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Off-Campus Housing


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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 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.

3 College Student

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

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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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: From what I heard off-campus housing can get pretty expensive.


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University housing only houses about 40 percent of students on campus. While the University is expanding student housing availability, it will take several years for many of the new dorms to be constructed. Though student housing is the most affordable in the region, many students choose to live in off-campus housing so they are free from several of the restrictions made via student housing contracts. Keep in mind that off-campus housing does not necessarily mean the house is physically "off campus." There are many residences available physically on campus, but simply not run by Student Housing and Hospitality Services. Residence areas such as University MarketPlace (The Village) or Wesbrook Village are all very popular selections on campus but considered "off-campus" housing. Keep in mind, though, that the rent can be as high as C$1,500 per month, not including utilities. Although the quality and furnishing of these extremely expensive houses do reflect their value, the main reason for such escalated pricing is due to the lack of land within the University Endowment Lands. For cheaper alternatives with regards to housing, some students also choose to live outside of the University, where housing prices are drastically reduced the farther away from campus you go. However, transit can be a bit of a hassle during peak hours from places too far away from the University.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
Best Time to Look for a Place
Most off-campus housing becomes vacant during the start and end of each school year. The start of winter term is early September and ends in late April. It would be wise to look for housing a month or two before these dates, since that will be when landlords know if their current tenants would be moving out or not. It is also advised that you use Vancouver housing websites, as they also have functions that help you filter your search to around UBC housing.
Popular Areas
  • Iona Drive
  • University MarketPlace (a.k.a "The Village")
  • Wesbrook Village
Average Rents
  • Studio: $1,300
  • 2 BR: $2,500
  • 4 BR: $4,000

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 40 responses

Very poor
  • Availability
  • Cost
  • Ease of obtaining/process
  • Landlords
  • Parking
  • Proximity to campus
  • Proximity to public transportation
  • Proximity to shopping
  • Quality
  • Safety
  • Variety

What is the off-campus housing selection like near campus and is it worth it?    Based on 42 responses

  • 2% Totally worth it. It's easy to find a place, and prices are reasonable.
  • 60% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 38% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 0% Not worth the hassle or expense. Everyone just lives on campus.

How helpful is the school in helping students find off-campus housing?    Based on 42 responses

  • 2% Extremely helpful.
  • 55% Somewhat helpful.
  • 43% Not very helpful.
  • 0% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
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