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

Facilities: A lot of clubs to join, almost everything!
Good campus life, but it's empty on the weekends. Otherwise, a lot of stuff going on with activities organized by the residence, shows to go to or just workshops in just about everything, as well as classes!

3 College Freshman

Facilities: Great engineering facilities and labs. The new buildings are awesome, but the old ones are not.
You get all the equipment you need when doing science labs, even as a first year!
Food services are great, there are a lot of options and you can pay in places like Starbucks, Subway and Tim Hortons with your meal plan.
Beautiful mountain scenery.

5 College Freshman

Facilities: The SUB is currently in the middle of being replaced, and is looking to have some incredible facilities. The bookstore is also currently under renovation The university is, overall, incredibly modern, due partially to the never ending construction of new facilities. Both the Koerner Library and Irving K. Barber Learning Center provide very up to date services, as well as excellent study spaces. There are some truly massive green spaces both on campus and in the immediate vicinity, including the breathtaking Pacific Spirit Park and the serene Nitobe Memorial Garden, which is a great place to study if it's not raining.

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5 College Freshman

Facilities: Lots of varied food options: pizza and burger and starbucks, sure, but also Japanese, Korean, juice and smoothies, cookies, and Indian. Student Rec Centre is well-equiped but very busy. Lots of libraries, though their hours vary and they don't stay open as late as I'd like. Spirit Park is right next to the campus so there's lots of trails to run or bike through: the campus actually has it's own bike-share program. Huge selection of clubs, lots of free cultural and sports events

3 College Sophomore

Facilities: State of the Arts in Some, Falling Apart in Others – Having been constructed in 1915, UBC has seen many transformation in it's facilities. On campus is a mix between very modern (the CIRS building which finished constructing in 2011) as well as very old buildings (Buchanan Towers, which has been there forever.) And the quality of those buildings do vary very much. From being state of the arts amazing of CIRS to the cramped feeling of a lecture hall in Math building.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 69th
    Greenest Campuses
  • 182nd
    Best Library
  • 317th
    Best Athletic Facilities
  • 442nd
    Best Student Centers
  • 503rd
    Best Performance Venues

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Jimmy Feng
Theater Production and Design
Grad Year
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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

Campus Size
993 acres
Student Centers
Irving K. Barber Learning Centre
Main Libraries
  • 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.
Bowling on Campus
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" Initiatives
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.
School Slang
  • 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.
Urban Legends
  • 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!
Student Organizations Web Site
Student Newspaper
The Ubyssey
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
  • Dance
  • Drama/theater
  • International student organization
  • Jazz band
  • Literary magazine
  • Model UN
  • Music ensembles
  • Musical theater
  • Opera
  • 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).

Student Polls

Rate the campus facilities in the following areas    Based on 26 responses

Very poor
  • Athletics/recreation
  • Classrooms
  • Computer labs
  • Dining
  • General aesthetics/architecture of campus
  • "Green" buildings/initiatives
  • Housing
  • Lawns/green space
  • Library
  • Modernity of facilities
  • Performing arts
  • Science/research labs
  • Student center
  • Study spots
  • Visual arts (work spaces, galleries)

How would you describe the student center/union?    Based on 32 responses

  • 12% The student center is in need of a major renovation.
  • 12% The student center serves its purpose but is not a popular hangout.
  • 41% The student center is great but isn't central to student life.
  • 34% The student center is state-of-the-art and the hub of student life.

What is your overall opinion of your school and the campus community?    Based on 17 responses

  • 0% I hate my school and have no school spirit.
  • 6% The school community is okay-we're all just here for an education, nothing more.
  • 65% I like mostly everything about my school, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 29% I love everything about my school and have a lot of campus pride.


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