Destination UBC

Join us in person

UBC Okanagan: May 9-12, 2024

UBC Vancouver: April 26-28, 2024

Now that you’ve received your offer of admission, you’re ready for Destination UBC! Over the next few months, you’ll be deciding where you want to study after high school, and we know that choice can be tough. Destination UBC is your chance to find out what makes UBC such a vibrant place to live, play, and study, and discover whether it’s the right home for you.

This year, we’re inviting direct-entry Indigenous and Black Canadian students to join us in person for this fun-filled event. We’ve created an exciting full weekend of programming for you to experience your new campus, meet your first friends, and learn about what you can expect as a UBC student!

Why Destination UBC?

Explore your campus

The best way to find out if UBC is right for you is to experience it yourself. You’ll get familiar with some of the most important spaces on campus where you’ll spend lots of your time as a student, and get a feel for the different activities and options available to you if you come to UBC.

Meet your support system

Housing, tuition, planning your finances, how to look after your health and wellness – we know you probably have lots of uncertainty about the decisions you’ll need to make in the coming months. As part of Destination UBC, you’ll have the chance to meet advisors in your faculty, chat with UBC staff and current students, and ask all your questions.

Make your first friends

Start creating your community early. Meet other Okanagan students, learn more about the places and supports available to you, and start building your friendships.

What to expect

Watch out for an individual email from UBC that will confirm your travel arrangements and accommodation. Most of these costs will be covered or reimbursed – please keep checking your emails for your invite and registration instructions!

Watch a video of last year’s Destination UBC Vancouver event

What is covered

  • Your return flight to either Vancouver or Kelowna
  • Your on-campus accommodation for the duration of the event
  • All meals during the duration of the event
  • Shuttles from the airport to UBC’s campus and back
  • If you are driving and/or taking a ferry to campus, you may be eligible for mileage reimbursement

How to register

Watch out for an email from UBC with registration instructions.

Travel reimbursement

As a Destination UBC attendee, you will have your flights and accommodation paid for directly. If you are driving or taking a ferry to campus, further instructions will be sent to you about reimbursements.  


Destination UBC Peer Leaders are trained, upper-level undergraduate students who will be staying in the residences and will guide you throughout the weekend

Your health and safety are our key priorities. Staff trained in CPR and first aid will be available.

Information for parents

Your parents don’t need to travel to campus, as we will be providing student supervision throughout the weekend. However, we understand that parents may want to explore Kelowna or Vancouver while students are busy at UBC.

Parents must arrange their own accommodation. Destination UBC is an immersive, on-campus, and independent weekend for students. Parents may be invited to some programming, but student attendees will experience most weekend activities independently from parents.