As New Brunswick’s riverfront capital city, Fredericton has the perfect mix of small-town safety and big city beat. There is an endless list of exciting events happening close to campus at student-friendly prices. As one of the Cultural Capitals of Canada, Fredericton is diverse, safe, and welcoming for students coming from across the river or across the world.
Grab a delicious meal at one of the city’s many fantastic restaurants. Then, head downtown for some dancing or live music. For something different, there’s usually a play, performance, or show taking place at one of the local theatres. Check out STU’s Black Box Theatre on campus or The Playhouse downtown for live theatre, comedy, ballets, concerts, and more.
Markets and Shopping
Every weekend, the community looks forward to north and south side farmers' market with fresh produce and flowers, pastries and loaves, international food kiosks, home-style breakfasts, handmade pottery, knits, furniture, jewelry, and more.
Grab a cup of Joe at the “King Street Coffee Block” and hit the downtown shops, which are all about being unique, stylish, and chic. The Owl’s Nest used book store and Cultures fair trade art and clothing store are good places to start. Head uptown for more than 115 stores, a movie theatre, an arcade, and more.
Experience Fredericton’s natural charm and explore more than 115 KM of scenic city-wide walking/biking/running trails. Pack a lunch, a Frisbee, and some bread crumbs for the ducks and spend the day with friends at Odell Park. Or, rent a kayak or canoe and paddle the St. John River for unbelievable views of the city.
A drop in temperature and a little snow doesn’t hold us back from having fun. Cross country skiing through parks or skating on a flooded Officer’s Square will help you enjoy the cold. For downhill skiing and snowboarding head to Crabbe Mountain—only 40 minutes away from St. Thomas, and a shuttle will help you get there. Plus, the flow of festivals, plays, and concerts doesn’t slow down with the cooler weather.
Galleries and Festivals
The Beaverbrook Art Gallery houses a permanent collection of almost 3,000 pieces and offers various exhibits throughout the year. As a STU student, your admission is free! Check out one of the many art and music festivals taking place in and around Fredericton. Get involved—if you’ve got an artistic interest, this is the place to nurture it!
The Harvest Jazz and Blues Festival takes place every fall in Fredericton, bringing 350 artists and 125 performances on 23 stages—all within four city blocks.