Move In Day

Everything you need to know about moving into residence.

Winter Session Residence Move In

Who: Students living in Place Vanier, Totem Park, Ritsumeiken-UBC, Fairview Crescent, Ponderosa Commons (Cedar House), Orchard Commons, and Walter Gage.

When: Saturday, September 2, 2017. To find out your specific move in time, please refer to the email that you received from If you are unable to find the email with your move in time, please email us.

Quick Tips

  • The busiest times are 9 a.m–10 a.m. and noon–1 p.m. To avoid lines, we recommend arriving after peak hours.
  • Volunteers will be on-site to assist students from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Forget something? Hewer Home Hardware will be at Place Vanier and Totem Park.

What to Expect

Arrive—Map your route and look for clearly marked signs and volunteers to help guide you.

Meet—Come meet us! There will be designated short-term parking zones so you can walk to the Commonsblock to pick up your unit keys and welcome package—and get a brief orientation. (Inside your welcome package you’ll find your copy of Connections Magazine, FAQs for your residence area, a meal plan and food services brochure, a campus map, a lanyard, your room keys, and—if you’ve ordered it ahead of time—your UBCcard!)

Unload—There are designated unloading zones. Remember: 15 minutes maximum and use boxes/bags to carry your belongings. The driver must stay with the car.

Unpack—There’s designated long-term parking so you can park your car while you unpack. Family members and friends are welcome to stay and help. Your residence has a waste sorting area—usually in the basement—so you can sustainably dispose of boxes and packing materials.

Recharge—It’s been a long day. Grab some food and drinks at the dining hall or a nearby campus food spot.

Get social—Say goodbye to family and friends by 4 p.m. and prepare to meet your roommates, floor community, and Residence Life team.

Jump Start Residence Move In

When: Sunday, August 20, 2017

Who: UBC Vantage College students, international and Aboriginal students registered in Jump Start orientation.

Year Round Residence Move In

When: Students arrive throughout the year, most often in early May.

Who: Students with Year Round Residence contracts at Marine Drive, Ponderosa Commons, Thunderbird, Fraser Hall, Acadia Park, Green College, and St. John’s College.

Summer Residence Move In

When: early May annually

Who: Students and visiting students with Summer Residence contracts and Summer Stay Through contracts at Fairview Crescent.


Download a printable Move In Day Map (446 KB PDF)

Move In Day Map