COVID-19 Updates

Updated June 24, 2021

The university has recently released an update regarding the fall 2021 semester. At the present time, we are expecting to be on campus and in-person for university activities in September. We are anticipating that Student Residences will be open in a full capacity this fall and as such, are still welcoming applications. Application fees, room deposits and cancellation fees have been waived for the fall semester in order to allow students to apply risk-free.

We are looking forward to returning to a sense of normalcy and welcoming our students back to campus.  Any changes to to availablity for the fall semester will be communicated widely.


Fall 2021

Applications for the Fall 2021 semester opened on Wednesday, November 4th, 2020 via the Student Residences Portal and will remain open until the start of the semester. There will be no application, confirmation or cancellation fees associated with applying for this semester.  This will allow students to apply for residence risk-free. Room selection is still ongoing and spaces are only remain available in Paton College.

COVID-19 Safety within Student Residences

Some of the additional safety measures that Student Residences has implemented throughout the COVID-19 pandemic include:

  • Enhanced and increased cleaning throughout all of our facilities.
  • Card access has been modified in order to limit the flow of people around our buildings and can be altered if needed to address any safety and security concerns. Card access is (and always has been) required to access residence buildings.
  • Capacity limits throughout our shared spaces.
  • Abiding by all provincial guidelines and requirements set out to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Any additional safety and security measures for the fall semester will be finalized over the coming months. 

Isolation Protocols

Please note that, currently, any student travelling to the province must abide by isolation protocols set out by federal and provincial governments. Canadian students are asked to refer to both the provincial COVID-19 site and the Memorial University COVID-19 hub in order to ensure that you are abiding by the proper isolation protocols once you arrive in the province. These protocols can may change at any time.

Only students who have reserved on-campus accommodations (in Paton College, Macpherson College or Burton’s Pond Apartments) for the fall semester are eligible for on-campus isolation, space permitting. If you are looking to complete your isolation on-campus, flights must be booked to arrive in Canada on August 13th, 14th or 15th. This will allow you time to complete your mandatory 3 day stay at your point of entry into the country, as outlined by the Government of Canada.

 Students will only be permitted to move into isolation on-campus on August 16th, 17th or 18th. 

An isolation space on-campus is not guaranteed, as our capacity is very limited. However, we will do our best to accommodate any student isolation requests.

Mandatory Mask Policy

As of Monday, August 24th, masks must be worn in indoor public spaces and common areas or any time a two-meter physical distance cannot be maintained while within university facilities. This applies to all common spaces within residence facilities such as hallways, stairwells and laundry rooms. Should this policy be revised, we will communicate it through a variety of channels.

Contact Us

We understand that not all questions may be answered on this page. If you have any questions do not hesitate to contact our office at


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