About the University
The University of New Brunswick (UNB) is a public university with two primary campuses, located in Fredericton and Saint John, New Brunswick. It is the oldest English-language university in Canada, and among the oldest public universities in North America. UNB was founded by a group of seven Loyalists who left the United States after the American Revolution.
UNB has two main campuses: the original campus, founded in 1785 in Fredericton, and a smaller campus which opened in Saint John in 1964. In addition, there are two small satellite health sciences campuses located in Moncton and Bathurst, New Brunswick, and two offices in the Caribbean and in Beijing. UNB offers over 75 degrees in fourteen faculties at the undergraduate and graduate levels with a total student enrollment of approximately 11,400 between the two principal campuses. In the fall of 2010, UNB partnered with Dalhousie University and the government of New Brunswick to open the first English-language medical school in the province at the Saint John campus. UNB was named the most entrepreneurial university in Canada at the 2014 Startup Canada Awards.
All International students must have health care insurance (from their home country) that covers them while they travel to UNB and until they register for their UNB Health Insurance.
Most Canadians have two different health insurance plans; Medicare (provided by the government to all Canadian citizens and Permanent Residents) which covers things like doctor’s visits, medical tests and hospitalizations. In addition to Medicare, many Canadians buy additional health insurance which covers prescription drugs, eye exams and dental work. Without insurance these things can be very costly in Canada!
Therefore, as an international student your student account is automatically charged for two health insurance plans.
The first plan is for both undergraduate and graduate students and it is the comparable to Canadian Medicare. This plan is administered through Financial Services and it is mandatory. Please review the UNB International Student Health Insurance plan and claim forms for more information.
The second health care plan for undergraduate students, the Undergraduate Student Health Insurance Plan, is administered through the Student Union. This plan covers your eyes, dental and prescription drugs. You can opt out of this plan if you have coverage from your home country.
Cost: $200 per term
Students may choose instead to subscribe to the insurance proposed by MICEFA, AIG.
Living on-campus: UNB Fredericton has 14 residences including traditional and suite-style accommodations, where you can find the right building and people for you.
Cost: $9,570+ per year*
*Students living in residence halls must also purchase a meal plan please visit the guide for more information. This plan costs around between $650-930.
The city of Fredericton was established in 1785- the same year as the University of New Brunswick. Because of this, the city has grown around the campus and many apartments are very close by. Walking time to campus can be as short as 2 minutes.
Fredericton Transit offers discounted transit passes for full-time UNB students. There are 28 buses operating nine different routes from Monday to Saturday.
Off-campus housing resources: If you’re looking for off-campus housing near UNB’s Fredericton campus, the Student Services department has some great resources to help you in your search.
The average budget per month is: $400 – 500