Well-being through physical spaces

Well-designed spaces have the ability to positively impact mood, social connectedness, and learning. We work with a variety of partners to enhance the physical spaces on campus to support well-being.

Learn how to enhance well-being through the design of new or existing physical spaces:

For more background on this award-winning initiative, please read: 

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Enhance well-being at your desk or departmental space by connecting with the Health Promotion team.

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The Global Student Centre (GSC) is an example of a well-designed space that supports student well-being by fostering inclusivity, social connectedness, and community at SFU.

Examples of Spaces Developed for Well-being:

“It’s brighter, cleaner and makes me feel happier and better able to study effectively”

- SFU Student

“Spaces like these encourage me to spend more time at school and socialize here”

– SFU Student

The following spaces have been developed at SFU with well-being in mind:

  • Student Union Building (SUB)
  • Public lounges in the Academic Quadrangle, Applied Sciences Building, Blusson Hall, Maggie Benston Centre, Saywell Hall Atrium, Shrum K. building and South Science Building
  • The Learning Hub (EDB 8620)
  • Faculty of Health Sciences Student Lounge
  • Dining Hall and Residence and Housing Expansion
  • Lounge spaces and the Wellness Studio at SFU Vancouver
  • SFU Burnaby 2065 Campus Master Plan 

Learning Environments

Health and well-being are essential elements for effective learning. In partnership with the Teaching and Learning Centre, we work with instructional staff to create conditions for well-being within learning environments.

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Policy & Settings

Academic departments and faculties strongly influence students’ experiences at university and provide a core setting for enhancing student well-being.

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Graduate students have unique academic, research, and life experiences as well as various roles and demands at SFU. Cultivating capacity for resilience and skill building is important to manage commitments and adversity.  

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