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 and how to find your perfect home away from home, on campus or nearby.

Choose a campus:

Vancouver campus

Move-in day at UBC Vancouver

Follow new student Rachel and experience what it’s like getting settled into life on campus.

What to expect

Guaranteeing your spot

Your place in residence is only guaranteed if:

  • you are a first-year student who will graduate from high school in the current academic year;
  • 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 over the course of the eight-month academic year, making it easy to plan your monthly expenses.

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Explore UBC Vancouver

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. UBC is served by 13 bus routes with connections to destinations throughout Metro Vancouver. As a full-time student, you’ll receive a TransLink U-Pass that provides unlimited travel on bus, SkyTrain, and SeaBus, so you can get to your classes and around the city.

How to find off-campus housing

Check out the UBC Student Housing website, or drop into the AMS Nest and International House to check notice boards to find other students looking for roommates. If you have time to walk around local neighbourhoods, there are often vacancy signs posted on rental properties and houses close to campus.

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On-campus spaces for commuter students

If you’re planning to commute to campus, you’re in good company – over 75% of our Vancouver students bike, drive, or take transit to our campus for class. UBC Collegia spaces exist as your home base here on campus. Heat up your lunch, relax between classes, or talk to one of our friendly advisors.

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