Returning Students

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“Interesting roommates, convenient study spaces, and grassy areas all combine to create a positive study environment that helps me balance working hard with having fun.”

Year Round Residence

If you are interested in living in residence as a returning student, we strongly recommend applying to live in residence year-round. There are many benefits, including:

  • Ongoing accommodation. Students in Year Round Residence qualify for a new contract offer every year while eligible.
  • Lots of options, from shared suites with multiple roommates to studio apartment living in residence areas designed for upper-year students, graduate students and student families.
  • It’s flexible. Stay on-campus during the summer or apply to sublet to another eligible UBC student. It’s your choice.
  • Meal plans are available. You will have a kitchen but can purchase a meal plan for convenience and savings at campus restaurants and off-campus partner locations.

We do not offer a room guarantee for returning students.

Year Round Residences

Acadia Park (student families)
Brock Commons Tallwood House
Exchange
Fraser Hall
Green College (graduate students)
Iona House
Marine Drive
Ponderosa Commons
St. John’s College (graduate students)
Thunderbird

Events & programs

No matter what time of year, there’s always something to do and ways to get involved in the residence community. Join a committee that oversees residence programs like wellness or sustainability and attend special events that help keep the residence community active and engaged.

Applying for Year Round Residence

Follow these step-by-step instructions and apply early. We send offers based on application date and the earliest occupancy date. Students who agree to begin occupancy in early May are best positioned to receive an offer.

Applying to live in Exchange?
Be aware that Pacific Residence is being built next to Exchange Residence and there will be construction noise and traffic disruptions in the area. LEARN MORE >

Random selection for Winter Session Residence

A limited number of Winter Session Residence beds are available for returning students. Enrolment at UBC is growing and the majority of these spaces are assigned to students who qualify for the First Year Guarantee and other new-to-UBC students. As a result, there is more demand than supply. Returning students must apply by March 1.

The Residence Allocation Process (RAP) is the electronic process that randomly selects enough returning students to fill the available spaces. In mid-March, we will use the RAP to randomly determine each returning student’s application status and one of two things will happen:

  1. You will get an offer to live in residence. A deposit will be required to secure your spot. We’ll send specific residence assignment details in the summer.
  2. You will receive a waitlist number. You can monitor this number online and could receive an offer to live in residence at any time, even after September, if a space opens up. This has been known to happen due to cancellations, co-op terms or other unpredictable scenarios.

March 2021 Update

Due to COVID-19, we know there will be many undergraduate students who are entering their second year of enrolment, but will be part of the UBC Vancouver campus community for the first time.

The university is giving significant consideration to this unique situation. While we do not have the capacity to provide student housing this coming fall term (September 2021) for all second year students who want it, we have taken steps to increase their chances in the RAP.

These students will have their application entered into the random selection process twice, thereby increasing their chances of receiving an offer.

Additionally, for those second year students who will have the opportunity to live in residence next year, we will be expanding our residence orientation and Residence Life programs to help support this group of students.

You can apply for both Year Round Residence and Winter Session Residence at the same time. The $50 non-refundable application fee will cover both applications provided they are received within a 14-day period.

Applying to live in Gage or Pacific?
Be aware that construction of additional Pacific Residence buildings is ongoing and there will be construction noise and traffic disruptions in the area. LEARN MORE >

Other housing

Rooms in residence for returning students are not guaranteed. Applying does not guarantee an offer will be made and how we assign rooms depends on a number of factors. We appreciate your interest in residence but suggest it may be prudent to also investigate other housing options at UBC or consider living off-campus.