Campus Housing

Location
Vancouver, BC
Undergrads
22,908
Tuition (in-state)
$21,781 ($4,970)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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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.

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.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I lived on campus for one year. I had a great roommate, nice RA, and friendly floor mates as well. I think it was a good experience.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Dorm life is pretty laid back, you can drink just not with more than 6 people. On campus housing is really hard to get after you're freshman year.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Not the best for cleanliness and noise.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 665th
    Best Dorm Atmosphere
  • 854th
    Most Spacious Dorms
  • 1027th
    Cleanest Dorms
  • 1305th
    Shortest Walk to Class

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Jimmy Feng
Hometown
Vancouver
Major
Theater Production and Design
Grad Year
2015
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Freshman dorms generally have a very social environment. This is partly because all freshmen are new to the school and are willing to participate in events to get to know each other. UBC Housing Services also specially picks and trains resident advisers to organize social activities that allow new students to get to know each other. Not all events are mandatory, but some RAs can be stricter than others in terms of attendance for floor events. Most freshman dorms are about the same size, depending on the number of people sharing a room. Rooms are maintained pretty well, considering their age, but some hot water shortages do happen every so often. However, the University has pledged to spend a significant sum of money to refurbish the residence buildings of Totem Park in a span of four years. The newer Totem Park buildings (hem'lesem' and q'elexen) are hands down the best dorms on campus, though. Finished in 2011, the two buildings are constructed with motion censors, light detectors, water-preserving showers, and window-lock detectors, making the building one of the most eco-friendly resident buildings in the world. Each floor lounge is equipped with a sink, microwave, and refrigerator (the two buildings also have a flat-screen cable HD TV on each floor). Needless to say, a room in these buildings costs significantly more than older dorms. The dorms' distance from classes vary depending on what classes you have, but generally speaking, Place Vanier residences are closer to most classes, as Totem Park is located in the far corner of the campus. Students can either take an average 15-minute walk to class or take the C20 community bus, which can shorten travel time anywhere between five to 10 minutes, depending on where your class is. Keep in mind that the community bus only makes a run every 20 minutes, so it may be faster to just walk to class at times.

Facts & Statistics

Types of Housing Offered
  • Apartments for married students
  • Apartments for single students
  • Coed dorms
  • Fraternity/sorority housing
  • Men's dorms
  • Special housing for international students
  • Theme housing
  • Women's dorms
Undergrads Living On Campus
21%
Number of Dormitories
2
Number of Campus-Owned Apartments
7
Best Freshman Dorms
  • Place Vanier Residence Hall
  • Totem Park Residence Hall
Best Upperclassman Dorms
  • Marine Drive Apartments
  • Walter Gage Residence Hall
Worst Upperclassman Dorms
Fairview Crescent Townhouses
What You Get
  • Bed
  • Bookshelves
  • Closet
  • Desk and chair
  • Drawers
  • Table lamp
Also Available
  • For students with children, the University provides family housing around a daycare center so parents can continue studies without worrying about their kids.
  • hem'lesem' and q'elexen are the most ecofriendly dorms on campus, equipped with light detectors, motion censors, and water-conserving showers.
  • The University provides special housing for people with disabilities that includes personal bathrooms with side railings for students in wheelchairs.
Available for Rent
Mini-fridges, bicycles, vacuums
Did You Know?
  • Students below the age of 19 are restricted to Totem Park or Place Vanier.
  • Students living in Totem Park or Place Vanier must purchase a mandatory meal plan.

DormitoriesWhat's This?

Place Vanier Residence Hall
Floors: 4–5
Number of Occupants: 1000+
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles, triples
Special Features: Basketball and tennis courts, community kitchen, fitness room, laundry facilities, music practice room with piano, on-site dining, study lounge, TV lounge; Place Vanier features 12 coed houses, including Cariboo, Hamber, Mawdsley, Okanagan, Sherwood Lett, Tweedsmuir, Korea-UBC House, Tec-UBC House; two women's houses—Kootenay and Ross; and two men's houses—Mackenzie and Robson.
Totem Park Residence Hall
Floors: 5
Number of Occupants: 1000+
Bathrooms: Communal, suite, private
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles, triples, quads, suites (singles)
Special Features: Basketball and tennis courts, bike storage, community kitchen, fitness room, game room, laundry facilities, music practice room with piano, on-site dining, snack bar, study lounge, TV lounge; Totem Park consists of eight houses: Dene, Haida, Kwakiutl, Nootka, Salish, Shuswap, hem'lesem', and q'elexen.

Campus-Owned ApartmentsWhat's This?

Acadia Park Apartments
Bathrooms: Private
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen, student families
Room Types: Apartments
Special Features: Units include full kitchen, furnished living areas; complex features community garden, smoke-free environment
Fairview Crescent Townhouses
Floors: 3
Bathrooms: Communal, private
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Four- to six-bedroom apartments (singles)
Special Features: Units include full kitchen, furnished living areas; complex features 24-hour front desk service, basketball court, bike storage, fitness room, laundry facilities, multi-purpose rooms, on-site dining, parking, study lounges
Fraser Hall
Floors: 4
Number of Units: 10–24
Bathrooms: Private
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Six-bedroom apartments (singles)
Special Features: Units include full kitchen, furnished living areas, Internet; building features bike storage, fitness room, laundry facilities, parking, social lounge
Marine Drive Apartments
Floors: 17
Number of Units: 25–49
Bathrooms: Private
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Studios, two- to four-bedroom apartments (singles)
Special Features: Units include full kitchen, furnished living areas; complex features 24-hour front desk services, laundry facilities, wireless Internet.
Ponderosa Commons
Number of Units: 100–249
Bathrooms: Private
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Studios, two- and four-bedroom apartments (singles)
Special Features: Units include full kitchen, furnished living areas; building features art gallery, child care center, classrooms, convenience store, fitness room, game room, meeting rooms, on-site dining.
Thunderbird Residence Hall
Floors: 2–4
Number of Units: 25–49
Bathrooms: Private
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Studios, one- and two-bedroom apartments (singles)
Special Features: Units include full kitchen, furnished living areas, Internet; complex features fitness room, laundry facilities, multi-purpose rooms, music practice room with piano
Five neighborhoods of Thunderbird are connected by winding cobbled walkways and manicured greenery.
Walter Gage Residence Hall
Floors: 17
Bathrooms: Private
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Studios, one- and six-bedroom apartments (singles)
Special Features: Units include full kitchen, furnished living areas; complex features 24-hour front desk, activity and meeting rooms, bike racks, convenience store, laundry facilities, study lounges

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