Pre-Arrival Information

Welcome New Residents!

A short walking tour of Residence, explanation of the shuttle bus around Campus on move in day, and how to check in at the housing office and get your keys! 

Check out our website or your Orientation Move In Newsletter for more detailed information!

Below are links to other SFU resources and information that may be useful to know when preparing to move into Residence!

Welcome to SFU Residence!

SFU provides residence to approximately 1500 SFU and FIC students on the west side of the Burnaby campus, in many different buildings! 

Read Your Residence Handbook!

You’ve signed a contract, but have you read it? It contains important information like community standards, regulations, meal plan, and more!

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. 

Getting to Residence

Check out how to get to SFU from popular parts of the lower mainland, and directions around campus! Also, check out the guided video at the top of this page for how to navigate your way across campus. 

What Do I Do When I Arrive?

1. Check in at the Housing Office

2. Settle into your new room - and fill out the Room Condition Form in the Housing Portal

3. Enjoy Residence Orientation - If you are not in the Towers community, you can sign up for the optional Orientation program.

Checking In

Check in takes place August 31st between 9:30am to 9:30pm. You will have been assigned a specific time slot for check in. Email right away if you need an alternate time.

If you have an emergency and are going to be late, you must contact us at 778-782-4201 or

Residence and Housing Office

This office is where you go to check in, ask questions about your room, and many other things! 

Residence Life 

A major body of professional and student staff within Residence, who manage issues, infractions, as well as all the fun stuff in Residence.


Residence Orientation is taking place August 31 - September 4, 2016.        It is mandatory for students in Towers, and optional for all other new students. 

Residence Orientation App

- Download our Orientation App - Involvio - to stay up to date with all our schedules, any last minute changes, maps, and resources! You can find it on the Apple or Google Play store! 

*Please note: you must download the app from the Canadian store. 

Dining Hall & Meal Plans 

- Hours: 24/7 during the Fall and Spring semesters

Get Your Student ID/Library Card

You can take the shuttle bus from Residence on move in day to get your student ID card, or get it another day on your own in Maggie Benston Centre

Paying Your Residence Fees

Due: February 1, 2018

Online: through your GoSFU account

In Person: go to the Residence & Housing Office


Further SFU Resources

Academic Advising 

for program/degree planning advice for new & undeclared students

Health and Counselling

provides health care & health education to SFU students and staff

Financial Aid and Awards

provides student loan, bursary and scholarship advising to students


transit throughout the lower mainland; students receive a U-Pass through their student fees

SFU Campus Security

SFU’s public safety and first response entity, responsible for the public safety and security needs of the University community

Emergency line: 778-782-4500

Non-Emergency/Lost & Found line: 778-782-3100

Student Learning Commons (SLC) 

provides writing and learning support services free of charge, including support for international students, English as an Additional Language (EAL) students, college transfer students, and more

SFU International Services for Students 

Location: MBC Room 1200, Burnaby Campus

Phone: 778.782.4232