Our undergraduate programs are largely residential. This means that all our students live on campus (especially in their first year). We are one big family here at SSU and our lives are centered around one building, Park Hall or 'The Big Yellow House'. Park Hall, built at the turn of the 19th Century by a wealthy shipbuilder, houses the offices of SSU, a residence, academic facilities, kitchen and dining room, and overlooks the St. Croix River separating St. Stephen from Calais, Maine. Years before it became a university building, Park Hall was the prestigious ‘Park Hotel,’ housing guests such as Joe DiMaggio and Marilyn Monroe. Today it is the hub of life at SSU.
In addition to this historic building, the N. D. Lea Ministry Centre provides residential and study facilities for full and part-time Ministry Studies. Past Chairman of the Board, and long-time friend and supporter, Norman Lea, donated this building to the university. St. Croix House, which stands beside Park Hall, provides additional residence and classroom facilities for Arts students.
- SSU is fortunate to be a five minute walk from the Garcelon Civic Center. This brand new facility has an ice surface, a gym, a 200m walking/jogging track and a 50m swimming pool. SSU students are eligible for a special discounted membership fee of just $54 for a three month membership.
- We also use local school sports facilities for soccer each week (indoor during the winter).
- We are right on the banks of the St. Croix River, which offers excellent kayaking, canoeing and fishing.
- Just across the border at the Calais Community College there is a climbing wall available.