What You Need to Know about SFU Rentals & Housing

If you’re a new student, staff or faculty member at Simon Fraser University, one of the first questions you’ll have to answer is: “Where am I going to live? SFU is in a unique geographic location; sitting on top of Burnaby Mountain, it’s the highest community in the Lower Mainland.

The altitude brings spectacular views on clear days, and only occasionally presents driving challenges when winter weather causes snowy roads. Many active residents hike and bike up and down the mountain as part of their daily fitness routine. The commute is one factor to take into consideration when choosing whether to live on or off the mountain.

SFU is well-served by public transit, so if you should decide to live off the mountain, you will find direct buses traveling from downtown Vancouver, Coquitlam, South and Central Burnaby. A short bus ride also connects commuters with Production Way SkyTrain station.

To the East of Campus lies the UniverCity neighbourhood, an excellent SFU housing option. Development of this planned community began in 2003, and it currently houses approximately 5000 residents. Dubbed an “urban village”, the neighbourhood is a fully-serviced modern community surrounded by parkland. UniverCity’s proximity to campus makes the commute to work or school a breezy 5 minute walk.

UniverCity buildings include 2 and 3-bedroom family-style townhomes, low-rise condos and towers. Many studio, 1, 2, 3 and 4-bedroom units are available for rent. If you’re new to the Vancouver area, it’s helpful to know that Craigslist is a popular free online classified site that the majority of Vancouver landlords use to list their rental properties. You can search for SFU Housing properties here: Craigslist SFU Housing Search. SFU Off-Campus Housing, maintained by Rent BC, is another useful SFU Housing rental listing site.

For parents of students who are renting for the first time, BC’s Residential Tenancy Act is a valuable resource to help your child learn about their rights and responsibilities as a tenant.

Should you decide to buy a property rather than lease, the Robert Crowe Team at RE/MAX will be happy to help you explore all your SFU Housing options in the UniverCity neighbourhood and beyond, so that you purchase the property that best suits your lifestyle.