Living in Saint John

Prince William St. uptown

Saint John is located at the mouth of the St. John River and is the largest city in New Brunswick. It was the first incorporated city in Canada. The Maritime friendliness is visible everywhere in the city and its citizens are very welcoming. About 70,000 people live in the city.

The city offers the many amenities of a large city such as a business district, a shopping hub, an industrial hub and great residential areas. There are also beautiful natural parks and a vibrant arts community.

Temporary housing

The University does not have temporary housing for use while students look for off-campus housing. The following are hotels that are a short bus ride from the Campus where students can stay while off-campus housing arrangements are completed:

  • Holiday Inn Express Hotel and Suites, telephone: 506-642-2622
  • Coastal Inns Fort Howe Hotel, telephone: 506-657-7320

You will need to make arrangements with hotels on your own as the University cannot make reservations for you. Please identify yourself as a UNB Saint John student to receive a special rate. Check with the City of Saint John for other hotel or bed & breakfast accommodations.

Family health care

If your spouse is with you in New Brunswick and has a work permit, he/she may be able to apply for New Brunswick Medicare. This is the provincial health insurance that is provided free to all New Brunswick permanent residents.

International Students are not eligible to apply for New Brunswick Medicare, however if a spouse (on a work permit) is granted Medicare, then the whole family will be covered - allowing you to opt out of the university international student health insurance.

Learn more about New Brunswick Medicare or complete the following application.

English classes for spouses

While your spouse is enrolled at UNB Saint John, this is a wonderful opportunity for you to learn English and immerse yourself in Canadian culture.

Saint John College offers international students three English-language training options to help them prepare for university study. The English for Academic Purposes (EAP), English-Second-Language Support (ESL), and Pre-MBA Programs which attract hundreds of students to UNB Saint John each year.

Saint John College also offers a Practical English Program (PEP) for new Canadians who want to improve their English language skills to assist them in living and working in Canada.

The PEP is a multi-level integrated English program for newcomers to Canada. The classes offer students the opportunity to study topics which will improve their English language skills and develop an understanding of Canadian culture. Classes are held at the uptown campus at 40 Charlotte Street.

International students and spouses are also encouraged to check with the Saint John Multicultural and Newcomers Resource Centre for English classes, chat sessions and other support services.