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.
- Year Round, Winter Session (September to April), and Summer (Cedar House studios)
- Mainly upper year undergraduate and graduate students
- Furnished kitchens, living areas and private bedrooms
- All suites have dishwashers and Wi-Fi
- 1,150 beds; single gender roommate assignments
- Winter Session: 246 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
Ponderosa Commons Photo Gallery
Facilities at Ponderosa Commons
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.
Available 24 hours a day for support and administrative services.
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.
Machines operate on a convenient card system—no need to worry about coins. Facilities are located on the ground-level of each building.
Parking & Bicycle Storage
Limited monthly parking is available for a fee. Outdoor bicycle storage is available.
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.
Ponderosa Commons suites come with kitchens. Students can purchase an optional meal plan for convenience—no need to cook or carry cash.
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.