Move In Day

Everything you need to know about moving into residence.

Winter Session Residence Move In

Jump Start Residence Move In (August 24, 2019)

Who: Students registered in Jump Start orientation (including UBC Vantage College students).

Date: Saturday, August 24, 2019

Time: You’ll receive an email from with your check in time a few days before you move in.

Labour Day Move In (August 31, 2019)

Who: Students living in Place Vanier, Totem Park, Orchard Commons, Ritsumeiken-UBC House, Fairview Crescent, Ponderosa Commons (Cedar House), and Walter Gage.

Date: Saturday, August 31, 2019.

Time: You’ll receive an email from with your check in time a few days before you move in.

Quick Tips

  • The busiest times are 9 a.m–10 a.m. and noon–1 p.m. To avoid lines, we recommend arriving after peak hours.
  • Volunteers will be on-site to assist students from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Forget something? Hewer Home Hardware will be at Place Vanier, Orchard Commons, and Totem Park.

What to Expect

Arrive—Map your route and look for clearly marked signs and volunteers to help guide you.

Meet—Come meet us! There will be designated short-term parking zones so you can walk to the Commonsblock to pick up your unit keys and welcome package—and get a brief orientation. (Inside your welcome package you’ll find your copy of Connect: Your Guide to Residence Life at UBC, plus your Residence Meal Plan guide, a campus map, a lanyard, your room keys, and—if you’ve ordered it ahead of time—your UBCcard!)

Unload—There are designated unloading zones. Remember: 15 minutes maximum and use boxes/bags to carry your belongings. The driver must stay with the car.

Unpack—There’s designated long-term parking so you can park your car while you unpack. Family members and friends are welcome to stay and help. Your residence has a waste sorting area—usually in the basement—so you can sustainably dispose of boxes and packing materials.

Recharge—It’s been a long day. Grab some food and drinks at the dining hall or a nearby campus food spot.

Get social—Say goodbye to family and friends by 4 pm and get ready to meet your roommates, floor community and Residence Life team.

Year Round Residence Move In

Who: Students with Year Round Residence contracts at Marine Drive, Ponderosa Commons, Exchange, Thunderbird, Fraser Hall, Brock Commons – Tallwood House, Acadia Park, Green College, and St. John’s College.

When: Students arrive throughout the year, most often in early May.

Summer Residence Move In

Who: Students and visiting students with Summer Residence contracts and Summer Stay Through contracts at Fairview Crescent.

When: early-May annually


Download a printable Move In Day Map (446 KB PDF)

Move In Day Map