COVID-19 Residence Rules

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Last updated: January 4, 2023

Along with UBC, Student Housing has implemented plans to provide the best possible accommodation for our residents given COVID-19 challenges and the restart advice and recommendations provided by our Provincial Health Authorities.

Health and safety remain our first priorities and we continue to work closely with the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills and Training and with other post-secondary institutions within BC to ensure our plans are aligned with health and safety guidelines and other emerging and leading practices.

COVID-19 Residence Rules

The following rules are in effect in the Student Residences managed by UBC Student Housing and Community Services (SHCS) and apply to all residents and their guests while on residence property as defined in the Residence contract applicable to each residence area. The boundaries of each residence property can be found on the residence property webpage. There are also the campus-wide COVID-19 safety rules, which govern conduct elsewhere on UBC premises and apply to you when not on residence property.

SHCS will follow health and safety measures required of it by Federal and Provincial government authorities, including the Provincial Health Authorities, the Provincial Health Officer, and WorkSafe BC (“Public Health Authorities”) and other emerging and leading practices.

Employees of UBC SHCS, guest speakers and other third-party service providers are not governed by these COVID-19 residence rules but are governed by a different set of COVID-19 rules, which are also compliant with the guidelines of Public Health Authorities and may differ from those that apply to residents.

These rules are in place to help maintain the health and safety of yourself and others in the residence community. It is important that you comply with these rules and stay informed of any changes in these rules to minimize the potential spread of COVID-19. Failure to follow these rules may result in residence standards action up to and including termination of your residence contract and eviction from residence.

Residence services, amenities and rules may change, often on short notice, to respond to developing circumstances.

    1. Travelling to Canada (Quarantine). On October 1, 2022, all COVID-19 Canadian border requirements, including vaccination, mandatory use of ArriveCAN, and any testing and quarantine requirements ended for travellers entering Canada. However, effective January 5, 2023, the government of Canada reinstated some COVID-19 border and travel measures for air travellers from the People’s Republic of China, Hong Kong or Macao. For more information and updates, please visit Travelling to Canada and COVID-19: travel, testing and borders.
    2. Self-Assessing. Each resident must assess themselves daily for COVID-19 symptoms. A list of COVID-19 symptoms can be found on the BC COVID-19 self-assessment tool or Support App.
    3. Getting Tested. If the BC self-assessment tool, the BC COVID-19 Support App or a public health authority recommends that a resident get tested for COVID-19, or self-isolate they must do so immediately. The location and/or method of testing will be indicated on the BC COVID-19 Support App or may be found on the BCCDC website.
    4. When to Self-Isolate (non-travel). Starting November 17, 2022, people who have COVID-19 are no longer required to self-isolate by the BC Provincial Government. However, if you have COVID-19 or symptoms of COVID-19, it is still recommended that you stay home as much as possible to reduce any potential spread of illness.
    5. Self-Isolation Recommendations for Students.
      • Although self-isolation is no longer required, it is still recommended for people with COVID-19 or symptoms of COVID-19. Learn more about how to self-isolate.
      • While choosing to self-isolate, a resident may access shared common areas when necessary – including shared washrooms and kitchens, along with building entrances to retrieve food deliveries – but is asked to take the following safety measures:
        • Minimize prolonged face-to-face interactions.
        • Wear a face covering while in close physical proximity to others.
        • Avoid close physical contact with others.
        • Avoid hosting guests in their unit.
        • Practice regular hand washing.
        • Access shared spaces during quieter times, when possible.
    6. Hosting Guests. Healthy residents are permitted to host guests in their unit in accordance with the usual requirements outlined in the Residence Contract. Residents are responsible for ensuring their guests follow the COVID-19 Residence Rules. Residents with COVID-19 or symptoms of COVID-19 are asked not to host guests in their unit.
    7. Following Signage. Residents and guests must follow relevant signage and floor markings. Examples include but are not limited to occupancy limits, amenity space closures, and requirement to wear a face covering or other personal protective equipment.

*Shared includes any space that shares a washroom, kitchen and/or residence dining room with another student. Shared does not include student family housing, a studio or a one-bedroom apartment.