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Reviews 420 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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3 College Student

Off-Campus Housing: Most students are forced to live off campus which drives prices fairly high in September-May

4 College Student

Off-Campus Dining: It's mainly asian food, such as sushi and chinese, but the food is great.

3 College Student

Administration: They try to consult students but they'll do what they wanted to do in the first place either way.

4 College Student

Scholarships: Got my offer within 3 weeks of applying. You only get an entrance scholarship though.

3 College Student

Campus Food: Meal dollars are a bit restrictive. First year caffs offer really healthy food, sometimes too healthy

4 College Student

Campus Housing: First year dorms are manageable, though some are a bit old. If you get the new buildings your room will be considerably bigger and nicer. The atmosphere is great and there are lots of activities

3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Not all profs are great, class sizes vary but definitely decrease as you get into more advanced courses. Some profs in science have adopted the "reverse classroom" teaching style, which I personally do not like. It basically is a teaching style where they don't really teach. You are assigned a pre-reading assignment in the textbook and quizzed on it for homework online, then in class the profs will "reinforce" that knowledge by going through practice problems and working through examples in class. In theory it sounds good, but it's very difficult to come to class and get anything out of the lecture if you don't really understand the material beforehand.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I've heard great things about the co-op program, not sure about alumni relations.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: At least 3 times this year there's been reports of attempted sexual assaults on campus...

5 College Freshman

Greek Life: I love being in a sorority! I've made all of my best friends through the greek system. We're a welcoming community, there's a place for everyone in the greek system!

2 College Freshman

Athletics: Coming from the states, it's super disappointing how much UBC lacks school spirit when it comes to varsity athletics. You hardly ever hear about anything happening with the sports teams, and support is low all around

2 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: School does not care about students. Very hard courses. Not very much fun.

2 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Parties are wack. Not a big greek school

1 College Sophomore

Party Scene: Boring parties. Will get bored within a year

4 College Sophomore

Scholarships: I got an international scholarship that helped

3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: Decent food options on campus

1 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Only possible for first year. Crap dorms.

1 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Don't expect to live on campus after your first year. I wish I had known how bad the housing problem was at UBC before I chose to come here. ONLY 15-20% OF STUDENTS GET ON-CAMPUS HOUSING AFTER FRESHMAN YEAR. If you're willing to commute far, you can find cheaper off campus living options, but anything close to campus is going to likely cost $1,000+ per month unless you can get a bunch of roommates to lower the cost.

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5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Kits has AMAZING food and so many options all within a short bus ride to campus.

4 College Freshman

Administration: My RA first year was super chill, never got in any sort of trouble and I lived right next door to her. She usually wasn't even there on Friday nights. However, many friends have had bad experiences and friends of friends even got on probation for too many noise violations. It completely depends on your residence advisor.

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3 College Freshman

Scholarships: Being a domestic student, the tuition is already so cheap that scholarships and aid are limited. I did not receive anything from UBC in terms of financial help.

4 College Freshman

Party Scene: Frat parties are good-- sometimes. They get old pretty quick. However, one perk of actually being in the greek system (speaking from the experience of being in a sorority) is that you get to go to exclusive closed parties for free, with unlimited booze once you are there ;)

4 College Freshman

Campus Food: LOTS of options all over campus! Cafe's, however, pretty much all carry the exact same food. Only complaint is the hours-- hardly anything is open on weekends and hours are very limited some days.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Housing is very hit or miss- it is completely random and some buildings are much newer and nicer than others. But regardless of where you end up, rez life is great and many people make their best friends in the first year residence!

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4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Professors show great interest in the student's success.


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Compared to schools in the United States, Canadian universities are considerably cheaper while also providing a world-class education. Even with scholarship offers to American schools, UBC may still be a cheaper choice in terms of tuition and thus a reason some American students decide to go here. Overall, UBC is fun, provides excellent educational tools, immerses students in a great environment, and is among the world’s top universities. If students went back in time and had to choose their school all over again, many would still select UBC—10 times over. In the consumer tech industry, the term "early adopters" is used to describe consumers that buy tech products as soon as they become available to the market. In the same sense, some students feel like they are "early adopters" to UBC. While UBC does not have the reputation of an Ivy League school (yet), it certainly has the facilities, faculty, and alumni equal to Ivy League universities. Most students are glad to be a part of the “next big thing,” and you can, too—but you better do it soon because tuition fees are rising due to the growing demand for admission.

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