Isolating in Residence during COVID-19


If you are feeling sick, please take the following steps to keep yourself and the community safe:

  • Stay home. Self-isolate in your residence room
    • Avoid being around others and wear a non-medical mask such as a properly fitting three-layer mask that covers your mouth and nose. 
  • Use the Use the B.C. COVID-19 Self-Assessment Tool to see if you need to be tested for COVID-19
  • Inform Residence and Housing that you need to isolate by contacting our front desk (open 24/7)
  • Precautions are recommended for anyone with cold-, flu- or COVID-19-like symptoms, even mild ones
  • Complete the Health and Safety information tab on your housing portal MyPlace@SFU
  • Contact 811 Health Link BC to arrange for testing and further advice


Need to be tested for COVID-19? Learn more about the process. Testing is available at the locations indicated on the British Columbia COVID-19 Collection Centres webpage

If you are directed to self-isolate please follow the steps outlined below.

Isolation Guidelines

You will need to follow our health and safety guidelines that have been developed in consultation with the local public health authority for self-isolation.

Self-isolation means separating yourself from others including staying at home. These include:

  • Isolate in residence room
  • Isolate in temporary residence space 

Isolate in your residence room

For Any of the following reasons

  • If you have mild symptoms and 811 / Public Health Office has not informed you to self-isolate
  • If you need to / have been asked to self-monitor due to possible exposure to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 
  • If you have mild symptoms and 811 / Public Health Office has not informed you to self-isolate
  • If you need to / have been asked to self-monitor due to possible exposure to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 
  • If 811/Public Health Office has informed for you to self-isolate, or you test positive for COVID-19 AND live in
    • Hamilton Hall
    • Charles Chang
    • Townhouses


  • Wear a mask at all times outside of your room – even in townhouse or 2 bedrooms units
  • Stay home – separate yourself from others and do not go to classes, work, etc.
  • Avoid contact with others as much as possible (do not stay in lounges, kitchens, or other shared areas) 
  • Stay 6 feet away from others as much as possible
  • No guests or visitors 
  • Notify Residence and Housing Front Desk at or 778-782-4201 or

Once you have been cleared by your medical professional: Update our Health and Safety tab on your MyPace@SFU Housing Portal and notify the Front Desk.

Isolate in a temporary space

For Any of the following reasons

  • You are notified to self-isolate or are waiting for Covid-19 test results / test positive for Covid-19 AND live in:
    • East/West Towers
    • McTaggart-Cowan Hall / Shell House
    • North Towers (SBH Shadbolt; PJH Pauline Jewett; BRH - Barbara Rae)


  • Contact the Residence and Housing Front Desk directly at or 778-782-4201 or immediately
    • They will instruct you on next steps to access your isolation space
  • Pack essential items for up to two week isolation (consider what you need for classes)
  • You will need to wear a mask when you leave your room to use a designated bathroom
  • Meal delivery from the Dining Hall will be set up and delivered to your door – regardless if you are on a meal plan
  • An email will be sent to you with details for your isolation space 
  • Information is also in the room to help you navigate the services 
  • No guests or visitors are permitted
  • A representative from the Residence and Housing Self-Isolation Support team will contact you to discuss support options

Once you have been cleared by your medical professional: Notify the Front Desk and return to your unit


If you need to relocate to a temporary isolation space, you will have to remain in isolation according to the Public Health guidelines or instructions, which could be 14 days. Consider creating a list of YOU would need for 14 days so that at the moment you know what you need.

If you forget something or need to have some medication or groceries/supplies delivered, we can work together to have items delivered to our front desk and can be brought to your isolation room with the next meal delivery.

What you should consider on your pack list

  • Fever reducing medications such as acetaminophen (ie: Tylenol), or ibuprofen (such as Advil)
  • A thermometer for monitoring your temperature
  • Fluids 
  • Easy to prepare foods and healthy snacks
  • Disinfecting products for cleaning
  • Toiletries (shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste, etc.) and towels
  • Comfy clothes – for 14 days in a room (you will not be able to leave to do laundry)
  • What do you need for your classes?
  • Charging cords (phones, laptop, etc.)
  • Comfy blanket (linen and blankets are provided in the room – but if you are not feeling well, you may want your own comforter)

What will be provided in the isolation rooms:

  • Basic linen
  • Wifi
  • Garbage bags and garbage pick up
  • Small fridge

Information is provided by email when you move into a temporary isolation room as well as in the room to help you navigate the services and full list of amenities.

Self-Isolation Activities

Self-Isolating can be lonely and difficult. Thankfully we've come up with some acivities to keep you busy! Download the activities below: