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the growth of a vibrant nightlife in the city, and rough houses that used to be found along the waterfront have now been replaced by chic restaurants, stylish shops and professional office buildings.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

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it would be nice to have more than just a light blanket and sheets on the bed. Rooms were very clean and the residence staff were just awesome :) thank you!

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

The front desk employees were excellent: very friendly, knowledgeable, professional, and accommodating. They didn't even mind running upstairs when we locked our cards in our rooms. A lovely facility. Love the little light over the bed - great for late night reading. The dining room employees were very helpful and friendly. I enjoyed the food and had plenty of choices.

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

I appreciated very much the kind and very professional service and management. My stay was pleasant and restful. Many thanks! The only fear was to not lock out myself - perhaps the door inside the apartment (sleeping room to a common corridor) may not be with the automatic lock.

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

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

Stayed twice during my trip. The only thing i would suggest is where possible put females and males near their respective bathrooms. The one time we were on the opposite end of the building and it made it uncomfortable in the middle of the night.

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

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) Paton College, St John's, NL

Providing , or selling round the neck card holders would prevent people locking themselves out of their rooms ! Overall very pleased with the accommodation and breakfast. Will reccommnd MUN to friends.

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

Excellent facility...clean and quiet! Staff were extremely pleasant and quick to help with any requests. I will plan on staying there next time I'm in St. John's! Providing a glass or cup in the room might be an idea to consider. There were none in the kitchen/lounge area either.

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