Affordable housing to rent or buy

UniverCity is committed to providing affordable housing for all, including rental and ownership options. Rentals include purpose-built apartments in the Cornerstone building, as well as innovative secondary or “flex suites” within strata-titled apartments.

Often referred to as ‘mortgage helpers’, these flex suites are equipped with bathrooms and cooking facilities and can be rented out separately from the rest of the unit. The City of Burnaby was one of first municipalities in Canada to approve zoning for such suites.

In partnership with Vancity Enterprises and Resource Rethinking Building, the Trust also has provided affordable, family-oriented ownership options to SFU faculty and staff within the 60-unit ‘Verdant’ development. This development offers family-oriented housing units that were sold to owners at 20 per cent below-market rates. As a condition tied to each title, these environmentally-friendly units will continue to be resold at discounted rates. Read more about Verdant.


With a transit hub located in the centre of the community served by four bus routes, UniverCity residents have access to convenient and frequent transit services.

The #135, 143, 144, & 145 service Burnaby Mountain. Please visit TransLink’s website for schedules and route information.

Car sharing

To broaden the range of transportation options, the SFU Community Trust established a partnership with MODO, to provide residents access to shared automobiles on an hourly or daily basis. MODO members are also eligible for an annual pass at about a 15% discount off monthly transit passes. For more information, visit


UniverCity currently offers waitlist priority for children of all ages for childcare at SFU Childcare Society’s facilities on the west side of the SFU Campus. All childcare facilities are operated by the SFU Childcare Society.

Children aged one to three also have access to a purpose-built facility located in the Verdant development.

The UniverCity Childcare facility has 50 spaces for 3-5 year old UniverCity toddlers. The UniverCity Childcare Centre is the leading candidate to be certified as the first “Living Building” in Canada, opened in April 2012. Jason McLennan, who wrote the criteria for the Living Building Challenge™ on behalf of the International Living Futures Institute, called the centre “the greenest childcare on the planet.”

Conceived as an immersive and holistic environment for child development, teaching methods are based on the Reggio Emilio concept of childcare and early childhood education. Read more.

University Highlands Elementary School

The University Highlands Elementary School welcomed its first 170 students in the fall of 2010. The school, which was designed to meet the LEED® Gold standard, can ultimately accommodate 40 Kindergarten and 315 elementary students.

School curriculum focuses on sustainability and community involvement, allowing teachers to take full advantage of the nature resources in UniverCity community, as well as the research and pedagogical expertise within Simon Fraser University.

During non-school hours, the building is available for community programming for local residents. Read more.