Services & Amenities

There are so many perks to campus living!

All UBC residents have access to a variety of campus resources that support intellectual growth, healthy lifestyles, and personal safety. Life at UBC is truly a home-away-from-home where residents can pursue their academic and personal goals in a safe, comfortable, and fun environment.

Stay Connected

Stay connected
ResNet connects our residences to the internet and campus network. Depending on what residence area you are in, ResNet is delivered through either a hardwired port or wireless connection.

Easy Eating

Meal Plan
At UBC, there’s no need to cook or clean dirty dishes. Students who live in Place Vanier, Totem Park and Orchard Commons purchase a mandatory Residence Meal Plan, while other residents can choose to purchase an optional Savings Plus Meal Plan or UBCcard Plan for convenience and extra savings. Both are valid at more than 30 UBC Food Services locations and campus partner locations.

Sort It Out!

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Sustainability is a shared value in residence. Each residence has a sorting area—usually in the basement—with clearly marked collection bins for food scraps, household recyclables, e-waste, charitable donations and trash. All residents are expected learn how to use sorting areas properly and to use them frequently, especially when moving in or out. Residence dining halls at Totem Park, Place Vanier and Orchard Commons also have waste disposal areas to recycle/compost food scraps and packaging.

Safety & Security

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UBC Vancouver is a safe campus. Residents can use a 24-hour Campus Blue Phone to connect with UBC Security or call SafeWalk. There are regular nightly patrols of residence properties and plenty of useful online resources to help students prepare for an emergency and prevent crime. University RCMP are available for emergency and non-emergency policing issues.

Your Health

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Live well to learn well. UBC students have access to campus health services, including a medical clinic and counselling office. Residents can also access vast resources on wellness topics such as alcohol and drug use, stress, depression, and sexual health.

Residence Life

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At UBC, there’s always something to do and ways to meet people. All residences have fitness facilities and games rooms, and are surrounded by vast outdoor spaces for intramural sports, hiking, or beachcombing. There are also many opportunities to get involved in the residence community, like joining a committee or becoming a Residence Advisor. UBC is also well known for world-class athletics, museums, gardens, theatre, and guest speakers. UBC Recreation runs programs throughout the year.

Front Desk

Front Desk
Most are open 24 hours for administrative services and support. This is the place to ask a question, pick up mail, or rent sports equipment.

Watching Television

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Totem Park, Place Vanier and Orchard Commons residents have access to free basic cable in common areas. Other residents (except for those living in Fraser Hall or Walter Gage) must get a Shaw account and a complimentary digital box from a Shaw retail location or by calling them directly at 1-866-481-0643. Then, they must correctly activate their account. Experiencing technical difficulties? Check out Shaw’s troubles shooting resources for wiring, poor picture quality and error messages. Shaw account holders are responsible for closing their account and returning their digital box when they leave. Fraser Hall residents do not require digital boxes. Walter Gage residents have cable television in common areas.

Laundry Facilities

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How convenient! Each residence has laundry machines that are operated on a card system—no need to collect coins.

Maintenance Services

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Getting something fixed is easy. Residents can use the Online Service Centre to request maintenance or repairs in their suite.

Cycling & Parking

Parking & Bike Storage
Cycling to class and other activities around campus is fast and healthy. Indoor and outdoor bike storage facilities are available in each residence area. Car parking is available for a fee.