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More housing for graduate students

Burton’s Pond Apartments now available to graduate students

Student Life

By Laura Barron

To respond to increasing graduate student enrolment, Memorial University’s Student Residences are making more spaces available for graduate students at its St. John’s campus.

Spaces are being made available in Burton’s Pond Apartments for graduate students for 2016/2017. The four apartment-style residences surround one side of Burton’s Pond on Memorial’s St. John’s campus.

Independent living

Each of the four “courts” is home to approximately 125 residents and provides a high level of independence, which is best suited for older, more independent students. Burton’s Pond Apartments have traditionally been available only to senior undergraduate students. Within this new model, senior undergraduate as well as graduate students will live in the courts within Burton’s Pond.

“We are now welcoming graduate students, and this is really a response to changing times and demands,” said Bruce Belbin, director, Student Residences. “Changing market availability, demographics of students, types of accommodations required are all at play. Right now, we are adapting and responding to these changes to meet students’ needs.”

For students with families, Cabot Court is being made available to those students who are on wait lists for the traditional family units in Baltimore Court. Students will have the option to move into the apartments in Cabot Court until family units become available in Baltimore Court.

Supports for graduate students

Dr. Aimée Surprenant, dean, School of Graduate Studies, says this move to provide more residence space for graduate students is directly in line with Memorial’s overall plans to provide better support for graduate students on campus.

“Memorial is working diligently to meet the housing needs of graduate students,” said Dr. Surprenant. “Making Burton’s Pond Apartments available to graduate students is an important initiative by Student Residences and the School of Graduate Studies and part of our infrastructure plan to create more living and learning spaces on Memorial’s campuses.”

More information about Burton’s Pond Apartments is available here. More information about graduate student housing is available here.

To apply for a space in Burton’s Pond Apartments, click here.


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