Choosing a Building, Roommate and Room


Choosing a Building

Paton College provides a high level of support and guidance, which is best suited for students who are in their first year of studies or away from home for the first time.

Macpherson College provides a higher level of independence and privacy than the residence halls, while still providing substantial guidance and support. Macpherson College is recommended for independent students or those entering their second year.

Burton's Pond Apartments offer a high level of independence, which is best suited for older, more independent students in their second year or higher.

If you are unsure of which building might suit you best, contact or visit the Student Residences main office in Hatcher House to discuss your options.


Roommate Requests

When you apply for residence, there will be a section to indicate any roommate preferences you have. If you do not indicate a roommate preference on your original application, but you wish to do so at a later time, please submit your request through email to Please note that while we try our best to match up roommates, it is not always possible.

For a better chance at being matched up with your preferred roommate, please make sure that all roommates have also requested you as well. Only students who are offered and accept the same community will be reviewed if a roommate request is submitted.

If you do not have a roommate request, one will be assigned to you based on the questions you fill out on your application.

Burton's Pond Apartments now have gender inclusive apartments which means that genders will be mixed within these apartments. If you wish to live in one of these apartments, please indicate it on your application or through email to


Room Types

Paton College has two types of rooms: a double room; and a single room. A double room is shared by two students. A single room has one occupant during the year.

Paton College also has quiet floors/wings. In most residences, the quiet floor is the fourth floor. Hatcher House has a quiet wing (usually rooms 500 to 508). There are also sections in some buildings designated as Living Learning communities each year.

Macpherson College has two types of suites: two rooms and a shared washroom; or a single room with private washroom.

Macpherson College also has quiet floors located on the fifth and sixth floors of both buildings. There are also wings designated as Living Learning communities in both buildings each year.

Burton's Pond offers four single rooms in an apartment-style residence with shared common spaces (i.e. bathroom, kitchen, living room).


Single Room Availability

There are a limited number of single rooms in Paton College. Single rooms are assigned to returning students who rank high on the annual points list. This list is generated based on the seniority of the student in their current building as well as their cumulative GPA. Returning students should speak to their Residence Co-ordinator once they have reapplied for residence to check their position on this list.

New students attending Memorial University who have been accepted into Paton College will only be eligible for a single room if they have a specific medical need. Students requiring a single room will need to make a request for accommodation at the Glenn Roy Blundon Centre for Students with Disabilities.


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Student Residences

230 Elizabeth Ave, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1B 3X9

Postal Address: P.O. Box 4200, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1C 5S7

Tel: (709) 864-8000