has connecting flights to major Canadian cities: Montreal, Toronto, Ottawa or Halifax. The airport code for Saint John Airport is YSJ. The airport is very small with only one gate and one luggage carousel. It is impossible to get lost!

Housing ON and OFF-campus

UNB Saint John has two on-campus residences. Please apply as early as possible to reserve your space.

You can also live off-campus. We provide basic resources on finding accommodations in the city, both uptown and close to the university.

Regardless of whether you wish to live in residence or in the community, please make arrangements for housing before arriving in Canada, even if it is only temporary in a hotel for a couple of nights.

Arrival and Welcome Week

We recommend that you arrive at least 1 – 2 days before classes start in order to familiarize yourself with the campus and city.

  • Important: Your UNB insurance will cover you starting September 1 2018. If you arrive in Canada earlier than this, you can purchase insurance for a few extra days. Please contact me for further information on this option.
  • Orientation and Welcome Events: In the beginning of each term, we schedule daily information sessions, which will help you adapt to life in Saint John and on campus. Student volunteers will help you with various activities such as registration for courses, student card, campus and city tours, cell phone purchase, accommodations, paying fees, etc. There will also be social events for you to get to know other students on campus and start making friends right away.
  • Fall 2018 schedule

We strongly recommended that you arrive in time for our Welcome Week, as it will help you get a good start to your time at UNB Saint John!

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