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

Year Round Residence is the place for returning and new upper-year students, graduate students and student families.

Benefits of living in Year Round Residence

  • Ongoing accommodation: You’ll qualify to renew your contract each year and continue living in your unit, as long as you remain eligible—which means no more struggles to find housing at the start of each academic year or finding a place to store your belongings over the summer.
  • Variety: We offer a wide range of suite types and residence areas, with locations across campus.
  • Designed with you in mind: Buildings and communities tailor-made for upper-year students, graduate students and student families—with plenty of ways to get involved or participate in residence programs and grad student programs.
  • Flexible dining options: All suites have kitchens, so you have the option to cook at home or enjoy a meal out, with lots of nearby options for groceries or dining. Plus, you’re eligible for a UBCcard Value Plan for convenience and savings at numerous campus locations.
  • Option to sublet: During the summer you have the option to stay on campus or apply to sublet to another eligible UBC student.

Make sure you apply early, since demand for on-campus housing regularly exceeds availability, which can mean a lengthy waitlist.

Please note that we do not offer a room guarantee for upper-year students, graduate students or student families.

Year Round Residences

Upper-year and graduate students

Brock Commons | ExchangeFraser Hall  | Iona House | Marine Drive | Ponderosa Commons | tə šxʷhəleləm̓s tə k̓ʷaƛ̓kʷəʔaʔɬ | Thunderbird

Graduate students

Green CollegeSt. John’s College

Student families

Acadia Park

Applying for Year Round Residence

Follow these step-by-step instructions and apply as soon as possible. The earlier you apply, the sooner you’re likely to receive an offer. In fact, we recommend applying today!

Once you apply, you’ll receive your waitlist number, which is based on the date of your application.

Then, the following factors will determine when you receive an offer:

  • Your waitlist number.
  • Your residence and room type preferences.
  • The earliest occupancy date you indicated in your application.

Pro tip! Students who indicate an early-May occupancy date are best positioned to receive an offer, since contracts end in late-April and the largest number of students move out—which also means the largest number of units become available.

Applying to live in Brock Commons?
Be aware that Brock Commons Phase 2 is being built nearby and there will be construction noise and traffic disruptions in the area. LEARN MORE.

Additional housing options

Due to the increasing demand for housing, in addition to applying for Year Round Residence, we strongly recommend that you explore other housing options on and off-campus:

  • More Campus Housing—additional housing options located on campus, but not operated by UBC Student Housing.
  • Living Off Campus—our guide to finding a place to rent in Vancouver and nearby suburbs.

Winter Session Residence

An extremely limited number of Winter Session Residence beds are available for upper-year or graduate students. Enrolment at UBC is growing and the vast majority of these spaces are assigned to students who qualify for the first year guarantee and other new-to-UBC students.

With that in mind, upper-year students, graduate students and student families should focus their application efforts on Year Round Residence and additional on and off campus housing options.