Totem Park

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.

Quick Facts

  • Winter session (September to April)
  • Mainly first-year undergraduate students
  • Most residents eligible for First Year Guarantee
  • $475—$995/month* plus required residence meal plan
  • 2,088 beds in 9 mixed-gender houses; a combination of mixed- and single-gender floors
  • Furnished rooms: 898 singles, 4 singles with private bathrooms, 529 connected singles, 273 shared rooms, 10 shared rooms with shared private bathrooms, 40 compact shared rooms, 11 one-bedroom suites
  • In-room bike hooks are available in həm̓ləsəm̓, q̓ələχən and c̓əsnaʔəm houses.
  • Internet access (Wi-Fi) in each room
  • Eligibility requirements
  • Learn more about the Indigenous names at Totem Park
  • Take a virtual tour of Totem Park

*Includes all room types, except for one bedroom apartments, which are only assigned to graduate students and do not have a required meal plan. Rates for one bedrooms are $1,385—$1,471/month.

Totem Park Front Desk

2525 West Mall
Vancouver, B.C. V6T 1W9
Tel: 604 822 3304

Rooms at Totem Park

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    Single Room

    Basic furnishings. Residents use single gender communal washrooms with private showers and toilets.


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    Shared Room

    Double and triple rooms have basic furnishings. Shared single gender washrooms with private showers and toilets.


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    Connected Single Room

    Each room has basic furnishings with a semi-private washroom accessed by two same-gendered residents.


Facilities at Totem Park

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    Meal Plan

    Totem Park residents don’t have to cook. All residents purchase an All Access Dining Plan, valid at more than 30 campus locations including Feast—Totem Park’s on-site dining hall.

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    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.

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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. 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.

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    Laundry Facilities

    Machines operate on a convenient card system—no need to worry about coins. Facilities are located in each residence block.

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    Parking & Bicycle Storage

    Limited monthly parking is available for a fee. Bicycle storage is available.

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    Outdoor Facilities

    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.

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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.

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.

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, former 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.