Maclean’s Ranking – #1 (2018)
Postgraduate Students – 21%
International Students – 17%
Website Link – http://www.sfu.ca/campuses/vancouver.html
Undergraduate – 62%
City – Burnaby, BC
At SFU, 16.9% of the total undergraduate population is comprised of international students, 56.8% of whom come from China. 2014 saw a 39.3% increase over 2013 in undergraduate students from Nigeria. 1,233 graduate international students registered in Fall 2014, an increase of 8.2% over Fall 2013. 28.3% of the total graduate population at SFU is made up of international students.
SFU has three campuses in all. (SFU Burnaby, SFU Surrey, SFU Vancouver). The first is the main campus which crowns Burnaby Mountain within the City of Burnaby, British Columbia. This is SFU’s original campus, consisting of over eight faculties and three dozen buildings.
The Vancouver campus encompasses multiple facilities which lie at the heart of the city. In 2009, the Vancouver Sun called SFU’s Vancouver campus “the intellectual heart of the city.” SFU’s Surrey campus, on the other hand, finds itself within the centre of one of Canada’s most lively cities. Though the latter is fast-growing, this campus does offer fewer academic programs. However, SFU students are welcomed to enroll in class at any of the three campuses.
Once you have registered for classes and have all of your furniture picked out, it’s time to find the perfect place to live. Here are a few of the neighbourhoods most popular for student living:
Affectionately dubbed “East Van” by the locals, this neighbourhood encompasses the area stretching east of Main Street and is conveniently located between SFU’s Burnaby campus and its campus in Downtown Vancouver. Head a little bit past East Hasting and Downtown Eastside to find yourself in colorful, unique areas where the rent is more than reasonable. East Van is endowed with a certain earthy, unassuming energy. There, young couples, the working class, budding families and university students all mingle. With so many mixing flavours, East Van is bound to have something for everyone. And, because of the eclectic nature of the population, the price scale can be quite attractive to incoming freshmen.
Two of the most popular areas within this vibrant slice of British Columbia are:
Reaching from Gastown in the south and through Chinatown to Downtown Eastside, Main Street is home to the best boutiques. You could not throw a single stone without hitting art galleries, fashion shows and shops, quaint cafes, great restaurants and convenient grocery stores. For those looking for an authentic feel, Main Street has it all. Pick up some handmade accessories and artworks made by artisans from all over the world and then round off the evening with a bite to eat from one of the neighbourhood’s many longstanding, family-run restaurants. Or, if the night calls for a more upscale outing, you will find high-class, fine-dining establishments all around you.
This neighborhood’s nickname is “The Drive,” and nestles up against Downtown. Great public transportation gets you in and out quick, while an air of community will make you want to stay. Many musicians, painters, poets and writers call The Drive home. This multicultural neighbourhood perfectly marries the residential with the commercial in the form of ethnic and vegetarian restaurants sitting right alongside local, national and international businesses, as well as the homes and apartments on sale or for rent. Immigrants from all over the world have been coming to The Drive for generations, thus this area has thriving Asian, Latin American, African, East Indian and Italian communities. This neighbourhood is the place to go for those students looking to rent a room or two, or even half a house, while completing their studies at SFU.