Off-Campus Housing

Vancouver, BC
Tuition (in-state)
$21,781 ($4,970)
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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Very expensive off campus housing. Mst student have to live off campus due to a small amount of on campus student housing.

5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I enjoy my independence and life off campus.

3 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: Vancouver is a big city with lots of off-campus housing options for students. There is good public transportation and many parts of town are well-serviced by bus lines that head to campus. The major downside is that the cost of living is very high here and finding suitable affordable housing can be a challenge.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Anyone who attends UBC Okanagan and wants to live off campus tries to get a place in Rutland. Rutland is the cheaper part of Kelowna with convenient bus routes. Finding a nice place in Rutland can be challenging, but when you find that gem everyone will be jealous! Typically, the cost of living is a little high but a roommate is the best way to go to split the rent. Rutland especially has lots of police patrolling the streets, take it how you want, but I feel very safe knowing a police officer is somewhere nearby!

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Many Opportunities, Have to Look for Them Though – Off-campus housing in UBC comes in many shapes, colors and prices. If you take time to search using multiple sources, you will find a house that will suit all your need. It is always wise to be looking for a house with a friend or two though,


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    Best Off-Campus Housing Options

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Jimmy Feng
Theater Production and Design
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University housing only houses about 40 percent of students on campus. While the University is expanding student housing availability, it will take several years for many of the new dorms to be constructed. Though student housing is the most affordable in the region, many students choose to live in off-campus housing so they are free from several of the restrictions made via student housing contracts. Keep in mind that off-campus housing does not necessarily mean the house is physically "off campus." There are many residences available physically on campus, but simply not run by Student Housing and Hospitality Services. Residence areas such as University MarketPlace (The Village) or Wesbrook Village are all very popular selections on campus but considered "off-campus" housing. Keep in mind, though, that the rent can be as high as C$1,500 per month, not including utilities. Although the quality and furnishing of these extremely expensive houses do reflect their value, the main reason for such escalated pricing is due to the lack of land within the University Endowment Lands. For cheaper alternatives with regards to housing, some students also choose to live outside of the University, where housing prices are drastically reduced the farther away from campus you go. However, transit can be a bit of a hassle during peak hours from places too far away from the University.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
Best Time to Look for a Place
Most off-campus housing becomes vacant during the start and end of each school year. The start of winter term is early September and ends in late April. It would be wise to look for housing a month or two before these dates, since that will be when landlords know if their current tenants would be moving out or not. It is also advised that you use Vancouver housing websites, as they also have functions that help you filter your search to around UBC housing.
Popular Areas
  • Iona Drive
  • University MarketPlace (a.k.a "The Village")
  • Wesbrook Village
Average Rents
  • Studio: $1,300
  • 2 BR: $2,500
  • 4 BR: $4,000

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 30 responses

Very poor
  • Availability
  • Cost
  • Ease of obtaining/process
  • Landlords
  • Parking
  • Proximity to campus
  • Proximity to public transportation
  • Proximity to shopping
  • Quality
  • Safety
  • Variety

What is the off-campus housing selection like near campus and is it worth it?    Based on 28 responses

  • 0% Not worth the hassle or expense. Everyone just lives on campus.
  • 43% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 57% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 0% Totally worth it. It's easy to find a place, and prices are reasonable.

How helpful is the school in helping students find off-campus housing?    Based on 27 responses

  • 52% Not very helpful.
  • 0% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
  • 48% Somewhat helpful.
  • 0% Extremely helpful.
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