Winter Break Resources

Winter break is coming to SFU, which means reduced services from December 24 through January 1. During the break, there are resources in place to keep you supported and safe, and festive events to keep you connected.

Essential Services

These SFU services are available to support you during winter break.

MySSP (Student Support Program)
Phone & text support, available 24/7 and accessible anywhere in the world

Residence Front Desk 
December 24: 6:00 AM to 12:00 PM (noon)
December 25: Closed
December 26: Closed
December 27 to January 1: 9:00 AM to 11:00 PM
January 2: Resume regular hours

Residence Winter Break Information
If you're a student living in Residence over the break,
stay up to date with Residence information. 

Multifaith Centre
One-on-One Chaplain Support Available
Various Events and Programming

Severe Weather/Road Report
Please check the Severe Weather page and Road Report before you leave for campus.

Campus Public Safety 
CPS will be available 24 hours a day throughout the holiday season:

  • If you are working alone in your workspace, let us know.
  • Need company walking across campus? Call Safewalk.
  • If you notice anything unusual with SFU property, such as ice patches or water pooling on floors:
    • If you require immediate campus security response call the Non-Emergency Line at 778.782.7991
    • Call 9-1-1 for any emergency situation requiring immediate response by police, ambulance or fire; otherwise (or additionally) call the Urgent Line at 778.782.4500. Emergency information.

Food & Restaurants

Campus is much quieter over the winter break and many stores and restaurants reduce their hours. Plan ahead for your food needs and keep in mind some of the on-campus food resources as well as the holiday hours for shops nearby. 

Ahmed's Pantry
Take or leave student food pantry near Rm 2230
Discovery 1 at Fraser International College

SFSS Food Bank Program
Apply for food vouchers
Learn More

Free SFSS Food Packages
Available December 20
Courtyard Residdence Lobby
While supplies last

Dining Commons
Open until 2:00 PM on December 19
Reopens 7:00 AM on January 4

Winter Meal Pick-up Program
Meal program sign up for students in residence
Keep an eye on your email for more details 

Tim Hortons UniverCity
Reduced hours on December 24 and 31
Closed on December 25 and January 1
See regular hours

Renaissance AQ
Closed from December 23 to January 1
Reopens January 2

Nesters Market
Reduced hours on December 24 and 26
Closed on December 25
See regular hours

Cornerstone Starbucks
Closed from December 24 to 26
Reduced hours on December 27 to 31
See regular hours


Campus Events & Activities

As the campus gets quieter, join in some winter & holiday themed fun.

December 21
FIC Holiday Lunch
Discovery 1 - 2nd floor
12:00 PM to 2:00 PM

December 22
Holiday Dinner
James Douglas Safe Study Area
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

December 24
Christmas Eve Gathering
SWH 10041
5:30 PM to 7:00 PM

December 27
Movie Night: Princess Bride
AQ 3200 Multifaith
6:30 PM to 9:00 PM

December 28
Holiday Movie & Smores
Discovery 1 | Rm TBA
12:00 PM to 2:00 PM

On Demand

Here are on-demand options for this winter break that you can enjoy at home.

Criterion on Demand
SFU's online video library

Creative Collective at Home
Creative outlets to relax and unwind

Healthy at Home
SFU Recreation

Well-being & Resilience 
Self Guided resources, courses, & tools
More details

Explore the Lower Mainland

Metro Vancouver is full of fun outdoor activities & festive events to celebrate the holiday season. 

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