I guess one of the problems with SFU is that most people live further away so it takes longer to travel to and from school...this means that less people want to stay after class to organize/participate in activities...
At the moment, I'm actually deciding between universities: UBC, SFU and McGill (still waiting for UofT and HKU)..I'm probably leaning towards UBC even if the UofT and HKU accept me because I live 10 ish mins away from UBC.
Did you have a scholarship at SFU? Or did you solely choose it due to the better commute?? And would it be a good idea to move out of home for university? Any advice would be appreciated
Ive been to McGill, UBC, AND U of T, so ive experienced different universities in different major Canadian cities. I went to McGill fresh out of high school, and in retrospect it was a bad idea moving away from family and friends and my home city (Vancouver) so young and innocent. I wasnt mentality prepared for the change. Plus, i didnt really like the people on my floor at rez and after 2 and a half years there, had enough and transferred to UBC. Dont get me wrong, theres some pluses about montreal, great night life and cultural city - so your experience may vary, but that was mine.
As for UBC, i really enjoyed it. I found i was one of the only guys in my english lit degree so it was easy to meet girls. Plus i really got involved in clubs and theatre, and made some life long friends through it. So to the OP, if youre really not happy, change can be for the better. Get involved, do a degree that your passionate about (not just what will make you money), and living in rez is always a good way to meet people. You may lose some credits in your transfer though, i lost half a year in my transfer btwn McGill and UBC.
As for U of T, it was my best experience yet. Toronto is a great city, despite what Vancouverites usually say, the campus is nice and compact and centralized in the downtown core. I was a graduate student, doing a masters that i loved and met like minded people. Lived in Graduate House resdience, and these were students my age, that also liked to have a good time. Plus i was old enough to be strong enough to handle a new city, and wise enough to know what i wanted academically and socially.
hope my experiences can be of help