I’ve been admitted. Now what?

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

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Step 1: Accept your offer

To reserve your place at UBC, most students must formally accept their offer before May 1 or June 1 (or the date indicated on your letter of admission) and pay the acceptance deposit.

▪    CAD $500 for Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada

▪    CAD $1,000 for international students

Log in to the Student Service Centre and click Yes, I accept this offer. You will be guided through paying your deposit, which will be credited to your first-term tuition fees.

It is essential that you review the conditions outlined in your letter of admission, maintain your grades, and submit your final transcript/report of grades required to confirm your offer.

After you accept your offer, check that UBC has your complete and current mailing address in your Student Service Centre account under Personal Info and Contact Summary. All admission packages are sent by mail or courier, and can take up to four weeks to arrive.

If you have any questions about registration, resources, or finances, contact an Enrolment Services Professional (Vancouver campus) or Student Services (Okanagan campus). Vancouver students, in June you can find your ESP in your Student Service Centre account under Personal Info and UBC Contacts.

Share the good news!

Once you’ve accepted your offer, why not share the good news with family and friends using the #IAMUBC hashtag. See how other students are celebrating life at UBC.

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 for longer than six months. Obtaining a permit can take several months, so 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 accordingly. 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, and 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.

Work, loans, bursaries, and scholarships

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.

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

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

UBC is strongly committed to recognizing students for demonstrated academic excellence, community and school involvement, and leadership through our merit- and need-based awards.

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. In June, you can 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 choose to live will shape your UBC experience. If you’re looking for a supportive environment, close-knit community, and easy access to on-campus services and facilities, residence on either our Vancouver or Okanagan campuses is for you. If you prefer an independent lifestyle, you will find all sorts of off-campus housing 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 indicated in your letter of admission. Most students must apply for residence and accept UBC’s offer of admission by May 1 or June 1. 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 for Canadian students and International students on our website.

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 for both campuses. 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: Start your transition to UBC life

Whether you are a first-year student, a student coming from outside Canada, an Aboriginal student, or a transfer student, we provide an orientation program to get your UBC experience off to a great start. This is your time to explore campus, learn how your faculty works, and set yourself up for a rewarding year.

Destination UBC and UBC Welcomes You

If you are a Canadian high school student living in Canada, you’ll want to attend UBC Welcomes You on the Vancouver campus in April 2017, or Destination UBC on the Okanagan campus in May 2017 to get important advice about your transition to UBC.

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.

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