The Simon Fraser Student Society announced today that it is actively exploring new study and social space options for undergraduate students at SFU’s Surrey campus. Hangue Kim, President of SFSS, knows that this has been a long-time coming for Surrey students.
“The SFU Surrey campus has been growing significantly for years, but the ability to provide social and study spaces for students has not kept pace,” said Kim. “In the last few years, we have had a number of discussions with SFU administration regarding space expansion on the Surrey campus, but we have yet to come to an agreement. With the recent announcement of the “Sustainable Energy Engineering Building,” we believe that there is a new and exciting opportunity to develop an agreement that will bring new student-centric space for members.”
The SFSS has expressed interest in securing dedicated study spaces for students, along with multipurpose social space that could be used to host a variety of on-campus events.
“We understand that there will be many SFU academic and administrative requests for space as a result of the new building being constructed,” said Kim. We believe that student interests should be an important consideration in the decisions for the three-phase academic expansion for SFU Surrey, and we look forward to ensuring that the needs of students are well-considered in the final decisions that will be made.”
Recently, the SFSS conducted a student survey that received over 2600 responses. In the survey, Surrey students indicated their strong support for more study and student centric spaces. The securing of additional student space on the Surrey campus is also aligned with student sentiment that has been regularly expressed in Surrey.
The SFSS will be reaching out to Surrey students during the week of June 19 to June 23, at the Surrey campus, to capture their thoughts about improving student space on Surrey campus. “We look forward to sharing the results of our Surrey consultation with University representatives in the coming weeks,” said Kim.
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