What will your first year cost?
On this page you’ll find resources to help you plan your finances to cover the cost of your education. Use our handy budget-planning worksheet to help you create a year-long budget that covers university and living costs. Then use our cost calculator to find your program’s tuition and add it up with books, transportation, and living costs. Once you have a financial plan in place, check out our fees and due dates so you never miss a deadline. International students wishing to pay their UBC fees in their home currency are encouraged to do so. Our international transfer method allows students to lock into an exchange rate for 72 hours during which time you can transfer funds to UBC via Western Union. For details, visit our Student Services website.
This is where you can calculate your financial plan and find your program’s tuition.
Try as many options as you want. The numbers will be updated each time you click the Calculate button. All fees and costs are current estimates and are based on a first-year full course load.
Fees, including tuition, program, course, special, and student society fees, are approved by the Board of Governors following consultation with students and are subject to change.
Last updated April 15, 2016.
How to plan your first-year costs
- Calculate costs specific to you using our online cost calculator. Add up the total for tuition, books, and living costs.
- Download and complete our budget planning worksheet (download below). This worksheet is for your own reference only.
- Get help. Our Enrolment Services Professionals (Vancouver) and Student Services and Financial Support (Okanagan) help students and families develop their financial plan. If you’d like to schedule a financial advising appointment, contact us.
- See our fees and dues dates for important fee-deadlines.
- Budget planning worksheet
- 51KB PDF
- Download this template to help you create a budget that considers both university and living costs.
Fees and due dates
Get a financial picture of the year ahead with a timeline of when tuition and housing fees are due each academic year. Fees listed are approximate.
Tuition, textbooks, and fees are program specific.
|June 1, 2016||Deadline to accept your offer of admission and pay the tuition deposit online through the Student Service Centre.||$500 for Canadian citizens and permanent residents; $1,000 for students on a study permit|
|June 1, 2016 onward||Check your email regularly for your residence offer. Once Student Housing sends your offer, you have one week to accept it and pay your first residence instalment online through the secure online service centre. View an overview of residence fees online.
When you accept your residence offer, select your meal plan type and pay your first meal plan instalment.
$1,300 (meal plan)
|June 1, 2016 onward||If you are an international student, your temporary iMED medical insurance fee will be charged to your account once you have registered for courses, covering you until BC MSP coverage begins (see November).||$180 to $252|
|August 1, 2016 onward||Once you have registered for classes, you can begin to buy your textbooks.||$500 to $2,000|
|September 7, 2016||Term 1 tuition fees are due. Tuition fee payment in Winter Session may be done in two instalments. In general, the first instalment covers tuition for Term 1 courses and the first half of two-term courses, plus most student fees. Visit the UBC Calendar for more details. Winter Session student fees are due.||$5,088 to $7,500 for Canadian citizens and permanent residents ; $30,360 to $37,450 for students on study permits ;$770 to $1,750 in student fees for the year|
|September 23, 2016||Second residence and meal plan fee instalments are due.||$2,290 to $3,139 for residence and $1,919 to $2,577 for meal plan (range based on room and meal type)|
|November 1, 2016 onward||If you do not have other medical coverage, you are required by BC law to have MSP coverage. Begin paying once your waiting period is over. For most students who arrive in August, the waiting period will be over by November 1.||$69.25 per month for a single person|
|January 6, 2017||Term 2 tuition fees are due. The second instalment covers tuition for Term 2 courses and the second half of two-term courses. Visit the UBC Calendar for more details.||See tuition amounts listed for September 7, 2016|
|January 13, 2017||Third meal plan fee instalment is due.||$1,030 to $1,267 (range based on room and meal plan type)|
 For undergraduate programs only. Amounts are for the full Winter Session, and payments are made per term on a per-credit basis. Visit the Student Service Centre and click “Financial Summary” for your specific fees.