With 3 campuses and over 30,000 undergraduate students enrolled, Simon Fraser University allows students to take advantage of many wonderful recreational and extracurricular activities in addition to the many fulfilling academic offerings. Below you’ll find a brief overview of SFU campus life and what you can expect when you decide to enroll.
Living on Campus
Living on campus is traditionally a big aspect of the college experience and one that SFU campus life offers. Traditional dorm residences are available for undergraduate students on SFU’s Burnaby campuses. After applying for residence, a student’s housing placement is determined by different eligibility factors—namely the student’s year, full-time status and age.
Apartment-style residences are available for graduate students choosing to live on campus. A new Vancouver Graduate Residence will be opening in summer 2016 specifically for graduate students in the heart of downtown Vancouver. There will be studio and two-bedroom apartments available, each completely furnished and with its own kitchen and washroom.
ResLife offers several programs that encourage students to incorporate learning into their on-campus living situation. For example, the Res Learning Initiative offers academic and career-specific support especially to campus residents through working with campus divisions like Academic Advising and Career Services. Sustainability in Residence is a ResLife program that coordinates events, volunteer opportunities, and other various programs for students to encourage sustainable and eco-friendly living.
Dining on Campus
SFU campus life offers meal plans for both resident and commuter students. The Dining Hall on SFU’s Burnaby campus offers all-you-can-eat style dining, with different prices for each mealtime (prices differ slightly between the fall and spring semesters). Meal plans can be purchased for either 5 or 7 days a week, convenient for the schedules of commuter students.
There are several marketplace-style and counter service retail dining locations on campus as well. For these, students can purchase Dining Dollars as part of their meal plans, which act as points via a debit card-like transaction.
The Simon Fraser Student Society is home to hundreds of student-founded clubs ranging from Hillel to Model United Nations to the Introverts Club. Don’t see a club you’d want to be a part of listed? Feel free to start one yourself!
Sports and Recreation
SFU campus life offers many recreational opportunities, including over 75 different recreational class offerings. Classes range from dance fitness instruction to yoga and Pilates to over 10 different martial arts classes. Students also have access to the aquatic center and fitness center as well as various certification training.
In terms of team sports, SFU offers students many opportunities to get involved. Both club and intramural sports are available, with everything from ice hockey to Ultimate Frisbee.