Isolating in Residence during COVID-19

If you need to self-isolate (i.e.: you are showing symptoms or have tested positive for COVID-19) you can now self-isolate and remain in your residence room for the length of your isolation period. See below for details and guidelines including contact information.


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 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 the Residence and Housing front desk (open 24/7) at  778-782-4201 or
  • 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
    • Ensure you select your meal option if on a meal plan: vegetarian or meat - see details below
    • Meals will be delivered once a day between 3 and 5 pm: dinner, breakfast and lunch. NOTE: The Dining Hall and Meal deliveries will be closed during interim breaks (ie: Spring to Summer and Summer to Fall). During this time, you will be required to plan your own meal delivery/pick up.
  • Contact 811 Health Link BC to arrange for testing and further advice
  • Review isolation guidelines below


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.

Isolate in your residence room

For Any of the following reasons

  • If you have symptoms or
  • If 811/Public Health Office has informed for you to self-isolate, or you test positive for COVID-19
  • If there is a unique circumstance that would suggest isolating in place is a concern, contact the front desk and request support from our residence life team at  778-782-4201 or

Review the BC CDC information of self monitor versus self-isolation:


  • Isolate for 5 days from the beginning of symptoms if you are full vaccinated
    • Isolation is considered complete at the end of the 5 day period, AND until your symptoms improve and you no longer have a fever
  • If you are not vaccinated, you must isolate for 10 days from symptom onset
  • Wear a mask at all times outside of your room
  • 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) and avoid leaving your room unless necessary, for example: heating up food or cooking; picking up a delivery from your front door, getting outside for a walk. 
  • 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.


Students who are self-isolating can prepare/heat up your meals in the shared kitchen or common area on your floor. NOTE: To limit your time to only be for cooking and heating up. Meals can be heated up in common area microwaves  as needed. NOTE: The Dining Hall and Meal deliveries will be closed during interim breaks (ie: Spring to Summer and Summer to Fall). During this time, you will be required to plan your own meal delivery/pick up.

Students on a meal plan and isolating-in-place

Students on a meal plan will be required to pick up their meals from the Dining Hall. Meals will not be delivered to you. Below are the detailed steps

  • Go to your housing portal: MyPace@SFU
    • Ensure you select your meal plan option if on a meal plan: vegetarian or meat
  • You will receive one meal package per day
  • You will pick up your meals from the Dining Hall once per day between 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm which includes:
    • hot dinner and breakfast/lunch the next day
  • Prior to picking up your meal from the Dining Hall, you must call Dining from outside the front entrance area at (778) 782-7083
  • A Dining Services staff member will bring your meal package to you outside and set it on a small table
  • If you are unable to pick up your meals and would like a friend to pick up for you, this is an option but you must inform the Dining Hall staff prior to picking up your meals
  • Meals can be heated up in microwave lounges /kitchens
  • Meals will be selected from the Dining Hall menu rotation posted on the SFU Dining Services website
  • Option for friend pick-up: if you would like to designate a friend to pick up your meals, please email with your full name and student number as well as your friend's full name and student number. 

Students not on a meal plan

  • Option to go on meal plan delivery for time in isolation (charged to student account) by contacting the front desk
  • Residents not on a meal plan can arrange to have groceries or food delivery to their building (mask up to receive items) or can work with desk to add to delivery process or choose meal delivery at their cost
  • You can search for food options including the UniverCity website to see what food options are available


If you need to isolate you should have a few things on hand.  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

Self-Isolation Activities

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

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.