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5 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: Campus is very environmentally friendly, positive attitudes, lots of resources for students, accessible libraries

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: I love the atmosphere at campus. I have a lot to learn and it's a lot of change, but it's great!!!

3 College Freshman

Campus Quality: UBC has numerous clubs for students to join and take part in as well as student exchange opportunities. The social scene is pretty good.

4 College Freshman

Campus Quality: There are many places for quiet study from various student lounges to the number of libraries on campus.

4 College Freshman

Campus Quality: There's so many facilities the university has to offer, from housing services to academics. The student support is really good.


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The UBC campus houses a mix of old, new, and some of the most technologically advanced green buildings in the world. True to the Canadian city stereotype, the campus is extremely well-maintained and clean with random patches of forest-like blocks spread across the campus. The campus does a great job of renovating and integrating new technologies into old buildings. A prime example of this is the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre. The main building is still the original library built in 1915, now with extended modern-looking wings on both sides of the historic structure. The inside of the building is completely renovated, giving the interior of the building a completely different feel from the outside. The building also features a state-of-the-art document organization system that features a robot hand that picks out the documents you need. The campus is currently under heavy construction, renewing all of the main roads and reorganizing the trolley system. The Alma Mater Society has also taken this time to construct a new Student Union Building rumored to feature a giant slide to the basement in an attempt to reduce traffic in and out of the building.

Facts & Statistics

Campus Size
993 acres
Student Centers
Irving K. Barber Learning Centre
Main Libraries
  • Irving K. Barber Library
  • Koerner Library
  • Robson Square Library
Popular Places to Chill
  • Irving K. Barber Learning Centre
  • Student Union Building
  • University MarketPlace
Bar on Campus
Yes. A lot of students enjoy going to The Pit on Wednesday nights. For students that enjoy a more calm or sports-like pub atmosphere, Mahony & Sons and the Gallery are the preferred on-campus locations.
Bowling on Campus
Coffeehouse on Campus
Ike's Café, IKB Learning Centre, and LTK Café are among the most popular.
Movie Theater on Campus
Norm Theatre in the Student Union Building
"Green" Initiatives
Green construction is part of UBC's 10-year goal, and the campus has done well to live up to its promise. All new buildings at UBC are specially designed green buildings that strive to minimize power consumption and water usage to the lowest possible. The UBC campus is the most eco-friendly campus in North America and is home to some of the best green buildings in the world.
School Slang
  • Harry Potter Room: Silent two-story study room in Irving K. Barber Learning Centre
  • Save Ons: Save On Foods UBC
  • The Village: University MarketPlace
  • Faculty Week: Each faculty is assigned a week to show off their faculty spirit and colors.
  • Frosh: Frosh will destroy any nerves and anxiety you have about starting university and replace them with three days of games, events, activities, cheering, dancing, and orientation workshops, and two nights of ridiculous partying and taking over a hotel. Twenty-four groups of incoming students, doing WHATEVER it takes to win the infamous spirit cup!
  • Storm the Wall: Swim, sprint, bike, run, and storm the wall! This is one event that every UBC student needs to experience. Participate as a competitive or just-for-fun team, or challenge yourself to do the whole course on your own as an "Iron Person." Don’t miss your chance to be a part of UBC’s longest-standing campus tradition! All teams must attend a mandatory pre-race clinic in order to race.
Urban Legends
  • Supposedly, a group of vegan activists herded a cow to the top of the clock tower to protest against eating meat. Little did they know, a cow cannot go down a staircase. The cow was slaughtered on top of the clock tower in order to take it out of the clock tower.
  • The story says that a group of engineering students uprooted a tree and planted it back to the ground upside down. In reality, this tree is just a weeping elm, which has branches that resemble roots. The "upside down tree" can still be seen near the Koerner courtyard.
Favorite Things To Do
New students have loads of places to explore on campus. Nitobe Memorial Garden, Botanical Garden, Museum of Anthropology, and Beaty Biodiversity Museum are some of the venues available for students to explore. Free of charge for current students!
Student Organizations Web Site
Student Newspaper
The Ubyssey
Clubs and Organizations on Campus
All clubs are governed under the Alma Mater Society (student government). Joining a club is one of the easiest ways for someone to get involved and make friends. It is highly encouraged that people find at least one club to join within the first week of classes so that students can start creating their network of friends. Due to the huge student population at UBC, clubs tend to serve as a small community of people that you keep contact and attend social events with. To many students, clubs are like family away from home.
Student Activities Offered
  • Campus ministries
  • Choral groups
  • Dance
  • Drama/theater
  • International student organization
  • Jazz band
  • Literary magazine
  • Model UN
  • Music ensembles
  • Musical theater
  • Opera
  • Radio station
  • Student government
  • Student newspaper
  • Student-run film society
  • Symphony orchestra
  • Television station
Did You Know?
  • There are more than 350 different clubs governed under the Alma Mater Society.
  • Anyone can easily create a club if they are unable to find a club that shares their interest (even though that is highly unlikely).

Student Polls

Rate the campus facilities in the following areas    Based on 33 responses

Very poor
  • Athletics/recreation
  • Classrooms
  • Computer labs
  • Dining
  • General aesthetics/architecture of campus
  • "Green" buildings/initiatives
  • Housing
  • Lawns/green space
  • Library
  • Modernity of facilities
  • Performing arts
  • Science/research labs
  • Student center
  • Study spots
  • Visual arts (work spaces, galleries)

What are your favorite things to do around campus?    Based on 10 responses

  • 24% Wreck Beach
  • 21% Walk around
  • 14% Go to Koerner's Pub
  • 14% Relax and study in the libraries
  • 10% Go to the Rose Gardens
  • 7% Mahony and Sons
  • 3% Go to Menchies
  • 3% Gymnastics
  • 3% Ditch class to sleep

What are your favorite campus events or traditions?    Based on 5 responses

  • 33% Faculty Week
  • 33% UBC has traditions?
  • 17% Frosh
  • 17% Nursing Orientation
  • 0% Storm the Wall

How accommodating is this school to students with physical disabilities?    Based on 10 responses

  • 20% Very accommodating. The school does everything in their power to make sure the needs of every student are met.
  • 70% Pretty accommodating. The school has taken a lot of steps to accommodate the needs of students, but they've missed a few things.
  • 10% Slightly accommodating. The school has taken a few steps to accommodate students, but not nearly enough.
  • 0% Not accommodating. Students with physical disabilities are practically ignored here.

What is your overall opinion of your school and the campus community?    Based on 24 responses

  • 25% I love everything about my school and have a lot of campus pride.
  • 62% I like mostly everything about my school, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 8% The school community is okay-we're all just here for an education, nothing more.
  • 4% I hate my school and have no school spirit.


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