Live Safer.

Keeping you safe is our top priority.

From keycard access and enhanced cleaning, to physical distancing and a robust response plan, we’ve prepared for it all. Plus, all residence life staff receive mental health first aid, medical first aid, and CPR training. The special measures we’ve put in place to ensure your safety while staying in residence, include:

  • Decreasing density in residence
  • Enhanced sanitization
  • Increased cleaning schedules
  • Self-sanitization stations
  • Mandatory mask usage in all common areas
  • Keycard access to enable capacity limits on each floor if needed
  • Designated one-way traffic to control the flow of people
  • Protocols for residents should someone test positive for COVID-19.

This is in addition to the safety and security measures that we always have in place.

Building features

All of our residences are outfitted with systems and equipment designed to keep you safe. Each building has:

  • Swipe-access cards which only unlock doors specifically assigned to cardholders
  • 24/7 electronic surveillance in non-intrusive areas
  • Individual dorm-room locks
  • Emergency phones located throughout residence and across campus
  • Inspected and certified smoke and heat detectors, fire alarms and extinguishers
Staff services
  • Continuous 24 hour Campus Enforcement Patrol coverage
  • Resident Assistants and staff available 24/7 for support and emergencies
  • Some staff have training in medical first-aid, mental first-aid, CPR and suicide intervention
Safety initiatives
  • Fire and building evacuation drills to evaluate preparedness
  • Scheduled rounds by Resident Assistants to check on students
  • Specific guest policies, placing guests under your responsibility
  • Defined emergency procedures, posted in each building and outlined when you move in
  • A code of conduct that ensures everyone’s safety
Small changes can have a big impact.

You’re here to study, but you still want to have a good time with friends. Physical distancing while hanging out is manageable while in residence.

Whether you need time with a tutor, a quiet place to study, or computer access, we’ve added safety measures to reduce risk while studying. We’ve arranged the furniture in common spaces to enable physical distancing, and ensured our internet connections will allow students to meet and collaborate virtually for group projects.

We know that enjoying meals with friends in the dining hall supports positive mental health and creates a sense of community. We’ve made this safer for you by introducing spaced seating and staff served food.

What we’re asking from you.

Keeping everyone safe isn't something we can do without your help. We will be monitoring to ensure all staff and residents are following recommendations. While that may sound strict, it’s really no different from how you’ve been living your life at home. Wash your hands, wear a mask when needed, and keep your distance from others where required.

Memorial Residence adheres to the most up-to-date preventative health guidelines as directed by Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, the Government of Canada, and Memorial University. Due to the evolving nature of the pandemic, we may need to adapt these special measures to incorporate new developments as they arise.

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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