Simon Fraser University (SFU) is a Canadian public research university in British Columbia with its main campus on Burnaby Mountain in Burnaby, and operates satellite campuses in downtown Vancouver and Surrey. The university was named after Simon Fraser, a North West Company fur trader and explorer.
The main campus on Burnaby Mountain, located 20 km from downtown Vancouver, was established in 1965 and comprises more than 30,000 students and approximately 950 faculty members. The university is adjacent to an urban village, UniverCity. UniverCity has won several awards for sustainable planning and development.
If you're based in the center of Vancouver, the great outdoors will never be far away – beaches, forest and stunning mountains are all within reach.
For many, proximity to some of the world's best ski resorts will provide a major draw. But there's also plenty to do if you're not a snowsports fanatic: great nightlife, theatre, music – everything you'd expect from a vibrant, multicultural metropolis.
Location: Burnaby, near Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
City Population: 223,218
University Population: 35,604
Climate: Burnaby has a mild climate year-round.Winters are wet rather than snowy; summer weather usually extends from June until mid-September, with warm and breezy days.
Nearest Airport: Vancouver International Airport
Top reasons to study here:
- The first Canadian university to be accepted into the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA).
- Canada's best comprehensive university
- SFU campus buildings have been featured in films such as I, Robot, Fantastic Four and The Day the Earth Stood Still