Planning your finances

Planning your finances

If you don’t have a financial plan for the upcoming academic year, now is a good time to think about money management. There are a lot of things to factor in and you might be surprised to see how quickly it all adds up.

Your costs as a student

As a student, you’ll be responsible for paying tuition and student fees. If you’re applying for on-campus housing, you’ll need to include your housing fees. You’re probably going to want to eat, so factor in your meal plan. If you’re going to be living off campus, you’ll need to consider your weekly groceries and rent (and remember that it needs to be paid on time). And let’s not forget all of the miscellaneous expenses such as clothing, entertainment, and your various monthly bills.

It can seem overwhelming, but UBC’s cost calculator can help you get a handle on what your money situation will look like.

Let us help you

If things still don’t make sense, contact your ESP, who will be more than happy to sit down and help you create a realistic budget for the year.

Get your questions answered in an online info session

Get your questions answered in an online info session

It’s a wonderful time of year to visit our campuses – the temperatures have cooled down and the leaves have started turning to create a rich, colourful landscape. If you’re in Vancouver or Kelowna and have questions you’d like to ask us about applying to UBC, feel free to stop by the Welcome Centre in Brock Hall (on our Vancouver campus) during our regular hours, or drop by University Centre Room 222 (on our Okanagan campus) on Wednesdays from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm or Thursdays from 10:30 am to 4:30 pm.

Visit us in an online info session

We know that not all of you will be able to visit us in person, but that doesn’t mean we can’t answer your questions. We have plenty of online information sessions coming up for domestic and international students to help you prepare for your application to UBC. These sessions will require an account, so take a few minutes to sign up for one if you haven’t already done so.

Whether you plan on joining us in person or virtually, we look forward to connecting with you!