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Student’s Guide To Off-Campus Housing At Every SFU Campus

Metro Vancouver’s Simon Fraser University, or SFU for short, has four campuses — Burnaby, Great Northern Way, Surrey, and Vancouver.

Which campus you attend will depend on your program or area of study, and this guide will help you find housing no matter where your classes take you.

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We created this guide for anyone studying at SFU looking for secure off-campus housing — even if they’re not in Vancouver yet. Let’s jump in:


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Where is SFU Burnaby campus?

The main SFU campus is in Burnaby. Located on Burnaby Mountain, it’s accessible by car, public transit, or bike for those athletic students.

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SFU transit

SFU is a commuter school, which makes living near transit an important factor when looking for off-campus housing. Take advantage of the U-Pass included in your student fees and make note of these four Translink bus routes to the main SFU Burnaby campus:

  • R5 SFU-Hastings
  • N35 SFU-Downtown
  • 143 SFU-Burquitlam Station
  • 144 SFU-Metrotown Station
  • 145 SFU-Production Way Station

Here are a few of the neighbourhoods closest to SFU’s Burnaby campus that are convenient for students:

Burnaby Mountain and Lougheed Town Centre

The slopes of Burnaby Mountain are the obvious choice for SFU students to move off of campus but live nearby. The area features a wide variety of housing types — residential towers, low-rise condos and single-family homes that often rent out rooms or basements to students. 

Lougheed Town Centre is also a great nearby neighbourhood and with its large mall and transit hub, it’s the perfect option for off-campus housing without being too far from SFU.

Capitol Hill

Located just down Burnaby Mountain and east of “The Heights,” Capitol Hill offers beautiful views, parks and trails, and recreational amenities. This area is home to vibrant multicultural and student communities, great neighbourhoods and schools. You can walk your dog down the off-leash trails at Confederation Park or go for a morning swim at the Eilleen Dailly Leisure Pool.

The Heights

An extension of Vancouver’s vibrant Hastings-Sunrise community, “The Heights” (aka Burnaby Heights) in Burnaby lies north of Hastings, between Boundary and Gamma Avenue. Though a little further from the university, it does offer easy access to downtown Vancouver, which is a priority for many university students.

Here, you’ll find a mix of heritage homes and newer builds side-by-side along beautiful tree-lined streets and incomparable views of the city, mountains and Burrard Inlet. In addition, the business district is home to some of the best Italian delis in town as well as world-class restaurants and gelato.

Brentwood Park

Conveniently served by the Skytrain’s Millenium Line, Brentwood has undergone a significant transformation in recent years. This neighbourhood features a wide array of modern condominium options thanks to recent developments around Brentwood Shopping Centre as well as many established, single-family homes. There is a good mix of affordable accommodation ideal for students living alone or sharing with others. Living here you are approximately 30 minutes away from SFU’s main Burnaby campus and the same, 30 minutes from downtown Vancouver.


Where is SFU Great Northern Way campus?

The SFU Great Northern Way campus, called the Centre for Digital Media, is in Vancouver, B.C. A joint venture between SFU, UBC, and ECUAD. Neighbourhoods nearby include Olympic Village, Mount Pleasant, and East Vancouver.

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Where is SFU Surrey campus?

The SFU Surrey campus in Surrey, B.C. is in Central City right near the Surrey Central transit station.

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Where is SFU Vancouver campus?

Right in the heart of Downtown Vancouver, the SFU Vancouver campus is located on Hastings Street.

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SFU off-campus housing resources

Blogs and resources to help SFU students obtain off-campus housing:

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Kristina Ikavalko

Kristina Ikavalko

Creative Content Creator at liv.rent

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