Winter Break Resources

Winter break is coming to SFU, which means reduced services from December 25 through January 2. 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 23: Open until 7:00 PM
December 24: 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM
December 25: Closed
December 26: Closed
December 27 to January 1: 9:00 AM to 11:00 PM
January 2: Resume 24/7 at 8:00 AM

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 food pantry near Rm 2230
Discovery 1 at Fraser International College
Restocked on December 23

Emergency Grocery Card
Program available for SFU Graduate students 
Apply ASAP - Deadline December 20 at 3:00 PM

SFSS Food Bank Program
Apply for Food Vouchers
Learn More

Free SFSS Food Packages
Information to be Announced
While supplies last

Dining Commons
Open until 2:00 PM on December 20 
Meal 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 December 25 and January 1
See regular hours

Renaissance AQ
Closed December 24
Reopens January 3

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

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


Campus Events & Activities

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

December 23
Dinner on Christmas Eve Eve
James Douglas Safe Study Area
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

December 25
Christmas Sunday Gathering
Multifaith Centre - AQ3200
10:30 AM to 12:00 PM

December 27
Movie Night & Trivia
AQ3200 MFC - The Princess Bride
6:30 PM to 9:00 PM

December 28
FIC Holiday Lunch
Discovery 1 - 2nd floor
12:00 PM to 2:00 PM

December 29 
Cookie Decoration
Discovery 1 Atrium
12:00 PM to 2:00 PM

December 29 
SFU WBB vs Alaska (Fairbanks)
Free for Students, Staff, Faculty
West Gym at 7:00 PM

December 30
Holiday Movie & Smores
Discovery 1 Rm 2340
12:00 PM to 2:00 PM

December 31 
SFU WBB vs Alaska (Anchorage)
Free for Students, Staff, Faculty
West Gym at 1:00 PM

On Demand

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

Criterion on Demand
The "Netflix" of SFU

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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