Find a place to live

Where you live will shape your UBC experience – from who you meet to what you eat. Learn more about our two distinct campuses, as well as how to find your perfect home away from home, on campus or nearby.

Choose a campus:

Okanagan campus

Move-in day at UBC Okanagan

Tag along with new student Robert and experience what it’s like getting settled into life on campus.

What to expect

Guarantee your spot

Your place in residence is only guaranteed if:

  • you are entering UBC directly from high school or CEGEP. (i.e., you graduated within the last year, between this June and the previous June) – and you have not completed any post-secondary coursework,
  • you submit your residence application for Winter Session housing by the May 1 deadline, and
  • you accept UBC’s offer of admission by the date indicated in your letter of admission (but no later than June 1).

Learn how to secure a spot in residence.

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Receiving your residence offer

Your residence offer is different from your offer of admission to UBC. Residence offers are sent by email between June and August, so keep an eye on your inbox. You will have a limited time – usually just one week – to accept and pay the deposit. Next, you’ll receive your residence room assignment by email in mid-August.


Depending on your budget, find the perfect type of room and meal plan for you. We spread your payments out between three payments over the course of the eight-month academic year, making it easy to plan your monthly expenses.

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Explore UBC Okanagan

Living off campus

If you choose to live off campus, you’ll be able to pick between a variety of different neighbourhoods, each with their own personalities and charm. Many students choose to live in areas such as Lake Country, Ellison, Glenmore, and Rutland, and often live with other students to reduce costs.

UBC Okanagan is served by BC Transit. All UBC Okanagan students receive a U-Pass, or universal transit pass, giving you unlimited access to local transit services. Buses operate from early morning hours to after midnight.

How to find off-campus housing

If you have time to walk around local neighbourhoods, there are often vacancy signs posted on rental properties and houses close to campus. Otherwise, head online to check UBC Student Housing, or drop into the University Centre to check notice boards for other students looking for roommates.

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On-campus spaces for commuter students

Find your home base and a sense of community here on campus by visiting our UBC Collegia spaces. There are three different Collegia spaces at UBC Okanagan where you can relax, heat up your lunch, or fit in some study time in between classes.

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