St. Francis Xavier University



St. Francis Xavier University (StFX) is recognized as one of Canada’s best. Here, the focus is on the academic and personal development of every student, making community and social involvement a large part of the learning experience. StFX attracts a different kind of student, one who is academically strong and highly engaged in every aspect of life – a student determined to make a positive impact on the world.

Areas of Expertise

Students in certain subjects in arts or sciences have the opportunity to combine the study of two or more areas in joint programs. Science students benefit from small class sizes and opportunities to participate in hands-on research, and they often continue their education at the graduate and post-graduate level. Business students have the opportunity to gain practical experience in their fields by participating in the co-operative education program.

On Campus Housing

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Co-ed:Lowest: $5,845Highest: $8,415

Approximately 90% of first-year students live within residence -- 50% of ALL StFX students live on campus. It's this composition that fuels StFX's legendary sense of community and X-spirit. Steeped in rich traditions and house loyalties, we have a residence option that suits every personality and style. The preferred residence options for first-year students are Bishops Hall, Cameron Hall, MacKinnon Hall, MacIsaac Hall, and Mount Saint Bernard, however there are many other options available to explore. Please note that Wi-Fi is available everywhere on campus. Student storage and hockey storage is also available for all students.

Incoming Students

StFX Orientation takes place the week before classes begin and gives incoming students the chance to connect with other new students, become familiar with their academic program, and get to know their way around campus. Our orientation program is designed to meet the needs of all new students.

Career Planning

Please see here for information on career planning.


StFX has men's and women's cross-country, ice hockey, soccer, and basketball teams; men's football and rugby club; and women's volleyball and rugby. The recreation program is open to all students, with activities ranging from aerobics to water polo. The campus has a sports complex complete with two ice surfaces, a swimming pool, gymnasium, tennis and racquet courts, and a state-of-the-art weight room.


StFX has one of the most active intramural sports programs in Canada, with over 80% of the campus community participating in games and tournaments. Activities range from tug-of-war to flag football to water polo, with the annual hockey tournament remaining a favourite feature.


Seehere for a full list of clubs and societies.

Special Services

At StFX, our campus has everything needed to support your spiritual, intellectual, mental and physical health. It’s part of how we help you thrive. We support a ‘healthy body and healthy mind,’ approach to personal growth, including nutritious dining options, sports and recreational opportunities and our comprehensive campus Health Centre and Counselling Centre.

Campus Tour

The best way to figure out if StFX is right for you is to experience it first-hand. See our residences, visit our classrooms and learning spaces, check out our student common areas. Get a taste for your life at university! Your tour will be led by a current student who can provide you with first-hand insight on courses, residences, extra-curricular activities, student services, and overall life at StFX. They will show you the way university is meant to be. Virtual Campus tours are offered every day at 10:00 am, 12:00 pm, and 2:30 pm (ADT). In-Person tours are offered every day at 10:00 am, 12:00 pm and 2:30 pm (ADT).


At StFX, our residence experience is exceptional. You not only join a thriving academic community on one of Canada’s most beautiful campuses, you also have access to everything you need without ever leaving home. Here are just some of our campus amenities and services: a pharmacy, convenience store, two gymnasiums, pool facilities, full-service fitness centre, dance studio, academic advising services, two ice surfaces, live theatre, cafes, two libraries, special dining options, the Student Success Centre for academic skill development and tutoring, the Campus Store where you can get books and StFX gear, a licensed child-care facility, shuttle service (provided by local merchants and the StFX Students' Union), Student Career Centre, bus depot, full-service Health and Wellness Centre (includes counselling services), indoor and outdoor running track, and three athletic fields (one turf).

Modified on October 17, 2022