Health includes taking care of yourself every day, understanding that challenges are normal, and knowing what to do when you don’t feel well.
Good health starts with making sure you have up-to-date health insurance. UBC requires that all students, domestic and international, have basic and extended health insurance for the duration of their studies.
Before moving into residence, get familiar with the range of health services offered on campus and nearby. Many resources are available, including workshops to care for your brain and body and safe sex products.
Nurse on Campus
UBC’s Nurse on Campus program brings registered nurses into residence from September to April to answer student questions about health and wellness. Nurses typically work one night per week in Totem Park, Place Vanier, Orchard Commons, and Walter Gage. They also work with Residence Life staff to promote health-related programs and initiatives for residents.
Counsellor in Residence
If you’re a student living in residence and you’re feeling persistently stressed, anxious, or sad, you can make an appointment to see one of UBC’s Counsellors in Residence.
Flu Kits & Shots
Getting sick is part of life. When the flu strikes, you may not have the time or energy to pick up fever-reducing items from the store. It’s wise to keep a flu kit ready in your room. Things to include:
- Digital thermometer
- Over-the-counter medications
- Cough syrup and cough drops
- Packages of soup
- Ginger ale and/or juice
One of the best ways to avoid the flu is by getting an annual flu shot. They’re free and available on campus. Consider updating other common vaccines before moving into residence, especially the vaccine for meningococcal meningitis. Check B.C.’s immunization website for information about which vaccines are advised and for whom.
Chaplains in Residence
Chaplains have hours at Walter Gage, Totem Park, Orchard Commons, and Place Vanier one day per week. UBC Chaplains answer questions about spirituality and religion and work with Residence Life staff and Nurses on Campus to support programs related to overall health and wellness.