In 2005, the university created the “Science Building Renewal Project” which cost around $26 million. Their aim was to meet the requirements of the community and the University for the next decade. Some of their projects included the expansion of the Science Facility’s resources, renewal of the infrastructures of the Science buildings, introduction of additional research space to faculty members, improvement of labs for hands-on teaching, and others. St. Mary’s is also working on a project which will link the Science Centre, Patrick Power library and Burke Building with study spaces, offices, common spaces, and theatre style classrooms. The project also contains green environmental technology that employs hard and Wi-Fi systems.
The campus offers students single, family and graduate housing, senior suites, and summer housing. Students who live in Residences are guaranteed services like laundry, mail, cable TV, Internet services and telephones. The television unit is not included, so students are encouraged to rent one and have it installed in the common lounge. They can also access the computer network of the campus for unlimited use.
The University offers students some of these services: Writing Centre, Student ID, Parking, Meeting rooms and group-work spaces, Lockers, Library, International Student Services, Housing, Help Desk for phone, E-mail, Computer Support, Health Services for Students, Food Services and Nutrition, Employment Centre for Students, Day Care, Counselling Services, Career Services, Bus - U-pass (SMUSA), Bookstore, Advisor for Students with Disabilities, and Advisor for International Students.
St. Mary’s University is also represented by the Saint Mary’s University Students’ Association (SMUSA). Its main offices are situated in the heart of the campus. Its main offices are situated in the heart of the campus. Some of its services to students include Health And Dental Plan, Safe Drive Program, Gorsebrook Lounge, and the Tutor Database. SMUSA is also active in the marketing, programming, and the communications department for students.
There are many communities for students to take part in. Some of them include: Volunteer Opportunities, Tutor Database (SMUSA), This week at Saint Mary's (activities and events happening in the campus), Sustainability - reduce your eco-footprint, Societies, SMUTube (where students can tell their story about themselves and the university), Residence Life, Meeting rooms and group-work spaces, Jobs on Campus, International Centre - volunteer program, events on campus, Athletics and Recreation, and Art Galleries.
The university has a Cardio Room, Weight Room, Group Fitness Room, Squash Courts, Gymnasiums, Spas, Track, Ice Arena and Stadium with Artificial Turf. The campus also offers sports to student-athletes. They can choose from among some of these sports to join to: Basketball (Men), Basketball (Women), Cross-Country, Field-Hockey (Women), Football, Hockey (Men), Hockey (Women), Rugby (Women), Soccer (Men) , Soccer (Women), Track & Field, and Volleyball (Women). There are also intramural sports (fall, winter and club sports). Students who want to take an active part in their physical fitness can go to the Tower, where there are group fitness classes, such as Cardio Core, Cardio Combo, Circuit Work-It, Classic Cardio, Yoga, Body Sculpt, Spin, Step and Pump/Total Body Conditioning.
The school has five main faculties: Faculty of Arts, Faculty of Science, Sobey School of Business, Graduate Studies & Research Continuing Education, Co-operative Education, and English as a Second Language.
Some of the most notable alumni of the university include: Glenn Graham, fiddler and Celtic musician, Joseph Phillip Kennedy, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia, Paul Fitzgerald, President and CEO of Salt & Pepper Media Inc/Editor of Thursday Night Magazine, Robert P. Kelly, CEO of the Bank of New York Mellon, Steve Armitage, CBC Sportscaster, Steven Landry, CEO of DaimlerChrysler Canada, and William Linton, CFO of Rogers Communications.
The urban area of Halifax, with a population approaching 300,000, is located in the western end of the municipality, fronting on Halifax Harbour. The dense urban core is centred on the Halifax Peninsula and the area of Dartmouth inside of the Circumferential Highway. The suburban area stretches beyond Mainland Halifax to the west, Cole Harbour to the east, and Bedford, Lower Sackville and Windsor Junction areas to the north.
Halifax's climate is heavily influenced by its location on Nova Scotia's Atlantic coast. The weather is usually milder or cooler than that of central Canada, with the temperature remaining between about -15°C and 35°C inland but the coast can be milder in the winter an d cooler in the summer with the maritime influence.
The urban area of Halifax Regional Municipality is a major cultural centre within the Atlantic provinces. The municipality's urban core also benefits from a large population of post-secondary students who strongly influence the local cultural scene. HRM has a number of art galleries, theatres and museums, as well as most of the region's national-quality sports and entertainment facilities. The municipality is home to many performance venues, namely the Rebecca Cohn Auditorium, the Neptune Theatre, and The Music Room. HRM also is the home to many of the regions major cultural attractions, such as Symphony Nova Scotia, the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, and the Neptune Theatre.