Getting to Orchard Commons on Move In Day

Check out the arrival instructions for Orchard Commons below—and don’t miss this orientation video for students moving into first-year residence!

Arriving by taxi?

Your taxi driver can drop you off at Orchard Commons (at the Agronomy Road entrance).

Arriving by bus?

Once you arrive at the campus bus loop, the easiest way to get to Orchard Commons is to walk southwest across campus. It’s about a 20-minute walk. Or you can take the Route 68 Community Shuttle from the UBC Exchange bus loop.

Arriving by car?

Step 1

Once you arrive at UBC, your first stop is the B4 parking lot on Agronomy Road, where you’ll temporarily park while you get checked in.

Step 2

Walk over to our check-in tent, located in the B4 parking lot to check in, get your welcome package, and sign out a sanitized red cart to help you with your move. Leave your belongings at your car for now, but don’t forget to bring your government-issued photo ID.

Step 3

Load up your move-in cart, get your mask ready (you’ll need to wear it inside residence today), and with your one designated helper, you’re ready to move in.

What if I arrive late?

Arriving after 5 pm on September 5 or 6? No problem! When you arrive, you can park at the B4 parking lot across from Orchard Commons (on Agronomy Road) and go directly to the front desk to check in.

Health & safety FAQ

Do I need to wear a mask?

We ask that you bring and wear a mask when you move into residence, for the safety and consideration of everyone. In fact, we strongly encourage mask use indoors and outdoors whenever you may be in contact with others.

How many people can help me move in?

You can bring one person to accompany you in the residence buildings when you move in, in order to minimize the number of people in residence spaces at any one time.

We recognize that moving into residence is often a celebration for families and that you may want to bring more than one person with you. While only one designated individual can enter residence buildings with you, other members of your group are welcome to enjoy the campus.

Should I practice physical distancing?

Yes, please follow physical distancing guidelines. You will find helpful floor markings, decals, posters and signage to assist. Common areas are set up to encourage and allow for proper physical distancing.

Find more info about changes to residence due to COVID-19 at


If you have questions that aren’t answered above or in our Move In Day guide, please contact us.