Welcome prospective undergradsâ€”domestic and international!
For many new students, living in residence is where the university journey begins. And at UBC, itâ€™s an extraordinary experience unlike any other.
Living in residence makes it easy for students to meet new people, live in a study-oriented atmosphere, get help for academic and personal challenges, and be part of all that UBC and its surrounding neighbourhoods have to offer. Campus residents have easy access to beaches and recreational activities, theatre, restaurants, guest speakers, and special interest clubs.
Year after year, students tell us that living in residence helped them become better learners and make long-lasting friendships. UBC houses more than 11,000 students in 13 residences.
Many prospective students will qualify for our First Year Guarantee in Winter Session Residence. Most students in this group are assigned to live inÂ Totem Park ,Â Place VanierÂ or Orchard Commons.Â They allÂ have furnished shared and single rooms, vibrant common areas for socializing, and plenty of space for quiet study time. Based on availability, some students will be assigned to live inÂ Ritsumeikan-UBC House, Walter Gage, and Fairview Crescent where upper-year students and some graduate students also live.
Eating made easy
â€śThe dining room gives you a huge array of options and they switch it up every couple of days so thereâ€™s always something new to try.â€ť â€”Amy Miles, Totem Park resident
Never worry about cooking or cleaning dirty dishes! Residents inÂ Totem Park,Â Place Vanier and Orchard Commons purchase a mandatory meal plan,Â valid at more than 30 places to eat, including residence dining roomsâ€”always stocked with signature, nutritious dishes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Meal plan feesÂ vary depending on the size of the plan you choose: the more you plan to eat, the more you will pay.
Support & fun
â€śYouâ€™ll meet people from all over the world with all different backgrounds. The one thing we have in common is UBC pride.â€ť â€”Brandon MacKay
No matter which residence you live in, you will be part of a safe, supportive environment thatâ€™s designed to help you pursue your academic goals and enjoy your time as a student. Our Residence LifeÂ teams are among the best-connected people at the university. Residence advisorsâ€”current UBC studentsâ€”are plugged into the resources and support services available to you in residence and around campus, including health servicesÂ and safety programs. RAs spend countless hours organizing fun opportunities to get students involved in residence. Be an actor in a residence play, join a committee, or go on a field trip to an Olympic ski hill. When you live at UBC, thereâ€™s always something to do.
â€śBefore arriving at UBC, I was anxious about moving to a new place, meeting new friends and being in a different academic setting. I made friends and got to know UBC through Jump Start and now I feel more confident going into my classes” â€“ Jump Start participant
All international undergraduate students new to UBC are expected to register and participate in the Jump Start Program,Â which takes place over 11 daysÂ in August. Jump Start is a transition program specifically designed to help international students adjust to university life and living in Canada.
Fees and paymentsÂ will vary depending on what type of room you live in and what size of meal plan you choose. A typical cost for a room and a meal plan for a new undergraduate student is between $9,315 and $13,240 for two terms. Payments are spread over the school year. There are extra fees for parkingÂ and optional telecommunications services like cable TV and phone.
Undergraduate students entering their first year could be eligible for a Student Housing Supplemental Grant.Â
How to apply
Undergraduate students who qualify for a guaranteed room can apply in two ways:
- There is an option to open a residence application when applying for UBC.
- Apply directly to Student Housing and Hospitality Services before May 1.
Before you apply, review essential application facts and important dates to ensure your application is submitted properly and on time. Demand to live in residence is high so donâ€™t wait until you are admitted to UBC to apply for a space in residence.