St. Francis Xavier University is a mainly undergraduate university with about 4000 students. It is located in the town of Antigonish, which has a population of 5000 and offers many amenities that one would normally find only in larger towns and cities. Due to its small size, one can reach virtually everything in town within a 10-20 minute walk. If you require local transportation, a community bus is available, or you can take a taxi.
Note that you have to dial 902 even for local calls.
Antigonish offers a number of restaurants in all price ranges. Many fast-food restaurants can be found on James Street, a short walk from the residences. Besides a large number of family restaurants and pizzerias, there are also some restaurants for fine dining and specialized food. This includes
- Gabrieaus (fine dining)
- Tall and Small Cafe
- Little Christo's
- Townhouse (pub with local food and beer)
- Brownstone Cafe
- Moonlight Restaurant (Chinese)
- Main Street Café
- Pacha Mama (vegan options)
All these restaurants are located on, or close to, Main Street.
There are many shops on Main Street that offer everything from souvenirs and local art to some grocery shopping. There are two major shopping centres: the Antigonish Mall and the shopping complex on Market Street.
St. Martha's Regional Hospital provides medical emergency services. There is also an After Hours Clinic available at the Mediplex. There are several dental clinics available in town that can be contacted in case of an emergency.