There are many housing options in Saint John, both on and off-campus. The university recommends that first year students live on campus in either our traditional residence or our two-bedroom suites.

Living in residence

Thomas J. Condon Student CentreResidence life offers a unique living and learning atmosphere that promotes academic achievement and enriches your UNB Saint John experience. Living on campus means easy access to the Commons, computer labs, athletic facilities and sporting, social and cultural events. Also, when you live on campus, meeting new friends is easy.

Our residences are home to students from across Canada and around the world. The fully furnished residence accommodations include: security access buildings, flexible meal plans, high-speed internet, laundry facilities, private telephone and cable TV.

Living off-campus

Many UNB Saint John and Saint John College students live off-campus and form a vital component of the Saint John community. To help you location off-campus housing, good advice and temporary housing, please read the Off-campus Housing Resource Document, as it contains lots of useful information. 

The Office of the Rentalsman has a wealth of information for first-time renters, along with information on giving notice, damage deposits and more. It's well-worth a read to make sure that your off-campus housing experience is as smooth as possible. Use the apartment rental work sheet to help you.

Areas of Saint John

  • North-End:  5 - 15 minutes by bus to the campus. There is a wide variety of apartment complexes and rooms in privately owned homes, and many students live in this area. It's a popular area and availability is usually more limited after the term begins. Shopping is possible in the nearby Atlantic Superstore.
  •  Uptown: 15- 20 minutes by bus to the campus. The uptown is where most of the city's entertainment (restaurants, shopping, City Market) can be found. The uptown area is popular with students and home to many affordable apartments.
  • East-Side:  30 minutes by bus to the campus. Saint John largest retail centre, cinemas and restaurants are located in this area. There are many apartment complexes and rooms in privately owned homes.
  • West-Side:  30+ minutes by bus to the campus. The west-side is mainly a residential area with few apartment listings.
  • Rothesay, Quispamsis, Grand-bay-Westfield: 30-45+ minutes by bus to the campus. Bus services is limited. Own transportation is recommended if wishing to live in these areas.