Currency, public transportation & apps

FIC and SFU Burnaby

FIC is located at SFU Burnaby which is the original and largest campus of SFU. All FIC students will study at SFU Burnaby, and the majority of your SFU courses will be taught here as well, with the exception of our Mechatronic Engineering Systems students who will continue years 2, 3, and 4 at SFU Surrey.

Directions to SFU by Bus

#95 Daily, from the Burrard Street SkyTrain Station downtown to SFU Burnaby by way of Hastings Street, Burnaby Mountain Parkway, Gaglardi Way, University Drive East and East Campus road to SFU Exchange.

#143 Monday to Friday only, from Coquitlam Station to SFU Burnaby via Lougheed Highway, Dewdney Trunk Road, Mariner Way, Como Lake Ave., Broadway, Gaglardi Way, University Drive East and East Campus Road to SFU Exchange.

#144 Daily, from Metrotown Station to SFU Burnaby via Central Boulevard Bonsor, Bennett, Nelson, Dover, Oakland, Burris, Canada Way, Sperling, Deer Lake Avenue, Deer Lake Place, Burnaby City Hall, Deer Lake Place, Norland, Sprott, Kensington off-ramp, Sperling, Sperling Station, Sperling, Kensington on-ramp, Broadway, Duthie, Hastings, Burnaby Mountain Parkway, Gaglardi Way, University Drive East and East Campus Road to SFU Exchange.

#145 Daily, from Production Way SkyTrain Station to SFU Burnaby via Production, Broadway, Gaglardi Way, University Drive East and East Campus Road to SFU Exchange.

#N35 Night Bus. Limited night-time service throughout the week from downtown Vancouver (Howe at Pender) to SFU Burnaby via Howe, Georgia, Seymour, Hastings, Burnaby Mountain Parkway, Gaglardi Way, University Drive East and East Campus Road to SFU Exchange.

For more information, please visit translink.bc.ca

Directions to SFU by Skytrain

The nearest SkyTrain station to SFU Burnaby is Production Way, on the Millennium SkyTrain Line. From the Production Way station, take the #145 bus which goes daily to and from the Burnaby campus.

For more information, please visit translink.bc.ca

Finding FIC on SFU Burnaby

When you get off at the main bus terminal at SFU Burnaby, watch the video below to see how to walk to FIC.

Smart Phone Apps

We asked some students which Apps they use most often, and which Apps would be useful for new students. Here are the top suggestions:

SFU Student Companion requires your SFU student ID to log in (not your FIC ID) which will be listed on your student card. This application was developed by a current Software Systems student at SFU. The app provides a quick way to easily access all the important web services a student would use daily.
Transit App displays all nearby transport options and departure times instantly, and includes detailed information for 87 cities, including Vancouver.
Vancouver City Guide by Trip Advisor Get this free city guides catalog, a personal travel advisor in your pocket! Includes restaurants, attractions, hotels and TripAdvisor reviews stored in the app, all available offline.
Street Food Vancouver There is a big "food truck culture" in Vancouver, and this app is the best way to find Vancouver's amazing food trucks. Find up-to-the-minute schedules and locations, updated daily by the vendors.
BC Health Services Locator This app helps you find walk-in clinics, hospitals, emergency rooms, immunization locations, after-hour pharmacies, and laboratory services within British Columbia. Only available on iTunes, but all information is also available on their website.

Canadian Currency

Canadian coins are available in the following denominations:

  • $0.01 = 1 cent / a "penny" but are being phased out of circulation
  • $0.05 = 5 cents / a "nickel"
  • $0.10 = 10 cents / a "dime"
  • $0.25 = 25 cents / a "quarter"
  • $1.00 = 1 dollar / a "loonie"
  • $2.00 = 2 dollars / a "toonie"

As the penny exits circulation, cash payments will need to be rounded, either up or down, to the nearest five-cent increment. Payments by credit card or debit card will be charged to the penny. See the illustration for an example.

Canadian bank notes, or bills, are available in denominations of $5, $10, $20, $50, $100. Not all vendors accept $100 bills, so it is best to carry smaller ones. Debit and credit cards are widely accepted.

We advise you to have $200 CDN in cash on you when arriving in Canada. Please refrain from keeping large sums of cash on your person.

Banking

Large financial institutions in Canada include Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC), Bank of Montreal (BMO), TD Canada Trust, Royal Bank of Canada (RBC), and Scoitabank. Most banks offer special student rates and offer complimentary internet and telephone banking services.

To open a bank account in Canada, you will need your passport, FIC student ID card (provided after Orientation) or Letter of Offer and Letter of Acceptance, proof of registration at FIC and official documentation verifying your Canadian address (such as a phone bill, tenant agreement, or SFU Residence contract).

To obtain a credit card you need to speak with your bank.

Scotiabank has a branch on SFU Burnaby and RBC has a branch at the base of Burnaby Mountain. Both institutions regularly participate at FIC Orientation and will be available to advise you on how to open a bank account.

Transferring Funds to Canada

Money can be wired from your home country to your Canadian Bank Account once it is open. You can also obtain a bank draft and bring it with you to Vancouver. Be advised that Canadian banks can put long holds on deposits, sometimes up to 20 business days. Make sure to keep copies of all your transaction records for future reference.

Sales Tax

Purchases in Canada are subject to Sales Tax. Note that these taxes are not usually indicated on the price tag and will be added to the price of most goods and services when you pay.