Get Involved

Residence Life

Living on campus means there’s always something to do, opportunities to make friends, and ways to give back to the community that will help you build valuable skills for your future. Residence Life staff are among the best-connected people at the university. They’re committed to enhancing the student experience for all residents.

Residence Advisors spend countless hours organizing orientation programs, volunteer opportunities, and fun events like recreational sports, movies, and field trips. They also lend an ear when needed and help address community issues.

Residence Coordinators, usually in their final years of study, live in Totem Park and Place Vanier and help plan large-scale events like the Totem and Vanier Olympics. RCs also coordinate residence networks.

Senior Residence Advisors live in Orchard Commons and the upper-year residence areas. They also plan large-scale events like the Orchard Olympics, residence BBQs and Prof Chats.

Residence Life Managers are professional staff who live and work in each residence area. They help supervise staff, manage student behaviour, and have extensive knowledge of campus resources. RLMs are responsible for ensuring each resident has the opportunity enjoy a positive living experience.

Ways to get involved

Acadia Park

Acadia Park has one professional staff member and multiple community assistants who work hard to promote a safe, inclusive and enjoyable community for residents.

“I’m Emma Chartrand, Residence Life Manager at Acadia Park. I have a background in counselling and I’ve been a part of the Acadia Park community since 2012, most recently as a coordinator for the Parents and Tots program. It’s an honour to serve the UBC community and to enrich the residence experience at UBC. I look forward to working together to shape our community. Please come by and say hello. My door is always open!”

Emma Chartrand, RLM
Email | Tel: 604.822.6389

Ways to get involved at Acadia Park 

1. Acadia Park Residence Association
Gain valuable skills for your resumé. Members meet regularly to organize community initiatives.

2. Residence Life Leadership
Community Assistants are student staff (or student spouses) who plan fun events, lend an ear when needed and help address community issues.

3. Acadia Park Garden Program
Calling all green thumbs. We need volunteers to help oversee our cooperative, organic community garden (coordinators, committee members, etc.).

4. Volunteers
Volunteers help run a variety of family-centric programs including Parents & Tots and T-ball. New program ideas are welcome.

5. Attend Events
Acadia Park residents can apply for a UTown@UBC Community Services Card for exclusive discounts on UBC attractions and events.

Fairview Crescent

Fairview Crescent has one professional staff member and seven student staff who work hard to promote a safe, inclusive and enjoyable community for residents.

“Hello, I’m Patrick Grydziuszko, Residence Life Manager at Fairview Crescent. Involvement in residence is a great way to feel more connected with your community, contribute to student success, and complement your academic experience. Whether you are an upper year or graduate student, there are always ways to learn and share your experience and interests with others. I’m available to answer questions about our many involvement opportunities at UBC.”

Patrick Grydziuszko, BSc, MHA, CHE
Residence Life Manager
Email | Tel: 604.822.0959

Ways to get involved at Fairview Crescent

1. Fairview Crescent Residence Association
Gain valuable skills for your resumé. Members plan sustainability initiatives and fun events like intramural sports and the annual Hot Dog Eating Contest. Time commitment is 2-4 hours per week.

2. Residence Life jobs
Student leaders run orientation programs for new residents, plan events, and help keep the peace in the residence community. Recruitment begins in late fall.

3. Fairview Crescent Sustainability Committee
Organize events and activities that promote ecological and social sustainability.

4. National Residence Hall Honorary (NRHH)
UBC students can join and nominate student leader peers for regional and national awards. Email for more information.

Fraser Hall

Fraser Hall has one professional staff member and two student staff who work hard to promote a safe, inclusive and enjoyable community for residents.

“Hello, I’m Patrick Grydziuszko, Residence Life Manager at Fraser Hall. Involvement in residence is a great way to feel more connected with your community, contribute to student success, and complement your academic experience. Whether you are an upper year or graduate student, there are always ways to learn and share your experience and interests with others. I’m available to answer questions about our many involvement opportunities at UBC.”

Patrick Grydziuszko, BSc, MHA, CHE
Residence Life Manager
Email | Tel: 604.822.0959

Ways to get involved at Fraser Hall

1. Fraser Hall Residence Association
Gain valuable skills for your resumé. Members plan sustainability initiatives and fun events like intramural sports. Time commitment is 2-4 hours per week.

2. Residence Life jobs
Student leaders run orientation programs for new residents, plan events, and help keep the peace in the residence community. Recruitment begins in late fall.

3. Fraser Hall Sustainability Committee
Organize events and activities that promote ecological and social sustainability.

4. National Residence Hall Honorary (NRHH)
UBC students can join and nominate student leaDer peers for regional and national awards. Email for more information.

Marine Drive

Marine Drive has one professional staff member and 25+ student staff who work hard to promote a safe, inclusive and enjoyable community for residents.

Amy Stewart, Residence Life Manager“I’m Amy Stewart, Residence Life Manager at Marine Drive. I came to UBC as an international student. I know first-hand how getting involved can enrich the university journey. As an undergrad, I developed important life skills through opportunities at Totem Park, Walter Gage and Place Vanier. My office is located in the Marine Drive Commonsblock. I’m available to answer questions about the activities below and other involvement opportunities at UBC.”

Amy Stewart, RLM
Email | Tel: 604.827.3200

Ways to get involved at Marine Drive

1. Welcome BBQ
Held in September, it’s perfect place to meet people and volunteer.

2. Annual Musical
Calling all actors, singers, dancers, musicians, and lighting/sound aficionados. Many leadership and volunteer opportunities exist for this annual production.

3. Marine Drive Residence Association
Gain valuable skills for your resumé. Members plan fun events, organize sustainability initiatives, and provide sports equipment to residents. Time commitment is 2-4 hours per week.

4. Residence Life jobs
Student leaders run orientation programs for new residents, plan events, and help keep the peace in the residence community. Recruitment begins in late fall.

5. National Residence Hall Honorary (NRHH)
UBC students can join and nominate student leader peers for regional and national awards. Email for more information.

Place Vanier

Place Vanier has one professional staff member, seven part-time professional staff and 50+ student staff who work hard to promote a safe, inclusive and enjoyable community for residents.

“I’m Holly Dysserinck, Residence Life Manager at Place VanierDuring my first year, I felt really lost until I joined the Place Vanier musical. That involvement helped me gain confidence, friendships and a love for all things residence life. I continued to stay involved in residence throughout my time at UBC and I owe that to the connections I made during that first year. Residence Life helped me find my fit on a large campus. My office is located in the Commonsblock. I’m available to answer questions on residence life and UBC involvement!”

Holly Dysserinck, RLM
Email | Tel: 604.822.6832

Ways to get involved at Place Vanier

1. Place Vanier Residence Involvement Fair
Held in mid-September, this is a one-stop-shop for information about involvement opportunities at Place Vanier.

2. Floor Leaders
Each floor elects a floor rep who helps plan events like pancake breakfasts, hockey night and Spirit Week. Floor reps sit on the House Council for the Winter Session and commit about two hours per week.

3. Committees
Develop valuable skills for your resumé, meet other like-minded people, and make a difference in the residence community.

Academic Committee
Promote academic resources and workshops beyond the classroom.

Sustainability Committee
Plan events and raise awareness about sustainability, energy conservation and responsible consumption.

Health and Wellness Committee
Promote, educate and encourage participation in the UBC Healthy Minds initiative and other recreational events on campus.

Equity & Global Citizenship Committee
Plan outreach events and awareness campaigns to ensure residence is an inclusive place for all and lead discussions/program development on global citizenship.

Musical Committee
A must-see event for lovers of theatre and stage. Positions are available for all roles in the annual production, from actor, to director, to promotions.

Communications Committee
Improve your writing and media production skills by contributing to the residence newsletter and video blog.

Coffee House Committee
Plan the monthly open-mic event showcasing talented musicians and artists who live in the Vanier community.

Vanier Ultimate Committee
Plan and participate in weekly intramural games and the end-of-term championship tournaments.

4. Aim to Sustain
Each fall, students at Place Vanier, Totem Park, and Orchard Commons compete in a house-to-house energy savings competition. Students make daily conservation pledges, engage in outreach activities, and track energy savings online in real time. Aim to Sustain is organized by Residence Life and UBC Sustainability.

5. Residence Life jobs
Student leaders run orientation programs for new residents, plan events, and help keep the peace in the residence community. Recruitment begins in late fall.

6. National Residence Hall Honorary (NRHH)
UBC students can join and nominate student leader peers for regional and national awards. Email for more information.

Orchard Commons

Orchard Commons has two professional staff members and 35 student staff who work hard to promote a safe, inclusive and enjoyable community for residents.

Linzi Wong, Residence Life Manager“I’m Linzi Wong, Residence Life Manager at Orchard Commons (Bartlett House). I came to UBC as an international student. At first I felt really disconnected, but then I accepted my RA’s invite to get involved in my residence. My experience in first year positively influenced my overall university experience, and I ended up staying involved with residence every year. I learned a lot, and now I’m here doing what I love so much! My office is located in the Commonsblock. I’m available to answer questions about getting involved in residence life and about other involvement opportunities at UBC.”

Linzi Wong, RLM
Email | Tel: 604.827.4047

RLM Ivan Yastrebov

“I’m Ivan Yastrebov, Residence Life Manager at Orchard Commons (Braeburn House). Living in residence during my undergraduate years inspired me to get involved. Having gained lifelong friendships and many cherished moments through my involvements, I haven’t looked back since. While it may require some hard work sometimes, the payoffs are immense and getting involved will surely have a positive impact on your life and future. If you are interested, but you’re not sure where to start, drop by my office in the Commonsblock to chat!

Ivan Yastrebov, RLM
Email | Tel: 604.827.4266

Ways to get involved at Orchard Commons

1. Orchard Commons Residence Involvement Fair
Held in mid-September, this is a one-stop-shop for information about involvement opportunities at Orchard Commons.

2. Floor Leaders
Each floor elects a floor rep who helps plan events like pancake breakfasts, hockey night and Spirit Week. Floor reps sit on the House Council for the Winter Session and commit about two hours per week.

3. Committees
Develop valuable skills for your resumé, meet other like-minded people, and make a difference in the residence community.

Academic Committee
Promote academic resources and workshops beyond the classroom.

Sustainability Committee
Plan events and raise awareness about sustainability, energy conservation and responsible consumption.

Health and Wellness Committee
Promote, educate and encourage participation in the UBC Healthy Minds initiative and other recreational events on campus.

Equity & Global Citizenship Committee
Plan outreach events and awareness campaigns to ensure residence is an inclusive place for all and lead discussions/program development on global citizenship.

Musical Committee
A must-see event for lovers of theatre and stage. Positions are available for all roles in the annual production, from actor, to director, to promotions.

Communications Committee
Improve your writing and media production skills by contributing to the residence newsletter and video blog.

Coffee House Committee
Plan the monthly open-mic event showcasing talented musicians and artists who live in the Vanier community.

Vanier Ultimate Committee
Plan and participate in weekly intramural games and the end-of-term championship tournaments.

4. Aim to Sustain
Each fall, students at Orchard Commons, Place Vanier, and Totem Park compete in a house-to-house energy savings competition. Students make daily conservation pledges, engage in outreach activities, and track energy savings online in real time. Aim to Sustain is organized by Residence Life and UBC Sustainability.

5. Residence Life jobs
Student leaders run orientation programs for new residents, plan events, and help keep the peace in the residence community. Recruitment begins in late fall.

6. National Residence Hall Honorary (NRHH)
UBC students can join and nominate student leader peers for regional and national awards. Email for more information.

Ponderosa Commons

Ponderosa Commons has one professional staff member and twelve student staff who work hard to promote a safe, inclusive and enjoyable community for residents.

“I’m Lyndon Duncan, Residence Life Manager for Ponderosa Commons. Living and working in Residence throughout my time as a student was the most important factor in my success. Through my involvement in residence I was able to meet so many incredible people and find the supports I needed to grow.  I continue to work in residence because I can see that same kind of support help students grow every day. My office is located in the Ponderosa Commonsblock. I’m available to answer questions on residence life, UBC, or just to chat!”

Lyndon Duncan, RLM
Email | Tel:604.827.2673

Ways to get involved at Ponderosa Commons

1. Welcome BBQ
Held in September, it’s perfect place to meet people and volunteer.

2. Ponderosa Commons Residence Association
Gain valuable skills for your resumé. Members plan fun events, organize sustainability initiatives, and provide sports equipment to residents. Time commitment is 2-4 hours per week.

3. Residence Life jobs
Student leaders run orientation programs for new residents, plan events, and help keep the peace in the residence community. Recruitment begins in late fall.

4. National Residence Hall Honorary (NRHH)
UBC students can join and nominate student leader peers for regional and national awards. Email for more information.

Ritsumeikan-UBC

Ritsumeikan-UBC House has one professional staff member and four student staff who work hard to promote a safe, inclusive and enjoyable community for residents.

Linzi Wong, Residence Life Manager“I’m Linzi Wong, Residence Life Manager at Ritsumeikan-UBC House. I came to UBC as an international student. At first I felt really disconnected, but then I accepted my RA’s invite to get involved in my residence. My experience in first year positively influenced my overall university experience, and I ended up staying involved with residence every year. I learned a lot, and now I’m here doing what I love so much! My office is located in the Orchard Commons Commonsblock. I’m available to answer questions about getting involved in residence life and about other involvement opportunities at UBC.”

Linzi Wong, RLM
Email | Tel: 604.827.4047

Ways to get involved at Rits-UBC

1. Residence Life jobs
Student leaders run orientation programs for new residents, plan events, and help keep the peace in the residence community. Recruitment begins in late fall.

2. National Residence Hall Honorary (NRHH)
UBC students can join and nominate student leader peers for regional and national awards. Email for more information.

Thunderbird

Thunderbird has one professional staff member and four student staff who work hard to promote a safe, inclusive and enjoyable community for residents.

“Hello, I’m Patrick Grydziuszko, Residence Life Manager at Thunderbird. Involvement in residence is a great way to feel more connected with your community, contribute to student success, and complement your academic experience. Whether you are an upper year or graduate student, there are always ways to learn and share your experience and interests with others. I’m available to answer questions about our many involvement opportunities at UBC.”

Patrick Grydziuszko, BSc, MHA, CHE
Residence Life Manager
Email | Tel: 604.827.0959

Ways to get involved at Thunderbird

1. Thunderbird Residence Association
Gain valuable skills for your resumé. Members meet regularly to plan fun events. Time commitment is 2-4 hours per week.

2. Residence Life jobs
Student leaders run orientation programs for new residents, plan events, and help keep the peace in the residence community. Recruitment begins in late fall.

3. National Residence Hall Honorary (NRHH)
UBC students can join and nominate student leader peers for regional and national awards. Email for more information.

Totem Park

“Hi, I’m Bailey Kew, Residence Life Manager at Totem Park. During my undergraduate degree at Carleton University, I knew that I wanted to be actively involved in the community. My goal was to create lifelong friendships, develop new skills and make the most of my academic experience. Being involved in residence gave me a strong network of people to connect with, helped me explore my values and ultimately gave me the space to develop a passion for helping people, which has brought me to this role. My office is located in the Totem Park Commonsblock. I am always happy to answer any questions you may have about getting involved in residence or at UBC!”

Bailey Kew, RLM
Email | Tel: 604.827.3036

“My name is Paul Lee and I am a Residence Life Manager at Totem Park. The strong sense of community, unforgettable memories and independence I gained living in Totem Park in my first year led me down a path of involvement throughout my time as a UBC student. I continue to remain lifelong friends with the people I met through Residence Life, and I hope to facilitate these types of connections in residence. My office is located in the Totem Park Commonsblock and I’m happy to answer questions about living in residence and UBC.”

Paul Lee, RLM
Email | Tel: 604.822.2374

Ways to get involved at Totem Park

1. Residence Involvement Fair
Held in mid-September this is a one-stop-shop for information about all involvement opportunities at Totem Park.

2. Floor Leaders
Each floor elects a floor rep who helps plan events like pancake breakfasts, hockey night and Spirit Week. Floor reps sit on the House Council for the Winter Session and commit about two hours per week.

3. Committees
Develop skills for your resumé, meet other like-minded people, and make a difference in the community.

Academic Committee
Promote academic resources and workshops available beyond the classroom.

Sustainability Committee
Plan events and raise awareness about sustainability, energy conservation and responsible consumption.

Health and Wellness Committee
Promote, educate and encourage participation in the UBC Healthy Minds initiative, and other recreational programs on campus.

Equity Committee
Plan outreach events and awareness campaigns to ensure residence is an inclusive and welcoming place for all.

Global Citizenship Committee
Facilitate discussions on global citizenship and make recommendations for new programs and services. Members also contribute to a community newsletter.

Musical Committee
A must-see event for lovers of theatre and stage. Positions are available for all roles in the annual production from actor, to director, to promotions.

4. Aim to Sustain
Each fall, students at Totem Park, Place Vanier, and Orchard Commons compete in a house-to-house energy savings competition. Students make daily conservation pledges, engage in outreach activities, and track energy savings online in real time. Aim to Sustain is organized by Residence Life and UBC Sustainability.

5. Residence Life jobs
Student leaders run orientation programs for new residents, plan events, and help keep the peace in the residence community. Recruitment begins in late fall.

6. National Residence Hall Honorary (NRHH)
UBC students can join and nominate student leader peers for regional and national awards. Email for more information.

Walter Gage

Walter Gage has one professional staff member and 22+ student staff who work hard to promote a safe, inclusive and enjoyable community for residents.

Katie MacGregor, Residence Life Manager“Hi, I’m Katie MacGregor, Residence Life Manager at Walter Gage. As an undergrad at the University of Toronto Scarborough, I knew I wanted to be engaged in my community from day one. Being involved as a student leader made me feel connected to my new home and gave me an outlet for my energy and creativity outside of my coursework. You get out of residence what you put in, so get involved and have fun! I’m here to support you and the rest of our community along the way. And I’m available to answer any questions you might have. Feel free to drop by my office near the Walter Gage front desk anytime!”

Katie MacGregor, RLM
Email | Tel: 604.822.1071

Ways to get involved at Walter Gage

1. Walter Gage Involvement Fair
Held in mid-September, this is a one-stop-shop for information about all involvement opportunities at Walter Gage.

2. Walter Gage Residence Association
Gain valuable skills for your resumé. Members plan fun events like intramural sports. Time commitment is 2-4 hours per week.

3. EnGage Club
This group meets regularly to explore initiatives and events that promote sustainable living.

4. Suitestyle Musical
Calling all actors, singers, dancers, musicians, and lighting/sound aficionados. Leadership and volunteer opportunities exist for our annual production.

5. West Tower Socials
Fun group activities are coordinated in the Fireside Lounge twice per month on Fridays. Regular lounge hours are Tuesday to Sunday, 8 p.m. – 11 p.m.

6. Residence Life jobs
Student leaders run orientation programs for new residents, plan events, and help keep the peace in the residence community. Recruitment begins in late fall.

7. National Residence Hall Honorary (NRHH)
UBC students can join and nominate student leader peers for regional and national awards. Email for more information.

Iona House

Iona House has one professional staff member and one student staff member who work hard to promote a safe, inclusive and enjoyable community for residents.

Katie MacGregor, Residence Life Manager“I’m Katie MacGregor, Residence Life Manager at Iona HouseAs an undergrad at the University of Toronto Scarborough, I knew I wanted to be engaged in my community from day one. Being involved as a student leader made me feel connected to my new home and gave me an outlet for my energy and creativity outside of my coursework. You get out of residence what you put in, so get involved and have fun! I’m here to support you and the rest of our community along the way. And I’m available to answer any questions you might have. Feel free to drop by my office near the Walter Gage front desk anytime!”

Katie MacGregor, RLM
Email | Tel: 604.822.1071

Brock Commons - Tallwood House

Brock Commons – Tallwood House has one Residence Life Manager and six Residence Advisors, plus numerous Front Desk staff who work hard to promote a safe, inclusive and enjoyable community for residents.

“I’m Lyndon Duncan, Residence Life Manager for Brock Commons – Tallwood House. Living and working in Residence as a student throughout my education was the most important factor towards my success. Through my involvement in residence I was able to meet so many incredible people and find the supports I needed to grow.  I continue to work in residence because I can see that support help students grow every day. My office is located in the Ponderosa Commonsblock. I’m available to answer questions on residence life, UBC, or just to chat!”

Lyndon Duncan, RLM
Email | Tel:604.827.2673