Health & Wellness

Two students talking to a residence nurse.

To do well and enjoy university, you have to be healthy—both physically and mentally. Residence is a shared living environment where germs can spread easily, so it’s important to take proactive measures to protect your overall health. Conditions like stress, sleep problems, depression, poor diet, and even the common cold can also pose a threat to academic success.

Health Insurance

Good health starts with making sure you have up-to-date health insurance. UBC requires that all students, domestic and international, have basic and extended health insurance for the duration of their studies.

Health Services

Before moving into residence, get familiar with the range of health services offered on campus and nearby. Many resources are available, including workshops to care for your brain and body and safe sex products.

Nurses on Campus

UBC’s Nurses on Campus program brings registered nurses into residence from September to April to answer student questions about health and wellness. Nurses typically work one night per week in Totem Park, Place Vanier and Walter Gage. They also work with Residence Life staff to promote health-related programs and initiatives for residents.

Flu Kits & Shots

Getting sick is part of life. When the flu strikes, you may not have the time or energy to pick up fever-reducing items from the store. It’s wise to keep a flu kit ready in your room. Things to include:

  • Digital thermometer
  • Kleenex
  • Over-the-counter medications
  • Cough syrup and cough drops
  • Packages of soup
  • Ginger ale and/or juice

One of the best ways to avoid the flu is by getting an annual flu shot. They’re free and available on campus. Consider updating other common vaccines before moving into residence, especially the vaccine for meningococcal menin­gitis. Check B.C.’s immunization website for information about which vaccines are advised and for whom.

Chaplains in ‘Rez’

Chaplains have hours at Walter Gage, Totem Park and Place Vanier one day per week. UBC Chaplains answer questions about spirituality and religion and work with Residence Life staff and Nurses on Campus to support programs related to overall health and wellness.

Monday: 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Walter Gage
Tuesday: 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Place Vanier
Wednesday: 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Totem Park

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