Winter break at UBC can be magical, with campus feeling like your own special place for a few weeks and lots of opportunities to explore the city with your residence neighbours and friends. And who knows, there might even be snow!
To help you make the most of your winter break, scroll down to find out about:
Upper year residence: all residence amenities remain open and operational.
First year residence: Place Vanier, Totem Park and Orchard Commons are closed December 23, 2023 (12 pm noon)–January 7, 2024 (12 pm noon). Ritsumeikan-UBC House remains open throughout the break and Rits residents can access amenities and front desk services at Marine Drive.
Residence events and activities
Lots of great events and activities will be planned for you to participate in during the winter break. Check out the Residence Events Calendar or check in with your RA for more details.
FRF Procedures during winter break
If you would like to have a gathering in your unit, please make sure you complete the following steps as soon as possible:
- You may pick up forms in person at your residence Front Desk during winter break.
- As always, you will need to fill out the FRF after seeking approval and signatures from those roommates who are present (should you live in a shared unit).
- Once you have filled out the form please return it to Front Desk at least 48 hours prior to the function date. Please ask Front Desk to date-stamp your form when you return it to them.
- Please ensure you print your name and unit number clearly, as you will then be contacted by a Residence Life staff member to follow-up on your request.
- The function may only proceed once you have received confirmation of approval from the Residence Life Manager and/or Residence Advisor (most likely by email, so please check your junk mail folder).
- The FRF process will return to regular procedures at the start of Term 2.
What’s happening on-campus and in Vancouver?
There’s a lot happening on campus at UBC and around Vancouver during the winter break. Here’s a roundup of what to do and where to find more.
How do I access student services and supports over the holidays?
Looking for religious or spiritual resources?
Stanley Park (Free)—walk the seawall or check out the forest trails.
Lighthouse Park (Free)—a fun, seaside hike on the North Shore.
Vancouver Public Library (Free)—the Central Library downtown is a pretty cool piece of architecture.
Deep Cove (Free)—a great daytrip, just a transit ride away.
Capilano Suspension Bridge—a classic Vancouver attraction.
Vancouver Art Gallery—incredible local and global art exhibitions. Plus, they offer student discounts!
VanDusen Botanical Garden—beautiful botanical garden in the heart of the city.
Bloedel Conservatory—gorgeous tropical plant conservatory at the top of Queen Elizabeth Park.
Science World—BC’s premier science attraction at the edge of downtown Vancouver.
Vancouver Aquatic Centre—great indoor swimming pool just across the Burrard bridge.
Food and drink
Eating on campus
Campus is much quieter over the winter break and some Food Service locations close during this period. For the most up-to-date information about what is open, please visit the Feed Me Now webpage. If you don’t want to wait in line at Mercante or The Point, order online first.
On holiday’s like Christmas Day, Boxing Day, and New Year’s Day food options on campus are limited. Harvest Market remains open on these days.
Eating off campus
The winter break is a fantastic time to explore Vancouver with your residence friends and neighbours. Our city has an amazing food scene. Check out this Vancouver food bucket list article by Noms Magazine for inspiration. Some restaurants will be closed for dine-in or take-out on statutory holidays, so it’s always best to call ahead and ask if they take reservations.
If you want to order meals in, popular delivery services include Skip the Dishes, Uber Eats, Door Dash, Fantuan, Yogi’s Kitchen. Please consider ordering food from nearby locations to reduce the sustainability impact of having meals delivered to campus.
If you plan on making your own meals, consider ordering groceries online for delivery to your door. Popular and near-by options include Stongs, Spud, and Save-On-Foods (select “Vancouver” and “UBC” when ordering). We recommend you order well in advance of your preferred delivery date.
Not sure which one to choose? Check out this comparison of Vancouver’s most popular meal-kit delivery services.