Prospective Students

Welcome prospective undergrads—domestic and international!

For many new students, living in residence is where the university journey begins. And at UBC, it’s an extraordinary experience unlike any other.

Living in residence makes it easy for students to meet new people, live in a study-oriented atmosphere, get help for academic and personal challenges, and be part of all that UBC and its surrounding neighbourhoods have to offer. Campus residents have easy access to beaches and recreational activities, theatre, restaurants, guest speakers, and special interest clubs.

Year after year, students tell us that living in residence helped them become better learners and make long-lasting friendships. UBC houses more than 11,000 students in 13 residences.

Guaranteed rooms

Many prospective students will qualify for our First Year Guarantee in Winter Session Residence. Most students in this group are assigned to live in Totem Park , Place Vanier or Orchard Commons. They all have furnished shared and single rooms, vibrant common areas for socializing, and plenty of space for quiet study time. Based on availability, some students will be assigned to live in Ritsumeikan-UBC House, Walter Gage, and Fairview Crescent where upper-year students and some graduate students also live.

Eating made easy

“The dining room gives you a huge array of options and they switch it up every day, so there’s always something new to try.” —Amy Miles, Totem Park resident

Never worry about planning, shopping, prepping or cleaning up after meals! Residents in Totem Park, Place Vanier and Orchard Commons purchase a mandatory meal plan, valid at more than 45 places to eat, including residence dining rooms—always stocked with nutritious dishes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. For detailed information about payment amounts and the payment schedule, visit the Fees & Payments page and click on the page for your residence.

Students who are offered accommodation in other residences will have a kitchen but can also enjoy added convenience and savings with the Savings Plus Meal Plan or UBCcard Plan.

Support & fun

“You’ll meet people from all over the world with all different backgrounds. The one thing we have in common is UBC pride.” —Brandon MacKay

No matter which residence you live in, you will be part of a safe, supportive environment that’s designed to help you pursue your academic goals and enjoy your time as a student. Our Residence Life teams are among the best-connected people at the university. Residence advisors—current UBC students—are plugged into the resources and support services available to you in residence and around campus, including health services and safety programs. RAs spend countless hours organizing fun opportunities to get students involved in residence. Be an actor in a residence play, join a committee, or go on a field trip to an Olympic ski hill. When you live at UBC, there’s always something to do.

Jump Start

“Before arriving at UBC, I was anxious about moving to a new place, meeting new friends and being in a different academic setting. I made friends and got to know UBC through Jump Start and now I feel more confident going into my classes” – Jump Start participant

All direct-entry, first-year undergraduate students are invited to participate in Jump Start, which takes place during the week prior to classes in August. Jump Start is a transition program specifically designed to help first year students adjust to their new academic environment, make friends, and explore their new home, school, and city.


Fees and payments will vary depending on what residence and type of room you live in, as well as if you require a meal plan. A typical cost for a room and a meal plan for a new undergraduate student is between $10,700 and $13,850 for two terms. Payments are spread over the school year. There are extra fees for parking and optional services like a landline phone.

Undergraduate students entering their first year could be eligible for a Student Housing Supplemental Grant

How to apply

Undergraduate students who qualify for a guaranteed room can apply in two ways:

  1. There is an option to open a residence application when applying for UBC.
  2. Apply directly to Student Housing and Community Services before May 1.

Before you apply, review essential application facts and important dates to ensure your application is submitted properly and on time. Demand to live in residence is high so don’t wait until you are admitted to UBC to apply for a space in residence.