Ponderosa Commons

Living in Ponderosa Commons

Ponderosa Commons is a vibrant multi-purpose hub where mature students live and learn, and the campus community comes to study, meet and eat. UBC's favourite pizzeria, Mercante, is located here, along with Harvest, a popular small grocery store. Ponderosa Commons was built with unique sustainability features designed to reduce waste, energy and water use.

Quick Facts

  • Year Round, Winter Session and Summer Session
  • Mainly upper-year undergraduate and graduate students
  • $1,103–$1,448/month
  • Furnished kitchens, living areas and private bedrooms
  • All suites have dishwashers
  • Internet access (Wi-Fi + Ethernet port)
  • 1,150 beds; single gender roommate assignments
  • Winter Session: 252 studios, 14 four-bedrooms
  • Year Round: 363 studios, 113 two-bedrooms, 62 four-bedrooms, 11 large/accessible studios
  • Eligibility requirements
Ponderosa Commons Front Desk

2075 West Mall
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z2
Tel: 604 822 2708


Rooms at Ponderosa Commons

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    Suite has kitchen area, closet, and separate bathroom for a single student.


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    Two Bedroom

    Private bedrooms with a communal bathroom, kitchen, living and eating area.


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    Four Bedroom

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


Facilities at Ponderosa Commons

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    The hub for many residence activities. Includes: Wi-Fi, fitness room, group study spaces, meeting rooms, ballroom, and fireside lounge. UBC’s favourite pizza place, Mercante’s, is nearby and open late.

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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!

    Sustainability is a shared value in residence. Ponderosa Commons has a large sorting area with collection bins for household recyclables, e-waste, charitable donations, and trash.

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    Laundry Facilities

    Machines operate on a convenient card system—no need to worry about coins. Facilities are located on the ground-level of each building.

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    Parking & Bicycle Storage

    Limited monthly parking is available for a fee. Outdoor bicycle storage is available.

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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

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

Sustainability Features

Ponderosa Commons is at the forefront of sustainabile living at UBC. It was built with a unique exterior layer to reduce energy loss and a state-of-the-art ventilation system. All units have low flow fixtures and in-suite recycling.

Ponderosa Commons Residence Life

“The best thing about residence life is that there is always something to do, and someone to do it with.” – UBC resident

Ponderosa Commons’ Residence Life team consists of one professional staff member and more than six student staff who work hard to promote a safe, inclusive and enjoyable community for residents.