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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 Freshman

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

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: It's fine. I haven't needed it yet, but it is available if I do.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Lots of options for people to feel safe. There is safewalk, translink shuttles, and campus security. There are cameras all over campus as well as emergency buttons. Campus is well-lit and there are always people roaming about so you're never alone.

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: Even late at night I have never felt unsafe, though I do choose to walk on the main paths instead of secluded pathways or alleys when possible. There is a Safewalk phone number which allows you to call a couple security members to walk you to your destination if you feel unsafe doing so alone. The only suggestion I would have is to give the phone number to each new student in their welcome emails instead of just advertising it around campus as some students might not have saved it in their phone.


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UBC Vancouver campus can get pretty dark at night, but is generally pretty safe. Campus Security constantly patrols the campus parameter and has its own Royal Canadian Mounted Police division dedicated to the campus itself. Since the campus houses a large student population, you will generally see people around, even if you are out late at night. If you don't see anyone around, it is probably a sign that you should not be out at the time or in that particular location anyway. The campus takes safety very seriously and actively works with the Alma Mater Society to provide safe travel options for students who need to walk home from late classes, etc. UBC Hospital is conveniently located at the center of the campus, meaning you will be catered to in a timely manner if medical attention is required. Alternatively, several smaller clinics are also available, not far from campus, should you require more extensive medical services. Many of the doctors working at these clinics are also UBC alumni and thus can relate with students in addition to helping treat them.

Facts & Statistics

Crimes on Campus
  • Aggravated Assault: 0
  • Arson: 1
  • Burglary: 12
  • Murder/Manslaughter: 0
  • Robbery: 0
  • Sex Offenses: 3
  • Vehicle Theft: 0
Security Office
Campus Security
2133 East Mall
(604) 822-2222
Safety Services
  • AMS Safety Coordinator
  • AMS Safewalk
  • Blue-light phones
  • Campus shuttles
  • Lost and Found
  • Royal Canadian Mounted Police
Health Center
Student Health Service (SHS)
Main Floor of the UBC Hospital/Koerner Pavillion
(604) 822-7011
Monday–Tuesday 8 a.m.–4 p.m., Wednesday 8 a.m.–8 p.m., Thursday 8:50 a.m.–4 p.m., Friday 8 a.m.–4 p.m.
Health Services
  • Immunizations
  • Primary care services
  • Referrals
  • Sports medicine
  • Women's health
Did You Know?
  • Blue-light phones are stationed all around campus. Students can press the button in case of an emergency, and Campus Security will be at your location in minutes.
  • Students can call AMS Safewalk at any time anywhere, and two "Safewalkers" will meet you at your location and walk with you to your destination.
  • UBC has its own hospital, police, and fire stations.

Student Polls

What safety concerns do you have?    Based on 35 responses

  • 19% Theft/robberies
  • 14% None
  • 12% Non-students on campus
  • 8% Excessive drinking
  • 8% Unlit pathways
  • 8% Walking alone
  • 5% Drugs
  • 5% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 4% Criminal activity near campus
  • 4% Dorm safety
  • 4% Lack of safety escort services
  • 4% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 3% Violence among students
  • 1% Gang violence
  • 0% Lack of/broken emergency phones

How strongly do you agree or disagree with the following statements regarding sexual assault on your campus?    Based on 8 responses

Strongly Disagree
Strongly Agree
  • Alcohol plays a significant role in sexual assault on campus.
  • Campus administrators provide a supportive environment for victims of sexual assault.
  • Campus administrators work hard to actively prevent sexual assaults on our campus.
  • A friend, a classmate, or I have been a victim of sexual assault on/near our campus.
  • Our campus has easily accessible support services in place to address sexual assaults.
  • Sexual assaults are a serious problem on campus.
  • Students take the issue of sexual assault on campus seriously.

How would you rate the quality and convenience of the student health center?    Based on 34 responses

  • 56% High quality, very convenient.
  • 26% Mediocre quality, very convenient.
  • 9% High quality, not very convenient.
  • 9% Mediocre quality, not very convenient.
  • 0% Poor quality, very convenient.
  • 0% Poor quality, not very convenient.

How visible are the campus police on campus?    Based on 34 responses

  • 15% Extremely present and willing to assist students.
  • 50% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 18% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 15% Not very visible.
  • 3% We have campus police?

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 35 responses

  • 34% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
  • 54% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 11% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 0% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
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