What to do before classes start

What to do before classes start

It’s only a matter of weeks now until you step foot on campus. As a first-year student, you’ll meet loads of new people and have tons of new experiences – which can be both exciting and overwhelming. Set yourself up for a stress-free first week by taking care of a few things before classes start.

1. Get ready for orientation

Surprise! There are no lectures or labs on the first day of class. Instead, you’ll take part in a series of welcome-to-UBC events as part of Create on the Okanagan campus or Imagine UBC on the Vancouver campus. Think food, fun, prizes, and more.

2. Find back-to-school events

Student societies on both campuses – UBCSUO on the Okanagan campus and AMS on the Vancouver campus – host events and programs designed specifically for first-year students like you. Find ones you’re interested in and mark your calendar.

3. Check out the UBC Life Blog

Now that you’re an official UBC student, the UBC Life Blog will be your go-to resource for updates and information on Vancouver campus services and events, health and well-being, money management, and more.

4. Update your email address

Double check the email address you have listed on the Student Service Centre to make sure it’s correct, and then keep an eye on your inbox.

5. Learn about your student health plan

Visit the Studentcare website to learn more about your student health plan – including what’s covered and how to submit claims – or to find out how to opt out if you already have equivalent coverage elsewhere.

6. Plan your finances

Make sure you have a financial plan in place for the upcoming academic year. Need a hand? There are online and in-person resources on both campuses ­– Okanagan and Vancouver – that can help.

7. Pay your tuition online

Skip the line and gain peace of mind by paying your tuition online. Check out the online payment methods available for your campus – Okanagan or Vancouver – and choose the option that works best for you.

8. Get your transit pass

If you’re a student on the Okanagan campus, bring your student ID card to the Student Union Office (UNC133) and pick up your U-Pass sticker for unlimited access to BC Transit in Kelowna and the surrounding area.

If you’re a student on the Vancouver campus, pick up a Compass Card from the UBC Bookstore, a SkyTrain Station, or a TransLink Fare Dealer and link it to your U-Pass online at upassbc.translink.ca. Keep in mind that it can take up to 24 hours for your request to be processed, so you’ll want to plan ahead. Visit the Campus + Community Planning website for answers to other frequently asked questions about the Compass Card and U-Pass.

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