A Natural Attraction
Once the site of an isolated commuter campus, the Burnaby mountaintop is now home to a complete community, where many residents walk, cycle, or take transit to work, where they can find care and schooling for their children, entertainment and continuing education for themselves, and where they enjoy doorstep access to one of the largest and most beautiful protected wilderness areas in the Metro Vancouver Region.
UniverCity By The Numbers
More than 3,500 residents now live in UniverCity, and will ultimately be home to more than 10,000 people.
UniverCity residents report a 93 per cent satisfaction rate with the community. They say that the outdoor recreational opportunities, access to public transit, nearby shops and services, and the community’s sustainability focus are just a few of the reasons why they love living on Burnaby Mountain.
Residents are given access to the facilities on the adjacent SFU campus including the art gallery, aquatic centre, library, health and athletic facilities, and a very well stocked bookstore.
With an elementary school, childcare centre, and parks, UniverCity is very family-friendly, as evidenced by the 41 per cent of households with children – a proportion slightly higher than the regional average.
About 47 per cent of residents have an affiliation with SFU as students, faculty or staff members. Everyone else moved to the community simply because they like what UniverCity has to offer.
The majority of new residents moved from elsewhere in Burnaby (30 per cent), Vancouver (24 per cent), and the Tri-Cities (13 per cent). 25 per cent UniverCity residents use transit as their primary mode of transportation – double the Metro Vancouver average.