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Housing in Burnaby area/SFU
Posted April 22nd, 2011 - 7:30 pm by from Burnaby, Canada (Permalink)
Hello all,

I'm a newly admitted grad student coming to Simon Fraser, and am hoping to find some kind of housing in Burnaby before school starts in the Fall. However, I know little to nothing about living in Burnaby or the surrounding areas, and would be grateful to get the chance to hear people's opinions of housing and the various neighborhoods!

I'm a climber and a cyclist who doesn't have a car, so bike-friendly and close to a climbing gym (or outdoor climbing) would be phenomenal. Although I guess if it came down to it, closer to SFU is probably more important than the gym...[sigh].

I am also in the market for housemate(s), and my experiences with couchsurfers have been so awesome I'm hoping that I can find a fellow surfer or surfers who might want to live in a similar area. (I'll be cross posting this to the long-term housing forum, but figured I'd throw this out there now).

And of course, I'll be a long way from home and would love to meet new people. I will be in Vancouver and surrounding areas from May 20th-May 27th to scope things out, so even if you just want to say hello or do something fun, please do let me know!

Cheers,

Rachel

Posted April 22nd, 2011 - 8:25 pm by from Burnaby, Canada (Permalink)
Hi Rachel! Welcome! I'm a perpetual SFU student and have lived in Burnaby for 7 years. You'd have to be a very committed biker to cycle to the SFU campus in Burnaby - you do know it's at the top of a small mountain, right? :-) As a student there you will most likely be required to buy a UPass every semester which would allow you to ride the bus for free all over the lower mainland. (Well, this is required for undergrad students so I assume for grad students too).

I would suggest you look in the Burnaby Heights neighbourhood which is along a major bus route to and from both the downtown (Harbour Centre) and Burnaby campuses. There are some really nice biking and walking trails and some designated streets for biking in that part of North Burnaby too. It's a great neighborhood with all your shopping within walking distance, and good restaurants too. You might also want to look at the parts of Coquitlam that are close to Burnaby if you're really keen to be close to a climbing gym. The largest indoor climbing facility in western Canada is Cliffhanger in Coquitlam, it's on a bus route but not very cycling-friendly (especially at the moment as the roads leading to it are under major construction). I've climbed there a few times & the staff are really friendly. Coquitlam is definitely a more suburban area so not having a car might be a bit more of a pain there than it would be in the Heights.

I'll be on holiday when you're in town so I can't meet with you but feel free to send me a message if you have any questions at all about the area or about SFU. :-)

Vicki

Posted May 8th, 2011 - 10:59 pm by from Coquitlam, Canada (Permalink)
I am not next door to SFU but I am near the Coquitlam Central transit hub. I've had SFU students and an SFU professor live at my place in the past.