tə šxʷhəleləm̓s tə k̓ʷaƛ̓kʷəʔaʔɬ
Living at tə šxʷhəleləm̓s tə k̓ʷaƛ̓kʷəʔaʔɬ
tə šxʷhəleləm̓s tə k̓ʷaƛ̓kʷəʔaʔɬ (The Houses of the Ones Belonging to the Saltwater) is our newest residence community at UBC. The Musqueam Nation generously gifted the hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓-language residence and house names to UBC in spring 2021.
In September 2021, q̓əlɬaləməcən leləm̓ (Orca House) and qʷta:yθən leləm̓ (Sturgeon House) opened and became home to nearly 400 students. Once the remaining three houses are complete, this community will provide housing for 884 students in a vibrant and dynamic section of campus, alongside Walter Gage, Tallwood House and Exchange.
tə šxʷhəleləm̓s tə k̓ʷaƛ̓kʷəʔaʔɬ is just steps away from the UBC bus exchange, Aquatic Centre and Student Recreation Centre. The AMS Nest, UBC Life Building and many other campus amenities are right nearby.
- Winter Session (opened September 2021) and Year Round (opening spring 2022)
- Mainly upper-year and graduate students
- Winter Session: 323 studios, 5 large/accessible studios, 17 4-bedrooms
- Year Round: 338 studios, 6 large/accessible studios, 36 4-bedrooms
- Furnished living areas and private bedrooms
- Furnished/appliance-equipped kitchens, including dishwashers.
- Internet access (Wi-Fi)
- Eligibility requirements
Learn to pronounce the hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓-language residence and house names
Front Desk at tə šxʷhəleləm̓s tə k̓ʷaƛ̓kʷəʔaʔɬ
5955 Student Union Blvd.
Vancouver, BC V6T 1K2
Facilities at tə šxʷhəleləm̓s tə k̓ʷaƛ̓kʷəʔaʔɬ
The hub for residence activities. Includes: Wi-Fi, activity and meeting rooms, group and private study spaces, lounge areas, games room, fitness room, and music practice rooms.
Available 24 hours a day for support and administrative services.
Sort It Out!
We strive to be a zero waste campus. tə šxʷhəleləm̓s tə k̓ʷaƛ̓kʷəʔaʔɬ has a large sorting area with collection bins for compost, household trash, recyclables, e-waste, and charitable donations.
Machines operate on a convenient card system—no need to worry about coins. Facilities are located on the bottom floor of your building.
Parking & Bicycle Storage
Limited monthly parking is available nearby for a fee. Bike storage hooks are available in each suite, except in q̓əlɬaləməcən leləm̓ (Orca House), which has a bike storage room in the basement.
Basketball, tennis courts, playing fields and beaches are easily accessible. Nearby Pacific Spirit Regional Park has over 35 kilometres of multipurpose trails to explore.
Health & Safety
Residents have access to a campus medical clinic and safety programs such as SafeWalk. There are regular nightly patrols of residence properties.
Suites in tə šxʷhəleləm̓s tə k̓ʷaƛ̓kʷəʔaʔɬ come with kitchens. Students can purchase an optional meal plan for convenience—no need to cook or carry cash.
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.
tə šxʷhəleləm̓s tə k̓ʷaƛ̓kʷəʔaʔɬ Residence Life
“We were pleased to welcome our first residents into this exciting community in September 2021!” – Sean Ryan, Associate Director Residence Life
The tə šxʷhəleləm̓s tə k̓ʷaƛ̓kʷəʔaʔɬ Residence Life team consists of one Residence Life Manager and Residence Advisors, plus numerous Front Desk staff who work hard to promote a safe, inclusive and enjoyable community for residents.