Residence Week of Welcome

Residence Week of Welcome is an opportunity for all residents to meet your new neighbours, explore the area and city you live in, and prepare for the upcoming term. Residence Week of Welcome programming is open to all residents. With the exception of Science World and needing to purchase some transit passes (if you do not have a valid Compass Card), all of our programming is free to attend.

We have an undergraduate and graduate schedule for fall 2019, with more details found below. We look forward to meeting you!

Undergraduate Residence
Week of Welcome

There are many things happening during the Undergraduate Residence Week of Welcome for you to enjoy. Click through each day to see the different opportunities to get involved. 

Download Undergraduate Residence WOW Schedule 

Wednesday, August 28, 2019: Move-in Day and Residence 101

Welcome to residence! This is the day that you move in to your new room.

Meet your neighbours and Residence 101, starting in your common room. 

  • Barbara Rae House, Shadbolt House, Shell House: 6:00pm-7:45pm
  • McTaggart-Cowan Hall, Pauline Jewett House, and Townhouses: 7:00pm-8:45pm

Thursday, August 29, 2019: Outdoor Movie Night in the AQ Gardens

Meet outside the Dining Hall at 7:45pm to walk over to the AQ Gardens and watch an outdoor showing of "Spiderman: Into the Spider-verse" with non-resident students

Friday, August 30, 2019: Community BBQ and Shell Socializer with the RHA and the Dining Hall

August 30, 2019: Community BBQ and Shell Socializer with the RHA and Dining Hall

  • Meet your Residence Hall Association at a community BBQ starting at 6:00pm and spend the evening in Shell Basement socializing with them and other residents.

August 30, 2019: Community BBQ and Shell Socializer with the RHA and Dining Hall

  • Meet your Residence Hall Association at a community BBQ starting at 6:00pm and spend the evening in Shell Basement socializing with them and other residents.

Starting at 6:00pm, meet your Residence Hall Association at a Community BBQ with the Dining Hall, and then spend time in Shell Basement playing games and meeting people.

Saturday, August 31, 2019: Explore the City and the Mountain

Granville Island Trip: Meet outside the Dining Hall (facing Shell) at 11:00am to transit to Granville Island. There you can explore the various shops, food options, and see some amazing views of Vancouver. Please bring money for transit.

Science World: Explore the various interactive exhibits and displays at Science World, including the feature exhibit, Mirror Maze. We have a special group rate of $15 for residents to attend. To qualify for this group rate, please register on MyPlace@SFU by August 29th at 4:00pm. You must meet at the Dining Hall (facing Shell) at 12:00pm so that you all transit together and arrive as one group. Please bring money for transit. Registration will open early August.

Where's Waldo Scavenger Hunt: In teams, explore the campus in search of Waldo. Prizes for the winning team! Meet outside the Dining Hall (facing Shell) at 6:00pm. Bring your own team or find teammates at the start of the event.

Open Mic Night: The Where's Waldo Scavenger Hunts ends in Shell Basement at the beginning of the Open Mic Night. This is a chance to share your talents, try something new, and meet new people. Food and refreshments will be served.

Sunday, September 1, 2019: Summer Fun and Games

Summer Sunday Event at Rocky Point: Transit to Rocky Point Park, and try their famous ice cream store, food trucks, etc. Explore the waterfront and pier, play park games, and listen to a free concert. Meet outside the Dining Hall (facing Shell) at 12:00pm. Please bring money for transit. Fall Compass Passes will be valid starting this day. 

Games Night in Shell: Starting at 6:00pm in Shell Basement, play board games, table games, card games, etc. and meet new people.

Monday, September 2, 2019: Getting Prepared for the Start of Classes

Pancake Breakfast: Join the Dining Hall for a special pancake breakfast from 8:30am-10:30am

Mindful Monday: Starting at 12:00pm, join us in Shell Basement for various stations and activities focused on helping prepare you for a successful start to your term. This includes study tips, painting, drawing, mindfulness meditation, etc.

Burnaby Mountain Park Games and Sunset Walk: Celebrate the end of the weekend by taking a walk to Burnaby Mountain Park, playing games, and watching the sunset. Meet outside the Dining Hall (facing Shell) at 7:00pm.  

Graduate Residence
Week of Welcome

With graduate students at both CCIC and Burnaby, we want your first weekend with us to focus on exploring your new cities and connecting together as graduate students. We also want to ensure you have the time you need to unpack in your new rooms, and prepare for the upcoming term. Click through each day to see the different opportunities to get involved. 

Download Graduate Residence WOW Schedule 

Wednesday, August 28, 2019: Move-in and Lounge Hangout

Meet your Community Advisors and new neighbours at 7:00pm. Refreshments will be served.

  • CCIC - Radius Lounge
  • Hamilton - 1st floor Lounge

Thursday, August 29, 2019: Outdoor Movie Night in the AQ Gardens

Hamilton students: meet outside the Dining Hall at 7:45pm to walk over to the AQ Gardens and watch an outdoor showing of "Spiderman: Into the Spider-verse" with non-resident students

CCIC students: Travel up to SFU Burnaby for a free outdoor movie night. Meet in the lobby at 7:00pm to transit together. Please bring transit money.

Friday, August 30, 2019: Graduate Residence 101

Hosted by Residence and Housing staff, this session is focused on welcoming to you SFU and what it means to live in a graduate residence community.

  • CCIC - Radius lounge
  • Hamilton - 1st floor lounge

Saturday, August 31, 2019: Farmer's Market and Science World

Burnaby Artisan Farmer's Market: Discover local produce, food, arts, and crafts. Admission to the market is free. Please bring money for transit.

  • CCIC: meet in the lobby at 10:15am
  • Hamilton: meet outside the Dining Hall (facing Shell) at 10:20am

Science World: Explore the various interactive exhibits and displays at Science World, including the feature exhibit, Mirror Maze. We have a special group rate of $15 for residents to attend. To qualify for this group rate, please register on MyPlace@SFU by August 29th at 4:00pm. Registration will open early August.

  • Hamilton: You must meet at the Dining Hall (facing Shell) at 12:00pm so that you all transit together and arrive as one group. Please bring money for transit.
  • CCIC: Meet in the lobby at 12:30pm. If you are transiting, please bring money for transit. 

Sunday, September 1, 2019: Richmond Night Market

Explore this food-focused night market with 120 food vendors from all over the world, fun activities, and all kinds of shops to explore. Admission is $4.75. Your fall semester Compass Card (if loaded) will be valid this day. Otherwise, please bring money for transit. 

  • CCIC - meet in the lobby at 6:45pm
  • Hamilton - meet in front of the Dining Hall (facing Shell) at 6:00pm

Monday, September 2, 2019: Choose Your Own Adventure

Spend Monday checking out areas around Burnaby and Vancouver that you are interested in.         

Student staff will not be going to these areas, but take this opportunity to explore with your neighbours.    

Some Suggestions for Places to Explore:

  • Granville Island
  • Stanley Park & Seawall
  • Rocky Point Park
  • Ambleside Park
  • Lonsdale Quay and Market
  • Vancouver Art Gallery
  • English Bay
  • Grouse Mountain
  • Vancouver Museum

Other SFU and FIC Orientations

SFU Welcome Day

Are you a new undergraduate student coming straight from high school? Are you transferring from another post-secondary institution? Welcome day is for you! Join us for this informative day which will help you start classes with confidence. The day will highlight the many resources available to you, introduce you to your faculty, help you find your way around campus and, of course, connect you to other new students.

SFU WELCOME DAY >

FIC orientation

Fraser International College students have an orientation event specifically for them! Check your offer letter for details and visit the FIC website to find out more about what to expect for FIC orientation.

FIC ORIENTATION >

Welcome Guides for International and Newcomer Students

Welcome Guides are step-by-step guides tailored for new students from different international pathways (e.g. students holding a study permit, Canadian citizens living abroad, newly arrived Canadian Permanent Residents). Download your checklist and complete all the required steps as you prepare to start your studies at SFU.

INTERNATIONAL STUDENT WELCOME GUIDE>

Graduate Orientation

Please join us at SFU Burnaby for a free orientation conference where you get to decide what is most useful to get your grad school experience off on the best foot.

SFU GRADUATE ORIENTATION