Residence Orientation: Welcome to the Residence Community!

Residence Orientation is a great way to start your residence experience. We have several days of fun-filled activities and events designed to help you make a smooth transition to living in Residence, meet your neighbours, make new friends, and join a community.

Fall 2017 Residence Orientation: Welcome to the Residence Community: August 30 – October 15


Undergraduate Students in Residence - August 30 - October 15, 2017

Residence Orientation is mandatory for ALL first-time undergraduate residents (including Fraser International College students) who have a confirmed offer to live at SFU Residences. This includes SFU students who have been at SFU for more than one-semester but are 1st time residents. Residence Orientation: Welcome to the Residence Community is comprised of full days of events, activities, and workshops before classes.  After classes start, there are ongoing events in the evenings and on weekends to accommodate most student’s schedules.  Residence Orientation does not conflict with Welcome Day, International Student Orientation, and FIC Orientation.

Note: Residence Orientation events continue into the first half of the Fall term
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Before You Arrive - Residence Orientation Online

Residence Orientation includes an online pre-arrival course. This course is designed to help you transition smoothly into residence and contains important information about how to prepare for your big move, living on residence, and being a part of the residence community.

New undergraduate SFU Students click here. This module can be found at the  bottom of SFU 101 - University Prep after you finish Chapters 1-4.

Graduate Students, Exchange Students, Returning SFU Students new to SFU Residence, and FIC Students click here.

Day 1 - Move-In Day and Residence Orientation

Wednesday, August 30

Welcome to Residence! This is the day that you will move-in to your new room, meet your Residence Orientation Leader (ROL), Community Advisor (CA), and your fellow residents for the first time, and, attend a big group event on campus to welcome you to Residence! The days before classes start include all meals and daily group time in the evening with an ROL, CA, and group of new residents. 

*Students who will be living in a Living-Learning Community will be moving in on August 29th and will connect with Residence Orientation on August 30.  Contact if you have any questions.

Day 2-3 - Other Orientation Programs 

Thursday, August 31 - Friday, September 1

During the day, you have the option to attend any additional Orientation programs outside of Residence that apply to you! If you choose not to attend those orientations, there are other activities in Residence during the day and in the evening, there are events for all residents such as open mic nights, trips to the SFU Observatory, gym games, and more.    

Day 4-5 - Residence-only events and Off-campus trips

Saturday, September 2 - Sunday, September 3

During the day we plan trips around The Lower Mainland and Vancouver for you to see the city, practice using transit, experience the natural beauty of BC, and explore your new community with your Orientation group. Past trips have included hiking, downtown Vancouver, Granville Island, Stanley Park, The Aquarium and more! Talk with your ROL and CA about where you want to go! 

Throughout your first semester in Residence

Monday, September 4- Sunday, October 15

During the first 4-6 Weeks of each semester there will be weekly workshops hosted by the Orientation program to aid your transition to living and studying at SFU. Your CA and ROL can help you attend workshops that include conversations about consent and healthy relationships, trial gym sessions, professional development, and academic success workshops. Your CA will also be hosting events and activities for you to attend at your leisure!

Other Orientations

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.

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

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For undergraduate students who are new to Canadian culture (e.g. students holding a study permit, Canadian citizens living abroad, newly arrived Canadian Permanent Residents). International Student Orientation should be done in addition to Welcome Day. It does not conflict with Residence Orientation.

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