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Reviews 442 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: It's pretty difficult to find affordable housing, but then again, housing on campus is much more expensive so I guess it's more logical to get something off-campus.

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There's plenty of options for everyone if you're interested enough to go and look for them.

2 College Freshman

Party Scene: Parties are only good if you have the right friends and know how to have fun without there being an actual party environment.

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4 College Freshman

Administration: The school is pretty lenient and easy to have fun with friends in.

2 College Freshman

Scholarships: There's not much financial aid available, and it's very difficult to get any at all.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Food: It's pretty average, nothing significant but I wouldn't say it's bad either.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The dorm I lived in was average but pretty good as far as first year residences go.

4 College Senior

Local Area: Vancouver is one of the most livable cities on the planet. However, it is also a relatively small city with the entire metro area only housing over 2 million residents.

4 College Senior

Guys & Girls: There are many kinds of individuals within UBC. Most of them are quite alright. However, there are select individuals who manage to produce a gravity around them (extroverts and introverts alike.) These are the great individuals and UBC has many of those individuals around.

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5 College Senior

Overall Experience: I've met a few of my best friends and learnt and grew as an individual at UBC.

4 College Senior

Overall Experience: The rule of thumb is that the higher up you go, the better the courses will be. Many introductory classes are plagued with large class sizes and relatively boring topics. However, as you move up the chain to take 300s and 400s classes, professors become engaging and class size reduces, offering a great experience

College Senior

Overall Experience: Career prospect extremely depends on the faculty you're in. Even within the same faculty, different departments have completely different career prospects.

3 College Senior

Health & Safety: Student health services often take care of students very well. This, added with the inexpensive health insurance, makes UBC a great place to take care of yourself. That said, support and resources devoted towards mental health is still lacking and many students have complained regarding their experiences.

3 College Senior

Greek Life: Greek life does exist at UBC. Greek students also tend to be the most involved (especially within student government as they hold one of the more important voting blocs on campus.) However, Greek students are also often seen as very cliquey and exclusive.

2 College Senior

Athletics: UBC is not an athletics school. Period. The Thunderbird is the official university team and although there are many respectable athletes, the school does not pay much attention to them.

4 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: Off campus housing can be an art - in finding the right balance of cost, location and quality. That said, many great options are available and many are often cheaper than on campus residences.

5 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: Vancouver is the best city imaginable for all kind of food. You think of a cuisine, there's a restaurant for that. There's not much more to say other than the fact that Vancouver dining experience is most likely one of the best that you will have.

3 College Senior

Administration: I work in student government, it's not the best but it's okay

4 College Senior

Party Scene: Many people perceive Vancouver to not have a nightlife. This is true if what you're looking for is an exciting club scene. Clubbing in Vancouver is expensive and in a lot of cases, not fun.

However, there are an abundance of fantastic and quirky bars that many students frequent during the week and on weekends that serve really great craft beers.

Be prepared to shell out some money as well, alcohol in Vancouver can get expensive.

Otherwise, there are many students who throw house parties/keggers which are also quite amazing

3 College Senior

Scholarships: It is a rule of thumb that 7.5% of university budget goes into scholarship and funds. UBC does have a policy for domestic student that students will not be denied their access to education due to financial problems. No such policy exists for international students. Most scholarships (not bursaries) are based on merit (whether extracurricular activities or academic achievements) and most are only accessible through the means of recommendation from the student's faculty/department.

That said, there is an office within student services that support students in finding and identifying financial resources for those in hardship.

4 College Senior

Campus Food: From the perspective of affordable good food, choices of food on campus are rare and few. The obvious candidates are the Delly (wraps, hot food like curry and soup), Sprouts (especially on Community Eat Fridays), and the Gallery (pasta.)

If you're willing to spend a few extra bucks, the Koerner's pub do have excellent food as well as the Bento Sushi opened just recently in Sauder School of Business

3 College Senior

Campus Housing: Campus dorm at UBC is just a bit above average - but there is a relatively high price you end up paying for that. There are many residence choices at UBC, starting from "first year rez" (Totem Park, Vanier Place and more recently Gage Residence), upper year apartment residences (Marine Drive, Gage, Thunderbird, Fraser Hall, and more recently Ponderosa) or Townhouse/family housing (Fairview and Acadia.)

Each dorm at UBC is "governed" by a Residence Association e.g. TPRA (Totem Park Residence Association) who organizes residence events, workshops, and initiatives.

There are also many rules that residence enforces which may be perceived to be unfair (you can't possess a growler or any container that encourages large consumption of alcohol) but that depends on who your Residence Advisor is.

Party is semi-encouraged but alcoholic parties are definitely not encouraged (although it happens anyways) in first year residences. However, proximity to class, campus activities and other students make living on campus a good choice. If you have the ability to build relationships regardless of whether you live near people and don't want to pay a hefty price tag for that experience, living off-campus is a great option.

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.

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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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