Getting to Totem Park on Move In Day

Check out the arrival instructions for Totem Park below—and don’t miss this orientation video for students moving into first-year residence!

Arriving by taxi?

Your taxi driver can drop you off at the Life Sciences Institute.

Arriving by bus?

Once you arrive at the campus bus loop, the easiest way to get to the Life Sciences Institute is to walk across campus. It’s about a 15-minute walk. Or you can take the Route 68 Community Shuttle from the UBC Exchange bus loop.

Arriving by car?

Step 1

Once you arrive at UBC, your first stop is the Thunderbird Parkade, where you’ll temporarily park while you get checked in.

Parking in this parkade is free on the August 27 and September 3 Move In Days.

Step 2

Our volunteers will then direct you to the Life Sciences Institute to begin your check in process. Leave your belongings at your car for now, but don’t forget to bring your government-issued photo ID.

  • You will enter the Life Sciences Institute and join the line for Totem Park residents.
  • You will get your keys and arrival package at the check-in tables.
  • For students who are new to UBC and moving into residence, if you applied for your UBC card by Aug 12, it will be in your arrival package.
  • You will get an unloading pass so you can drive your belongings to your residence building. Our volunteers will help you unload your car and bring your items up to your room.

Step 3

Drive your belongings to your residence building. Once you receive your check in package, you will return to your vehicle and exit the Thunderbird Parkade. Due to construction at the parkade exit, please follow the routes indicated below.

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  • Follow this route to arrive at həm̓ləsəm̓ and q̓ələχən houses and unload your belongings.
Students moving into all other houses at Totem Park
  • Follow this route to arrive at Totem Park.
  • Enter the unloading loop where volunteers will direct you to an available parking spot to unload your vehicle.
  • Once your vehicle is empty, you must exit the area and return to Thunderbird Parkade to park for the remainder of the day.
Download a Move In Day Map

Not driving? Use our shuttle service.

A shuttle will be running from the Thunderbird Parkade to the Totem Park residence area throughout the day. The shuttle will stop outside the Life Sciences Institute on Agronomy Rd and outside the Totem Park entrance on West Mall.

What if I arrive late?

Arriving after 4:30 pm on Aug 27 or Sept 3? No problem! When you arrive, you can park right at the Totem Park Commonsblock and go directly to the front desk to check in.


Check out our Move In Day guide. If your questions aren’t answered there, please contact us.