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Vancouver’s Simon Fraser University

Simon Fraser University

Simon Fraser University, commonly referred to as SFU, is a university in Metro Vancouver with campuses in Burnaby, Surrey and downtown Vancouver.


Simon Fraser University (SFU)

SFU officially opened in September of 1965. It’s Canada’s leading comprehensive university as ranked by Mclean’s Magazine several years in a row. The university has also been named one of Canada’s top employers for over a dozen years.

Simon Fraser University has three main campuses and around 30,000 students. Over 160,000 alumni have graduated from SFU.


SFU’s Burnaby Campus

Located on top of Burnaby Mountain at 8888 University Drive, SFU’s Burnaby campus is the main and largest campus. It was the first campus built back in 1965. Today it has more than three dozen academic buildings.

The Burnaby campus hosts several large events throughout the year for students including Welcome Day, Clubs Days and the Big Fair. This location is also home to the school’s many Student Services.


WAC Bennett Library Building at SFU
SFU Library at Main Burnaby Campus


Burnaby Campus Video

The following short video clip features SFU’s Burnaby campus. The video begins with the drive up to the university via Gaglardi Way. It then shows people walking along one of the streets in the university’s “downtown” area and then scenes of the Academic Quadrangle building and gardens.



Surrey Campus

Central City
SFU and Central City Mall

SFU’s Surrey Campus is within the Surrey Central Mall at 250-13450 102nd Avenue. Reflecting its location, this campus focuses on community engagement and involvement.

SFU’s newest expansion was finished at the Surrey campus in 2019. The new Sustainable Energy Engineering building, along with the new program, opened across the street from the shopping mall in September 2019.


Downtown Vancouver Campus

SFU’s Downtown Vancouver campus comprises several buildings in the heart of downtown Vancouver. The main building is located at the Harbour Centre at 515 West Hastings Street. The Harbour Centre is home to this campus’ library as well as a variety of student services. It is also home to the Vancouver Lookout which is a popular tourist attraction (but unrelated to the school).

Simon Fraser University also has facilities a few blocks away in the Woodward’s Building at 149 West Hastings Street (which is at the other end of Gastown from the Harbour Centre). Cultural programs take place at SFU Woodward’s. This location is also home to the Goldcorp Centre for the Arts.


Vancouver Lookout at Harbour Centre
Harbour Centre


SFU Woodward’s Cultural Programs

Founded in 2010, SFU Woodward’s Cultural Programs (SFUW) produces over 250 events every year. The events are put together with the help of local partners and organizations. There are all sorts of performances to check out, including music, dance, theatre, digital art and more. For artists looking to develop their skills, SFUW also hosts creative residencies.

To learn more about the programs click SFU Woodward’s Cultural Programs.


Other Information

For more information about SFU, visit Simon Fraser University‘s website.

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