Family Housing

Move In is the 1st of Every Month

Everyone’s excited to get to campus, many are feeling all the emotions that surface when arriving, and it’s the first day of your new adventure as an SFU resident for you and your family. Make sure to read the information provided below carefully to ensure your move in goes smoothly. We are thrilled that you will be joining our SFU Residence and Housing community.

When do I move in?

Move In occurs on the first of every month

Burnaby Residence

There is limited area to unload moving vans. Please set up a two hour appointoment for move in by emailing

You can pick up keys after noon on your move in day.

Where do I check in?

Burnaby Residents:

The Residence and Housing office is located on the Burnaby campus, below the dining hall. The friendly staff is a great resource of information. Come by if you have a question or just want to say hello. NOTE: the office that you need to check in is not located near the Family Housing building in UniverCity. The main office is located on the west side of campus. You will need to check in at the main office first before heading to your new community residences.

Check In: Residence Main Office
Parking: West Mall Visitors Parkade

What if I miss the check-in deadline?

If you don't move in by the end of the first day of the SFU term, we will assume you are not arriving and your room will be offered to the next person on the wait list. Your room will be cancelled and all cancellation fees will apply.  If you wish to arrive after move in day, please email to arrange your late arrival.

Read your residence contract and handbook

You’ve signed your contract, but have you read it? What about your Residence and Housing handbook? It contains important information including: community standards, regulations and Meal Memberships. Includes important COVID-19 addendums.


Check your SFU email

Your move in newsletters will start showing up in your email inbox approximately four weeks prior to move in.  Keep an eye out for this newsletter as it contains important information that will help make your move in simple and easy.


Update your mailing list

Before you arrive, make sure you've updated your family and friends with your new address. 


Get Your Student ID Card

Your student card is required to access your Meal Membership. Arrange for your student ID card before arrival to ensure that you can access your Meal Membership right away.

Complete the web form and indicate your delivery to Residence. Due 2 weeks prior to move in to ensure your ID is ready to pick up with your keys at move in.

Get Your Student ID

Find out what to bring

There are many things you can bring to Residence, and some stuff you should leave behind! This handy list can help you figure all this out. NOTE: Your unit is unfurnished which means that you will need to bring your own furniture.


Get Tenant Insurance

It is always good to be prepared for an unexpected emergency such as building floods, fires and theft of your personal items. Having Tenant Insurance will give you peace of mind in case something unexpected happens to you and/or your personal belongings.


Services and amenities

As a resident at SFU, we want to make your life engaging and simple. Feel free to explore and familiarize yourself with everything in your new community.