Fall 2021 (Updated August 24th, 2021)
Student Housing will be fully open for the Fall 2021 semester. We are looking forward to returning to a sense of normalcy and welcoming our students back to campus.
Students applying to live on campus for Fall 2021 will do so risk-free: confirmation deposits and cancellation fees will be eliminated for the Fall semester in order to allow for students to change their plans if the COVID-19 situation at the time requires it.
Isolation Protocols (Fall 2021)
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.
All students are asked to connect with the Internationalization office regarding travelling to the province for the Fall 2021 semester. It is the responsibility of the student to have an isolation plan in place.
Self-isolation on campus will be available to those students who are accepted into Student Housing for the Fall 2021 semester. Students must self-isolate at least two weeks prior to the scheduled move in date for the Fall 2021 semester. All students who are required to self-isolate must visit Memorial University’s International Student webpage and apply for self-isolation for Fall 2021.
If you have NOT been accepted into Student Housing for the Fall 2021 semester, you will likely NOT be able to self-isolate on campus. We suggest that you seek your own self-isolation accommodations. We can share information about the approved accommodations or you can find your accommodations for self-isolation. Once you apply for self-isolation with the Internationalization Office, a staff person will be in contact with you to let you know when to book travel and/or provide information.
Non-medical masks will be mandatory beginning on August 23 for faculty, staff, students, and visitors. These must be worn in public spaces and common areas or any time a two-meter physical distance cannot be maintained. This applies in classrooms and laboratories, while at university facilities or while conducting Memorial business off-campus. Exceptions to the mask requirement may be made for medical, trauma-based, religious and cultural grounds. More information is forthcoming about the process for exceptions.
Students, faculty, staff and visitors will require the first dose of an approved vaccination by September 7, 2021, and the second dose by October 15, 2021, unless granted an accommodation. Recognized vaccines include those approved by the World Health Organization (WHO) and/or Health Canada. More information will be shared soon on the process by which Memorial will be requesting vaccination information.
The accommodation process for vaccine exemption is being finalized and will be communicated as soon as possible.
Please visit Memorial University’s COVID-19 Information Hub for further information and updates.
Visit our application page for step-by-step instructions on applying for Student Housing at Grenfell Campus:
Apply Online (mun.ca)
Sunday, September 5th at 10am
Student Housing opens for students with student numbers beginning with 2020 and 2021:
Last names beginning with A-K can arrive between 10am-2pm
Last names beginning with L-Z can arrive between 2pm-6pm
Monday, September 6th at 10am
Student Housing opens for all other students:
Last names beginning with A-K can arrive between 10am-2pm
Last names beginning with L-Z can arrive between 2pm-6pm
Room key pick-up will be in the gymnasium, located in the Arts & Science building during the above times. To maintain room densities, only students are permitted in the gymnasium to pick-up keys.
To help keep densities low on campus and in our residences, students are permitted to have only one support person to help them move-into their room space. This will be strictly enforced. Other support people may travel with the student to assist with unloading vehicles and saying their goodbyes however only one person will be permitted into our buildings with the student. Your support person must wear a non-medical face mask at all times while inside the building. The designated support person is not a transferable role (i.e. family members cannot switch off at different times). All family and friends visiting Grenfell must be free from any symptoms of COVID-19, regardless of whether or not they will be entering the building. If a member of your support party feels sick, they must stay home. There will be a limited number of carts/trolleys available to assist you moving into your residence room, but it is recommended that you pack lightly.
Early arrivals to Student Housing will not be permitted. Students are asked to plan their travel and arrival to campus accordingly. A list of accommodations in the Corner Brook can be found
To ensure the health and safety of the residence community and the university community as a whole, Grenfell Campus has implemented the following:
- Enforced density restrictions across campus to ensure physical distancing.
- An enhanced cleaning protocol
- Implementation of a self-assessment tool
- Hand sanitizing stations
- Educational signage across the institution including reminders for frequent hand washing, physical distancing and staying home when sick.
- Approved health and safety plans prior to return to campus activities
- Recommendation to all campus occupants to download the COVID alert app.
Life in residence is a very rewarding experience for students. However, the very things that make residence so engaging and fun (e.g. gathering in groups for social, academic, and leisure activities) also create opportunities for the spread of COVID-19.
In order to reduce the risk of transmission, and the risk of a major outbreak, as well as to adhere to Public Health requirements and recommendations, a number of new measures will be put in place in Student Housing this year. These measures will be reviewed regularly and adjusted to reflect any ongoing changes to Public Health guidelines as well as the situation on campus and in the community.
While living on campus:
Masks are required outside of rooms
2-metre physical distancing must be maintained
Outside visitors are strongly discouraged in residence/chalets
One visitor at a time is permitted per room
Parties are not strictly prohibited
Residence lounges/kitchens are open 24/7; physical distancing, masks, and capacity limits may apply; common areas have been reconfigured to adhere to physical distancing
As we have seen this past year, things can change quickly. As we will strive to provide you with the best possible residence life experience, it still may look different than past years. Our goal will be to enhance your on-campus experience so that you feel engaged and connected.
Currently, masks are required everywhere on campus when you are travelling outside of your own residence room/chalet unit. Masks can only be removed when seated at least 6ft apart from another individual in order to eat or drink.
There will be no penalty fee for cancelling your room space for the Fall 2021 semester. You may cancel at any time by emailing
Campus staff are currently working to implement several safety measures aimed at helping students to remain safe and healthy on campus. These measures will meet and, in some cases, exceed the recommendations set by public health officials. Some of these measures include, installing plexi glass shields at front desks, expanded cleaning and disinfection protocols, no guests being permitted in shared spaces (kitchens and lounges, laundry rooms, etc), and limiting the number of guests in Student Housing. Over the summer, we will be highlighting these safety measures in more detail to help you feel confident about your decision to live on campus.
Self-isolation on campus will be available to those students who are accepted into student housing for the Fall 2021 semester. Students must self-isolate at least two weeks prior to the scheduled move in date for the Fall 2021 semester. All students who are required to self-isolate must visit Memorial University’s International
Student webpage and apply for self isolation for Fall 2021.
If you have NOT been accepted into student housing for the Fall 2021 semester, you will likely NOT be able to self-isolate on campus. We suggest that you seek your own self-isolation accommodations. We can share information about the DLI approved hotel or you can find your accommodations for self-isolation. Once you apply for self-isolation with the Internationalization office, a staff person will be in contact with you to let you know when to book travel and/or provide information about the DLI approved hotel.
Students with either a chronic medical condition or who are immunocompromised are at higher risk of getting severely sick from COVID-19. The best way to protect yourself is to follow all current public health guidelines, including:
- Stay in your residence/chalet room and practice physical distancing from your fellow residents as much as possible:
- While all residents have a private bedroom, students will share washrooms and kitchens.
- If you feel physical distancing cannot be maintained, consider wearing a non-medical face mask or face covering to provide an extra barrier.
- Limit touching your face, nose, and eyes.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces in your room such as door knobs and handles.
- Avoid sharing items such as dishes, drinking glasses, cups, eating utensils, bedding, towels, etc.
For individuals living with a chronic illness or who are immunocompromised, here are some practical steps to consider taking in preparation of your move to on campus community living:
- Discuss any concerns you might have about living in residence with your doctor.
- You may be eligible for alternate housing accommodations as a result of a documented medical condition. To find out more information about alternative housing arrangements, please click
- Talk to your doctor or pharmacist about getting an emergency supply of any prescription medications.
- Make sure you always have at least a 30-day supply of prescription medications or supplies on hand in case you need or want to stay in your residence room for several weeks.
- Keep all regularly scheduled medical appointments and maintain all medications and treatments as usual.
We understand your concerns about sharing spaces with other students especially during this challenging time. Adjusting to life with a roommate is always stressful: especially during pandemic times. We encourage you to reach out to your roommate(s) and make arrangements you're both comfortable with about how to keep your space safe.
As we get closer to move-in, we'll be sharing lots of information by email – such as cleaning products to consider, how to encourage social distancing, and how to develop a cooking and cleaning schedule. If you aren't already following us on
Facebook — This is another great place to stay up to date on the latest information and get tips to make your move in process seamless and safe.
After move-in, be sure to connect with your Residence or Chalet Assistant, an upper-year student mentor living in Student Housing, who can help you talk to your roommate and create a safety plan.
We understand that the Student Housing experience for Fall 2021 may be different from what you are expecting or used to. While our residence life team will work hard to ensure everyone will feel supported and connected while living on campus, we recognize that the current living environment we offer may not be for everyone.
If you move on campus and determine that living in the residence or chalets is not the best option for you, you can cancel your room space without penalty and you will receive a prorated refund from the date your housing keys are returned. The prorated refund will be calculated from the day all your belongings have been removed from your room and your keys have been returned to Student Housing.
If a student moves out during the semester, it is quite possible you may have a new student move into that room space. Student Housing will provide you with at least 24hrs notice if this is the case.
Room changes will not be permitted unless high level support/safety needs exist. Our facilities and residence life team are working hard to ensure all our spaces are welcoming, inclusive and safe so that you have an excellent residence experience.
We are encouraging everyone arriving on campus this fall to be vaccinated. Student Housing will not be requiring students to be vaccinated to live in residence this fall. For international students: we highly encourage you to be fully vaccinated before arriving on campus as the vaccines you have access to in your home country may be different than the
3 vaccines that are currently being administered in Canada (Moderna, Pfizer-BioNTech, AstraZeneca).Depending on the type of vaccines, and the number of doses you have there may be a requirement to isolate when entering the Province. For the latest information see
Welcome (Back) International Students | Internationalization Office | Memorial University of Newfoundland (mun.ca).
For all students who have not yet been able to get vaccinated, you will be eligible to receive a vaccination in Corner Brook once you move into Student Housing.
Student Housing is a communal living environment with shared suites, lounges, washrooms, and facilities. We rely on each person within our community to help keep others safe and healthy. We will have safety policies and procedures in place within the residences to help minimize the risk of exposure/transmission/outbreak and now that vaccines are readily available, these policies are made stronger and are the best possible way to keep our community safe so that all students can enjoy an engaging and positive residence experience. This advice follows that of local public health officials, the NL and Federal governments and the World Health Organization. It represents the most accurate and current scientific knowledge regarding how best to bring the pandemic to an end. By having a sufficiently high vaccination rate in the residence community, you are taking actions to decrease the possibility of large outbreaks/clusters and decrease the potential severity of COVID-19 cases. Without a high level of vaccination we may have to consider restrictions on group gatherings and activities to ensure the safety of the residence community. We cant stress how important vaccinations will be to a positive student experience.
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