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Voted the most suitable city to live in by many media outlets, the city of Vancouver has truly mastered the art of public transportation effectively, allowing civilians to travel almost anywhere in the Greater Vancouver area. Luckily for UBC students, all students have a mandatory transportation fee that grants students a U-Pass that allows unlimited access with TransLink transportation services (bus, SkyTrain, SeaBus). This also includes the community shuttles that go around campus every 20 minutes, which could make the difference between making it on time to class or not. However, it may be difficult for commuting students to catch a bus in the morning, as the buses get really full. TransLink continuously adjusts its bus flow to adapt to public needs. Occasionally, buses may be delayed or totally skip a designated time slot, but this only occurs during peak hours.
As for long-distance travel, Vancouver is conveniently located a three-hour train ride from Seattle. Students who would like to travel to the U.S. generally take a bus or Amtrak down to Seattle to catch cheaper domestic flights to other parts of the U.S. Since Vancouver is one of the biggest cities in North America, many international direct flights also choose Vancouver to be a transfer hub.