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22,908
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$21,781 ($4,970)
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Reviews 355 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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4 College Freshman

Campus Dining: The food served taste good and are generally healthy. There are a great variety of food catering to different tastes/

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Lots of variety and different restaurants in the city.

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4 College Freshman

Majors: Admission is pretty straightforward, your grades and student profile are required for consideration.

3 College Freshman

Majors: Engineering First Year is alright and isn't too hard and pretty easy if you did the IB.

4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: A lot of attractive and good looking people on campus.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: There are a considerable amount of people who drink and smoke pot at night after at like 10 pm.

College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I did not apply for Off Campus housing, however, it is pretty expensive.

4 College Freshman

Computers: The wireless internet on campus is pretty fast, however I heard that there were some issues before. Other than that, it's pretty good!

College Freshman

Scholarships: I didn't apply for Financial Aid this year. However, there are a range of financial aid available for Canadian Students and Scholarships for International Students.

4 College Freshman

Facilities: There's so many facilities the university has to offer, from housing services to academics. The student support is really good.

5 College Freshman

Facilities: The campus is beautiful and there're many places for students to hang out.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Student housing at UBC are very clean and furnished. The buildings are very close to campus so it's really easy to get to classes.

5 College Freshman

Transportation: Bus Pass is included in out tuition so it's very easy to get around the city. They can also be used on skytrains and some ferries.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: UBC is home to a small but vibrant Greek life consisting of Fraternities and Sororities.

5 College Freshman

Diversity: The campus has so many people from different backgrounds and countries. There are so many people from different cultures and I would consider this university to be very much indeed international.

5 College Sophomore

Diversity: This campus is one of the most diverse I have ever seen. I've met so many people from different backgrounds and therefore learned about a lot of cultures.

College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Vancouver is known to have ridiculously expensive prices, so people usually look to rent together. It can be difficult to find a place, especially if your a student that is international or out of province. From what an agent told me, it is also getting more difficult for students to rent places as insurance companies are making it more risky for house owners to rent to students... it hikes up insurance.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: UBC has many services to provide students with a safe environment. There is a walking service and security pillars located all around campus where you can talk to security or call the police. Something to keep in mind is that UBC is an open campus. There are residences all over where non-students live. In the past year, there was a serial sexual assaulter, who is believed to still be at large who would strike at very late hours and target females walking alone. The real solution to this is that people shouldn't stalk people/attempt to be violent with others.

College Sophomore

Parking: I unfortunately have never really experienced trying to park on campus. But friends have told me that spots can be difficult to find, but parking is reasonable, but only lasts at most two hours. Try not to push your luck: we have constant security and police officers on campus.

College Sophomore

Weather: Weather is very subjective. If you are like me and from the pacific northwest, you will be used to the rain, grey skies, and the unpredictable weather patterns. I actually like the mild weather and find rain soothing. However, not everyone likes that! As long as you have a compact umbrella, rain boots, and decently warm coat/wind breaker with a hood, you'll be just fine!

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Dorms at UBC are very clean and well furnished. You are never too far away from classes by walking or by bus. There are always laundry services in which you buy a card and reload when necessary. There are RAs (resident advisers) that you can always talk to and ask questions about anything. The commons blocks are open 24/7 and campus security is always present. The biggest thing I think they need to change is lottery for dorm/housing after your first year. There is no preference for international students and students that are out of province, which is a big problem as real estate/renting is ridiculously expensive in Vancouver. I have many friends who have had roommates that are barely home because they live so close by which I believe is a waste of living space for those who really need it. It's a big problem that needs to be addressed.

5 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Vancouver is one of the most metropolitan, diverse cities in North America. There is always something to do, places to go in case you are bored of on campus activities or want to go on an adventure. That being said, the campus always seems to have something going on for students -- and not just undergraduates. There seems to be events for adult/graduate students as well.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: The city of Vancouver in general is a very active one. Academics and research is a HUGE part of UBC, but sports and athletics also play a big part. Everyone has a universal pride in our school and even if a certain sport doesn't do as well, you won't hear students talk negatively about them. Important sports events are usually heavily attended; especially Storm the Wall, where students enter as teams and participate in a relay like event which lasts for a few days towards the end of spring term. It is something that many look forward to support or participate in.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: There is a reason why this university is top three in Canada and top five in North America. This is a research based university, so that is something to keep in mind when applying. Compared to my experience at community college and taking honors classes at high school, the academics are much more challenging. I've noticed that students exclusively from the USA (who do not have dual citizenship), find the academics much more challenging and time consuming. It isn't a bad thing, but it is definitely something one has to get used to and even readjust their grade standards too. However, the quality of learning is spectacular. The professors are very knowledgeable and are professionals in their field of expertise. Even when I find work difficult at times, I always look forward to lectures and having discussions with my professors.

5 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Our school has many options to support students with addiction and dependency issues which is not always available on campuses. The legal drinking age is 19, so there are younger drinkers, but it seems that people are more responsible because of that. At parties and events I've intended where alcohol and drugs occur, I have never seen anything more than the use of Marijuana and the occasional person using pills. People are usually discrete about it and I have never witnessed peer pressuring/deviancy training. People at UBC are quite respectful of everyone's opinions and lifestyle choices. There is a zero tolerance for paraphernalia and underage use in the dorms and public places, which deters a lot of visibility and misconduct.

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Jimmy Feng
Hometown
Vancouver
Major
Theater Production and Design
Grad Year
2015
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Compared to schools in the United States, Canadian universities are considerably cheaper while also providing a world-class education. Even with scholarship offers to American schools, UBC may still be a cheaper choice in terms of tuition and thus a reason some American students decide to go here. Overall, UBC is fun, provides excellent educational tools, immerses students in a great environment, and is among the world’s top universities. If students went back in time and had to choose their school all over again, many would still select UBC—10 times over. In the consumer tech industry, the term "early adopters" is used to describe consumers that buy tech products as soon as they become available to the market. In the same sense, some students feel like they are "early adopters" to UBC. While UBC does not have the reputation of an Ivy League school (yet), it certainly has the facilities, faculty, and alumni equal to Ivy League universities. Most students are glad to be a part of the “next big thing,” and you can, too—but you better do it soon because tuition fees are rising due to the growing demand for admission.

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