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 xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (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. sɬewət̕ leləm̓ (Herring House), təməs leləm̓ (Sea Otter House), and sqimək̓ʷ leləm̓ (Octopus House) opened in spring 2022.

Providing housing for nearly 750 students in a revitalized area of campus alongside Walter Gage, Brock Commons and Exchange residences, 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 also right nearby.

Quick Facts

  • Year Round
  • Mainly upper-year and graduate students
  • $1,033—$1,354/month
  • 743 beds: 503 studios, 20 large studios, 8 accessible studios, 53 4-bedroom suites
  • 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

tə šxʷhəleləm̓s tə k̓ʷaƛ̓kʷəʔaʔɬ

tə šxʷhəleləm̓s tə k̓ʷaƛ̓kʷəʔaʔɬ
(The Houses of the Ones Belonging to the Saltwater)


q̓əlɬaləməcən leləm̓
qʷta:yθən leləm̓
sqimək̓ʷ leləm̓

To learn more visit the hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓ pronunciation guide and explore the hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓ alphabet.

Applying to live in tə šxʷhəleləm̓s tə k̓ʷaƛ̓kʷəʔaʔɬ?
Be aware that construction of additional tə šxʷhəleləm̓s tə k̓ʷaƛ̓kʷəʔaʔɬ buildings is ongoing and there will be construction noise and traffic disruptions in the area. LEARN MORE >
Front Desk at tə šxʷhəleləm̓s tə k̓ʷaƛ̓kʷəʔaʔɬ

5955 Student Union Blvd.
Vancouver, BC V6T 1K2
Tel: 604.822.6565


Rooms at tə šxʷhəleləm̓s tə k̓ʷaƛ̓kʷəʔaʔɬ

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    Bathroom, closet, kitchen, desk and bed.


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    Four Bedroom

    Four single private bedrooms with two communal bathrooms, kitchen, living area and eating area. All areas fully furnished.


Facilities at tə šxʷhəleləm̓s tə k̓ʷaƛ̓kʷəʔaʔɬ

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    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.

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    Front Desk

    Available 24 hours a day for support and administrative services.

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    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.

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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 of your building.

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    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.

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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

    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.

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.

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.