Who Gets Priority

Two female students sitting on a bed.

“The biggest and best decision in my life was to live in residence. You get the full university experience.” – Totem Park resident

Two groups of applicants are guaranteed a room in residence at UBC. We assign rooms to these applicants first.

  1. Priority Access students
  2. Prospective undergraduates who are eligible for the First Year Guarantee in Winter Session residence

A spot in residence is not guaranteed if you do not meet the requirements but you can still apply.

Priority Access

Base Criteria
(must meet ALL requirements)

  1. You are eligible to live in residence based on age and academic credit load.
  2. Your application to UBC and your application for Winter Session Residence were received on time. First year students can open a residence application as soon as they complete their application to UBC.
  3. You must receive and accept UBC’s offer of academic admission by June 1.

Additional Criteria
(must have ONE of the following)

  1. You are a newly admitted student who identifies as an Aboriginal person of Canada.
  2. You are a new student and have a disability or ongoing medical condition that significantly affects your housing needs. Students may indicate they are eligible on the residence application form, then demonstrate eligibility by providing additional documents to Access and Diversity, Student Development & Services. The deadline to submit your application to Access & Diversity for priority housing is February 15.
  3. You are participating in ONE of the following reciprocal university student exchange programs (limited space available for Term One only):
  • Go Global
  • Korea University-UBC Joint Academic Program
  • Tec de Monterrey-UBC Joint Academic Program
  • UBC Ritsumeikan Academic Exchange Program

Important: Students with mobility or agility disabilities may request accommodations above the ground floor. However, this choice may be inconvenient at times because of occasional elevator issues/maintenance. Stair use will be required in some circumstances.

Please contact Access and Diversity or Student Housing and Hospitality Services for more information about Priority Access.

First Year Guarantee

Why? Because we believe living in residence is an important and meaningful way for new undergraduates—domestic and international—to begin the university journey.

Base Criteria
(must meet ALL requirements)

  1. You are eligible to live in residence based on your age and academic credit load.
  2. Your application to UBC and application for Winter Session Residence were received on time. First year students can open a residence application when applying to UBC.
  3. You must receive and accept UBC’s offer of academic admission by June 1.

Additional Criteria
(must have ONE of the following)

  1. You are entering UBC directly from high school or CEGEP. (i.e., you graduated within the last year, between this June and the previous June – and you have not completed any post-secondary coursework.)
  2. You are a newly admitted first or second year international undergraduate student (excluding post-baccalaureate degree programs).