Graduate Students

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Everyone at Ponderosa, or ‘Pond’ as we like to call it, is welcoming and looks out for each other. We are a tight-knit community, whether it’s lending a cooking utensil or arranging a trip.

Over 1,300 graduate students live in residence at UBC. We recommend graduate students apply for the following:

  1. Year Round Residence—Brock CommonsExchange, Fraser Hall, Iona House, Marine Drive, Ponderosa Commons, tə šxʷhəleləm̓s tə k̓ʷaƛ̓kʷəʔaʔɬThunderbird
  2. Green College
  3. St. John’s College
  4. Student Family Residence—Acadia Park


Because demand to live in residence is high, we recommend applying at the same time you submit your graduate program application. We accept applications any time and you do not have to wait for an offer of admission to apply to live in residence.

Summer and visiting grad students

Summer residence spaces are available at UBC for eligible graduate students and students from other universities. The summer contract runs from early May to mid-August. Students are most often placed with roommates in Fairview Crescent.

Other campus housing or living off campus

Demand to live in residence at UBC greatly exceeds vacancies, which means many graduate students will need to find alternate accommodation. Vancouver is a safe, vibrant city with many diverse neighbourhoods—some are a short distance from UBC, while others require longer commutes to campus. Options include: