NOTE: Offers of rooms at Paton College are conditional on students being accepted and registered at Memorial or the Fisheries and Marine Institute. Students who are not accepted to the University must notify the college officer of their intention to cancel accommodations. Paton College consists of nine residence houses and has accommodations for 882 students. There are five traditional male and female houses. Accommodations are also available in four co-ed residences.

While Student Housing oversees the operation of Paton College, all houses are administered internally by representatives of both Student Housing and the students. Each house is under the supervision of a Proctor, who is responsible for ensuring the smooth running of the residence. The Proctor is assisted by the Senior Resident Assistant and several Resident Assistants, who reside on each floor. Each residence also elects a House Committee comprised of students to represent the house in various matters, and to organize social and recreational activities in the residence. An Academic Don is also appointed for each residence by Student Housing. The Don is responsible for co-ordinating academic support programs in residence.

Most rooms in Paton College are double occupancy. Only students who have spent a minimum of two terms in residence, including the most recent academic term, are eligible for a single room. Eligibility for single rooms will be determined by number of terms spent in Paton College and number of university credits.

The top floor of some Paton College houses have been designated as quiet floors and stereos are not permitted in these areas. Students who prefer to live in a section where quiet standards are maintained, should request a quiet floor on their application form. While regular floors are less strict on quiet regulations, there are designated quiet hours for studying.

All students of Paton College are required to purchase a meal plan as a condition of residency. Special diets may be arranged for students with medical conditions provided they have proper documentation.

Mail service is available to all residents. Students are responsible for their own personal items, such as soap, towels, and linens.

Most houses are connected to an extensive underground tunnel system that allows students access to most of the university's facilities.

Each house has a television room, computer room, study lounge, games room, and laundry facilities. Several residences also have exercise and weight rooms, furnished guest lounges, and snack canteens. Pay telephones are available on each floor or students may make arrangements to have their own phone installed.


Application for residence may be made by any eligible person at any time. Application forms are available from:

Student Housing Office
9-309 Hatcher House
Memorial University of Newfoundland
St. John's, Newfoundland
A1B 3P7

Each application must be accompanied by a $20.00 application fee. This fee is non-refundable and will not be credited to the applicant's financial account.

Confirmation fees are creditable and may be refunded when all conditions pertaining to this fee are met.

Application for summer session may be made any time and must be accompanied by a non-refundable, non-creditable $20.00 application fee.


Returning students of the fall and winter semesters and work term students as defined by the Division of Co-ordination, will receive assignment preference over all other applicants if they adhere to the schedule under RESIDENCE TERMS.

Students entering university as first-year students, as well as students transferring directly to St. John's from Sir Wilfred Grenfell College or the community colleges, will receive assignment preference over all remaining applicants.

All other applicants, including spring semester and summer session residence students, will be considered and assigned by date of receipt of their application.
Semester Applying For Application Deadline Application Fee Deadline for Cancellation Late Cancellation Fee
Fall 35503 $20.00 35611 $300.00
Winter 35748 $20.00 35764 $300.00
Spring 35503 $20.00 March 31 $300.00
Semester Applying For Application Deadline Application Fee Confirmation Forms Due Confirmation Fee Deadline Refund of Confirmation Fee
Fall None $20.00 May 31 $200.00 July 1
Winter None $20.00 14 days from date of mailing $200.00 *
Spring None $20.00 14 days from date of mailing $200.00 *
Summer None $20.00 May 31 $200.00 *

Notwithstanding the foregoing, the University reserves the right to make residence/room assignments other than those stated as preference on the application.


(See the University Diary section of the Calendar for exact dates.)
Fall Semester September to December
Winter Semester January to April
Spring Semester May to August
Intersession May to June
Summer Session July to Mid-August


Returning students for the Fall semester must apply and submit a $20.00 application fee for accommodations by March 15. At this time an acceptance form to Paton College is signed. If it becomes necessary for an applicant to cancel a confirmed assignment, it must be done on or before July 1st. Failure to cancel a room assignment by July 1st will result in a $300.00 cancellation fee being charged to the student's financial account with the university.


Assignments will be mailed to the earliest applicants beginning February 1st. Confirmation form and fee of $200.00 must be received by Student Housing no later than May 31, otherwise the house assignment will be cancelled and the space re-assigned. If it becomes necessary for an applicant to cancel a confirmed assignment, it must be done not later than July 1 to be eligible for a refund of the confirmation fee. FAILURE TO CANCEL A CONFIRMED ASSIGNMENT BY JULY 1 WILL RESULT IN THE FORFEITURE OF THE $200.00 CONFIRMATION FEE.


Assignments will be mailed as vacancies occur. Confirmation form and fee of $200.00 must be received by Student Housing within 14 days of mailing. Where confirmation forms and confirmation fee are not received within this period the assignment will be cancelled and the space re-assigned.

Once assigned a house, the onus is on the student to cancel the assignment if the space is not required. CANCELLATION OF CONFIRMED ASSIGNMENTS WILL RESULT IN THE FORFEITURE OF THE $200.00 CONFIRMATION FEE.


When all rooms of the College have been assigned, applicants to a maximum of 200 males and 200 females, who cannot be offered accommodation at the time, will be placed on an assignment preference list. It is essential that individuals on the list give the Housing Office a local address and telephone number at which they can be contacted on short notice. Applications and related fees received after the assignment preference list has been filled will be returned to the sender. The College can give no assurance that a room will be available to all those on the assignment preference list; for this reason, all individuals on this list should make their own arrangements for alternate accommodation. It should be noted that the application fee is non-refundable and non-creditable.


First-year students

Occupancy of rooms extends from the day before registration until 12:00 noon the day after the last regularly scheduled undergraduate examination.

Meal tickets are valid from the breakfast meal on the day lectures begin before university registration. The ticket expires with the evening meal on the day of university's last regularly scheduled examination.

Accommodation between semesters

Residence fees cover the period of a particular semester only. Those residents who have a valid requirement to be in residence between semesters may be provided sleeping accommodation if space is available and approved by the Housing Office.

The additional charge for such accommodation is $7.00 per day and must be arranged and paid in advance.

Students may be required to remove their personal belongings from their rooms for the period of the Christmas or other recesses when required.

The Housing Office reserves the right to deny accommodation outside the normal semester period if space is needed for other purposes.


All accommodation at Paton College is on a room-and-board basis. As the food contract is negotiated each year and residence fees are subject to inflationary trends, refer to the section of the University Calendar headed FEES AND CHARGES to determine cost of accommodation.


If you wish to move out of residence during the semester, you must notify the general office (309 Hatcher House).

NOTE: Students leaving residence will be required to give one month written notice of intention to do so or pay the equivalent cost. Requests for waiver of this regulation should be made to the director of student housing and food services.

Refunds are available under the following conditions:

a) No refunds will be made on the first month's charges.
b) Refunds on charges after the first month will be prorated to the end of the week (Sunday).
c) Students registering after the first two weeks will have their charges prorated from the beginning of the week (Monday)they register.
d) No refunds will be offered students leaving in the last month of the semester.

The above is dependent upon a satisfactory room condition form.

Last modified on May 6, 1998 by MaryJane Puxley

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