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Visitor accommodation in St John's university accommodation

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  • 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the growth of a vibrant nightlife in the city, and rough houses that used to be found along the waterfront have now been replaced by chic restaurants, stylish shops and professional office buildings.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

Average Score


Based On 442 Reviews

Front desk employees very kind, helpful and cheery greeters. Send others to Patton College for same especially for independent travels such as ourselves.

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

Staffs were kind and happy all the time. The room was comfortable, clean and bright. The semi-private bathroom and washroom were nice too. Just not happy with the laundry machines. Few of it were not functioning so well. And I had to ask for refund for my laundry card. Overall, I recommend it.

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

It would have been great to have a reading light over bed and maybe a tv. That is just my suggestion. It was a wonderful place to stay and would do it again if coming to St. John's . Also will recommend it.

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

The booking was at Paton but we stayed at Hatcher House and it was excellent,,,,We will definitely recommend the Univercity to are friend. THANK YOU so much for the lovely syay J.P. & Denise..G.

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

The easy proximity of the hotel to the university and the low price makes this site excellent for conferences. The student help at the registration desk was amazing. They were patient, extremely helpful, and very professional.

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

Residence was clean, new,bright. The staff at the desk were very helpful,ladies and gentlemen both. My classes were held in the same building, which made me very happy.

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

I was hesitant to book in dorms. The staff and facilities were excellent. Of course, I came and stayed during the only humid week all year, but it still was an excellent experience. I would definitely book here again and recommend it to anyone. The staff were above and beyond what was expected.

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

Had a really nice experience. The people at the desk were very friendly and helpful. Only thing that I did not like was that there were no water fountains on our floor. We did try to find one in our building, but could not find one. Maybe something that can be looked into.

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

I stayed twice on my trip to St. John's, but for the purposes of the feedback, comments would be the same for each stay. The facility was clean, quiet and very adequately supplied. Staff were more than helpful,and continental breakfast, while minimal, was certainly adequate. A great experience all round! Thank you!!

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