5 Reasons To Stay On Campus On Your Next Vacation

What is one thing that every major city on your travel bucket list is likely to have in common? A university.

In Canada alone, there are over 95 university campuses that can be found across the country, in every province, in every major Canadian city. University campuses are home to thousands of students from September to May each year, leaving many buildings vacant during the summer months. (Are you catching our drift yet?)

The following 5 reasons (and many more), are what make universities a unique and convenient accommodation option for your next vacation, no matter your travel style. Check out why we think you should consider staying on campus this summer!


Not only are university campuses one of the most interesting places to stay when visiting a new city, they are also one of the most economical options. Whether you are looking for an alternative to a hostel with a group of friends, or on a family vacation, most campuses will have something to accommodate your needs at a reasonable price.

At UNB Conference Services, we have something for everyone. We offer both traditional-style and suite-style rooms on our UNB Fredericton campus. Our suite-style accommodations are a great option for groups, and with a full-size kitchen in each suite guests can cut their travel costs by cooking some of their own meals. Breakfast is also included in room rates. Contact us for more information on our rates and availability.

Location, Location, Location!

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When you’re on vacation you want to be close to where the action is making universities the perfect spot for travelers.

Our campus is located in the heart of Fredericton, NB, within walking distance to the downtown core, close to bike paths and walking trails and with quick access to all major highways.

Our city is an arts and culture hub during the summer months. Live like a local and head to the Fredericton Boyce Farmers Market on Saturday mornings, or check out the free Outdoor Summer Concerts and Under the Stars Film Series. There are so many amazing attractions to see and being in a central location gives you access to all of them!

The History

Photo: UNB Archives & Special Collections

Universities are rich in historical significance, making them the perfect spot for history buffs to call home while on vacation. Visit campus libraries to check out their archive collections or take a tour to learn more about the architectural history of its buildings.

UNB’s Memorial Hall is home to a large stained glass window which was inspired by John Milton’s epic poem Paradise Lost, and our campus houses the oldest existing observatory in Canada, the William Brydone Jack Observatory, constructed in 1851.

UNB Quick History Facts

  • Did you know that UNB is the oldest English-language university in Canada? Our Fredericton campus was established in 1785
  • Senator John F. Kennedy was presented an honorary Doctor of Laws degree by UNB benefactor Lord Beaverbrook. On the same day in October 1957, the future U.S. president gave his now famous speech Good Fences Make Good Neighbours at the fall convocation
  • Built in 1829, Sir Howard Douglas Hall is the oldest university building still in use on an English-language campus in Canada. In the building today, you’ll find portraits of past heads of the university as well as the Edward Jacob Chapel which still has its original pews carved up by generations of UNB students who used it as a classroom at one time

Plan for the Future

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Is someone in your family starting to think about where they would like to attend college or university? Booking your stay on campus this summer is a great way to test drive the university and city. Stay overnight in a residence building, eat breakfast in the dining hall and book a campus tour with the Recruitment Office. Visit our campus and get a taste of what life would be like at UNB.

Your Stay Supports Students

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When you choose to stay on the UNB campus, you’re helping to support our students. Not only do our profits fund services to support student success, we also hire dozens of students annually giving them valuable career-related experience.

It’s a win-win for everyone!

If you’re travelling to Fredericton this summer, consider staying with us. Send your questions to stay@unb.ca, or make a reservation online today.





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