Vancouver, BC
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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.

1 College Freshman

Athletics: I believe the sports team are best in the country but compared to many other countries it is probably one of the worst.

I feel that sports team are unnecessary especially because there are no one who cares about them/

3 College Freshman

Athletics: There is very little school spirit for varsity sports.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: There is definitely a lot of team spirit and athletic people if that's your thing and you are on a team, if not, and you just want to go to the gym I find the facilities are always packed, expanding would be great.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: Not a lot of people pay attention to them, you don't really see a lot of varsity students. If you are a varsity athlete though, you get a lot of amenities, like guaranteed housing and a varsity meal plan.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 187th
    Best Intramural Sports
  • 1183rd
    Most Active Varsity Sports

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Jimmy Feng
Theater Production and Design
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Although not known for athletics, UBC does have a very extensive program for both students who wish to pursue sports professionally and those who are more interested in sports for recreational purposes. As a result, the University has produced multiple Olympians over the years. Due to the relatively big student body, school spirit is not generally seen throughout everyday life on campus. However, students do wear UBC letters with pride, and a great amount of school spirit can be felt in major sporting events, which are often attended by a great amount of students. UBC does provide a large variety of recreational activities that students can join for "free" (included in tuition).

Facts & Statistics

School Colors
Blue and gold
School Nickname
Club Sports
  • Aqua Society
  • Badminton
  • Biking
  • Dance
  • Dragon boat
  • Equestrian
  • Fencing
  • Golf
  • Handball
  • Kendo
  • Kung fu
  • Lacrosse
  • Quidditch
  • Ringette
  • Sailing
  • Shito-Ryu Seikokai karate
  • Ski and board
  • Surf
  • Table tennis
  • Taekwondo
  • Tennis
  • Triathlon
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Weightlifting and powerlifting
  • Wing Chun Internal Kung Fu
  • Wrestling
  • Yoga
  • Basketball
  • Bodin ball hockey
  • Dodgeball
  • Flag football
  • Futsal
  • Ice hockey
  • Soccer
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
Athletic Fields & Facilities
  • Arthur Lord Field
  • Birdcoop Fitness Centre
  • Chris Spencer Field
  • Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre (Thunderbird Arena)
  • Frank Buck Field
  • Harold Wright Field
  • Harry Warren Field
  • Maclnnes Field
  • Osborne Gym
  • Rashpal Dhillon Track & Field Oval
  • Student Recreation Centre
  • Thunderbird Stadium
  • UBC Ropes Course
  • UBC Tennis Centre
  • Varsity Field
  • War Memorial Gymnasium
  • Whit Matthews Field
  • Wolfson West Field
Most Popular Sports
Basketball, hockey, soccer
Most Overlooked Teams
Track and field, swimming
School Spirit
There is always a general sense of school pride, and you will always see people rocking the Thunderbird hoodie. However, since the school is so large, it is hard to get the whole community excited about a particular sporting event. Students are generally very supportive of major victories and are proud of the number of Olympic athletes the University has produced. Major home games do get sold out, but even a sold-out game is still only a fraction of the school population.
Getting Tickets
Ticket purchasing is done through UBC REC. It is not very difficult to get tickets, but some of the more popular ones do sell out. There are barely ever long wait lines when it comes to getting tickets, but events can get sold out quickly.
Best Place to Take a Walk
The campus itself is stunningly beautiful in the summer and is somewhere that not only students but tourists like to walk around. Similarly, Pacific Spirit Park, Stanley Park, Jericho Beach, or anywhere along Vancouver Harbor are great places to take walks.
Did You Know?
  • Nineteen UBC student athletes competed in the 2012 London Olympics.
  • Thunderbird swimmer Brent Hayden won a bronze medal for 100 meter freestyle at 2012 London Olympics.
  • Thunderbird Olympians have won a total of 24 bronze, 21 silver and 19 gold medals as of 2012.
  • UBC has produced a total of 231 Olympic athletes as of 2012.

Student Polls

How would you describe the athletic facilities?    Based on 25 responses

  • 12% The athletic facilities are relatively subpar for the demands.
  • 28% The athletic facilities are good for athletes, but only mediocre for the average students.
  • 44% Sports are important, and the quality of facilities shows that-for both athletes and non-athletes.
  • 16% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.

How popular are intramurals and club sports?    Based on 27 responses

  • 0% Almost no one participates in them.
  • 33% Some people participate in them, but they aren't a big part of campus life.
  • 26% They are overshadowed by varsity sports, but still a big part of campus life.
  • 41% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).

How popular are varsity sports on campus?    Based on 26 responses

  • 19% No one pays attention to varsity sports.
  • 62% Varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.
  • 19% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 0% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.


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