Virtual Orientation

Please use this section to get settled, find support and take advantage of university services. 

Pre-Arrival Checklist

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. 

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

Transit Map

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.

Tenancy Laws and Guides

Do familiarize yourself with the BC Residential Tenancy Act before signing a lease. Legal Services Society of BC offers a survival guide for tenants.