The Simon Hotel at SFU Burnaby

Find temporary accommodation

Many graduate students and postdoctoral fellows choose to arrive on campus before the semester begins to get settled and enjoy all summer in Vancouver has to offer. There are a number of accommodation options for students who choose to arrive before their move-in day:


The Simon Hotel
Located right on the Burnaby campus, The Simon has 14 rooms available for booking for $100/night. This is a great option for students to become acquainted with SFU Burnaby before the semester begins. Click here for more information.

The Executive Plaza Hotel
Located in Coquitlam, this recently renovated hotel can be accessed easily by transit and is situated between the Surrey and Burnaby campuses. For students staying seven nights or more, a special SFU group rate of $110/night for a single bedroom, or $120/night for a deluxe room applies. To reserve call 1-800-433-3932 or email and ask for the Simon Fraser University rate at time of booking.  Click here for more information.

YWCA Hotel Vancouver
Located in the heart of downtown Vancouver, this inexpensive hostel-style hotel is reasonably priced at about a third of other hotels in the area. Click here for more information. (You might also be able to find other incoming graduate students to share a larger room via the new grad students facebook group.)

There are many reputable hotels located near all three SFU campuses at varying price points. Search hotels and check customer reviews at websites such as TripAdvisor and

Residence rooms

For students arriving very early, or just visiting the campus for the summer, SFU Residence rents out private rooms in Jack & Doris Shadbolt House and Pauline Jewett House from mid-May to mid-August for $40/night, or 4-person townhouses for $149/night. Visit the SFU Residence page for more information.

Hostels and budget options

There are many more affordable options available, particularly in the downtown Vancouver area. Many hostels offer the option to share a room for a reduced rate, which creates greater safety concerns. Always read reviews from others who have stayed there and keep an eye on your possessions. Some options include:

  • Hostels, bed and breakfasts, and budget inns: is a great tool to find rooms. 
  • tripadvisor provides listings for vacation rentals from $24/night in Burnaby and includes price protection. See tripadvisor.
  • Airbnb is a popular tool for homeowners to rent out rooms on a temporary basis, but some renters have encountered safety concerns. If you do decide to go with this option there are many rooms available around all three campuses for varying prices. See Airbnb.
  • also offers temporary accommodations in private homes. See Flipkey's Burnaby listings.
These accommodations are not endorsed by or affiliated with Simon Fraser University. The information is listed as a resource for students looking for temporary accommodation. Simon Fraser University assumes no liability for any disputes arising from services advertised here.