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Student Arrival Support

Since COVID, there have been many challenges that affect students’ ability to travel and arrive in Canada. Although we have seen the easing of travel restrictions, we know that there may still be some concerns or questions about how best to prepare to arrive in Vancouver. We have created a guide below to help support you prepare for your arrival!

For all offical COVID-19 related updates at SFU including safety plan, safety measures, FAQs, list of campus services and more, visit our return to campus page.

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Pre-Arrival

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Register your arrival plan with the Canadian Government

Arriving in Canada

When you first arrive in Canada, you will want to have considered how you are getting to and from the airport, where are you staying and how to get your first meals. In consideration of this we have some information on transportation, accommodation options, and securing meals to help you plan for a smooth transition

Transportation

If you are arriving from the Vancouver Airport (YVR), please proceed to the International Arrivals Area, Level 2 to arrange and wait for your taxi, Uber, or Lyft.

  1. Uber or Lyft: You will need to download the Uber or Lyft app directly to your cell phone from the App Store or Google Play in order to use these ride share services. Instructions are available in the app. The app will connect you with nearby drivers who are able to drive you to your place of quarantine
  2. Taxi: See more info about booking a taxi from the Vancouver International Airport - https://www.yvr.ca/en/passengers/transportation/taxis
    - Flat-rate zone-based fare for trips originating from YVR airport to Vancouver: Fare Zone map

Accommodation

When you arrive you may need a place to stay. Whether that is for self-isolation, while you look for long term accommodation, or wait to move into residence or off campus housing. One option is to stay at a local hotel. SFU has worked with a few different hotels to give you a student rate to aid in your transition.

Accommodation options

Please note:
You will have to identify yourself as an SFU/FIC student and these hotels will require a credit card when booking and at the time of check-in. If you have any questions about your hotel stay, please contact the hotel directly.

Accent Inns (Yvr/ Richmond Location)

Nightly Rates: January 1, 2022- April 30, 2022
  • Standard:  $114.84
  • Junior Suite:  $126.44
  • Kitchenette:  $126.44
  • Suite with Kitchenette:  $138.04
 
Nightly Rates: May 1, 2022- September 30, 2022
  • Standard Room: $184.44
  • Junior Suites: $207.64
  • Kitchenette: $207.64
  • Suite with Kitchenettes: $219.24

If your room includes more than 2 people, please notify your hotel. Additional costs may apply.

Address: 
10551 St Edwards Dr, Richmond, BC V6X 3L8

Website:
https://www.accentinns.com/locations/vancouver-airport-hotel/

Cancellation policy:
Free Cancellation. Please let the hotel know if you are checking in after 10pm on day of arrival or booking may be voided. 

How to book:
Please call 1-800-663-0298 or email accent@accentinns.com.
Ensure you identify yourself as an SFU/FIC CARES student to ensure you receive the correct price. 

Accent Inns (Burnaby Location)

Nightly Rates: January 1, 2022- April 30, 2022
  • Standard:  $136.85
  • Junior Suite:  $159.85
  • Kitchenette:  $159.85
  • Suite with Kitchenette:  $182.85

Nightly Rates: May 1, 2022- September 30, 2022

  • Standard Room: $205.85
  • Junior Suites: $228.85
  • Kitchenette: $228.85
  • Suite with Kitchenettes: $251.85

If your room includes more than 2 people, please notify your hotel. Additional costs may apply.

Address: 
3777 Henning Dr, Burnaby, BC V5C 6N5

Website:
https://www.accentinns.com/locations/burnaby-hotel/

Cancellation policy:

  • Until April 30th, 2022:
    Free Cancellation. Please let the hotel know if you are checking in after 10pm on day of arrival or booking may be voided. 
  • May 1, 2022- September 30, 2022:
    No charge for cancellations by 4PM on the day prior to the arrival date. First night room & tax will be charged for any cancellations within 24 hours of arrival date. No Show Policy: first night room & tax will be charged for any no show reservations. Early Departure: early departure requests will be accepted with notification to the front desk by 11:00AM and checked out by 11:00AM on that day

How to book:
Please call 1-800-663-0298 or email accent@accentinns.com.
Ensure you identify yourself as an SFU/FIC CARES student to ensure you receive the correct price. 

Element Hotel (Burnaby Location)

Nightly Rates Until April 30, 2022:
  • Kitchenette Room + Free Breakfast: $159.85
    If your room includes more than 2 people, please notify your hotel. Additional costs may apply.

Nightly Rates May 1, 2022- September 30, 2022:

  • Element Hotel will provide 15% off their best available rate for SFU/FIC students who book through the reservation link below

Address: 
5988 Willingdon Ave, Burnaby, BC V5H 2A7

Website:
https://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/yvrel-element-vancouver-metrotown/

Cancellation policy:
Free Cancellation.

How to book:
Reservation link
Ensure you identify yourself as an SFU/FIC CARES student to ensure you receive the correct price. 

Executive Plaza Hotel Metro Vancouver (Coquitlam)

Nightly Rates: January 1, 2022- April 30, 2022
  • $135.60/night1 for 14 night stay
  • $158.20/night1 for 3 night stay     
  • $163.85/night1 for less than 3 nights stay

    1 Price based on single occupancy
     

Nightly Rates May 1, 2022- May 30, 2022:

  • $180.80/night (Single or Double Occupancy)

Nightly Rates June 1, 2022- August 31, 2022:

  • $197.75/night (Single or Double Occupancy)

Nightly Rates September 1, 2022- September 30, 2022:

  • $180.80/night (Single or Double Occupancy)
Address: 

4201 Lougheed Hwy., Burnaby, BC V5C 3Y6

Website:
http://www.executivehotels.net/coquitlam-hotel/

Cancellation policy:
Free cancellation until 10pm on day of check-in. Charges will incur for No-Show or cancellations done after 10pm

How to book: 
Email reservationsc@executivehotels.net  referencing the code 30869
Ensure you identify yourself as an SFU/FIC CARES student to ensure you receive the correct price. 

Executive Airport Plaza Hotel & Conference Centre Richmond

Nightly Rates: January 1, 2022- April 30, 202
  • Single/Double occupancy: $138.04/night based on single occupancy

Nightly Rates: May 1, 2022- September 30, 2022

  • 15% discount on the best-selling available rate for SFU/FIC students at Executive Hotel Vancouver

Address: 
7311 Westminster Hwy, Richmond, BC V6X 1A3

Website:
http://www.executivehotels.net/vancouver-airport-hotel/

Cancellation policy:
Free cancellation until 10pm on day of check-in. Charges will incur for No-Show or cancellations done after 10pm

How to book:
Email reservationsr@executivehotels.net or airport_admn@executivehotels.net
Ensure you identify yourself as an SFU/FIC CARES student to ensure you receive the correct price. 

Executive Suites Hotel And Conference Centre Metro Vancouver (Burnaby Location)

Nightly Rates:
  • Deluxe Queen Suite:
    • $138.00/night1 for minimum 3 nights stay
    • $166.75/night1 for less than 3 nights stay

      1 Price based on single occupancy
Nightly Rates May 1, 2022- September 30, 2022:
  • Run of the House room:
  • $178.25/night (Single or Double Occupancy)

Address: 
4201 Lougheed Hwy., Burnaby, BC V5C 3Y6

Website:
http://www.executivehotels.net/burnaby-hotel/

Cancellation policy:
Free cancellation until 10pm on day of check-in. Charges will incur for No-Show or cancellations done after 10pm

How to book:
Email reservationsb@executivehotels.net referencing code: 30356
Ensure you identify yourself as an SFU/FIC CARES student to ensure you receive the correct price. 

EXCHANGE HOTEL VANCOUVER DOWNTOWN

Nightly Rates May 1, 2022- September 30, 2022:

  • 15% discount on the best-selling available rate for SFU/FIC students at Executive Hotel Vancouver

Address:
475 Howe St, Vancouver, BC V6C 2B3

Website:
https://exchangehotelvan.com/

Cancellation policy:
Free cancellation until 10pm on day of check-in. Charges will incur for No-Show or cancellations done after 10pm

How to book:
Email reservationsr@executivehotels.net Ensure you identify yourself as an SFU/FIC CARES student to ensure you receive the correct price.

 

EXECUTIVE VINTAGE PARK

Nightly Rates May 1, 2022- September 30, 2022:

  • 15% discount on the best-selling available rate for SFU/FIC students at Executive Hotel Vancouver

Address:
1379 Howe Street Vancouver, BC V6Z 2R5

Website:
https://vancouverdowntownhotel.net/

Cancellation policy:
Free cancellation until 10pm on day of check-in. Charges will incur for No-Show or cancellations done after 10pm

How to book:
Email reservationsr@executivehotels.net Ensure you identify yourself as an SFU/FIC CARES student to ensure you receive the correct price.

EXECUTIVE HOTEL LE SOLEIL VANCOUVER

Nightly Rates May 1, 2022- September 30, 2022:

  • 15% discount on the best-selling available rate for SFU/FIC students at Executive Hotel Vancouver

Address:
567 Hornby Street, Vancouver BC Canada V6C 2E8

Website:
https://www.hotellesoleil.com/vancouver/home/

Cancellation policy:
Free cancellation until 10pm on day of check-in. Charges will incur for No-Show or cancellations done after 10pm

How to book:
Email reservationsr@executivehotels.net Ensure you identify yourself as an SFU/FIC CARES student to ensure you receive the correct price.

Securing Meals

In preparation of your arrival and/or self-isolation you will need to consider how you will receive food/meals. We suggest you review some of the options for food delivery services in the Greater Vancouver area. 

Meal options

Please note: SFU is not affiliated with or responsible for any of the listed services.

You can order groceries, meals, and meal kits online and certain companies will deliver to your door, such as:

Online Grocery Orders

Meal Kit Delivery

Ready-to-cook meal kits. You will need a kitchen to prepare the meal kit.

Food Delivery Service