- Contact Us
- See a Doctor
- See a Counsellor
- LiveChat Support
- Drop-in HCS Advising
- Wellness Wednesdays - Ask the Nurse
- Stress Management and Building Resilience
- Understanding and Coping with Anxiety and Depression
- Navigating Stress and Seeking Balance
- Meet, Greet, and Eat
- Creative Collective
- Dungeons & Worry Dragons
- Thriving with ADHD/ADD
- Living with Chronic Pain
- Mindfulness Meditation
- Dissertation & Thesis Support Group
- Tending to Anti-Asian Racism
- Mindful Medicine for Women of Colour
- Mental Health Monday: Stress Management Tips for Online Environments
- LGBTQ+ Radical Self-Care Groups
- Support Over Suicide & Students in Distress
- Nurturing Resilience
- Staying Well, Staying Committed
- Black Student Support and Healing Space
- Connected Globally and Adjusting Locally
- International Student Support Group
- Mental Wellness During COVID-19
- Progressive Muscle Relaxation Group
- Experience Disability
- Thrive Week: Well-Being During These Times
- COPE - Compassion Over Pain Endurance
- Cultivating Self Compassion
- Health Peers
- Hi-FIVE Movement
- Anxiety 101
- Download My SSP
- Mental Health Support
- International Student Support
- LGBTQ2+ Student Support
- Indigenous Student Support
- Black Student Support
- Make SPACE for Well-being
- Bouncing Forward Online Course
- 8 Ways to Build Resilience
- Apps & Recordings
- Wellness Wheel
- Drugs & Alcohol
- Faculty & Staff
- Articles & Stories
Explore specific options for:
SFU has a variety of support options available for you. See below for a comprehensive list of resources at SFU and in the community.
Booking an appointment with a doctor or a counsellor
Counsellors, doctors, nurses, and all of our other services providers are all still available for video or phone appointments. Please contact our clinic in advance to book an appointment or to connect with a service provider. In-person appointments are available when medically necessary.
Urgent appointments are available: if you need to speak with a professional due to a sudden loss, traumatic event, critical incident, or suicidal thoughts and feelings, please notify our front desk when you call.
For that 24/7 support: My SSP is a free service available to all SFU graduate and undergraduate students. Students have immediate access to confidential support and counselling in multiple languages. Accessible from anywhere in the world by phone or through the downloadable app. Learn more here.
- Call 1.844.451.9700. Outside of North America? call 001.416.380.6578
- Helpful support resources are also available through the app.
Students in Self-Isolation
If you are in self-isolation or need to self-isolate, connect with the SFU COVID Assistance and Remote Engagement Support (CARES) Program.
HCS resources to access in your own time
We also have several types of resources you can access in your own time. You can add these wellness tips and reminders to your weekly routine!
To receive these wellness reminders in your email, subscribe to our biweekly newsletter "Your Health Matters".
Health Peers are trained to host outreach events and share health information on topics such as:
- Sexual health
- Responsible partying
- Social connectedness
- Stress management
- Healthy eating
- Active living
- Healthy environments
- Positive body image
Make SPACE for Well-being
Maintaining your overall well-being is key to achieving success at SFU – whether you’re a student, staff, or faculty member. SPACE is an easy-to-remember acronym that outlines five evidence-based areas of positive mental health.
- Social connection
- Physical health
- Emotional health
Bouncing Forward is a free, non-credit Canvas course designed to help you build resilience and enhance your well-being.
8 Ways to Build Resilience
Apps & Recordings
This webpage lists a variety of audio recordings, video recordings, and apps you can access to de-stress, get your body moving, relieve anxiety, and more.
Wellness is an active, lifelong process of becoming aware of your choices and making decisions that will help you to live a more balanced and fulfilling life. The Wellness Wheel describes the 7 different interacting dimensions of wellness. You can take the Wellness Quiz to learn how well-balanced you are in the different dimensions of wellness.
Drugs & Alcohol
People use substances for a number of different reasons. Substances tap into the wiring system of the brain and influences the way nerve cells send, receive, and process information.
All substance use comes with an element of risk. It's important to consider the health effects drugs and alcohol have on your body so you can make informed decisions that will keep you thriving.
General Campus Resources
Here's a glimpse of on-campus support resources available to assist you throughout your journey as a student.
SFU administration resources
Academic Advisors within Student Services are trained and experienced in helping you to make important decisions about your academic journey at SFU. We can help you with planning your degree, understanding program requirements, and choosing a major. We are committed to providing a supportive atmosphere that heightens your educational, career, and professional development while helping you to understand options and access resources. We offer a variety of ways to connect with an academic advisor such as LiveHelp instant messaging, drop-in advising, and booked appointments.
Academic advising is available at Burnaby, Surrey and Vancouver campuses. This service is for you if you are:
- A newly admitted student;
- An undergraduate student with fewer than 60 units and undeclared;
- An undergraduate student who is experiencing academic difficulty; or
- An undergraduate student with fewer than 60 units, declared, and wanting to change your major.
If you have declared your major and/or accumulated over 60 units, you should contact your program/departmental advisor. Office hours for advising and information about faculty and program approval are available from your academic department.
Campus Public Safety (CPS)
Campus Public Safety (CPS) is mandated to provide public safety and resource protection services for the University community with a focus on security risk mitigation. In cooperation with other campus service units, CPS supports student success by facilitating responses and programs related to personal safety, emergency response, investigations, and risk assessments.
778.782.4500 (emergency – 24 hours)
Career & Volunteer Services
Career & Volunteer Services supports students with any work and career related questions.
We help students identify possibilities and work with them to develop strategies and become more intentional. We take a strength-based approach that helps build resilience, optimism, and agency, while recognizing the uncertainty and complexity of the world.
Support is available at all three campuses and is free to students for up to one year after graduation.
Monday to Friday
9:00am to 4:30pm
Centre for Accessible Learning
Simon Fraser University is responsible for ensuring that persons with verified disabilities have equitable access and opportunity to the programs, services, and facilities offered by the institution. The Centre for Accessible Learning (CAL)* is mandated with implementing many aspects of this responsibility, including the determination of a student’s entitlement to accommodations on the basis of their disability. Accommodations are intended to reasonably offset barriers resulting from the impact of the student’s disability in the academic environment while also not compromising the academic standards of the University.
The process of registering with the CAL takes time and so we encourage students to contact the office as soon as possible. The general steps include (1) completing an Application for Services form, (2) submitting current documentation; and, (3) attending an intake appointment with a Disability Access Advisor. Students may choose to first attend an information session to better understand the role and services of the Centre before deciding whether to proceed with registration.
To assist with timely registration, students are advised to fully review the documentation requirements.
The Centre appreciates that personal privacy is of utmost concern to students and we maintain a strict confidentiality policy, in accordance with the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act of BC.
Confidential Advising for International Services
International Student Advising and Programs provides various options for advising for those with confidential questions about immigration-related or other personal matters (International Student Advisors/Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultants). These include
- Phone Advising
- Email Advising
- Book and Appointment
- Drop-In Advising
Co-operative Education / Work Integrated Learning (WIL)
Work Integrated Learning (WIL) is responsible for helping students become engaged in their education and career planning through career building opportunities that allow students to "learn by doing".
WIL's flagship program is Co-operative Education (Co-op). Students can join Co-op to develop their job search skills (resume, cover letter, interview), gain a year of work experience in their field by alternating between paid work semesters and study semesters, and graduate with industry contacts and marketable skills.
Monday to Friday
9:00am to 4:30pm
Financial Aid & Awards Office
This Financial Aid and Awards office supports all SFU students (undergraduate and graduate, full-time and part-time, domestic and international).
We are responsible for the front-line advising and administration of all undergraduate entrance, athletic and in-courses scholarships and awards and needs-based funding (bursaries, government student loans (Canadian and US), emergency funding and work-study) for both graduate and undergraduate students.
We are also responsible for the processes associated for the annual undergraduate convocation medals. We are accountable to the policies and regulations not only at the institutional level pertaining to financial aid and awards, but to both provincial and national governments in Canada, the US Department of Education and the NCAA.
Please find hours of operation and location of in-person services at the various campuses here.
Global Student Center
The Global Student Center Lounge is a place to study, hang out with friends or simply take a break.
The GSC welcomes you to our warm and comfortable space, which includes:
- Tables and chairs for studying
- Comfortable couches for relaxing
- A 55" screen TV with cable and Blu-Ray player
- A kitchen area with a microwave, kettle, and sink.
Monday & Tuesday
9:30am to 6:00pm
Wednesday & Thursday
9:30am to 7:00pm
9:30am to 5:00pm
Graduate Student Leaves & Withdrawals
Graduate students can apply for a leave of absence before the term begins should they find it necessary to interrupt their studies.
Graduate Student Society Emergency Aid
The Emergency Grocery Card Program has been established by the GSS to provide limited assistance to graduate students in urgent financial need. It is not meant to replace the services offered by the university (including SFU’s bursary program for graduate students), food banks, or long-term remedies for graduate students’ financial needs.
Monday to Friday
9:00am to 4:00pm
Health & Counselling Services
Our team of medical professionals are here on all three campuses to support your health and well-being. Book a medical appointment or a counselling appointment with us today, or check out our workshops and programs that run throughout the year to support your success at SFU.
Monday to Friday
9:00am to 4:30pm
Human Rights Office
Indigenous Student Centre
The Indigenous Student Centre (ISC) is a welcoming gathering space that provides holistic student support and services to Indigenous students (First Nations, Metis & Inuit). The focus of ISC services and programming is to increase opportunities for Indigenous students to engage in cultural activities and to foster a sense of belonging and community at SFU.
The ISC provides access to:
- Safe study spaces with computers, printers and a photocopier
- Common kitchen space to store lunches, with access to snacks
- Space to smudge
Programming at the ISC includes:
- Culturally relevant workshops
- Academic workshops
- Health and wellness workshops
- Peer mentors
The Interfaith Centre seeks to be a service (over 116 weekly group meetings), support (one-one chaplain support) and provide space for students, staff & faculty of faith or those interested to practice, develop, question, integrate and mature in faith while attending SFU. While also, engaging the SFU community by, increasing the understanding of and respect for religious beliefs and practices across all three campuses.
Director & Head Chaplain: Victor Thomas
International Services for Students
International Services for Students (ISS) is a welcoming and professional one-stop support for international resources, agency and services for all students, including international and exchange students, refugee and new Canadian students, students planning learning abroad, as well as faculty and staff leading international and intercultural learning activities.
ISS offer supports for SFU students from international pathways including immigration advising and workshops; medical insurance information; orientation and transition services; intercultural events and programs; as well as peer to peer support through the Global Community Mentorship Program. For students seeking international learning opportunities, ISS operates SFU's study abroad programs (exchanges, field school, short-term summer programs).
The Ombudsperson at SFU is an independent, impartial and confidential resource for students. We provide information and guidance on students' rights and responsibilities, and University regulations, policies and procedures. The Ombudsperson does not advocate or represent students directly, but acts as a confidential and impartial resource to learn self-advocacy skills. The Ombudsperson is available to help students become their own advocates by providing them with information or advice about regulations, policies and procedures and strategies to use constructive ways to raise issues.
Residence & Housing
Current SFU student residents who need to speak to someone about any issues or concerns related to their room or the community they live in can contact either our Residence Life or Residence and Housing Team.
Students who have questions about living in residences at SFU and the different housing options that are offered on campus (not UniverCity), their SFU Residence and Housing application, how to pay their Residence and Housing or Meal Plan fees, the community, have general on-campus living questions, or who have friends and family who would like to visit can contact Residence and Housing either in person at our office, via email, or our online chat (subject to hours of operation).
Sexual Violence Support & Prevention Office
SFU’s Sexual Violence Support & Prevention office (SVSPO) is a welcoming space where you can share your experience without judgment or assumptions. The office works from a survivor-centered and trauma-informed approach that empowers survivors to choose what their support needs are. Regardless of when or where the incident occurred, you can receive assistance.
The SVSPO provides information, support, and assistance in accessing both on- and off-campus resources. Our office is located at the Burnaby campus, in the Diamond Alumni Center, lower level room 014—however, we can meet you at any SFU campus or an alternate location of your choice.
The SVSPO provides:
- Free and confidential support, information, and advice
- Referrals to on- and off-campus supports and resources as needed
- Personalized safety planning
- Information on confidentiality
- Information on reporting options available to you, and assistance with accessing these options
- Assistance in navigating court processes
- Transportation options to the hospital, police, or other emergency services
- Information packages for yourself or a friend who has experienced sexual violence
- Streamlined assistance with academic, workplace, or other accommodations at SFU
- Provides support and advice for those who have received a disclosure
Student Conduct Office
Student Learning Commons (SLC)
Visit the Student Learning Commons for expert and friendly help with academic writing, learning, and study strategies — in an environment of collaboration, discussion, and peer learning. You can find SLC services on all three campuses: Burnaby, Surrey & Vancouver.
Travel Safety - Safety and Risk Services
Travel Safety Registry, Emergency support through International SOS; Pre-trip safety and Security advice.
An SRS Staff member can be reached through ISOS 24/7 during international emergencies.
ISOS (24/7): +1-215-942-8478
Monday to Friday
8:45am to 4:15pm
Tuition Deadline Support
Student Accounts can provide support for students who are having difficulties meeting tuition deadlines.
Monday to Friday
9:00am to 4:30pm
Phone: 778.782.6930 (ext. 2242)
Withdrawals Under Extenuating Circumstances
Student-led support from the SFSS
Simon Fraser Student Society (SFSS)
The Simon Fraser Student Society (SFSS) exists to improve the academic conditions, social experience, financial conditions, and health and well-being of our undergraduate members. We provide assistance for campus events, advocate for issues that are important to our members, provide study and social spaces, oversee the undergraduate health and dental plan, and much more.
SFSS: for students, by students.
The Women's Centre
The SFU Women’s Centre is a safer space for women to build community on campus. Home to a resource area for folks of all genders and a 24/7 lounge for self-identified women, the Centre is an anti-oppressive space for celebration and healing on campus.
Come by for free safer sex supplies, peer support, and crisis referrals.
Monday to Friday
9:00am to 4:00pm
Location: TC 3014 (Rotunda)
Out On Campus
Out on Campus (OOC) is SFU’s LGBATQ2+ centre, brought to you by the SFSS with further support from the GSS. OOC provides a safer space on campus for people of all genders and sexualities. At the centre you’ll find a resource library, a free and diverse range of safer sex supplies, and a lounge space. Staff are trained to provide peer support and crisis referrals to folks of all genders.
Monday to Friday
9:00am to 4:00pm
Location: TC 314-N (Rotunda)
Health and Dental Health Coverage
The Plan provides coverage for many important services not covered by provincial health care. Take the time to get know these benefits in order to get the most out of your plan.
Dental Coverage: Your Plan covers 70% to 80% of your dental costs and by visiting a StudentCare Dental Network member, you will receive an additional 20% off dental services. This will enable you to have up to 100% of your dental costs covered by the Dental Plan.
Monday to Friday
9:00am to 5:00pm
Location: Student Health & Dental Plan Office MBC, Room 2240
Food Voucher Program
Apply for and redeem a $25 food certificate up to 3 times per semester. Intended for currently enrolled students in a state of need, this student-run service is funded primarily by donations and student fees.
The envelope will be ready within the week of request submission.
To apply: bit.ly/sfssfoodbankform
Questions? Contact the Student Centre
Location: MBC 2270
Free Legal Clinic
Have a dilemma for which you need legal counsel? Need papers notarized? Our clinic provides those services free for graduate or undergraduate students at SFU.
Appointments are typically 15 minutes each, every other Thursday. But if time permits, we’ll do our best to extend your appointment up to 30 minutes if needed.
To book: bit.ly/sfsslegalclinicform
Questions? Contact the Student Centre:
Location: MBC 2270
Life as a student can sometimes go beyond the three SFU campuses. Search off-campus resources available for you throughout the Lower Mainland.
Self-referral mental health services
Vancouver Access and Assessment Center
Vancouver Access and Assessment Center provides a range of mental health and substance use services for Vancouver residents ages 17 and over for non-urgent, urgent, and non-emergent intervention. They also provide support, crisis intervention, and psychiatric consults.
Burnaby Outpatient Program Central Intake
Referrals are accepted through central intake from family physicians, other health professionals as well as from individuals, family or significant others.
Adult Short-Term Assessment and Treatment
The Adult Short-Term Assessment and Treatment (ASTAT) program is a community mental health and substance use service that provides diagnostic assessment, short-term treatment and other support services to individuals 19 and older who are experiencing mental health and substance use concerns.
You can get a referral for the ASTAT program through your local Mental Health Centre.
Burnaby Alcohol & Drug Information & Referral
Addiction support workers provide 24 hour information and referral to counselling, detox, residential treatment centres, and self-help groups.
Burnaby Substance Use Services
Provides free confidential counselling for anyone who is concerned about their own or someone else’s alcohol and drug use. Outreach services for youth and older adults are also available.
SAFER (Suicide Attempt Follow-up, Education and Research)
S.A.F.E.R. is a free of charge, time-limited counselling service offered at Mental Health and Substance Use Outpatient Services. It is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Family Services of Greater Vancouver
Family Services of Greater Vancouver supports thousands of families and individuals across the Lower Mainland living in need, in crisis, or with trauma. Through various programs, services, workshops and groups, they help others build resiliency, develop skills, gain knowledge, and empowers people to make positive changes in their lives.
Vancouver & Lower Mainland Multicultural Family Support Services
We are a non-profit organization offering free and confidential services to immigrant visible minority and refugee women and their families who are experiencing family violence. We are located in Burnaby but we serve clients in the entire Lower Mainland.
Be There (BeThere.org)
A free mental health resource for anyone looking to learn how to better support someone who may be struggling with their mental health.
VictimLinkBC is a toll-free, confidential, multilingual telephone service available across B.C. and the Yukon 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. It provides information and referral services to all victims of crime, and immediate crisis support to victims of family and sexual violence, including victims of human trafficking exploited for labour or sexual services.
QMUNITY is a non-profit organization that works to improve queer, trans, and Two-Spirit lives through services, connection and leadership. By providing a safer space, LGBTQ/2S people and their allies can fully self-express while feeling welcome and included.
604.684.5307 ext. 100
Rainbow Refugee is a Vancouver based community group that supports people seeking refugee protection in Canada because of persecution based on sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression (SOGIE) or HIV status.
Services for women & children
Atira provides legal services, transitional & emergency housing, outreach, counselling.
Battered Women’s Support Services
This organization provides support and advocacy for women who have experienced abuse, as well as community education and training about violence against women. Their long-term goal is the elimination of all violence against women and girls.
Services for men
BC Society for Male Survivors of Sexual Abuse
They provide treatment and support services to male survivors of sexual abuse and support significant others and relatives of survivors.
MOSAIC Men in Change
The Men in Change program focuses on preventing the occurence or recurrence of domestic violence through supporting men to take responsibility for their actions and work toward changing their behaviour.
BC Men’s Resource Centre
This organization promotes the equality of men, women and children in society through education and the development of positive outcomes in times of family crisis.
Self-help & information
Health Link BC
Anxiety Canada is a non-profit organization/website that offers free self-help and evidence based resources and tools to help manage anxiety.
Antidepressent Skills Workbook (ASW)
The Antidepressant Skills Workbook (ASW) is a research based self-care manual that provides effective strategies for managing depression. Through a variety of exercises, it supports individuals in shifting their mindset and prevent depression from occuring.