University of Moncton: Student Life on Campus

An insider’s guide to the best place to live, food on campus, and more

Alec Nadon, 23
English education, history and literature

Alec Nadon (Courtesy Caroline Vonlanthen)

Why did you choose Moncton?
As a native French speaker, I wanted to continue my post-secondary education in my mother tongue in a province other than Quebec. I also wanted to study at a smaller university that offered a more personal and intimate dynamic. Also, my parents met at U of M.

Describe some of your best experiences so far.
In 2020, I attended a symposium on education in Sherbrooke, Quebec, and met many students from Moncton in my field of study. Another great experience was the Moncton Survivor game, where participants must “survive” in the student bar for several days; is an adapted version of the popular TV show.

Are you involved in extracurricular activities?
I try to participate in as many events organized by my faculty as possible. I am also a member of the student council for the English department, which plans activities like local author nights and represents students in the department. I’ve also worked as a discussion group moderator for entry-level English learners, played intramural soccer, and frequently played trivia in the student bar.

What do you think of your teachers?
My overall experience with the teachers has been overwhelmingly positive. They have a great attitude towards students, give passionate lectures, take the time to get to know their students, and are reasonable in their demands and assessments. They are always happy to help and support your studies.

What do you think of the school administration?
Université de Moncton is a small school. There is a general lack of variety in classes, especially in smaller departments like history and English. That said, I haven’t had any problems getting into the required classes. Administrative staff are often helpful, although they can be hard to find. You have to know who to talk to, but that comes with time.

What is life like off campus in Moncton?
Coming from Ottawa, I found Moncton relaxing. Traffic is practically non-existent. There are a number of interesting microbreweries, local shops and activities to take part in. Moncton is a fairly spread out city and it can be difficult to get around without a car. Bicycle infrastructure and public transportation are rudimentary and lack the efficiency of larger cities. But the campus is central. I recommend living near or on campus if you don’t have access to a car.

PROFILE: University of Moncton | Moncton, Edmundston and Shippagan, NB | Founded in 1963

If I wrote the school motto: ‘Cool and friendly’
The best place to live: sunny brae
The best place to study: Champlain Library
The best campus events: The Frosh Week Concert, Jammers, Trivia Night
Rarest tradition: The Carol of the Faculty of Engineering
The best food on campus: The 63
The best cheap lunch: K-Cup
Best Pizza: Patrick’s Pizza & Wings
The best place for an elegant dinner: elbow mists
The best bar to hang out: The elbow
Best Live Music Venue: The Furnace Room or Tide & Boar Gastropub
The best breakfast for a hangover: Igloo Drinks Lounge
The best place for a nap: English Department Reading Room
Best weekend activity: moncton market
What surprised me the most about the school: How big are their sports facilities. Greetings to CEPS.
If I could change one thing about the school: Lower tuition and more class options

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