UBC works hard to support student and campus community safety. This effort is strengthened when everyone in the UBC community participates.
Let’s work together to build safe communities in residence. Use these strategies to help keep our residence communities safe—for you and your neighbours.
Residence Safety Strategies
- Lock it up—when you leave and when you are sleeping. Each time you leave and when you are sleeping, lock your unit and room door, plus any accessible windows.
- Don’t hold the door open for strangers. Please don’t let people follow you into a locked residence building. If they have permission to be there, they will have their own key—or a host.
- Stop before you prop. Never prop open a building door, even if you are stepping outside for just a moment.
- Don’t walk away from your valuables. Theft happens. Don’t leave valuables, like your phone, laptop or wallet, unattended in a study room, lounge—or even your unlocked room. Plus, lock up your bike. The safest place to store your bike is in your room.
- Trust your instincts. If you feel like you’re in danger or if you witness suspicious activity, first call 9-1-1, then contact Campus Security (604-822-2222) and your residence front desk.
On Campus After Dark
To stay safe when walking on campus after dark:
- Walk with a friend, fellow resident or classmate.
- Use your U-Pass to ride the Translink Community Shuttle.
- From 8 pm to 2 am use the AMS Safewalk program. Phone Safewalk and a co-ed team will accompany you to and from campus destinations after dark.
- After 2 am, Campus Security can accompany you across campus. Call 604-822-2222 for assistance.
For more information about your safety on campus, visit UBC Campus Security.
- Police/Fire/Ambulance: 9-1-1
- Campus Security: 604-822-2222
- Residence Front Desks
Additional safety services
Campus Blue Phones
Blue Phones are strategically located throughout campus and offer an immediate connection to Campus Security, if needed.
Campus Security and Police
Sexual Violence Prevention and Response Office (SVPRO)
A safe place and single point of contact for UBC students, staff and faculty who have experienced sexual assault, regardless of when or where it took place. Learn more about SVPRO.
Residence Life support
Your Residence Life Manager and Front Desk staff are additional resources in the community, should you notice something that needs attention (e.g., a broken lock or other safety concern), or if you need non-emergency assistance.
Tips and Additional Resources
Ways to Protect Your Valuables
Laptops, tablets, smartphones, wallets, purses and personal identification documents can be an easy target for thieves in residence. Keep them safe by securing your room/unit every time you leave, even if it is just for a minute.
- Keep photocopies of all your identification, credit cards, serial numbers—anything that would have to be replaced if your belongings were taken.
- Get insurance to protect your belongings from theft or damage due an unforeseen cause like a fire or flood. UBC is not responsible for lost, stolen or damaged property. Some students may already be covered under their family’s plan. BCAA is also an option.
- Rent a safety deposit box at a nearby bank to secure valuables such as large amount of cash.
Cycling at UBC is a quick and healthy way to get around campus. Consider these tips for keeping your bike safe from thieves:
- UBC Campus Security recommends using a good quality steel U-lock and heavy cable lock for the front wheel.
- Don’t bring an expensive bike to campus.
- If possible, keep your bike in your room, but not in hallways or common areas due to fire safety regulations.
- Never leave an unlocked bike on a balcony, even if you are above the ground floor.
- Consider leaving your bike at home and using HOPR, the bike share program at UBC instead.
- Do not leave valuables in any vehicle parked on campus.
- All vehicles parked on campus must have insurance.