If you live in Year Round Housing, you can apply to sublet your room to other eligible UBC students.

Live in Acadia Park? You have different sublet guidelines.

Eligible residences

Iona House
Marine Drive
Ponderosa Commons (Arbutus, Maple, Oak and Spruce)
Brock Commons (Tallwood)
Fraser Hall

Important Terms

UBC Contract Holder

The person who has the contract with UBC and is offering their room as a sublet.


The person who is renting the room from the UBC contract holder.

Apply for a sublet

1. Make sure it’s an eligible sublet

The sublet needs to be an eligible length, and the sublessee needs to meet certain requirements.

Is the sublet an eligible length?
  • Your sublet must be at least 30 days long.
  • Your sublet must end no later than April 27, 2021.
Is the sublet during an eligible session?

Summer Session (May–August)

Contract holders can apply to sublet their room during the Summer Session (May–August), and the sublet arrangement must meet all applicable eligibility criteria.

The contract holder and sublessee must each continue to meet all applicable eligibility criteria to live in residence.

2020-21 Winter Session (September–April)

This year, unlike typical years, contract holders can apply to sublet their room during the Winter Session (September-April). The sublet arrangement must meet all applicable eligibility criteria.

The contract holder and sublessee must each continue to meet all applicable eligibility criteria to live in residence.

Is the sublessee (the renter) eligible?

The sublessee must be either:

  • a current full-time UBC student—which typically means they are enrolled in 9 or more credits or enrolled full-time in a graduate program—during the sublet term.
  • (for May–August sublets) a person who was a full-time UBC student in Winter Session, Term 2.
  • a UBC student currently employed by a UBC department in a research capacity.
  • a student from another university performing research directed by a UBC department. Please provide supporting documentation with your application.

A sublessee cannot simultaneously be a contract holder elsewhere in residence.

In all cases, final eligibility decisions are determined by a Residence Life Manager. Contact for more information.

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2. Submit your sublet application

Apply online for Summer Session and 2020-21 Winter Session sublets.

Applications must be submitted by the UBC Contract Holder, not the sublessee (renter).

Apply online

Apply at least 5 business days before the requested occupancy date to receive approval on time.


Do I need a sublet agreement?

Definitely. The UBC contract holder and sublessee should have a written agreement that outlines the details of the arrangement.

Items to discuss and include in your agreement
  • Full names, signatures and contract date. Each party should keep a copy of the contract.
  • The start and end dates of the sublease.
  • How much rent is, when it is due and how it should be paid.
  • What the residence standards are. Sublessees must abide by residence standards rules, the same as contract holders. Failure to adhere could jeopardize the contract holder’s ability to live in residence.
  • If you are subletting a shared unit, discuss expectations around roommates and cleaning/maintenance. The contract holder is financially responsible for failure to pass unit inspections during the term of after move-out.
  • Contract holders: consider requiring the sublessee to pay a damage deposit, which is a sum of money—no more than a half month’s rent—that you hold until the end of the sublease term in case property is damaged by the sublessee. Normal “wear and tear” is acceptable, but if damage occurs, you can use the damage deposit (or a portion of it) to cover the costs of the repair. You must pay any remainder, or the full damage deposit—when there is no damage—back to the sublessee within 15 days of the end of the sublease.
Sample Subletting Agreement

Copy the sample agreement below, paste it into a text document (e.g., Microsoft Word or Google docs), print it and sign it. Both the UBC contract holder and the sublessee should keep digital or print copies.

Sample Sublet Agreement

This agreement is made for the sublease of a/an <describe the type (i.e., Studio)> residence unit between the UBC Contract Holder, <insert name of UBC contract holder>, and the Sublessee, <insert name of student subletting/renting the unit>, made on <insert date>. The residence unit is located at <insert full address>.

The subleased premise is to be used for residential purposes only. It may not be lent to or used by a person other than the approved sublessee or used for short-term rental services like Airbnb.


The Sublessee will take possession on <insert date> at <insert time> and vacate the premises by <insert date> at <insert time>.


The Sublessee will pay the UBC Contract Holder $<insert cost> per month, on the <insert number (i.e., first)> day of each month.

If rent is not received by the <insert number (i.e., first> day of each month, a $<insert cost> late fee will be added to the amount of rent due.

Rent is to be paid by <e-transfer, cheque, or money order>, made payable to <insert full name>, and should be mailed to <insert address>.

Security Deposit

The Sublessee will also pay the UBC Contract Holder a security deposit of $<insert cost>. At the end of sublease period, the UBC Contract Holder will examine the condition of the premises. Costs for any damage to the premises caused by the Sublessee (beyond normal wear and tear) will be deducted from the security deposit. The remainder, or the full damage deposit – when there is no damage – will be paid back to the sublessee within 15 days of the end of the sublease. The UBC Contract Holder may also use the security deposit, or a portion of it, in cases where the Sublessee has unpaid rent or outstanding late payment fees.

Residence Standards

The Sublessee must live and behave according to UBC’s Residence Standards and the Residence Contract. If the Sublessee contravenes any of the policies and regulations, the UBC Contract Holder has the right to provide notice of the complaint and request remediation of the situation by a specific date. If the Sublessee does not resolve or remediate the situation to the satisfaction of the UBC Contract Holder, the Contract Holder has the right to terminate the agreement with two weeks’ notice.

This sublet agreement is only valid if Student Housing and Hospitality Services has approved the sublet.

UBC Contract Holder <insert UBC Contract Holder’s typed name & signature>
<insert date>

Sublessee <insert Sublessee’s typed name & signature>
<insert date>

What if my sublessee is arriving from outside Canada?

For anybody arriving from outside of Canada, whether returning to campus or moving in for the first time, the Canadian Government requires the person to quarantine (self-isolate) for two weeks. Your sublessee cannot self-isolate in a shared unit. Contact for more information.

After the sublet is approved

Who pays the rent to UBC?
  • The sublessee pays rent to the UBC contract holder at the agreed upon rate.
  • The UBC contract holder continues to pay rent and fees to UBC Student Housing according to their contract.
How do we exchange keys?

You need to exchange keys at the front desk of the residence where the sublet is occurring.

There are 2 ways:

A. Visit the front desk together

Both the UBC contract holder and the sublessee visit the residence front desk together to exchange keys.

B. Visit the front desk individually

  • Current Year-Round contract holders: leave keys at the residence front desk for the sublessee to pick up before you leave campus.
  • New Year-Round contract holders: sign your new residence contract at your new residence front desk, then leave keys for the sublessee to pick up.
Sublessees: you must bring government-issued photo ID to receive the keys.
Can the sublessee receive mail?

Yes. All registered sublessees can receive mail in your mailbox during their stay. If applicable, you will need to supply them with your mailbox key.

What if the sublessee loses the keys?

If the sublessee loses the unit, room, or mailbox keys, the front desk can provide them with a new set, if they formally checked-in as outlined above. The contract holder will be charged a fee for a replacement key on their Student Housing account.

Residence Standards Violations

If the sublessee violates any residence standards, the UBC contract holder may face consequences for their sublessee’s actions. Contract holders are responsible for the behaviour and actions of their sublessee throughout the tenancy.


If you have any additional questions, please contact