Isolating in Residence during COVID-19

If you are currently living in residences and are experiencing symptoms or have been in contact with someone with COVID-19

You will need to follow our health and safety guidelines that have been developed in consultation with the local public health authority should you need to isolate in residence:

  • Contact the Residence and Housing Front Desk directly at or 778-782-4201 or
    • The Front Desk will gather some information and if you are in a unit/area with a shared kitchen, bathroom etc., they will inform you of the next steps to temporarily relocate to an isolation space.
    • If you are relocating to a residence isolation space, meal delivery from the Dining Hall will be set up for you.
    • An email will be sent to you with details for your isolation space.
    • Access to the temporary isolation space will be added to your fob – no need to come into the front office.
    • NOTE: If you do need to move to a different unit for your isolation, there will be no additional cost and meal delivery from the Dining Hall will be provided at no cost regardless of whether you are on a meal plan.
  • A representative from the Residence and Housing Self-Isolation Support team will contact you to discuss support options.
  • For all other SFU related information for students please visit the Student Services Information for students: COVID-19 resources page

Isolation protocol

If you do not have a studio unit, you will be relocated to a room with a private or designated bathroom. You will need to wear a mask if you leave your room to use a designated bathroom.

The length of time in isolation will depend on the situation and might be only a few days if you receive a negative COVID-19 test result, or might be 14 days or more if instructed by Public Health to isolate due to exposure.

  • Studio units may arrange for grocery deliveries through the front desk if needed
  • Students who are relocated will have meals from the Dining Hall delivered to your door for breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Once you have been cleared by your medical professional you may return to your unit (if relocated)


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:


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:

  • Toiletries (shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste, etc.)
  • 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.)
  • Medication
  • Comfy blanket (linen and blankets are provided in the room – but if you are not feeling well, you may want your own comforter) – same goes for towels
  • What else do you need on your list for 14 days?

What will be provided in the isolation rooms:

  • Basic linen and towels (as well as linen and towel exchange)
  • Wifi
  • Garbage bags and garbage pick up
  • Small fridge
  • Tea kettle (most rooms)
  • A Keurig machine (most rooms) - you can order pods from Nesters for delivery

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.