General information during COVID-19

Residence and Housing continues to remain open to support the academic success of students who need to live on campus as we recognize the importance of continuing to house a safe community

Keeping our community safe during COVID-19

Masks are required within all indoor public areas in residences including residence halls, the Residence and Housing Front Desk area and the Dining Commons. This includes, elevators, hallways, washrooms, stairwells, study areas and other high traffic common areas where physical distancing isn’t possible.

For your protection, non-medical masks that cover your mouth and nose are recommended. Even with limited numbers of people on campus, common areas can be congested, making it difficult to consistently maintain a safe physical distance. Non-medical masks are proven to protect others from the spread of the virus. Remember that everyone has different comfort levels. Please be mindful of your fellow residents and community members during this time.

SFU Residence and Housing special COVID-19 steps

During these unprecedented times, the health and safety of our residents and staff remains our top priority. As such, we have shifted the services and supports we provide to meet the guidelines put forward by the Provincial Health Authority (PHO) and Simon Fraser University while also working to support our residence community.

  • We will continue to develop and implement different ways of offering services, programming, and support to residence students
  • Residence Life staff are all working together to adapt and offer on-line programming, orientation and resources. We are not offering in person events or programs at this time

SFU student resident vaccination status required 

As per the Post-Secondary Institution Housing COVID-19 Preventative Measures Order issued by the Provincial Health Officer, vaccinated residents living in traditional style (non-apartment) campus housing are required to verify your vaccination status. At this time, this Order applies to residents living in McTaggart-Cowan Hall, North Towers (Shadbolt, Barbara Rae, Pauline Jewett), and East / West Towers.

Here’s how you report your completed vaccination status

What information is Residence and Housing recording?

As per the Order (see collection notice below), your vaccination status information will be recorded as either vaccinated or unvaccinated. Below is a description of each:

  • Vaccinated: means you have received, at least seven days previously, all recommended doses of a vaccine, or a combination of vaccines, that is approved by the World Health Organization for use against the infectious agent SARS-CoV-2, also known as COVID-19
  • Unvaccinated: means that a person does not meet the definition of “vaccinated” (listed above)

Anyone who doesn’t report their vaccination status to the Residence and Housing Front Desk will be considered unvaccinated.

What can I use to verify my Vaccinated status?

BC Residents

  1. BC Vaccine Card or other immunization records
  2. Photo ID (e.g. SFU ID card, license, passport, etc.)

Residents from out of Province

  1. You can use your provincial/territorial proof of vaccination
  2. Photo ID (e.g. SFU ID card, license, passport, etc.)

International Residents

  1. Proof of vaccination used to enter Canada
  2. Photo ID (e.g. SFU ID card, license, passport, etc.)

I’m Unvaccinated (partially vaccinated or have received no doses), what do I do?

  1. Get Vaccinated if you are able to:  Getting vaccinated is the most important thing we can do to keep ourselves and our community safe.
  2. Once vaccinated, report your vaccination status to Residence and Housing Front Desk

What does it mean to be vaccinated as defined in this Order?

An individual who is “vaccinated” means to have received, at least seven days previously, all recommended doses of a vaccine, or a combination of vaccines, that is approved by the World Health Organization for use against the infectious agent SARS-CoV-2.

International students who may have received a different WHO-approved vaccine, can look for further information from the BC Centre for Disease Control.

If you have questions about the Post-Secondary Institution Housing COVID-19 Preventative Measures Order, please contact us via

Date, Location and Times

Schedule and Location


SFU Residence and Housing protocols

Residence and Housing buildings

Cleaning of all shared/public spaces continues to be one of Residence and Housing’s top priorities, with the use of appropriate products to disinfect surfaces and kill viruses. There has been increased focus on high-touch surfaces such as door handles. In addition, electrostatic sanitizing sprayers are utilized in shared washrooms.

  • All staff entering Residence buildings are supplied with appropriate personal safety equipment (gloves, masks and sanitizing wipes)
  • Working with Campus Public Safety and our partners in Student Affairs in support of the residence community
  • Enhanced cleaning of the residence halls in high touch areas (e.g. shared bathrooms and kitchens, elevators, building and stairwell door handles, etc.)
  • Working with SFU Campus Facilities and our cleaning services contractor to utilize electrostatic spray machine technology to sanitize common washrooms
  • Providing supports and resources to support students who need to self-isolate / quarantine
  • Only urgent and necessary maintenance activities are still being undertaken

Front desk

  • Plexiglass installed in Front Office
  • On-going physical distancing between staff and students who come to the main office and limiting the number of people in areas
  • Online chat function during limited periods. Visit the Contact Us page for more details
  • Computer station for student use is not available at this time
  • Transition to paperless processes. We are not accepting any paper form submissions (everything is digital) handed in and ID checking is done from a distance using social distancing protocols

Residence and Housing offices

  • Payment processing terminals are sanitized before and after each use
  • Sanitizing wipes, disinfecting liquid, gloves, masks and visors are available for staff to use at the Front Desk
  • No contact service to ensure minimal possibility of virus transfer

Guest Accommodations

Due to COVID-19, effective immediately, Guest Accommodations will be closed until further notice. This includes the Simon Hotel, Townhouse Units, and Private Residence Rooms.

Unfortunately, we are unable to accept any reservation requests during this period. If you have a request for future dates, please note there may be a delay in response due to the current COVID-19 outbreak.

SFU supports and information

Fraser International College (FIC)

SFU campus support system during COVID-19  

For all other SFU related information for students please visit the Student Services Information for students: COVID-19 resources page

Fraser International College (FIC) Students

For Isolation and COVID-19 information for FIC students please visit the FIC COVID-19 Updates and FAQ's page.