Our story

History

Situated in the heart of Surrey’s city centre, Simon Fraser University’s Surrey campus is a major contributor to the social and economic growth and development in the region.

Located within Central City’s mall complex, the campus opened in 2002 and celebrated its grand opening of its first building on September 9, 2006. The campus opened in 2002 in Central City Mall and celebrated its grand opening in its current space on September 9, 2006. The Bing Thom award-winning design uniquely places the campus overtop of the mall. From the very beginning, the boundaries between the campus and the communities we work with have always been porous.

 A new building located across from the current campus in Surrey’s downtown core will add over 220,700 square feet of new teaching and lab space and a new program in Sustainable Energy Engineering in the fall of 2019.

SFU faculty and students are also embedded in the community—as researchers and innovators—in SFU laboratory spaces at Surrey Memorial Hospital and at nearby PowerTech Labs. SFU engages in the community through programming offered by the SFU TD-Community Engagement Centre at the Surrey City Centre Library and Coast Capital Savings Venture Connection at Central City’s mall complex.

The campus offers more than 30 undergraduate and graduate degree programs serving over 8,000 students (over 3,000 FTEs). Its Schools of Mechatronic Systems Engineering (MSE) and Interactive Arts and Technology (IAT), continue to thrive with highly skilled graduates finding career success in their respective industries. The Surrey campus also boasts significant enrolment in the Faculty of Education, Beedie School of Business and Lifelong Learning programs and courses.

For more than a decade, SFU President’s Surrey Advisory Committee, whose members include the City of Surrey, Fraserhealth, Surrey Schools, the Downtown Surrey Business Improvement Association, the Surrey Board of Trade and other community stakeholders, advise, guide and support the university’s academic, research and community engagement initiatives in the region.

Where we sit now

In 2011 the campus unveiled Podium 2, a $10 million, 54,000 square foot renovated space that is home to first- and second-year science labs and other teaching and research space, and a basement lab for Mechatronic Systems Engineering.

The SFU Surrey TD Community Engagement Centre (CEC), launched in 2013, fosters engagement between SFU and the ethnically diverse and growing South Fraser community. The centre offers programs in partnership with community groups to residents from a range of cultural backgrounds and a variety of ages.

In 2016, the federal and provincial governments announced $90 million in funding towards a $126 million building for the SFU Surrey campus, across from its main building. Opening in 2019, the building will house the new Sustainable Energy Engineering program, teaching and research labs, and state-of-the art theatres and activity space that will be shared with the community. SFU’s expansion will also help meet the increasing demand for accessible post-secondary education south of the Fraser.

Both buildings are LEED certified for sustainability, and both the original campus space and the new building have won industry accolades for their design.

In partnership with business, government and community partners, SFU’s cutting-edge research in health, sustainable energy and creative economy innovations, and student-oriented entrepreneurial programming, continues to expand and fulfill the strategic vision at SFU Surrey.   

Campus expansion

A social and economic driver for Surrey, Simon Fraser University is expanding its presence in the city’s downtown core with a new building that will house a new Sustainable Energy Engineering program, launching in Fall 2019.

The expansion provides much needs space for the campus and will add to the City’s growing downtown core. New facilities and new spaces for students, including 440 full-time equivalents (FTEs) will help the university to address growing workforce needs for graduates in key fields such as clean technology. The program’s goal is to equip graduates with the skills they need to help make B.C. a leader in the clean technology field.

SFU’s Surrey expansion aims to make students career ready with skills in critical growth sectors, with future expansion phases targeting health and creative technologies. SFU’s expansion will also help meet the increasing demand for accessible post-secondary education south of the Fraser.

Learn more about Surrey campus expansion