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 2021/22.
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.
I’ve had the opportunity to develop my leadership and event planning abilities, but I’ve also learned to be a better listener and support system, in both my professional and personal life. – Shalom Howe, Marine Drive
To me, becoming a Residence Advisor was a large personal step, and it was a fantastic step to take. – Anoop Sangha, Ponderosa Commons
Being an RA has helped me enhance my community building skills, and also my compassion, patience, and empathy – Tamasha Hussein, Exchange Residence
Types of jobs
Virtual interviews: new Residence Advisors.
Virtual interviews: returning Residence Advisors.
Virtual interviews: senior Residence Advisors and Programme Resource Centre (PRC) Advisors.
Offers and orientation
Hiring decisions made and candidates notified.
Mandatory two-week orientation.
Check out our Frequently Asked Questions below!
Working in Residence Life is the chance to be part of an incredible team.
Hello! My name is Shalom and I’m a Residence Advisor at Marine Drive. In my second year of university I came to UBC as a transfer student – and living in residence was the place where I first found community.
At both UBC and my previous university, I had great relationships with my RAs. What motivated me to apply for an RA position at UBC was wanting to offer other students the same feeling of support that I received.
While working as a Residence Advisor, I have learned so much about myself and how to be a positive member of a community. I’ve had the opportunity to develop my leadership and event planning abilities, but I’ve also learned to be a better listener and support system, in both my professional and personal life. Plus, I’ve built connections with people who I will genuinely care for, long past my time in university.
Being an RA, you are a part of an incredible team, which supports you, uplifts you, and watches out for you like family. There is such a positive atmosphere, and you are encouraged to be your unique self and use your passions to help others.
What I have most loved about my time as a Residence Advisor is that it has helped me build confidence, find my passions, and give back to my community, positively impacting the lives of others.
Shalom Howe, 21
RA, Marine Drive
Fourth-year undergraduate: Bachelor of Kinesiology, with a French minor
Hometown: Kitchener, ON
Working in Residence Life is the opportunity to step outside your comfort zone.
Hi, my name is Anoop and I’m a Residence Advisor at Ponderosa Commons.
When I was first offered the position at Ponderosa, I initially doubted my ability to work as a RA. It was my first time living in such a diverse community, with people of all ages, and I wasn’t sure what to expect. But a loyal and supportive team of other advisors was there to support me, help me develop my skills and set me up for success in the role.
My time as an RA has greatly influenced my development both personally and academically. The Residence Life community is incredibly diverse, and the Ponderosa community has taught me to approach situations and challenges in and out of the classroom through a variety of lenses. By living and working with this exceptional group of people, I’ve learned to step outside of my own comfort zone and pursue ambitions I otherwise wouldn’t have.
To me, becoming a Residence Advisor was a large personal step, and it was a fantastic step to take. Working as a RA has meant providing support for the people around me – residents and my fellow RAs. In particular, I’ve enjoyed helping residents form connections and lasting friendships, helping to make their residence communities a home away from home.
Anoop Sangha, 20
RA, Ponderosa Commons
Third-year undergraduate: Bachelor of Science, Chemical Biology
Hometown: Surrey, BC
Working in Residence Life is a place to learn and grow.
When I received an offer to become a Residence Advisor, I definitely doubted whether or not I was the best fit for the role. Maybe they’re just looking for outgoing and really energetic, outspoken personalities, I wondered.
But that’s not the case at all! From my experience in the role, I realized that every team needs a balance of personalities in order to thrive. Of course, it’s not just about personality. My interest in building and supporting a community is what really interested me in the role, and it’s what helped me get the job.
Nevertheless, being a Residence Advisor has strengthened and transformed my personality, helping me feel more comfortable with tasks and interactions that require me to be a bit more outgoing.
I’ve also developed skills and perspectives that I don’t believe I could have in other roles. Being an RA has helped me enhance my community building skills, and also my compassion, patience, and empathy, which will all help me throughout my time as a student and in my career after university.
Plus, I am constantly learning from my community and my RA team, and I enjoy all the great opportunities to challenge my thinking and come up with engaging ideas for programs and activities.
Above all, I have a lot of fun being an RA. I have developed a unique community and established great relationships with such talented and intelligent people.
Tamasha Hussein, 21
RA, Exchange Residence
Third-year undergraduate: Bachelor of Science, Global Health
Hometown: Lilongwe, Malawi
- New Residence Advisor applicants: Yes. For your application to be considered, you will need to complete the course. It is 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 complete the Hiring Information Course.
You can self-enroll in the course at any time prior to the deadline, but we recommend you complete the course as soon as possible, since it will answer additional questions that you may have and help you submit a higher quality application. The deadline to complete the course is February 10, 2021 — the same as the application deadline.
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.