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4 College Freshman

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

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3 College Senior

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

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 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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4 College Sophomore

Administration: Because we are in Canada the alcohol age is 19! Which means there are lots of school sponsored drinking and even a bar on campus. The dorms allow you to have alcohol but expect that underage kids do not participate.


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UBC provides its students with a very free and open campus. Students are generally free to do anything they want as long as it's not illegal or against University policies. The enforcement of policies is dependent on the person doing the enforcing. For example, although the University has a lecture attendance policy, most professors do not keep track of attendance. Similarly, although drinking games are strictly prohibited in dorms, if no one complains and RAs don't make runs, you will never be written up. The University even exempted a student from being expelled for looting during the Vancouver riot in 2011, as the University believed the student should not be penalized both by the law and the University for acts committed off campus grounds and in no way connected to the school. With that being said, the University expects no less than excellence from students based on the freedom it gives its students. The University is very black and white when it comes to policies regarding academic achievements of students and is not lenient at all to students who take advantage of the freedom they are given resulting in low academic marks. As a result, it is commonly said that UBC is "easy to get in, hard to stay in."

Facts & Statistics

Students Are Most Likely to Get Caught...
  • Having open alcohol in public
  • Smoking in dorms
  • Underage drinking
Visitation Policies
It's an open campus, so anyone is allowed to visit. Dorms managed under UBC Res, however, have a five-day-per-term visitor policy if your friend would like to stay with you in your dorm. The strictness of the policy being enforced is dependent on your floor RA.
Did You Know?
  • RCMP and campus have their individual patrol times around the campus.
  • Parties without licenses from the RCMP often get shut down early.

Student Polls

Rate strictness of administration policies on the following topics    Based on 38 responses

Very strict
Very lenient
  • Alcohol use in dorms
  • Attendance
  • Creating new student organizations
  • Drug use
  • Honor code
  • Noise violations
  • Parking
  • Protests/demonstrations
  • Underage drinking
  • Visitation in dorms

How do the campus police or safety officers affect your campus experience?    Based on 45 responses

  • 44% Very positively. Officers are kind and helpful.
  • 56% Fairly positively. They're pretty easy to get along with if you respect them.
  • 0% Fairly negatively. They're only interested in breaking up the fun.
  • 0% Very negatively. They treat everyone like criminals.
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