Campus Strictness

Vancouver, BC
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4 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Always felt safe in the dorms :)

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5 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: Not strict at all. If you are being too noisy RAs will tell you something, but that is only after quiet hours and it depends on the RA.
About drinking and drug use, they do not care at all.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: You're allowed to drink in the dorms. Both in your own room and in the floor lounges. They tend to be most strict when it comes to noise violations after quiet hours, which start at 9 pm on weekdays and 1 am on weekends. However they generally issue a warning before actually taking any sort of action. They don't actively search for drug use, but if you're obviously in possession you'll get in trouble. If you really want to smoke up just do it outside of residence, or in the Amsterdam Cafe downtown. The RCMP branch on campus is largely concerned with protection and won't really hassle you unless you're belligerently drunk and walking around with open liquor. Officially, you're not allowed to have someone stay over in your dorm more than five nights a month, but there is no actual policy for checking in on this. Anyone you let into the building is considered your guest and you are responsible for their actions, so if they break a window or something it's on you. Overall, if you're not bothering anyone, you won't get bothered and the RAs are generally very helpful and friendly.

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5 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: The campus security and police are extremely lenient, they will not bother you if you respect them. The only thing they care about is the noise levels.

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4 College Senior

Campus Strictness: UBC can be strict about noise levels, but only to a reasonable degree. Other than that, they are fairly open about activities on campus.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 532nd
    Most Lenient Parking
  • 558th
    Best Campus Police
  • 1267th
    Strictest Honor Code

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Jimmy Feng
Theater Production and Design
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UBC provides its students with a very free and open campus. Students are generally free to do anything they want as long as it's not illegal or against University policies. The enforcement of policies is dependent on the person doing the enforcing. For example, although the University has a lecture attendance policy, most professors do not keep track of attendance. Similarly, although drinking games are strictly prohibited in dorms, if no one complains and RAs don't make runs, you will never be written up. The University even exempted a student from being expelled for looting during the Vancouver riot in 2011, as the University believed the student should not be penalized both by the law and the University for acts committed off campus grounds and in no way connected to the school. With that being said, the University expects no less than excellence from students based on the freedom it gives its students. The University is very black and white when it comes to policies regarding academic achievements of students and is not lenient at all to students who take advantage of the freedom they are given resulting in low academic marks. As a result, it is commonly said that UBC is "easy to get in, hard to stay in."

Facts & Statistics

Students Are Most Likely to Get Caught...
  • Having open alcohol in public
  • Smoking in dorms
  • Underage drinking
Visitation Policies
It's an open campus, so anyone is allowed to visit. Dorms managed under UBC Res, however, have a five-day-per-term visitor policy if your friend would like to stay with you in your dorm. The strictness of the policy being enforced is dependent on your floor RA.
Did You Know?
  • RCMP and campus have their individual patrol times around the campus.
  • Parties without licenses from the RCMP often get shut down early.

Student Polls

Rate strictness of administration policies on the following topics    Based on 22 responses

Very strict
Very lenient
  • Alcohol use in dorms
  • Attendance
  • Creating new student organizations
  • Drug use
  • Honor code
  • Noise violations
  • Parking
  • Protests/demonstrations
  • Underage drinking
  • Visitation in dorms

How do the campus police or safety officers affect your campus experience?    Based on 29 responses

  • 0% Very negatively. They treat everyone like criminals.
  • 0% Fairly negatively. They're only interested in breaking up the fun.
  • 59% Fairly positively. They're pretty easy to get along with if you respect them.
  • 41% Very positively. Officers are kind and helpful.
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