About UniverCity

A Model Sustainable Community

The UniverCity community is designed to be a compact, mixed-use, transit-oriented community developed within the guidelines of sustainable development.  Only six years old, there are now approximately 3,000 permanent residents with a projected population of 13,000 residents when the community is fully completed in 2020.

The UniverCity properties encompass 600 acres on the top of Burnaby Mountain–also the site of SFU, one of Canada’s finest universities.  Along with many opportunities for off campus housing, the area is also ideal for townhome and condo living and has attracted a diverse community of professionals and families in addition to students and the employees of SFU.

These beautiful development lands are surrounded by more than 1300 acres of protected forest and wildlife habitat. There are extensive hiking and biking trails, as well as countless indoor and outdoor recreational opportunities.

The area provides most professional services, many restaurants and cafes, retail and entertainment.  There is also a new elementary school, complete recreation centre, and a full service childcare facility (currently, the most sustainable building in all of Canada).  As the area expands, these services and community amenities will continue to grow, ensuring that UniverCity is a completely self-contained community.

True to its original purpose, public transport between SFU on and off Burnaby Mountain to anywhere in the Lower Mainland is frequent, convenient and easy to access. Plans for future gondola service on and off the mountain will increase transit options while greatly decreasing the community’s carbon footprint.

UniverCity is actually a separate entity from nearby Simon Fraser University, although students and local residents often interact at the community level.   The extensive recreational and academic programs and facilities of the university are available to community residents for a nominal monthly fee.

The SFU Community Trust (the Trust) has two goals:

1. Create a complete community on Burnaby Mountain, with a diverse selection of housing and a full range of shops, services and amenities.
Currently over 3,500 residents have made UniverCity their home; in time, 7,000 more will join them.

2. Build an endowment fund to support teaching and research at SFU.
To date, UniverCity had contributed over $29.6m to the SFU Endowment Fund for research and education.

The SFU Community Corporation

The SFU Community Corporation is governed by an independent Board of Directors that includes SFU stakeholders, faculty and student representatives, as well as external members with expertise in real estate development, finance, law, and other related disciplines.

As trustee, that Board sets policy for SFU Community Trust, helping to shape the future of UniverCity.


Personal Banking & Expert Advice
8972 University High Street


Ellesmere United Church
Service and Worship
160-8960 University High Street

Coffee Shops

Renaissance Coffee
Coffee, Dessert, & Lunch Bar
8906 University High Street


Celltown Communications
Wireless Phone Products & Services
8962 University High St

Cornerstone Printing
Full Service Print Shop


Highlander DVD – DVD’s & Game Rentals
8920 University High Street

Grocery Stores

Nesters Market
Where the Locals Shop
9000 University High St

Hair Salons/Tanning

Azzi Hair Studio – Hair, Body Spa & Esthetics

Illumin8 Tanning Studio
It’s Always Sunny Here
8999 Cornerstone Mews


SFU Dental Centre – Dr. Yee, Dr. Yu & Dr. Jeroff
8960 University High Street


Bamboo Garden
Delicious Chinese Rice & Noodle Dishes
8911 Cornerstone Mews

Booster Juice
All-Natural Smoothie Bar
8916 University High Street

Club Ilia 
Restaurant & Bar
8902 University High Street

Donair Town
Donair & Fresh Juices
8917 Cornerstone Mews

Himalayan Peak
Indian Cuisine & Lounge
8901 University High Street

Ichibankan Express
Sushi, Ramen, Bento & Don
8910 University High Street

Nature’s Garden
Homemade Organic Meals
8968 University High Street

Pizza Point
A Slice of Heaven
8917 Cornerstone Mews

Spicy Stone
Korean Rice Bowls & More
8915 Cornerstone Mews

Real Estate

Team Kerr Personal Real Estate Corporation
RE/MAX Real Estate Services

Oakridge Centre, North Tower
410-650 West 41st Ave
Vancouver, BC  V5Z 2M9

Each Office Independently Owned and Operated