Surrey: community

Simon Fraser University's Surrey campus, designed by B.C. architect Bing Thom, has won numerous awards due to its focus on creating inspiring learning spaces for students. The campus is close to transit, shops, restaurants and other amenities. Smaller than the Burnaby campus, the Surrey campus has a more intimate feel. It’s the kind of place where you’ll always be running into a familiar face or two.


Surrey central

The campus sits in the centre of Surrey – one of Canada’s fastest-growing cities. Sports and recreation amenities, a public library and lots of restaurants and shops are all within easy walking distance.

Getting there

With Surrey Central SkyTrain Station steps away, the campus couldn’t be easier to get to. Next to the station is a bus loop where multiple buses start or end their routes to almost anywhere in Metro Vancouver, including the Burnaby and Vancouver campuses. Although connecting between the Surrey and Burnaby campuses is only about 45 minutes by bus, many students plan their schedules ahead of time to include “Surrey days” or “Burnaby days.”

Discounted travel

SFU students qualify for a discounted U-Pass that gives discounted access to bus, SeaBus and SkyTrain services within Metro Vancouver. Learn more >

Support for studying

Fraser Library

The Fraser Library includes library loans, reserves and interlibrary loans services, as well as gaming and equipment services. The library serves the School of Interactive Arts and Technology, which means that as well as 28,500 books and 130 journals, there are 1,950 DVDs and videos, and 3,300 video games. Library assistants are available to help with research assistance, workshops, online guides and tutorials, and there are specialist librarians for each Surrey program, as well as media technicians to answer questions about technology and equipment. You can order books from other libraries through the inter-library loan system.
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Student Learning Commons (SLC)

SLC is there to help you throughout your time as a student at SFU. Their friendly teams provide you with everything you need to succeed academically. This includes improving your writing skills, helping with library services, and providing guidance, workshops and practical help on everything from doing better at exams and finding better study habits.
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Labs, facilities and equipment

  • Dedicated labs are open 24/7 in Burnaby and 8am-8pm weekdays in Surrey, with carded access
  • Learn software such as MATLAB and SolidWorks
  • Lots of electrical outlets available around the campus
  • Professors and TAs have set office hours with an open door policy
  • Multiple team rooms for collaboration on projects
  • Borrow media equipment including cameras and tripods
  • If you forget a mouse or laptop or need a headphone, any and all of the supplies you need are available to borrow

Support for living

Student Services

SFU’s Student Services offers a range of services. As well as academic advice, including helping you plan your academic program and succeed academically, you can get help with health issues or worries, information about financial aid, career advice, and other guidance. Learn more >


SFU offers places in a number of residences (view all residences), as well as advice for students already in residences through ResLife. ResLife’s team of professional and student staff work to ensure that residences are safe and inclusive for everyone.

International students

SFU is an incredibly diverse student community. Student Services offers a range of programs, events, workshops and general advice for international students to help ease your transition to a new country and make the most of your time at SFU.
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More campus highlights

Pub nights

Central City Brewery, right next door to the campus, is the venue for pub nights and faculty-themed events.

The Dale B. Regehr Grand Hall

This large, open space is the main meeting place for students, faculty, staff and visitors. There are lots of spaces to gather or work, as well as a 24/7 drop-in computer lab, SFU bookstore and Blenz Coffee shop.

Student activity lounge

As well as several student lounges for meeting friends, there’s a multi-purpose activity/games lounge that offers everything from ping-pong tables to dance lessons. SFU students also get a recreation pass for any community centre in Surrey, including the one just across the street form the campus.


The campus is a few minutes away from numerous restaurants in Central City mall. Show your SFU student card for discounts at many of the food court restaurants. There are also microwaves available for students to use in the campus.