Residence assignments are based on a number of factors, including the application date, your age, gender identification, and the vacancy type.
Winter Session Residence
First year applicants could receive an offer to live at one of our traditional first year residences (Orchard Commons, Totem Park or Place Vanier) or a room in a suite-style residence such as Walter Gage or Ritsumeikan-UBC House.
Upper year applicants could receive an offer to live at Fairview Crescent, Ponderosa Commons (Cedar House) or Walter Gage.
- Most offers go to students who qualify for a guaranteed room in Winter Session Residence. A limited number of spaces are reserved for returning students.
- After accepting an offer, we work behind-the-scenes to assign residence areas and rooms based on room type preferences and roommate group requests. We cannot make guarantees in this process.
- Students who do not receive an offer will be placed on a waitlist and may receive an offer any time during the summer or upcoming academic year.
Year Round Residence
Applicants could receive an offer to live at Brock Commons, Exchange, Fraser Hall, Iona House, Marine Drive, Ponderosa Commons (Arbutus, Maple, Oak and Spruce Houses), tə šxʷhəleləm̓s tə k̓ʷaƛ̓kʷəʔaʔɬ or Thunderbird. Offers are sent based on:
- Application date.
- Earliest occupancy date. Students prepared to begin occupancy at the start of May are best positioned to receive an offer—contracts typically run from May to April.
Students with disabilities and Aboriginal students may be eligible for priority access to residence.
Student Family Residence
When a vacancy occurs at Acadia Park, an offer will be made to the next person on the waitlist whose eligibility matches the size of the available unit according to these guidelines.
|Children*||One Bedroom||One Bedroom + Den||Two Bedroom||Three Bedroom||Four Bedroom|
|More than three||No||No||No||No||Yes|
*”Children” refers to anyone who has not yet turned 19 years of age who resides full-time in the residential premises for at least ten months of any calendar year.
** For children up to the age of 12 months.
Eligible residents are placed in Fairview Crescent with roommates who, similarly, may be new to the unit or who are living there already. Students will receive a residence offer first, followed by room assignments in mid-April. We may need to relocate current residents for operational purposes (example: renovations).
We make room assignments based on the gender a student identifies in their residence application.
Many of our shared suite-style units are single gender—students are placed in a unit with other students who indicated the same gender identity. We also have a small number of all-gender units. Students assigned to these units indicated a preference on their application to be placed in a unit with students of any gender.
Before a residence offer and room assignment is finalized, students who indicated a Trans or Non-Binary gender identity on their residence application are contacted by a Student Housing representative to make sure that the student is comfortable with the planned residence area and room type, that it meets their individual needs and preferences, and to help ensure they have a positive experience living in residence.
For Winter Session applicants, we typically reach out in late spring to early summer.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding the assignment process, please contact us.