There are so many perks to campus living!
All UBC residents have access to a variety of campus resources that support intellectual growth, healthy lifestyles, and personal safety. Life at UBC is truly a home-away-from-home where residents can pursue their academic and personal goals in a safe, comfortable, and fun environment.
ResNet connects our residences to the internet and campus network. Depending on what residence area you are in, ResNet is delivered through either a hardwired port or wireless connection.
At UBC, it’s easy to enjoy delicious, high-quality foods every day. Students who live in Orchard Commons, Place Vanier, and Totem Park purchase a required Residence Meal Plan. Students who are offered accommodation in other residences will have a kitchen, but can also enjoy added convenience and savings with a UBCcard Value Plan. Learn more about food at UBC.
Sort It Out!
Sustainability is a shared value in residence. Each residence has a sorting area—usually in the basement—with clearly marked collection bins for food scraps, household recyclables, e-waste, charitable donations and trash. All residents are expected learn how to use sorting areas properly and to use them frequently, especially when moving in or out. Residence dining halls at Totem Park, Place Vanier and Orchard Commons also have waste disposal areas to recycle/compost food scraps and packaging.
Safety & Security
UBC Vancouver is a safe campus. Residents can use a 24-hour Campus Blue Phone to connect with UBC Security or call SafeWalk. There are regular nightly patrols of residence properties and plenty of useful online resources to help students prepare for an emergency and prevent crime. University RCMP are available for emergency and non-emergency policing issues.
Live well to learn well. UBC students have access to campus health services, including a medical clinic and counselling office. Residents can also access vast resources on wellness topics such as alcohol and drug use, stress, depression, and sexual health.
At UBC, there’s always something to do and ways to meet people. All residences have fitness facilities and games rooms, and are surrounded by vast outdoor spaces for intramural sports, hiking, or beachcombing. There are also many opportunities to get involved in the residence community, like joining a committee or becoming a Residence Advisor. UBC is also well known for world-class athletics, museums, gardens, theatre, and guest speakers. UBC Recreation runs programs throughout the year.
Most are open 24 hours for administrative services and support. This is the place to ask a question, pick up mail, or rent sports equipment.
How convenient! Each residence has laundry machines that are operated on a card system—no need to collect coins.
Getting something fixed is easy. Residents can use the Online Service Centre to request maintenance or repairs in their suite.
Transportation & Parking
There are lots of options for getting to, from and around campus, like walking, cycling, carshare and public transit. Both indoor and outdoor bike storage facilities are available in each residence area. Ultimately, the safest place to keep your bike is in your room, and we strongly recommend a good U-lock for locking up around campus. Bike theft happens. Or consider using UBC’s bikeshare program instead! While car parking is available for a fee through UBC Parking, there are increasingly limited parking spaces on campus.