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Visitor accommodation in St John's university accommodation

Not just for students - anyone can book!

  • Looking for an affordable place to stay in St John's? Memorial University has rooms to suit you!
  • These rooms are a great alternative to a cheap hotel or hostel, and are conveniently located close to the city centre
  • Located close to a vareity of eateries, these rooms are an ideal base for your stay in St John's whatever the reason for your visit

St Johns Visitor information

St John’s is a city that was built around it’s harbour, a dramatic inlet approached through the 200m-wide channel known as The Narrows. There was a time when the port was crammed full of ships from a wealth of nations, but these days, there is less traffic to the port, and it attracts mostly container ships and oil construction barges.

This has not stopped the growth of a vibrant nightlife in the city, and rough houses that used to be found along the waterfront have now been replaced by chic restaurants, stylish shops and professional office buildings. The waterfront is the social hub, and features a smattering of bars which showcase the best of Newfoundland folk music. This is a great reason to visit the city in itself, another is that the city forms the backdrop of the hit Canadian TV show, Republic of Doyle.

The number of seafarers who inhabit the city is dwindling, and instead the city attracts white-collar workers, artists and students from all corners of Canada.

With the exception of Signal Hill, the attractions in the city are within walking distance of each other. Museums include the Railway Coastal Museum, Provincial Museum of Newfoundland and Labrador and the East Rider Motorcycle Museum.

Getting there

The city is served by St John’s International Airport. St John’s is also the eastern terminus of the Trans-Canada Highway, which is one of the longest national highways in the world.

History of St Johns

St John’s is thought to be North America’s oldest city, as year round settlement is thought to have begun sometime after 1630, with seasonal habitation beginning long before that. The city is named St John’s because Sebastian Cabot and his father became the first Europeans to sail into the harbour on the feast day of St John the Baptist (June 24th).

St John’s has been the location of many transatlantic firsts due to it’s location on the east coast of Canada. Guglielmo Marconi received the first trans-Atlantic wireless signal in St. John's on December 1901 from his wireless station in Poldhu, Cornwall. The city was also the starting point for the first non-stop transatlantic aircraft flight by Alcock and Browen in a modified Vickers Vimy IV bomber in June 1919.

During the Second World War, the harbour supported Royal Navy and Royal Canadian Navy ships that were engaged in anti-submarine warfare. It was also the site of an American Army Air Force base, Fort Pepperrell, that was established as part of the "Lend-Lease" agreement between the United Kingdom and United States. The base was transferred to Canadian control in 1960 and is now known as CFS St. John's. The Knights of Columbus Hostel fire in December 1942, saw 99 military and civilian lives lost.

Reviews for St Johns

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I was very pleased with the accommodations and the meals! The staff were absolutely wonderful...so respectful and helpful (any time of day!). Our rooms were comfortable and clean. Thanks so much - it made our time in Newfoundland a positive experience.

(Review Of Macpherson College, St John's, NL) Macpherson College, St John's, NL

Since I was here for a conference I had the addition of a meal plan. I found the food poor. My only problem with the accommodations was the bed was very high.

(Review Of Macpherson College, St John's, NL) Macpherson College, St John's, NL

Needed. ..Hangars in the closet, door stops in 0the rooms, icemachine, perhaps in the laundry room and padding for the ironing board. Excellent reception staff, lots of extra blankets and pillows ,ttrolley with extra towels and bathroom supplies at reception area, helpful staff and rooms clean and secure.

(Review Of Macpherson College, St John's, NL) Macpherson College, St John's, NL

Enjoyed my stay - everything I needed was available - courteous and helpful staff Look forward to staying again next summer Will definetly recommend

(Review Of Macpherson College, St John's, NL) Macpherson College, St John's, NL

The facility was very clean with staff cleaning every day. All the staff at the registration desk were knowledable, helpful, always available and friendly. I felt safe in the knowledge that there was always someone there. The rooms were comfortable and access to a kitchen was very much appreciated. I will definitely stay there again.

(Review Of Paton College, St John's, NL) Paton College, St John's, NL

I had trouble booking on line but did get it worked out. I found the staff friendly and helpful. I rated good not higher as I would have liked the sinks and toilets cleaned sometime in my stay of over a week or the supplies to do it myself.

(Review Of Macpherson College, St John's, NL) Macpherson College, St John's, NL

The room I stayed in had a very sticky door. It needed to be shoved hard in order to open fully. It didn’t seem like any of the other doors in the hall had this problem. It got a bit tiresome to open it this way. Otherwise rooms were good and the staff was very friendly and helpful!

(Review Of Macpherson College, St John's, NL) Macpherson College, St John's, NL

I thought my overall experience was very good. I don't believe that breakfast was included with the room and if it was I was not informed which would lessen my rating. I would definitely book here again if I am in NFLD. Thanks

(Review Of Paton College, St John's, NL) Paton College, St John's, NL

We were actually upgraded to a different building as a way of making up for scheduled power outages while we were there. That was in Cluett Hall I believe. My ratings are for that residences, not the one we had originally booked. Also, there was no breakfast, so I left that as Average.

(Review Of Paton College, St John's, NL) Paton College, St John's, NL
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