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2 College Freshman

Parking: Very expensive on and off campus

1 College Sophomore

Parking: Very difficult to find any free parking; always end up paying for it and it isn't exactly affordable if you were to take your car to school daily.

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4 College Freshman

Parking: Most People Don't Have Cars – Since most people don't have cars since everyone uses public transportation since it's so great, parking really isn't an issue.

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3 College Student

Parking: Parking at UBC everyday of a month will cost you a lot. It is unrealistic to buy an entire day parking ticket just so you can attend classes that are far apart.

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1 College Freshman

Parking: UBC has some of the worst parking I've seen in my life. The administration absolutely hates parking. They have this idea that everyone is supposed to take public transport to get to school so that the campus can be more "environmentally friendly". Parking spots have been the target of new development for a while now and they are quickly going extinct. The parking that does exist is really expensive and you would really only want to use it once or twice...not on an everyday basis. Driving on campus is also hell...pedestrians have no regard for cars and you might literally end up waiting for a good 15 minutes at a cross walk waiting for people.


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The rule of thumb with parking at UBC is simple: Do not park where you are not supposed to. Both campus security and RCMP (Royal Canadian Mounted Police) constantly patrol the campus, making it almost impossible for students to get away with illegal parking. Paying that extra C$10 can save you from a fine of C$100 (or more). Students with cars can apply for student parking for an annual fee. Parking slots are given on a first-come, first-served basis, but are not too hard to get. However, parking slots do run out, so don't wait too long to apply. Students find that looking for a parking space right outside of campus is sometimes a more affordable option if they do not have a regular parking spot, as the parking rates out of campus are significantly lower. Students can park their cars outside of campus and take the bus for the short trip into campus.

Facts & Statistics

Student Parking Lot?
Students who live in residence buildings can apply for parking permits. Although not all buildings have parking lots, the closest parking lot would be no longer than a four-minute walk away.
Freshmen Allowed to Park?
Freshmen resident parking is very limited.
Approximate Parking Permit Cost
  • B-Lots: C$6 per day
  • Meter rates: C$3.75 per hour
  • Parkade rates: C$1.75 per 30 minutes or C$14 per day
Best Places to Find a Spot
  • Thunderbird Parkade
  • Student Union Building
Good Luck Getting a Spot Here
  • Fraser River Parkade
  • Health Science Parkade
  • North Parkade
  • Rose Garden Parkade
  • West Parkade
Getting a Parking Permit
Student parking is not too difficult to get, as most students do not own a car. Applying for student parking is done through the Student Service Center webpage (CWL login required) on a first-come, first-served basis.
Parking Services
Parking Services
General Services Administration Building
204-2075 Westbrook Mall
(604) 822-6786
Did You Know?
  • Parking fees can bankrupt a student.
  • Parking off campus is free.

Student Polls

How convenient is off-campus parking?    Based on 32 responses

  • 0% It's free, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 16% It's free, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 6% The cost is reasonable, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 28% The cost is reasonable, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 31% The cost is totally outrageous, but you can usually find a spot.
  • 19% The cost is totally outrageous, and there are never any open spots.

Rate the campus parking on the following topics    Based on 31 responses

Very poor
  • Distance from class
  • Distance from dorms
  • Ease of finding a spot
  • Parking enforcement
  • Permit cost
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