Living at Exchange

Exchange is one of our newest residence communities at UBC. Home to over 650 students, Exchange offers an active, urban energy and a uniquely connected location. It is located alongside the UBC bus exchange and just steps from the UBC Aquatic Centre and Student Recreation Centre. The AMS Nest, UBC Life Building and many other campus amenities are right nearby.

Quick Facts

  • Year Round
  • Mainly upper-year undergraduate and graduate students
  • 650 beds: 71 nano suites, 88 studios, 5 large/accessible studios, 77 one-bedroom suites, 19 two-bedroom suites, 84 four-bedroom suites, 15 townhouses (2-bedroom)
  • Furnished living areas and private bedrooms
  • Furnished/appliance-equipped kitchens. All units except Nano suites equipped with dishwashers
  • High-speed wireless internet
  • Eligibility requirements
  • Fees
  • Read a Sustainability Case Study about Exchange residence
Exchange Front Desk

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5955 Student Union Blvd.
Vancouver, BC V6T 1K2
Tel: 604 822 6565

Rooms at Exchange

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    Nano Suite

    Nano suites pack a convertible desk/bed, full private bathroom, kitchenette and closet into a small but streamlined space. Fully furnished.


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    Suite includes desk and bed, kitchen area with table, closet, and separate bathroom. Fully furnished.


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    One Bedroom

    Bedroom with a bathroom, kitchen, living area and eating area. Fully furnished.


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    Private bedrooms and bathrooms with shared kitchen, living area and eating area. Fully furnished.


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    Two Bedroom

    Private bedrooms with shared bathroom, kitchen, living area and eating area. Fully furnished.


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    Four Bedroom

    Private bedrooms with two shared bathrooms, kitchen, living area and eating area. Fully furnished.


Facilities at Exchange

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    The hub for residence activities. Includes: Wi-Fi, activity and meeting rooms, group and private study spaces, lounge areas, exercise room and music practice rooms.

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    Support Staff

    From our Front Desk staff and Overnight Mobile Team to Residence Life professional and student staff, you are never alone! Meet the people you can contact with questions, concerns or a request for support.

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    Sort It Out!

    We strive to be a “Zero Waste” campus. Exchange has a large sorting area with collection bins for compost, household trash, recyclables, e-waste, and charitable donations.

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    Laundry Facilities

    Machines operate on a convenient card system—no need to worry about coins. Facilities are located on the bottom floor.

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    Parking & Bicycle Storage

    Limited monthly vehicle parking is available nearby for a fee. Bicycle storage hooks are available in each suite, with the exception of Nano suites. A bike storage room is located at the building entrance for those who do not have bicycle storage in their suite.

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    Outdoor Facilities

    Basketball, tennis courts, playing fields and beaches are easily accessible. Nearby Pacific Spirit Regional Park has over 35 kilometres of multipurpose trails to explore.

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    Health & Safety

    Residents have access to a campus medical clinic and safety programs such as SafeWalk. There are regular nightly patrols of residence properties.

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    Meal Plan

    Exchange suites come with kitchens. Students can purchase an optional meal plan for convenience—no need to cook or carry cash.

Sustainability Features

UBC has been recognized internationally for its commitment to sustainable living. Many residences and rooms have modern sustainability features designed to reduce waste, energy consumption, and water use.

Exchange Residence Life

“Exchange is one of the best student living experiences on campus. My favourite part is the unique terrace area. It’s the perfect place to unwind and spend quality time with other residents.” – Hilton Nguyen, Exchange resident

The Exchange Residence Life team consists of one Residence Life Manager and six Residence Advisors, plus numerous Front Desk staff who work hard to promote a safe, inclusive and enjoyable community for residents.