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Living on campus your first year

June 22, 2024

By: Residence and Housing

Image by: Amelia Hunt

Living in residence during your first year of university is an important experience that can greatly benefit your overall university experience. We have listed our top 5 reasons why you should live in residence your first year at SFU.

Reason #1: Independence

Living in residence allows you to gain independence and learn how to live on your own. You will have to learn how to manage your time, budget, and responsibilities, which will prepare you for the real world.

Reason #2: Socialization  

Residence is a great way to meet new people and make friends. You will be living with students from different backgrounds and cultures, which will expose you to different perspectives and ways of life. This can also help you develop important social skills that will be beneficial in your academic and professional life.

Reason #3: Academic Success  

Studies have shown that students who live in residence tend to have higher GPAs and are more likely to graduate. The reason for this is that living in residence provides an environment that supports academic success, with resources such as study rooms, quiet hours and a community focus.

Reason #4: Campus Life 

Living in residence allows you to fully immerse yourself in campus life. You will be close to classes, libraries, and other campus facilities, which will make your university experience more convenient and enjoyable.

Reason #5: Support System 

Living in residence provides a support system for students. Residence staff are available to help with any issues that may arise, and there are also programs and events designed to support students' academic and personal development.

Overall, living in residence during your first year of university is an important experience that can greatly benefit your overall university experience. It provides a foundation for independence, socialization, academic success, campus life and a support system that will help you to have a successful university experience.