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The UBC campus houses a mix of old, new, and some of the most technologically advanced green buildings in the world. True to the Canadian city stereotype, the campus is extremely well-maintained and clean with random patches of forest-like blocks spread across the campus. The campus does a great job of renovating and integrating new technologies into old buildings. A prime example of this is the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre. The main building is still the original library built in 1915, now with extended modern-looking wings on both sides of the historic structure. The inside of the building is completely renovated, giving the interior of the building a completely different feel from the outside. The building also features a state-of-the-art document organization system that features a robot hand that picks out the documents you need.
The campus is currently under heavy construction, renewing all of the main roads and reorganizing the trolley system. The Alma Mater Society has also taken this time to construct a new Student Union Building rumored to feature a giant slide to the basement in an attempt to reduce traffic in and out of the building.
Facts & Statistics
Irving K. Barber Learning Centre
- Irving K. Barber Library
- Koerner Library
- Robson Square Library
Popular Places to Chill
- Irving K. Barber Learning Centre
- Student Union Building
- University MarketPlace
Bar on Campus
Yes. A lot of students enjoy going to The Pit on Wednesday nights. For students that enjoy a more calm or sports-like pub atmosphere, Mahony & Sons and the Gallery are the preferred on-campus locations.
Coffeehouse on Campus
Ike's Café, IKB Learning Centre, and LTK Café are among the most popular.
Movie Theater on Campus
Norm Theatre in the Student Union Building
Green construction is part of UBC's 10-year goal, and the campus has done well to live up to its promise. All new buildings at UBC are specially designed green buildings that strive to minimize power consumption and water usage to the lowest possible. The UBC campus is the most eco-friendly campus in North America and is home to some of the best green buildings in the world.
- Harry Potter Room: Silent two-story study room in Irving K. Barber Learning Centre
- Save Ons: Save On Foods UBC
- The Village: University MarketPlace
- Faculty Week: Each faculty is assigned a week to show off their faculty spirit and colors.
- Frosh: Frosh will destroy any nerves and anxiety you have about starting university and replace them with three days of games, events, activities, cheering, dancing, and orientation workshops, and two nights of ridiculous partying and taking over a hotel. Twenty-four groups of incoming students, doing WHATEVER it takes to win the infamous spirit cup!
- Storm the Wall: Swim, sprint, bike, run, and storm the wall! This is one event that every UBC student needs to experience. Participate as a competitive or just-for-fun team, or challenge yourself to do the whole course on your own as an "Iron Person." Don’t miss your chance to be a part of UBC’s longest-standing campus tradition! All teams must attend a mandatory pre-race clinic in order to race.
- Supposedly, a group of vegan activists herded a cow to the top of the clock tower to protest against eating meat. Little did they know, a cow cannot go down a staircase. The cow was slaughtered on top of the clock tower in order to take it out of the clock tower.
- The story says that a group of engineering students uprooted a tree and planted it back to the ground upside down. In reality, this tree is just a weeping elm, which has branches that resemble roots. The "upside down tree" can still be seen near the Koerner courtyard.
Favorite Things To Do
New students have loads of places to explore on campus. Nitobe Memorial Garden, Botanical Garden, Museum of Anthropology, and Beaty Biodiversity Museum are some of the venues available for students to explore. Free of charge for current students!
Clubs and Organizations on Campus
All clubs are governed under the Alma Mater Society (student government). Joining a club is one of the easiest ways for someone to get involved and make friends. It is highly encouraged that people find at least one club to join within the first week of classes so that students can start creating their network of friends. Due to the huge student population at UBC, clubs tend to serve as a small community of people that you keep contact and attend social events with. To many students, clubs are like family away from home.
Student Activities Offered
- Campus ministries
- Choral groups
- International student organization
- Jazz band
- Literary magazine
- Model UN
- Music ensembles
- Musical theater
- Radio station
- Student government
- Student newspaper
- Student-run film society
- Symphony orchestra
- Television station
Did You Know?
- There are more than 350 different clubs governed under the Alma Mater Society.
- Anyone can easily create a club if they are unable to find a club that shares their interest (even though that is highly unlikely).