Please use this section to get settled, find support and take advantage of university services.
Find off-campus housing
Start your search
Before you rent, we recommend reviewing the Renting It Right free online course from the Tenant Resource & Advisory Centre (TRAC) and Justice Education Society.
You can begin your search for off-campus housing by checking out the following website, which is affiliated with SFU Residences:
SFU does not pre-screen ads for off-campus housing, so it is your responsibility to check out the listings from any advertisement or website carefully.
- Note that there are rental scams — here's a description of how some of them work — http://vancouvercondo.info/2008/03/beware-the-craigslist-rental-scam.html
- Consumer Protection BC: Avoiding rental property scams
- Vancouver Police: Rental Scams
- Huffington Post: How do rental scams work?
- Craigslist: Avoiding Scams
Connect with other graduate students
You can connect with other graduate students to find roommates to share costs, or get advice from current grad students who have been through this experience.
Transit and getting around
U-Pass BC is part of your student fees and provides unlimited, all zone access to public transit in Metro Vancouver including TransLink Bus, SkyTrain, and SeaBus services and a discount on West Coast Express Train fares.
Plan your commute
To help you plan your commute from off-campus housing, see the system maps for public transit: https://www.translink.ca/Schedules-and-Maps.aspx
Finally, here's a google map of Metro Vancouver, with a driving route connecting the 3 campuses — http://at.sfu.ca/OBaiAj — you can plug in addresses for housing you're looking at to see how long the commute would be.