The Simon Fraser University (SFU) offers a full range of housing options and provides a unique opportunity to live, work and learn in a truly integrated campus community.
SFU University Insider, Alison Roach, 22, Majored in English, shared her thoughts about SFU.
SIMON FRASER UNIVERSITY'S main campus looms like a concrete goliath atop Burnaby mountain, accessible only by a winding, ill-kept road. Despite its reputation as a foggy and depressing place with too much concrete, I chose SFU because I wanted to stay in Vancouver and I knew I wasn't interested in the enormity and impersonality of the University of British Columbia.
Though there is indeed some gloom, I found SFU is also a university coming to life. It's a campus that's filling out, slowly expanding, with a new neighbourhood developing on the east side of the mountain, and its satellite campuses in Surrey and Vancouver are flourishing. Even over the few years I've been going to the Burnaby campus, a number of new shops and services, such as Starbucks, as well as housing options, have arrived. The only thing missing on the mountain, due to ridiculous local rules, is a liquor store.
Coming up on its 50th anniversary, the self-proclaimed "engaged university" plans to pump hundreds of millions of donated dollars into scholarships and bursaries, research and community programs. Growing pains can be seen in the limited space and amenities of the mountain-bound campus: Study space is sparse and maintenance of deteriorating buildings is inadequate.
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