Living in Totem Park
Totem Park is for students new to UBC who want space and time for studying, the comforts of home, and a relaxed communal atmosphere perfect for making new friends. Students will always have someone to walk to class with, talk to, or have dinner with, all within a fun, safe and supportive environment. Each house at Totem Park is named to honour British Columbia's Indigenous peoples.
- Winter session (September to April)
- Most residents eligible for First Year Guarantee
- 2,130 beds in 10 mixed gender houses; a combination of mixed and single gender floors
- Furnished rooms: 938 singles, 540 connected singles, 282 doubles/triples, 40 compact shared, 8 singles with bathroom, 15 doubles with bathroom
- In-room bike hooks are available in həm̓ləsəm̓, q̓ələχən, and c̓əsnaʔəm houses.
- Internet access in each room
- Eligibility requirements
- Totem Park House Names
Totem Park Front Desk
2525 West Mall
Vancouver, B.C. V6T 1W9
Rooms at Totem Park
Basic furnishings. Residents use single gender communal washrooms with private showers and toilets.
Double and triple rooms have basic furnishings. Shared single gender washrooms with private showers and toilets.
Connected Single Room
Each room has basic furnishings with a semi-private washroom accessed by two same-gendered residents.
Totem Park Photo Gallery
Facilities at Totem Park
Totem Park residents don’t have to cook. All residents purchase a meal plan, valid at more than 30 places to eat, including the Totem Park Dining Room.
The hub for many residence activities. Includes: Wi-Fi, dining room, fitness room, music rooms, group and private study spaces, ballroom, games lounge, and after-hours convenience store.
Available 24 hours a day for administrative services and support.
Sort It Out!
Sustainability is a shared value in residence. Totem Park has a large sorting area with collection bins for household recyclables, e-waste, charitable donations, and trash. The dining hall has an area to separate and compost food waste.
Machines operate on a convenient card system—no need to worry about coins. Facilities are located in each residence block.
Parking & Bicycle Storage
Limited monthly parking is available for a fee. Bicycle storage is available.
Totem Park and Place Vanier have on-site tennis and basketball courts and many acres of green space. 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.
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.
Totem Park Residence Life
“It’s a sense of community—always buzzing with activity—that makes residence life so unique. At any given time you can walk into the dining room and never feel alone because you’ll see at least a handful of people you know.” – Holly Dysserinck, Totem Park resident
Totem Park’s Residence Life team consists of two professional staff, nine part-time professional staff and more than 50 student staff, who work hard to promote a safe, inclusive and enjoyable community for residents.