Priority Access

Some UBC students who want to live in residence will qualify for Priority Access. These students are given first consideration for rooms, along with those who qualify for the First Year Guarantee. If you qualify for Priority Access, let us know you’re eligible during the application process.

Base Criteria

(must meet ALL requirements)

  1. You are eligible to live in residence based on age and academic credit load.
  2. Your application to UBC and application for residence were received on time. First year students typically apply for residence during the admissions process.
  3. You must receive and accept UBC’s offer of academic admission by June 1.

Additional Criteria

(must have ONE of the following)

  1. You are a newly admitted student who identifies as an Aboriginal person of Canada.
  2. You are a new student and have a disability or ongoing medical condition that significantly affects your housing needs. Students may indicate they are eligible on the residence application form, then must demonstrate eligibility by completing a separate application to be reviewed by the Centre for Accessibility.
  3. You are participating in one of the following reciprocal university student exchange programs (limited spaces available for those attending Term One only):
  • Go Global
  • Korea University-UBC Joint Academic Program
  • Tec de Monterrey-UBC Joint Academic Program
  • UBC Ritsumeikan Academic Exchange Program

Important: Students with mobility or agility disabilities may request accommodations above the ground floor. However, this choice may be inconvenient at times because of occasional elevator issues/maintenance. Stair use will be required in some circumstances.

Please contact the Centre for Accessibility or Student Housing and Hospitality Services for more information about Priority Access.