I’ve been admitted. Now what?

Congratulations! You’ve received your offer of admission.
Here’s what you need to do next.

On this page:

Step 1: Accept your offer

To reserve your place at UBC, you must formally accept your offer by June 2 and pay your acceptance deposit.

▪    CAD $250 for Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada

▪    CAD $500 for international students

Log in to the Student Service Centre and click Accept my Offer. You will be guided through paying your deposit, which will be credited to your first-term tuition fees.


If you need to defer your admission, you must notify UBC by July 15.


Canadian students

If you are a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada, your $250 deposit is non-refundable.

International students

If you are an international student, $250 of the $500 deposit is refundable. You will qualify for the international student partial refund only if you

▪    have not taken any Summer Session courses.

▪    have cancelled all your course registrations.

▪    notify the International Student Initiative before August 31.

The $100 deposit for subsequent sessions is non-refundable. If you decide not to attend UBC, please contact us.

Share the good news!

Once you’ve accepted your offer, why not share the good news with family and friends using the #IAMUBC hashtag.

Step 2: Apply early for a study permit

This step is for international students only.

Unless you are a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada, you will need a valid post-secondary study permit to attend UBC. Obtaining a permit might take several months, so we encourage you to submit your application as soon as you accept your UBC offer.

Take some time to read up on applying for or extending your study permit. If you are under  17 years of age and want to come to Canada to study without a parent or legal guardian, you must arrange for a custodian in Canada.

UBC’s Designated Learning Institution (DLI) number

As a Designated Learning Institution (DLI), UBC is issued the DLI number (it starts with the letter “O” and not zero) O19330231062. You may be asked by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) to provide UBC’s DLI number when you apply for a permit or a visa.

Step 3: Plan your finances

To succeed at UBC, you and your family or financial supporters need to understand the financial commitment required and plan for that. Use our online cost calculator to get an idea of what UBC will cost for you: the calculator will take into account

  • program fees
  • citizenship
  • intended accommodation during the school year
  • and any financial support you will receive

Try as many options as you want. Then use our budget planning worksheet to develop a financial plan that includes university costs and living costs.

Tuition at UBC varies according to program. Be sure to check when your fees are due.

Working while studying

Explore the Work Learn and Work Study programs for job opportunities on campus where you can develop your professional skills and learn in a work environment.

Find out if you’re eligible for student loans or bursaries

If you are a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada, you may be eligible for federal and provincial student loans.

You may also be eligible for bursaries. Review eligibility requirements and application deadlines closely.

U.S. student loans

If you are a U.S. student, you can apply for Direct Lend Stafford and PLUS loans through the U.S. government.

Find out if you’re eligible for scholarships and awards

UBC is strongly committed to recognizing students for demonstrated academic excellence, community and school involvement, and leadership through merit- and need-based awards. You may already be familiar with awards given to first-year students. There are also awards and scholarships available for subsequent years of study. Review the deadlines closely for each of the awards and scholarships that interest you.

Transferring money to Canada

You have several options for transferring money to Canada, including bank drafts, wire transfer services, and automated teller machines (ATMs). Banks are available on the Vancouver and Okanagan campuses.

International students can pay their UBC fees in their home currency using our international transfer method. This allows you to lock into an exchange rate for 72 hours during which time you can transfer funds to UBC via Western Union Business Solutions.


If you have concerns about finances, we can offer helpful advice.

UBC’s Vancouver campus

In Vancouver, your Enrolment Services Professional (ESP) can walk you through your funding options and help you put together a customized financial plan. Find your ESP in your Student Service Centre account under Personal Info and UBC Contacts.

UBC’s Okanagan campus

In the Okanagan, Student Services and Financial Support is ready to answer your questions at awards.inquiry.ubco@ubc.ca.

Step 4: Find a place to live

Where you live will shape your university experience. If you’re looking for a supportive environment, close-knit community, and easy access to on-campus services and facilities, you’ll want to consider residence on either our Vancouver or Okanagan campuses. If you prefer a more independent lifestyle, there are many off-campus options nearby.

Live in residence

All first-year students (who graduate from high school) are guaranteed a place in student housing on our Vancouver or Okanagan campuses as long as you apply by the deadline. You must apply for residence by May 1 and accept UBC’s offer of admission by June 2. Residence offers will be sent via email, so check your email regularly.

To get information on the different residences and meal plans, housing fees, or the status of your housing application, visit the Housing website for UBC’s Vancouver or Okanagan campus.

Arriving early?

The application deadline for early arrival campus housing is July 15 on our Vancouver and Okanagan campuses. If you are participating in the UBC Jump Start summer immersion program on our Vancouver or Okanagan campus, early arrival housing is included in your registration.

Live off campus

If you’re considering living off campus, start by exploring the following resources for Vancouver or Kelowna.

Then spend some time wandering potential neighbourhoods. Vacancy signs posted on rental properties and houses can yield some great finds.

Step 5: Plan your program

If you’re wondering which courses to take in your first year at UBC, our Vancouver campus and our Okanagan campus degree-planning charts are a great place to start.

Plan to take courses that are required by your program and faculty. Include electives that interest you.

College or university transfer students should consult the Student Service Centre to find out which courses are awarded transfer credit.

For course selection, review the Academic Calendar for the Vancouver campus or the Okanagan campus, and individual faculty websites on the Vancouver campus or the Okanagan campus.

How to read course descriptions

Here’s a quick overview of course descriptions for UBC’s Vancouver campus and Okanagan campus.

Connect with an academic advisor

Get advice on courses and programs from a faculty advisor on UBC’s Vancouver and Okanagan campuses.

Step 6: Review your requirements

Understanding your program requirements is a critical first step in building your timetable. Program-specific requirements are different for each program and vary according to where you attended high school or university. Program-specific requirements are listed on our Admissions page under item 3.

English requirement

Math requirement

Step 7: Register for courses

You’ll register for courses online. You will be emailed your assigned registration date and time two weeks before you can register. It’s important to register at that date and time – regardless of where you are in the world – to secure your first choice of courses. UBC is in Pacific Daylight Time. Registration opens in June. Find out when to register.

Visit the Student Service Centre

Create your timetable, register for courses, check and pay your fees, and watch video tutorials online at the Student Service Centre.

Step 8: Take charge of your learning

Picking your courses is just the beginning. When the sky’s the limit, how do you choose what to do outside of the classroom? And how do you connect with UBC’s academic resources?


Visit the Learning Commons

Access peer tutoring and assistance, interactive workshops, study groups, and much more through this online resource. Available on UBC’s Vancouver and Okanagan campuses.

Visit the Academic Resource Centre

Take advantage of free academic support services such as tutoring and supplemental learning with other students in your class on UBC’s Okanagan campus.

Check out the UBC Bookstore

Each UBC campus has a bookstore that stocks a huge range of course materials.

Active learning

Start with what interests you, what you’re good at, or what you’d like to learn then go from there.

Co-op education

Get valuable hands-on experience in your field of study with a co-op placement. IBM, Nokia, the BC Cancer Research Centre, PepsiCo Canada, and Barrick Gold Corporation are just a few of the employers who have posted jobs through UBC’s co-op program. Find opportunities on the Vancouver or Okanagan campus.

Participate in student life

Make the most of your university experience by participating in student life. UBC has leadership conferences, volunteering opportunities, learning exchanges, study abroad programs, and career-building opportunities that will challenge you to make a difference.


International students

If you’re an international student—or simply interested in other cultures—spaces like International House and the Global Lounge on UBC’s Vancouver campus and the International Collegium on UBC’s Okanagan campus offer the chance to gather and exchange ideas.

Aboriginal students

If you’re a First Nations, Métis, or Inuit student, or would like to learn more about Aboriginal peoples and culture, visit the First Nations House of Learning on UBC’s Vancouver campus or the Aboriginal Centre on UBC’s Okanagan campus to connect and learn about events and initiatives in the region.

Equal access

If you have a disability or medical condition that could affect your full participation at UBC, reach out to the Disability Resource Centre on UBC’s Okanagan campus or Access & Diversity on UBC’s Vancouver campus as soon as you’ve been accepted.

Connect with UBC before you get here

Set up your UBC email

Set up your UBC email address and check it regularly. It’s the easiest way for us to stay in touch.

Step 9: Connect with your campus services

UBC requires that you have basic and extended health insurance for the duration of your studies. Make sure you understand the various health insurance plans, their coverage periods, and costs before arriving at UBC:

Vancouver campus

Okanagan campus

Extended health and dental

You will be automatically enrolled in UBC’s extended health and dental plan when you register for courses, unless you are an exchange student, in which case you must opt in. You can see if you are covered based on the health care fees listed in your Student Service Centre account.

Make the most of public transit with your U-Pass

Your U-Pass, which is included in your fees, offers unlimited access to local public transit. Available on our Vancouver and Okanagan campuses.

Step 10: Prepare to come to UBC

Whether you are new to Canada or live five minutes from campus, UBC’s orientation programs are the best way to find your feet, connect with your new classmates, and dive head-first into university life. You’ll explore campus, learn how your faculty works, and set yourself up for first year – all before classes begin!

Destination UBC

If you are a Canadian or an international high school student living in Canada, you’ll want to attend Destination UBC in May 2014 to get important advice about your transition to UBC.

Share your experience!

Every UBC student has a unique experience. So will you. Share your UBC experience using the #IAMUBC hashtag.

If you take photos of your admission offer, good times at orientation events, or favourite spots on campus— share them on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter.

See how other students are celebrating life at UBC.