It’s more than just a job.
We’re looking for passionate, dedicated, caring UBC students of all ages to join our vibrant team in 2020/21.
Working in Residence Life is a valuable way to build important leadership skills, help other students succeed socially and academically, and earn income during the school year.
Residence Life staff inspire communities, plan events, lend an ear when needed, and—most importantly—help create lifelong memories for residents and themselves.
Being a Residence Advisor has strengthened my connection to the UBC community. – Sasha Gordeeva, Orchard Commons
My experience in Residence Life has helped me grow as a person in areas that I never even considered. – Miguel Oreta, Place Vanier
Through being an RA, I have developed patience and resilience, and I have grown to appreciate the strength that lies in diversity. – Sadhana Koganti, Thunderbird
I am regularly awestruck by how much I am learning from my RA colleagues and professional Residence Life staff, not to mention my residents. – Ahmed Hussein, Ponderosa Commons
Types of jobs
|Monday, November 18||Applications open|
|January 6–14||Visit our Work in Residence Life info booth at residences across campus to learn more!|
|November 27–January 14||Attend a mandatory Information & Application Session.
Visit the Residence Life Event Calendar for dates & times.
|Saturday, January 11||Visit our booth at the Student Leadership Conference!|
|Wednesday, January 15||Last day to apply! (Application is open until 11:59pm)|
|January 31–February 5||Carousel interviews for new applicants|
|Thursday, March 12||Hiring decisions made, candidates notified|
|Monday, March 23||First staff meeting (mandatory)|
|August 2019||Mandatory two-week orientation|
Check out our Frequently Asked Questions below!
Working in Residence Life is more than a job. It’s a place to grow.
Hello! My name is Sasha and I’m a Residence Advisor in Orchard Commons. When I arrived at UBC on move-in day in my first year, I knew that I was taking a step into what would be some of the most transformative years of my life. But I could have never imagined just how magical and influential my time in first-year residence would be! I knew immediately that I wanted to foster that same sense of magic and a tight-knit, supportive community for other students. This led me to apply to be a Residence Advisor in my second year.
Being a Residence Advisor has strengthened my connection to the UBC community as a whole; it has helped me improve my relationship with myself and others in ways that I never expected. Through the connections that I’ve made with my team and community, I’ve come to value and embrace my own strengths—and weaknesses. Knowing that I have such a supportive network of individuals around me who are unapologetically themselves is so comforting. This has boosted my confidence in stepping out of my comfort zone in so many different ways.
The most rewarding aspects of being a Residence Advisor were those I didn’t ever expect. Sometimes, it’s reaffirming interactions within your community and peers. Or simply knowing that something you did within your work helped to make someone’s experience just a little bit better.
I am so incredibly grateful for the learning, growth, and connections that I have made in my time so far as a Residence Advisor. The prospect of having more opportunities to provide a positive impact on residents’ experiences in the future has me excited beyond words!
Sasha Gordeeva, 18
RA, Orchard Commons
Second-year undergraduate: Bachelor of Arts, Political Science
Hometown: Coquitlam, BC
Working in Residence Life is more than a job. It’s an opportunity to learn.
Walking into the Residence Advisor role, I had so many doubts about myself and my ability to do the job. But I soon realized that I was becoming part of an amazing group of people who were ready to support me and help me grow in the role.
One of my favourite parts of being a Residence Advisor is introducing people to things they have never tried or even thought to try before, and being in this role even helped me clarify what I’m passionate about. It gave me an outlet to explore new passions, to reignite old ones, and to share them with others. It allowed me to appreciate my experiences and, in a way, to rediscover myself.
My experience in Residence Life has helped me grow as a person in areas that I never even considered. A large part of our role is to empower people to address a variety of challenges that come with living at and attending university. But through helping people with the challenges they’re facing, I’ve learned so much about how to face my own. Most importantly, I’ve learned to reframe challenges in ways that are productive for me.
Ultimately, advising in residence has helped me identify my strengths, along with my areas for improvement; it has helped me gain more confidence in the work I do—both in and outside of Residence Life.
Miguel Oreta, 22
RA, Place Vanier
Fifth-year undergraduate: Integrated Sciences
Hometown: Coquitlam, BC
Working in Residence Life is more than a job. It’s a chance to make a difference.
Hi there! My name is Sadhana and I’m a Residence Advisor at Thunderbird. When I was offered an RA position in Thunderbird Residence, I really did not know what to expect. I was not sure how I would fit into a community that served both graduate and undergraduate students. In all honesty, it was a challenging role, in that there were different expectations than in residence areas where I had lived before.
Reflecting upon my year as an RA, I smile because I know that I have had a positive impact on my community, and that, equally, my community has had a positive impact on me. In particular, through being an RA, I have developed patience and resilience, and I have grown to appreciate the strength that lies in diversity even more. I hope to carry these qualities forward with me.
Plus, this role introduced more structure into my life and pushed me to truly value time management and organization, skills and values that I know will help me in my future Human Resources career—and in life!
One last thing that I valued about being an RA was how my team was always there for me. They started as colleagues, but quickly became mentors as well. For me, that sense of support, loyalty, and belonging encouraged me to come back for more!
Sadhana Koganti, 21
Fourth-year undergraduate: BCom, Human Resources & Business Technology Management
Hometown: Guntur, India
Working in Residence Life is more than a job. It’s a place for embracing diversity.
At UBC, many of us are extremely far from home, and so we try to build a home-away-from-home by forming new connections and meeting new people. In Residence Life, I have had the opportunity to meet many new people with similar experiences, challenges, and commitment to embracing the beauty of diversity—in thought and background.
Maintaining balance in our busy lives is a daily effort as UBC students, and I did not expect Residence Life to teach me ways to achieve that or how to seek support when things get tough. Just three months into my role as a Residence Advisor, I am regularly awestruck by how much I am learning from my RA colleagues and professional Residence Life staff, not to mention my residents.
In this role, I have already grown both personally and professionally. But one of my biggest takeaways, so far, is the instrumental role that RA’s play in helping our residents and peers form new connections and cultivate friendships. I have formed so many new connections with residents, students, and staff. And by developing those connections, I discovered how everyone in residence contributes to building a community where we share, learn, and experience Residence Life together.
Ahmed Hussein, 23
RA, Ponderosa commons
Third-year undergraduate: International Relations & Commerce
Hometown: Nairobi, Kenya
- New Residence Advisor applicants: Yes. For your application to be considered, you will need to attend one of these sessions. They are mandatory for any applicant who has not previously worked in Residence Life at UBC.
- Returning Residence Advisor applicants: No. If you have previously worked as a Residence Advisor at UBC, you do not need to attend an Info & Application session. But refer to your hiring package for optional sessions.
Additionally, you will be required to attend Residence Life staff meetings every other Monday, 7 pm–11 pm.
Some RAs volunteer to stay on throughout the break in residence areas that remain open during the holidays.