Burnaby: On top of the world
As well as the modern facilities and amenities, many students comment on the great atmosphere of the Burnaby campus. There are lots of places to socialize, hang out and share a meal, as well as plenty of nooks to hide out in for some quiet study time. Outside, there is just as much variety – from secret rooftops with amazing views to shady trees and open green spaces.
SFU’s Burnaby campus on Burnaby Mountain is east of the City of Vancouver, with views of the Pacific ocean beyond. Surrounded by hiking and biking trails, the Burnaby campus includes more than 60 academic buildings and UniverCity - a sustainable residential community that helps make the campus a great place to live as well as study.
Getting there is easy. Four major bus routes (#135, #143, #144 and #145), plus the #N35 night bus, connect to SkyTrain stations, downtown and different parts of Metro Vancouver, and it’s easy to schedule classes around transit if needed. 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” to minimize travel time (although some students find the bus a good opportunity to nap, study or relax). Many students cycle to campus, and if you don’t fancy the climb up the mountain you can always put your bike on the bus.
SFU students qualify for the U-Pass that gives discounted access to bus, SeaBus and SkyTrain services within Metro Vancouver.
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Support for studying
W.A.C. Bennett Library
With seven floors, Burnaby’s recently renovated library is the largest of the three campus libraries. It’s a learning hub, providing study spaces, help with writing and other learning skills through the Student Learning Commons, research assistance, equipment loans, and technical support.
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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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Support for living
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 , a team of professional and student staff who work to ensure that residences are safe and inclusive for everyone.
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
The Highland Pub is the location for regular pub nights on Wednesdays and Fridays, when you can enjoy cheap wings, unwind and socialize with other students. There are numerous TV screens and faculties often hold their own themed pub nights.
Hiking and biking
As you’d expect from a mountaintop campus surrounded by parks and forests, Burnaby offers lots of recreation opportunities, especially along the many hiking and mountain biking trails that wind up, down and across Burnaby Mountain.
The campus boasts a 24/7 dining hall, including an eat-all-you-can buffet menu. There are also several cafes and Tim Hortons, Starbucks and Triple O’s locations. Food trucks also make their way up the mountain on selected days, offering everything from Canada’s unique poutine dish (fries and gravy) to Thai, Chinese, Greek and other options. Learn more. There are also microwaves available for students to use in the campus.