Local Atmosphere

Vancouver, BC
Tuition (in-state)
$21,781 ($4,970)
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5 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Vancouver is one of the most metropolitan, diverse cities in North America. There is always something to do, places to go in case you are bored of on campus activities or want to go on an adventure. That being said, the campus always seems to have something going on for students -- and not just undergraduates. There seems to be events for adult/graduate students as well.

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Having been to Tokyo and Hong Kong, obviously Vancouver is smaller than those cities, it still has a beautiful nature and city with things to do. Even if there are no events going on, there are restaurants that students and other people can enjoy.

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Lots of beautiful stuff to do around Vancouver when its not raining!

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4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: I love Vancouver, amazing city.

3 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: City life is pretty vibrant, but it takes 45 minutes to get downtown. There is a good atmosphere at the university itself, but mostly Frat parties and they are not great


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Jimmy Feng
Theater Production and Design
Grad Year
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True to Canadian stereotypes, the locals of Vancouver are probably some of the most polite and friendly people in the world. Locals are very welcoming of new students and always willing to help and give tips and advice. Since UBC is arguably the best and biggest university in the region, students walk around proudly with their three-letter hoodies. There is also a small division of University land in the center of downtown known as Robson Square that can provide aid to students in need. The campus itself can get dull on weekends. However, one can never run out of things to do in the Greater Vancouver region. Most students go off campus on weekends for leisure activities like a simple lunch, shopping, a bicycle ride around Stanley Park, or snowboarding on Grouse Mountain (only a 40-minute bus ride away). As for off-campus safety, the Vancouver area as a whole is generally a pretty safe city, but make sure to ask around for "shady" areas, as there are small parts of the city with heavy crime rates. If you can, avoid taking buses that go off main roads and to the East Hastings area.

Facts & Statistics

Fun Local Trivia
  1. The University Endowment Land area is the third-largest film production center in North America. Movies shot at the University include, "X-Men Origins," "She's the Man," "The Butterfly Effect," "Exorcism of Emily Rose," and many more.
  2. University Endowment Lands has no municipal government or mayor. The lands are governed between the University itself, Greater Vancouver Regional District Government, and the British Columbia Provincial Government.
Notable Natives
  • Bryan Adams – singer
  • Michael Buble – singer
  • Sarah Chalke – actress ("Elliot Reid" on "Scrubs")
  • Hayden Christensen – actor
  • Michael J. Fox – actor
  • Carly Rae Jepsen – singer
  • Ryan Reynolds – actor
  • Seth Rogen – actor
Local Slang
  • 99: Express bus to UBC
  • Loonie: The Canadian 1 dollar coin
  • Pop: Soda/soft drinks
  • Poutine: A Canadian dish of french fries and fresh cheese curds, covered with brown gravy or sauce. Sometimes additional ingredients are added.
  • RCMP: Royal Canadian Mounted Police
  • Seabus: Ferry
  • Timmy's: Tim Hortons
  • Toonie: The Canadian 2 dollar coin
Points of Interest
  • Beaty Biodiversity Museum
  • The Butchart Gardens
  • Stanley Park
  • UBC Museum of Anthropology
  • VanDusen Botanical Garden
  • Wreck Beach
Shopping Centers
  • Metrotown
  • Oakridge Center
  • Pacific Center
  • Sears
Movie Theaters
Dunbar Theater
4555 Dunbar St.
(604) 222-2991
Movie Theaters
Norm Theater
6138 Student Union Blvd.
University of British Columbia
(604) 221-3698
Movie Theaters
Scotia Theater
900 Burrard St.
(604) 630-1407
Major Sports Teams
  • Vancouver Canucks: NHL
  • Vancouver Whitecaps: MLS
Distances to Nearest Major Cities
Seattle: : 2 hours, 40 minutes
Did You Know?
  • UBC has its own division of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police force, fire department, and hospital.
  • The RCMP doesn't actually ride horses anymore.
  • Wreck Beach is the only nude beach in the Greater Vancouver area.

Student Polls

Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 27 responses

Very poor
  • Cost of living
  • Dining
  • Friendliness of locals toward students
  • Museums/cultural attractions
  • Nightlife
  • Parking
  • Parks and recreation
  • Professional sports
  • Safety
  • Scenery
  • Shopping
  • Transportation

What is the local atmosphere like at your school?    Based on 31 responses

  • 3% Painfully remote.
  • 10% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 0% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 6% Vibrant college town. There's no big city, but there are plenty of things to do off campus.
  • 81% City living at its finest. There's always something fun and interesting going on.

What is the proximity to other universities? Is there much interaction?    Based on 28 responses

  • 25% There aren't any nearby schools.
  • 43% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 32% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 28 responses

  • 11% No way.
  • 50% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 39% Totally.


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