Switches & Transfers

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There are a few ways that students in residence can request to switch rooms. We try our best to accommodate these requests, but cannot make guarantees.

Students in Winter Session residence areas can apply for a room switch before or after moving in. Students in Year Round residence areas can apply for a room switch after moving in.

Requesting a switch before moving in

Winter Session residents only.

1. Find another UBC student to switch with

First, find another UBC student to switch with! To help you find another student to switch rooms with, you can use our Room Switch forum.

2. Both students apply for the room switch

You both must email information@housing.ubc.ca on the same day with the following information:

  • Full name and student ID#
  • Current room assignment (room, house, residence)
  • Full name of the person you agreed to switch with and their current room assignment
FAQs

Requesting a switch after moving in

Winter Session and Year Round residents.

Winter Session residents

If you would like to switch rooms after moving into residence and you find another UBC student who shares the same floor, house, or residence area with you and who wants to switch, please visit your residence Front Desk together to discuss your request.

Students who live in different residence areas can also request a switch and must visit our Main Office together to discuss the request.

There is a $10 administration fee per person.

Year Round residents

You are welcome to find another UBC student to switch with before moving in, but you can only apply for the switch after moving in. You are eligible to switch rooms with another UBC student in the same residence area and room type.

To apply for the room switch, both students—after moving in—must visit their residence Front Desk together to make the request.

Students who live in different residence areas or room types are not eligible to switch rooms. Instead, you are eligible to apply for a room transfer.

There is a $10 administration fee per person.

Room Transfers

Winter Session residents

If you would like to move rooms, but you are unable to find another student to switch with, beginning at the end of the first week of classes you can apply online for a room transfer. Room Transfers are offered based on availability and if you are eligible to live in the proposed residence area and room.

Before applying, we encourage you to speak with your Residence Life Manager, who would be happy to discuss your concerns and help you find a solution and access resources.

There is a $50 fee for room transfers.

Year Round residents

If you would like to move to a different room type or to a room in a different residence area, beginning at the end of the first week of classes you can apply online for a room transfer. Room Transfers are offered based on availability and if you are eligible to live in the proposed residence area and room.

Before applying, we encourage you to speak with your Residence Life Manager, who who would be happy to discuss your concerns and help you find a solution and access resources.

There is a $50 fee for room transfers.

Questions?

If you’d like to know more, please contact our Main Office during regular business hours. Further details about authorized and unauthorized room switches and room transfers are in your Residence Contract.