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Community Amenities

Fitness & recreation 

  • SFU Fitness & Recreation: UniverCity residents can purchase a daypass or membership to access SFU fitness and recreation facilities. Residents are eligible for a discount upon request and showing proof of address. Features include fitness classes, aquatics centre, climbing wall, squash and racquetball courts & fitness centre. For more information visit

  • Burnaby Parks &  Recreation: The City of Burnaby offers fitness and recreation programs for all ages out of University Highlands Elementary school, as well as occasional events at Richard Bolton Park. The main focus is on kids programs but adult programs are sometimes offered too.

Kids' programs and resources

  • Burnaby Parks & Recreation: from September to June, they offers programs out of University Highlands Elementary school, including after school programs, preschool and toddler programs.
  • Parent-tot drop-in: Caregivers, parents and your children, please join us from 9:30-11:30 am on the 1st and 3rd Thursday  of every month in the Preschool Room at University Highlands Elementary (9388 Tower Rd.) for free play, a light snack, circle time, and resources for parents. This program is for all ages from babies to preschoolers, and runs until June 15th 2023. Operated by Cameray Child & Family Services. Note: no session on March 16th due to school closure.

  • SFU Child Care Society is currently the only licensed provider for child care and after-school care on Burnaby Mountain.

  • SFU Fitness & Recreation: Offers some recreation classes for children, including swimming lessons.. Residents are eligible for a discount upon request and showing proof of address. For more information visit

  • SFU Summer Camps:

  • SFU Science AL!VE strives to engage Grade K-7 students in hands-on STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art&design, Mathematics) programs to build measurable skills and improve self-confidence. They offer summer camps, weekend clubs, online workshops and resources for teachers.

  • Other programs: Other programs for children and parents are offered in the community from time-to-time. The best way to learn about these is to subscribe to our email newsletter.

SFU library

  • Residents of UniverCity are welcome to use books and other library resources within the SFU Library branches at Burnaby (Bennett Library), Vancouver (Belzberg Library) and Surrey (SFU Surrey Library). UniverCity residents are eligible to receive at no cost external borrower cards by showing proof of address. The Library has over 1,300,000 bound volumes and over 16,000 current serial subscriptions. For more information call 778-782-4351 or visit

Parks & trails

  • Richard Bolton Park. At the north end of Tower Rd, features a small forested area, a children's playground, basketball hoops and picnic tables.

  • Slopes neighbourhood park. At the southwest corner of Slopes Mews and University Crescent, features a pavilion with picnic tables, a hard-top sports court, and a playground.

  • Burnaby Mountain Park. Features beautiful vistas, picnic areas, a rose garden, a playground, trail connections, and sculptures. Don’t want to walk the whole way there? Take the Community Campus Shuttle.

  • Burnaby Mountain Conservation Area trails: A network of 26 multi-use trails covering 28 kilometres criss-crosses the 576 hectares within the Burnaby Mountain Conservation Area. This is an important mountain ecosystem of slopes forested in deciduous and coniferous trees. Blacktail deer, coyotes, bald eagles and a wide variety of smaller animals all make their homes in this lush and rugged terrain. Black bears and cougars are occasional visitors, seeking out the numerous creeks and streams along the trails. The grade climbs from about 25 metres above sea level to the summit of Burnaby Mountain at 366 metres. For a complete map and description of the trails:

Naheeno park community garden

  • The UniverCity Community Association operates, maintains and manages the Naheeno Park Community Garden (NPCG), which is located at the north end of Naheeno Park. The garden is open from dawn until dusk, seven days a week and is open to all UniverCity residents, students, staff and faculty of SFU. For general information including membership, waitlists, plot renewals, plot transfers, fees and termination of plot rentals, garden handbook, user contract and payment form, please email

Room rentals

  • Strata amenity rooms: Many strata buildings have an amenity room that can be booked by people who live in the building. Ask your strata manager.

  • University Highlands Elementary school sometimes rents out rooms outside of school hours for certain purposes.

  • SFU rents out many of their classrooms and other spaces: Note, they require that you hold $5M in liability insurance. If you would like to rent a room at SFU for a purpose that benefits or enhances the UniverCity community, contact us to arrange a discount request.

  • Biercraft restaurant (8902 University High St.) has a room that can be reserved for private functions. Capacity 30 people, enquire with the manager.

Guest accomodations

Arts & culture

  • SFU Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology: Located in the Academic Quadrangle (AQ), the museum collects and exhibits objects from around the world, with a specific emphasis on the Northwest coast and the archaeology and ethnology of the First Nations of British Columbia.
For more information call 778-782-3325 or visit

  • Public Lectures: SFU offers free public lectures and presentations on a variety of interesting topics throughout the campus. Schedules are available in the SFU Events Calendar.
 For more information visit

  •  Indigenous Art Walkímesh, meaning "to walk" in Sḵwx̱wú7mesh snichim (Squamish Language), is a mobile app developed by the Bill Reid Centre for Northwest Coast Studies at SFU:

  • SFU Art Gallery: Located on Burnaby Mountain, SFU Gallery presents contemporary work within a local, national, and international context. The gallery’s programming addresses the specific intellectual conditions of SFU and the Lower Mainland in relationship to global contexts, as well as the region’s history of conceptual, social, and cultural practices. For more information contact 778-782-4266 or visit or visit in person at AQ3004.

  • Little free library: Located in the Embark Learning Garden on the south side of TASC1. Map here. Learn about little free libraries here.

Dining options

  • University High St. & Cornerstone Mews is home to many dine-in and take-out restaurants.

  • SFU dining services are open to the general public:

  • Diamond alumni centre (reopening 2023)

  • Mintara in Burnaby Mountain Park is currently available to rent for private functions, and is expected to reopen as a restaurant in late 2022 or 2023.


  • On-street parking is available in designated spaces throughout the community. Please note the two-hour parking maximum along University Crescent. The City of Burnaby parking bylaw enforcement office can be contacted at 604-570-3660. Fifteen minute parking is available on University High Street.

  • Visitor & customer parking is available in the underground lots in The Cornerstone and Hub buildings for customers of the Cornerstone and Hub businesses. Public parking is available under Centre Block, off Cornerstone Gate. Visitor parking is also available in the SFU outdoor parking lot just south of Cornerstone Mews.

  • Monthly parking: for those residents requiring additional parking spaces, gated, heated underground monthly parking is available in The Cornerstone, HUB, and CentreBlock buildings within the community. For more information please contact Precise Parklink, 604-235-1380 or Alternatively, arrangements can be made by residents through SFU Campus Parking. For information visit, call 778-782-5534, or email

  • EV chargers are available in some strata buildings for residents or their visitors. Charging stations are also located in a number of locations around SFU:

  • Car share: Evo ( has reserved stalls in SFU’s West Parkade, and in the Upper Level of East Parking; Evo overflow parking is designated to the rooftop level of the West Parkade, and to the lower levels of the East Parking Lot. Modo ( is located in the Residence Main Lot.  & also in Verdant and Centre Block

  • Community Campus Shuttle This free shuttle services runs between Nesters and the west side of SFU's campus. By taking the shuttle from University High Street to the Residence Main Lot, and you can reduce the walking distance to Burnaby Mountain Park from 2.5 km to 1 km. The shuttle service operates from Monday - Friday, 8:00am - 10:30pm, with buses every 30 minutes (first bus leaves residences at 8:00am; there are no shuttles running between 11:30am-12:00pm or 7:30pm-8:00pm).

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