What you need to know about registration deposit deferrals

What you need to know about registration deposit deferrals

In most cases, you will be required to pay a non-refundable deposit in the Student Service Centre when you accept your offer of admission to UBC. The acceptance deposit counts as your first registration deposit, and is applied to your tuition fees after you register for classes.

There are some exceptions, though. If you’re receiving a major award or sponsorship funding – from UBC or a third party – and that funding is delayed, you can request for your registration deposit to be deferred to when your tuition fees are due.

If you’ve self-identified as an Aboriginal person of Canada, your registration deposit will be automatically deferred in an effort to support students who are being funded by third parties, including their band or Nation.

Can I apply to have my registration deposit deferred?

There’s no need to apply. If your deferral has been approved, your acceptance deposit counts as your registration deposit for the following year, and will be automatically deferred.

Don’t worry if you are still prompted to pay a deposit on your registration screen. If you have confirmation that your registration deposit has been deferred, you can safely ignore this default warning.

Who can help me with financial planning?

If you have financial concerns or you’re facing financial challenges, please contact an advisor on the Okanagan campus or your Enrolment Services Advisor on the Vancouver campus. We can help you plan how to finance your studies at UBC.



Submit your UBC housing application by May 1

Submit your UBC housing application by May 1

Please note:

UBC is continuing to monitor how COVID-19 is evolving in Canada. After you submit your housing application, we will send you your residence offer in mid-June, and you’ll make your first deposit when you accept. We anticipate that our residence offers will proceed as normal, and that you will start your courses in the fall. In the event that the situation changes, we’ll let you know through this blog, the UBC website, and our social media channels.


Living on campus is more than just a practical option for housing – it’s one of the best ways to immerse yourself in the UBC student experience. If you want to live in residence at UBC, you must apply by May 1, 2020.

If you are considering a degree on both campuses, you must complete a separate residence application for each campus.

Am I guaranteed a spot?

Your place in residence is guaranteed if:

  • you are entering UBC directly from high school or CEGEP and you submit your residence application for Winter Session housing by the May 1 deadline;
  • you receive and accept UBC’s offer of admission by June 1.

If you have questions about priority access, residence guarantees, or housing beyond first year, visit the UBC Student Housing website.

What’s residence like?

No matter which residence you’re assigned to, you’ll be part of a supportive environment that’s designed to help you adjust to university life, enjoy your time as a student, and make lifelong friends. Plus, you’ll be able to choose from a range of optional and mandatory meal plans on  our Okanagan campus, and enjoy the mandatory first-year residence meal plan on our Vancouver campus.

Move-in day on UBC’s Okanagan campus

Move-in day on UBC’s Vancouver campus

What if residence isn’t for me?

If you’re not planning to live in residence, you can build your own home away from home at the UBC Collegia on our Okanagan and Vancouver campuses. These welcoming on-campus spaces are great spots to relax between classes, heat up your lunch, and connect with new friends.



Destination UBC and UBC Welcomes You 2020

Destination UBC and UBC Welcomes You 2020

Update 5/14/20

As a result of COVID-19, we have made the decision to cancel our in-person Destination UBC and UBC Welcomes You events. Instead, if you’ve received an offer of admission from UBC Okanagan, or if you are an Indigenous student who has received an offer from either campus, we invite you to experience Destination UBC online. 


There’s something special about the first time you step on campus as an admitted university student. It’s the first time everything becomes real.

There’s no need to wait until September for that experience. On our Okanagan campus, we’re inviting you to attend Destination UBC  in May – a weekend-long event for admitted students.  As part of the program, we host a day of social and academic programming called UBC Welcomes You to help you get a feel for your new home come fall. Students who self-identify as Indigenous are also encouraged to head out to Kelowna a day earlier to attend the Indigenous Welcome.

On our Vancouver campus, admitted students are invited to register for UBC Welcomes You, a full-day event in April to help you meet your first friends and get familiar with the campus. If you’re an Indigenous student, you may also attend the Destination UBC Aboriginal Student Welcome, a full weekend designed to foster a smooth transition into life at UBC.

Whether you’re still considering your offer or are already mapping out your first-year classes, these fun and informational events will help you picture life at UBC.


Destination UBC (Okanagan campus)

May 22 – 24: Destination UBC on UBC’s Okanagan campus

At Destination UBC you’ll join students from across Canada, spend the weekend in UBC residence, and get a taste of student life with a full day of programming. You’ll have the opportunity to get to know your campus and faculty, and meet other students who will be starting at the same time as you.

May 21: Indigenous Welcome on UBC’s Okanagan campus

If you’re a First Nations, Métis, or Inuit student in Canada, join us on Thursday, May 21 for the Indigenous Welcome on UBC’s Okanagan campus before your Destination UBC experience begins.


Before I went to Destination UBC I had already accepted an offer to another university and was a week away from picking out classes for it. My mom ended up talking me into going to the event, and I am so grateful because after that weekend I turned down my acceptance to the other university and accepted my offer to UBC Okanagan. I met so many people I could relate to and felt as though I was able to already make UBC my second home.” 


– Madison Knodel, Bachelor of Science, Okanagan campus


UBC Welcomes You (Okanagan campus)

May 23: UBC Welcomes You on UBC’s Okanagan campus

Excited about attending UBC? UBC Welcomes You is a half-day informational event at UBC’s Okanagan campus that is part of Destination UBC, where you’ll get your questions answered, connect with the UBC community, and start preparing for life as a UBC student before you arrive in the fall. All admitted students to UBC’s Okanagan campus are welcome to attend!


UBC Welcomes You (Vancouver campus)

April 26: UBC Welcomes You on UBC’s Vancouver campus

At UBC Welcomes You, you’ll spend a half day at UBC Vancouver learning about your new campus and degree, connecting with your new community, and preparing for life as a UBC student. You’ll have the chance to meet with your professors, find out more about your program, and meet your first friends.


Destination UBC Aboriginal Student Welcome (Vancouver)

May 29 – 31: Destination UBC Aboriginal Student Welcome

If you are a First Nations, Métis, or Inuit high school student in Canada, you may also attend the weekend-long Destination UBC Aboriginal Student Welcome (May 29-31) to help you get to know the Aboriginal community.


“Everything just became real – it wasn’t a viewbook or pictures online, but an actual place where students live and study.”


– Reed Eaglesham, Bachelor of International Economics, Vancouver campus


What if I can’t attend?

If you can’t make it to any of these events, we’ll also be hosting sessions in a city near you soon.


Tips from UBC students for after you’ve been admitted

Tips from UBC students for after you’ve been admitted

All of your hard work has paid off, and you’ve been admitted to UBC! The road ahead is filled with crucial tasks to ensure that you’re ready for your first year of university – including planning your finances, registering for courses, and getting mentally prepared for life at UBC.

Take a look at these tips from four current UBC students and one UBC advisor on how to make the upcoming months simple and stress-free.

Meet the students

UBC Okanagan student An Goto

An Goto | Bali, Indonesia

Chemistry (Honours), Mathematics (Minor)

“I chose UBC because I thought that the learning environment offered at the Okanagan campus exactly met the criteria that I had for an ideal university.”


UBC student Abdullah Khair

Abdullah Khair | Amman, Jordan

Chemical Engineering

“The student-centred environment at the university stood out to me and made me realize that there are endless ways to grow and discover myself on this campus.”


UBC student Thao Atkinson

Thao Atkinson | Métis, Midway, Canada


“I loved the values UBC had and the high level of support UBC has for Aboriginal students. I felt it was important for me to be in a community where I could exceed academically, but also have a sense of community.”


UBC student Moozhan Ahmadzadegan

Moozhan Ahmadzadegan | Lake Country, Canada

Visual Arts (Major), Art History (Minor)

“UBC is one of the best universities in the world, plus, I was born and raised in the Okanagan. It seemed only natural that I attend university in the place I call home.”


Enrolment Services Professional Claudia

Claudia | UBC advisor

As a UBC staff member dedicated to helping students, Claudia has many useful tips for you: “As a UBC advisor, I wear many hats. I specialize in financial advising, but I can also answer questions about undergraduate admissions, fees, tuition, registration, financial support, exams, graduation, transcripts, and so much more. If you have a question I can’t answer, I likely know the person or department who can.”



Accepting your offer


“My Peer Mentor helped with the transition into university by letting me know about events and other opportunities for students on campus.” – Moozhan

“My UBC advisor was extremely helpful to me, and especially at the beginning of my university career as I was still figuring out the very little details about being a student at UBC. This included things like how to pay my tuition, registering for courses, and transferring over some of my high school credits.” – Abdullah



Applying for a study permit


UBC’s International Student Guide is your go-to online resource for information on immigration, health insurance, taxes, and more. There’s even a study permit tutorial.” – Claudia, UBC Advisor



Planning your finances


“My UBC advisor helped me make sure how I knew how to handle money and how to budget for the year. He’s awesome!” – Thao

“Look for external awards and opportunities through banks, companies, and Internet-based databases like Scholarships Canada and yconic.” – Claudia, UBC Advisor



Finding a place to live


“If you live in residence, you have to vacate your room at the end of each academic year. Keep your belongings as compact as possible for smooth moving.” – An

“My residence room must-haves are a comfy pillow, snacks, and an alarm clock.” – Thao

“If I’m not at home I’m in the Critical and Creative Studies Building. Most of my classes and my friends reside there, and there are tons of good places to chill and study. It’s my dwelling when on campus.” – Moozhan

“I always kept some late-night study snacks as you don’t really get access to a kitchen or hot food past a certain hour in university residence.” – Abdullah



Exploring your academic options


“The best part of being a Chemistry major is about the opportunity to be able to meet with professors who not only shaped me towards being a well-rounded chemist, but also a more independent individual.” – An

“When I picked my program, I was intrigued by the programs that the Sauder School of Business offered. This included co-op opportunities, global exchanges, and the various clubs offered at UBC.” – Thao

“I picked Engineering as I was interested in different sciences and mathematics. The best part about my degree at UBC is that they provide a general engineering program during first year and then you get to choose which specialty you’d like to be enrolled in.” – Abdullah

“My Visual Arts Course Union offers different opportunities to plan, volunteer at, or attend events. It really creates a community within a program and is a great way to make connections and gain valuable experiences. It’s also a great chance to be involved and learn new things outside the classroom.” – Moozhan



Registering for courses


“Throughout my journey at UBC, I planned my courses by referencing the degree requirements for my Chemistry and Mathematics degrees, which were located in UBC’s Academic Calendar.” – An

“I had to register for some extra electives, and found that the Degree Navigator tool in the Student Services Centre was extremely useful in laying out what courses satisfy the elective requirements I had.” – Abdullah

“There is a lot to choose from, and it can be a challenge to narrow down your interests. Most of my courses were required, so that helped. My advice for first-timers: pick something you think will sustain your interest over the semester.” – Moozhan

“If your faculty does not have a standard timetable, reach out to older students who can help you with the process! Destination UBC was a great way to meet upper year students who love to support and help incoming students.” – Thao



Getting ready for life at UBC!


“UBC offers a variety of support, courses and clubs that will undoubtedly pique your interest. If you’re thinking about coming to UBC, go to the orientations they provide, ask other students your questions, and research the things that you value!” – Thao

“If you’re an international student staying in Kelowna during the winter break, you can meet other international students from different cultures through winter programming offered by International Programs and Services.” – An

“Make sure university is what you want – it’s a commitment and can be a really great experience. UBC is an exceptional university and having the opportunity to attend a place of inclusion and acceptance is definitely a good incentive.” – Moozhan

“Finding community may seem a little overwhelming. However, with time and as you settle in, you will slowly find yourself immersed in many smaller groups at UBC. Whether that’s through your residence, faculty, classes, or sports clubs, the smaller communities will make UBC feel like a bigger home to you.” – Abdullah



Four healthy habits for first year

Four healthy habits for first year

University is demanding and the transition to university life can be challenging. As you prepare for – and adjust to – life at UBC, it’s important to take care of yourself academically, physically, socially, and emotionally. The good habits you establish in first year will serve you well throughout your degree.

Be smart about your studies

Get clear on your academic goals, learn how to manage your time effectively, and strengthen your study skills. If you need a hand getting started, Learning Supports on the Okanagan campus and the Learning Commons on the Vancouver campus are great resources.

Take care of your body

Choose your food wisely and make time for exercise. To get a better sense of the recreational facilities, fitness classes, intramural teams, and events available, check out Campus Recreation on the Okanagan campus and UBC Recreation on the Vancouver campus.

If you have health concerns at any time, be sure to seek medical attention. Remember, the Health and Wellness Centre on the Okanagan campus and Student Health Service on the Vancouver campus offer on-campus medical clinics that are free for all UBC students.

Connect with others

The best way to meet people at UBC is to find something you’re interested in – a club, a sport, an activity, or an event – and get involved. There’s no shortage of opportunities on the Okanagan and Vancouver campuses. Not only will you get to do something you love, but you’ll make new friends in the process. Don’t forget to stay in touch with friends and family at home, too!

Keep your stress in check

If you find yourself feeling worried, anxious, or stressed, talk to someone. As a UBC student, you have access to one-on-one counselling services and a variety of mental health resources on the Okanagan and Vancouver campuses.


Imagine UBC orientation on the Vancouver campus

Imagine UBC orientation on the Vancouver campus

On the first day of classes, join thousands of new-to-UBC students and hundreds of volunteers on the Vancouver campus for Imagine UBC, a day-long orientation event that celebrates the start of the academic year by welcoming students to campus.

What to expect

Imagine UBC is one of the largest orientation events of its kind in Canada. It’s an incredible opportunity to:

  • Make new friends
  • Meet with student leaders and professors
  • Get to know your faculty
  • Find out about on-campus services and resources
  • Learn all the ways to get involved during your time at UBC

Over the course of the day, you’ll have the chance to take part in campus tours, workshops, a pep rally, and a showcase of nearly 400 on-campus resources, clubs, and organizations. But your orientation doesn’t end there – faculty orientations, AMS Firstweek, and UBC Homecoming are just a few of the ways you can continue learning about your UBC community during the first weeks of the academic year.

Who can attend

All UBC students – including new, returning, and transfer students – are welcome to attend. Look for an email in late August with your personalized Imagine UBC schedule.

Heading to UBC’s Okanagan campus? Check out Wednesday’s post for details about Create orientation on the Okanagan campus.


Create orientation on the Okanagan campus

Create orientation on the Okanagan campus

On the first day of class, leave your books at home and join other new-to-UBC students on the Okanagan campus for Create, a day-long orientation event designed to welcome new students like you to the close-knit UBC community.

What to expect

You’ll start off by meeting your Create orientation leader or peer mentor (if you requested one when you registered), and a small group of other UBC students from your degree or faculty. Together, you’ll:

  • Attend Kick-Off, a ceremony designed to officially welcoming the incoming class of 2019
  • Meet your faculty’s dean and important staff members
  • Explore your new campus and get to know new and returning students
  • Enjoy a free lunch and grab some prizes and UBC swag
  • Learn more about on-campus resources, find out about opportunities to get involved, collect swag and listen to live music at Showcase

How to register

Register for Create online today – the first day of class will be here before you know it!

Heading to UBC’s Vancouver campus? Check back later this week for details on Imagine UBC orientation on the Vancouver campus.

Okanagan students: Find your faculty on social media

Okanagan students: Find your faculty on social media

Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences | Students in the Go Global program in New Zealand


At this point, you’ve accepted your UBC offer of admission and mapped out your courses for the fall. The hard work is done – now’s the time to relax and look forward to the adventure ahead. Before you switch off for the summer, why not see what students and professors in your faculty are doing. It’s time to start dreaming about your university life before you even arrive.

What to expect

Get to know people like Dylan Ranney, a Fine Arts alumnus who opened a communal arts space for Kelowna artists and musicians after carving his own creative path at UBC. Find out why UBC researchers think Canada’s mountains are bellwethers of change. Get ahead on your reading assignments and reserve your very own portable lawn chair from the UBC Okanagan Library. Learn about on-campus events, like Opera Under the Stars. And that’s just the beginning.

Find your faculty or school

Find your faculty below and spend the summer getting to know your new UBC community on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, or Pinterest.

Faculties and schools Where to find them
Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies UBC Creative and Critical Studies Facebook
UBC Creative and Critical Studies Twitter
UBC Creative and Critical Studies Instagram
Faculty of Health and Social Development

  • School of Health and Exercise Sciences
  • School of Nursing
UBC Health and Social Development Facebook
UBC Health and Social Development Twitter
Faculty of Management UBC Management Facebook
UBC Management Twitter
UBC Management Instagram
Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences UBC School of Arts and Sciences Facebook
UBC School of Arts and Sciences Twitter
UBC School of Arts and Sciences Instagram
School of Education Okanagan School of Education Facebook
Okanagan School of Education Twitter
Okanagan School of Education Instagram
Okanagan School of Education Pinterest
School of Engineering UBC School of Engineering Facebook


Heading to UBC’s Vancouver campus? Find your Vancouver faculty on social media.