Student Scoop – Unofficial Student Guide To Emily Carr University of Art & Design ft. Chris Su-Zhou

Welcome to the Emily Carr edition of our Student Scoop series – a collection of insider student tips to UBC, SFU, Langara, Emily Carr and more. We tap into the nuts and bolts of student life interviewing student leaders to uncover secret campus corners, best coffee spots, where to satisfy your late night cravings, and the lowdown on campus and off campus living. Read on for more Emily Carr tips.

Today, we checked in with Christopher Su-Zhou, a third year Industrial Design Student that lives off campus. Emily Carr Quick Student Tips

Best Neighbourhoods for Off-Campus Housing

Emily Carr does not have on campus housing options for students. Thankfully, the university is located centrally near bustling hip Main St, Olympic Village, Fraserhood and Commercial Street neighbourhoods, so there are typically many suitable rental options nearby. Check out the Emily Carr Housing page as people post frequently.


Here are some suitable liv.rent listings easily accessed on transit:

South Granville – 1 bed/1 bath
South Cambie: 1 bed/ 3 bath, furnished, shared
Chinatown: 2 bed/2 bath
Olympic Village: 2 bed/2 bath, furnished
Fairview: 2 bed/2 bath

Further afield, but near transit:

3 min walk from Rupert station: 3 bed/2 bath
Right by Joyce-Collingwood station: 2 bed/2 bath, furnished


Commuting Tips for Emily Carr

I recommend transit, walking or cycling.  Given Emily Carr’s proximity, it is well served by buses and the Clark VCC skytrain stop is a 10-15 minute walk away.

There are many places to store your bike around campus and U-Pass (transit pass) is included in everyone’s  tuition so take advantage of it!

Photo: Chris Su-Zhou | @Chris_sssu

Parking Tips for Emily Carr

If you do chose to drive your own vehicle, there is a large parking lot behind the campus and there are places for charging electric vehicles as well.  The only tip I can provide is to get there early as spaces are limited.

Tips for Meeting People

  • Join a club! To meet people around the school, try joining the many clubs that are available.
  • Attend events! The Student Union hosts many events around the year,  oftentimes serving free food. These events are perfect for mingling and meeting new faces.
  • Visit other Universities! If you aren’t feeling the Emily Carr vibe, I encourage you to visit other universities around Vancouver and join their clubs! It’s a great way to meet new friends outside of the Emily Carr design world and people are generally very open to accepting people from other universities! Don’t limit yourself and go explore!

Best Study Spots at Emily Carr

For study spots, my personal favourites are either the library or empty classrooms. At the library, there are many tables and couches around to sit and read but my favourite part of the library are the private study/collaboration rooms. You can book one of the 5 rooms in the library online and secure a quiet,  secluded place to study. Also, have a look around the school; there are many empty classrooms that you can use as well but remember to be respectful to any class that might be starting soon.

Best place on campus to nap or pull an all-nighter

Unfortunately, the school is not open 24 hours so its not possible to do an all-nighter on campus. The school is open until 11pm and slightly later during finals. There are no nap rooms on campus but the library has some pretty comfy couches, and you can always book one of the private study rooms.

Photo: Daily Hive

Late-night caffeine fix on Campus

McDonald’s is my post-midnight coffee spot as most other cafes on campus close earlier in the evening. And, of course, McDonald’s also has chicken nuggets to keep your productivity fuelled!

Liv.rent recommends:

Kafka’s Coffee  577 Great Northern Way

Gene Coffee Bar – Main & Kingsway

Buns and Boba – 327 East Broadway (coffee & bubble tea!)

Cheap eats/late night eats on campus

For food, choices on campus are limited but there are countless restaurants around Mt. Pleasant – along Main Street, Broadway and in nearby Olympic Village! My personal favourites include Thai son (authentic Vietnamese NOT Thai) and Sushiyama on Broadway. There is also Loafe Espresso bar & Pizzeria on campus which serves up tasty, slightly pricier fare and great coffee. For late night, as mentioned before, there is always McDonald’s or food delivery using  any of the food delivery applications.

(Have a look at our Main Street Neighbourhood Guide for other nearby recommendations)

Photo: Thai Son

Must-go Emily Carr events

There are many events at Emily Carr and my favourites are usually organized by the Student Union. They are always open to suggestions and often implement them in their future events. It’s also a great time to meet new people outside your classes and in other majors!

Photo: Chris Su-Zhou | @Chris_sssu

Advice to your first-year self

Don’t doubt yourself – you are on the right path and just keep doing what you love. Stop procrastinating and go out there and just do it, no matter how big or small.  Everyone starts somewhere so keep going no matter what anyone says. Know what makes you happy, and everything will turn out fine.

Meet as many new people as you can and never just focus on one area because you never know how many other opportunities might pass you by because of tunnel vision.

You are young and have nothing to lose, so just go out there, don’t worry about failure – use that momentum to swing up to new heights.

Student: Christopher Su-Zhou
University: Emily Carr
Faculty: Industrial Design
Year: 3rd year
IG: @Chris_sssu

Thanks Chris!


Check out our other posts in our Student Scoop series:

Student Scoop – Unofficial Student Guide to UBC ft. Cody Lo

Student Scoop – Unofficial Student Guide to SFU ft. Cody & Jessica

And stay tuned for the last of our Student Scoop Series – the Langara University post!

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