Last updated: September 27, 2021
Along with UBC, Student Housing has implemented plans to provide the best possible accommodation for our residents given COVID-19 challenges.
Health and safety remains our first priority and we continue to work closely with governmental and post-secondary partners within BC to ensure our plans are aligned with health and safety guidelines. Please note that our typical array of amenities and services may be temporarily adjusted due to health and safety directives.
If you are travelling to Canada please visit UBC’s Travelling to Canada During COVID-19 web page for important resources and updates.
The BC Restart Plan and UBC Campus Return Plan
We know the COVID-19 pandemic has been forefront in the world over the past year and a half. Recognizing that, we want to take a moment to focus on where things are at regarding COVID-19 in British Columbia and at UBC Vancouver right now.
We anticipate this may help you to best prepare and shape your expectations for campus and residence this fall. Below is a summary of what we currently know, and we appreciate that we will all need to be adaptable and flexible—as we continue to transition away from the unusual circumstances of the past year and a half and also in case of other changes in the months to come.
Managing a communicable disease
British Columbia is currently in Step 3 of 4 in the provincial Restart Plan, and the government ended the pandemic state of emergency on June 30, 2021, shifting instead to managing a communicable disease. Across the province, various restrictions from formal health screening tests to physical distancing measures are no longer required.
Campus will be bustling
UBC has significantly adjusted current and upcoming operations to once again reflect the provincial direction. As those of you currently on campus are undoubtedly aware, activity has picked up significantly with UBC gradually returning to on-campus activity, as outlined in the Campus Return Plan. Personal gatherings in residence are now permitted, just as they were before the pandemic started. For September 2021, we anticipate that classes, campus activity and residence will look very similar to pre-pandemic circumstances.
Watch a recorded webinar for UBC students about the return to campus.
Frequently Asked Questions
- General inquiries
- Travelling to Canada/UBC
- COVID-19 residence rules and safety
- COVID-19 prevention, assessment, testing and communication
- Wearing masks
- Physical distancing and indoor personal gatherings
- Cancellations, refunds, waitlists and reapplications
- Checking out of residence
Travelling to Canada/UBC
Students travelling to Canada/UBC should stay current regarding the Canadian government’s requirements for COVID-19: travel, testing, quarantine and borders.
If you are planning to complete your quarantine (self-isolation) stay at UBC, find information about UBC’s Self-Isolation Packages. Please inquire about a reservation as soon as possible, since availability is limited.
It is critically important to note the following:
- Even if you anticipate qualifying for the fully vaccinated quarantine exemption, the Government of Canada still requires that you have a quarantine plan. As per the Travel website, everybody needs a plan “in case you don’t get the exemption.”
- As per our COVID-19 Residence Rules, residents in UBC Student Housing are not permitted to quarantine (or self-isolate) in a shared living environment. In other words, if you live in or are moving into a shared suite, that cannot be your quarantine plan. If you are moving into a room (single, connected-single, shared) in Orchard Commons, Place Vanier or Totem Park, that cannot be your quarantine plan.
Visit UBC’s Travelling to Canada During COVID-19 web page for details and updates.