Housing comparison  

Find your community on campus! Our 9 different residence communities across the Burnaby and Vancouver (grad housing only) campuses, offers a wide variety of room types, floor plans, learning communities, amenities, and atmospheres. Whether you’re an undergrad, graduate, or eligible for our Graduate and Family Housing, there’s something for every SFU and FIC student. Regardless of which residence community you live in, you will have an opportunity to make it your own.

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Eligibility Requirements

Eligibility Requirements Details

To move into residences or to be eligible to continue to the following term, you must meet all 3 conditions / requirements below. Note that these rules and requirements applies to ALL SFU and FIC students.

  1. You must be an SFU or FIC student
  2. You cannot have any overdue fees to SFU or FIC including tuition and residence fees
  3. You must meet one (1) of the following three (3) criteria. You are an
    • SFU Undergraduate student    
      • Maintain full-time enrollment registered in at least 9 credit hours or equivalent for Fall and Spring terms (see Summer Housing exceptions or part time enrolllment exceptions in the Residence Handbook) or
      • Be enrolled in a co-op work term or the Back on Track Program
    • FIC student
      • Maintain full time enrollment for each term that you are living in residence
    • SFU Graduate student
      • Registered in and active in a graduate degree program

Postdoctoral fellows looking for family housing may only be offered a student housing placement if they are internal postdoctoral fellows and based on availability. Please connect with the SFU Post Doctoral Association for additional information:

Housing Options

There are 3 types of Housing to choose from each with their own set of rules and requirements


  • Don’t wait until you're admitted to SFU before applying to housing. Demand is high so don’t miss out
  • You don't have to be admitted to SFU or FIC to submit an application. 
  • Offers are made once you are admitted. Spaces are limited so apply early

Priority Housing Access

Priority Housing Access Details

Some SFU students who apply to residence qualify for Priority Housing.

You must be eligible to receive an offer:

  • admitted to SFU
  • have no financial holds on your student account
  • have a completed application for housing

Who qualifies:

  1. Indigenous students: students admitted to SFU who are First Nations, (Status or Non-Status), Metis or Inuit
  2. Current or former BC Youth in Care
  3. SFU Undergraduate Scholars Entrance Scholarship Recipients (USES,UGGLA)
  4. SFU WUSC Student Refugee Program
  5. FALL INTAKE: Direct entry from highschool  to SFU who have both accepted their SFU offer and have applied for housing by May 1
  6. FALL INTAKE: Current residents (Fall/Spring) that are under 19 years of age by July 1 for the upcoming Fall term and have applied by February 1



SFU Residence and Housing aims to provide a safe and inclusive residence community for all students. As all our residence rooms are single occupancy – meaning you do not share your room with anyone else, almost all floors are mixed gender though you may apply for our limited single gender floors. Selecting single gender floors in your application will limit building options as these are only available in some buildings.

Living Learning Communities

Living Learning Communities Details

If you are accepted to one of our Living Learning Communities that are housed in an area together as part of the community program, you will be assigned to that community's building. If you have already accepted an offer for a different room or building type, your room placement will change to be able to participate in that community.


*All areas not identified as 'Single Gender' are gender inclusive.

Please note that all students are able to request to live on special community floors. However, it is based on availability and may not be guaranteed. You may get an offer for a different option if available. If you have any questions, please email