Drug Safety

Vancouver, BC
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$21,781 ($4,970)
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2 College Freshman

Drug Safety: The resident advisors are lenient when it comes to drugs and alcohol, even if they catch you red-handed.

4 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: I don't notice much drug abuse on campus, people are too busy studying in the library!

4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Drug use is pretty common, but there is no peer pressure. No strictness about it. If you are caught smoking weed in the dorms you will get a bunch of warnings before you actually get kicked out (of the dorms, not out of college).
You may be kicked out of a club if you are too drunk, but nothing major. UBC even has its own pub (the Pit) and it's pretty good.

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3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: The use of drugs on campus is illegal but there's plenty of smoking and drinking. There are several small bars on campus but alcohol is sort of expensive. Smoking in the dorms is not permitted but you're welcome to drink all you want in your own room.

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2 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Alcohol & Pot – Legal drinking age in BC is 19
BC is probably one of the world's leading producer of cannabis.

Assuming the second statement is true, the drug scene is prevalent in UBC. The most common being alcohol and pot, it is almost a guarantee that you will come by these at some point in your life at UBC. However, there is no pressure for you to try any of those drugs.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 201st
    Most Social Drinkers
  • 935th
    Least Peer-Pressured Students
  • 1132nd
    Least Underage Drinkers
  • 1133rd
    Best Schools for Non-Drinkers
  • 1140th
    Most Drug-Free Campuses

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Jimmy Feng
Theater Production and Design
Grad Year
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Alcohol and marijuana are the most common drugs on campus. A key thing to know about college is that you will never need to "look" for drugs—they will be around you and most likely more than a few of your friends will have it or know where to get it. Rest assured: It will be a subject of conversation during a late-night outing. Students are allowed to consume alcohol in their dorm rooms and house lounges, but they are not allowed open alcohol in hallways and public areas. Furthermore, drinking games are restricted in all University residence buildings. If caught breaking any of the residence terms and agreements, students can receive a fine, be put on probation, and/or have their residence contract terminated. The University itself generally does not get involved with drinking violations, unless it interferes with Campus Security. Most violations are dealt with by residence coordinators or Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP). Most bars, clubs, and liquor stores require two pieces of identification: one primary, one secondary. Primary IDs include any form of government-issued picture IDs with your legal name and date of birth. Secondary IDs can be anything with your name, such as a credit card or medical card. Students are not generally peer-pressured into doing anything they don't want to, but keep in mind that drugs such as marijuana are socially accepted by most students. Thus, it is not uncommon to smell marijuana at night when passing more remote locations. Student residences have a strict no-drug policy.

Facts & Statistics

Alcohol-Related Referrals
Alcohol-Related Arrests
Drug-Related Referrals
Drug-Related Arrests
Most Popular Drugs
  • Alcohol
  • Marijuana
  • Prescription "study drugs" (Adderall, Ritalin, etc.)
Drug Counseling Programs
Counseling Services
Brock Hall, Room 1040
(604) 822-3811
Individual counseling is available, in addition to referrals.
Did You Know?
  • The legal drinking age in British Columbia is 19.
  • The RCMP can fine and arrest anyone with open alcohol in public.

Student Polls

Name the most popular drugs on campus.    Based on 14 responses

  • 40% Alcohol
  • 33% Marijuana
  • 10% Prescription "study drugs" (Adderall, Ritalin)
  • 7% Ecstasy
  • 7% Psychedelics (LSD, mushrooms)
  • 3% None
  • 0% Cocaine
  • 0% Heroin
  • 0% Methamphetamine
  • 0% Prescription painkillers (Vicodin, OxyContin)
  • 0% Other prescription drugs (barbiturates, Valium, Xanax)
  • 0% Steroids

How would you describe the social drinking scene on campus?    Based on 14 responses

  • 43% Very noticeable. Most students take part.
  • 43% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 7% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 7% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 0% Students don't drink on campus. Seriously.

How would you describe the drug scene on campus (not including alcohol)?    Based on 14 responses

  • 7% Very noticeable. Most students take part.
  • 36% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 29% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 29% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 0% Drugs are not used on campus. Seriously.

How much access do underage students have to alcohol?    Based on 14 responses

  • 29% Practically unlimited.
  • 57% Somewhat abundant.
  • 14% Somewhat limited.
  • 0% Very limited.

How does peer pressure affect students' use of drugs and alcohol?    Based on 14 responses

  • 0% If you don't partake, you're left out.
  • 14% You'll definitely feel a little awkward if you don't drink.
  • 57% Most people partake in some form, but no one treats you differently if you don't.
  • 29% You can have a great social life without drugs or alcohol.
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