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.

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Vancouver campus

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What it’s like to live in residence

Make Vancouver your home away from home. From a plethora of wonderful room options to convenient public transportation to flexible meal plans, there’s many reasons to consider living on campus.

Campus

Our flagship Vancouver campus sits at the western tip of Point Grey, a little over 10 km from downtown Vancouver, British Columbia. Enjoy the breathtaking nature right at your doorstep and the comforts of the nearby Kitsilano community. Or, hop on the 44 bus to experience all that downtown Vancouver has to offer.

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Residences

As a first-year student, you will live in a shared room, a single room, or a single connected room. Various villages throughout campus exist for first-years, including Totem Park, Place Vanier, and Orchard Commons.

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Meal plans

With your residence meal plan, enjoy a wide variety of options around campus. Our three dining rooms serve fair-trade coffee, fresh fruit and vegetables from the UBC Farm, and free-range meat and eggs. Around campus you’ll find more than 45 food vendors and a growing number of food trucks, offering sushi, falafel, pub food, pizza, and much more.

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Fun and support

Living on campus offers you a safe, supportive environment so you can pursue your academic goals and enjoy your time with your new friends. Residence Advisors – current UBC students – offer guidance for health and wellness programs, and plan fun activities for you to get involved.

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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.

Costs

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

How to find off-campus housing

Check out UBC Student Housing, or drop into the AMS Next 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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