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Weather: UBC is located in Vancouver so expect A LOT of RAINY DAYS.

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Weather: Vancouver is known to rain a lot. However, from April to September the weather is really nice and warm. It's actually a great place to live.

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Weather: Rain-couver
This year hasn't been bad, but it rains more days than not during the year. However, itdo get too cold (not colder than -10 degrees Celsius)

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Weather: It's Raincouver. One does not move to Canada expecting it do be warm and sunny. That being said, it is one of the most temperate climates in the country, and some days can be spectacular. Even when it's raining it is still possible to go out and do things. Although there can be slight flooding problems from time to time. The weather is mild enough that it shouldn't be a factor in whether or not you decide to come to the university.

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Weather: Vancouver is close to the south border of Canada so it isn't as cold as some people will tell you. That being said, it can still get pretty cold and it rains a lot. It snows very rarely but on some mornings I find parts of the sidewalk frozen and the steps all salted.


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Nicknamed "Raincouver" by locals, Vancouver receives an average of 177 centimeters (69 inches) precipitation every year. This means that students should expect average rainfall/snow at least two days every week depending on weather conditions. Though it's rare, the campus does see weeks of clear weather at times. With that being said, there may also be a whole week of on and off rainfall. It is important to note that rain in Vancouver is not what some people may consider as "rain." Most of the time, it simply drizzles; thus, a simple waterproof jacket or parka is all you need—an umbrella is not necessary most of the time, and people just look at you funny if you ever wear a raincoat. The campus occasionally experiences snow from December to February. Most snowfall occurs overnight and very rarely causes any difficulties in transportation. Sweaters and coats are generally enough to keep you warm during snow days—though, some people do go to class in snow jackets at times. Temperatures do occasionally go below 0C (32F), most of the time during the night, so do expect to be wearing jackets, coats, or hoodies quite often.

Facts & Statistics

Temperature Averages
Spring - High: 55 °F
Spring - Low: 41 °F
Summer - High: 69 °F
Summer - Low: 53 °F
Fall - High: 56 °F
Fall - Low: 43 °F
Winter - High: 44 °F
Winter - Low: 33 °F
Precipitation Averages
Spring: 3.23 in./month
Summer: 1.56 in./month
Fall: 4.56 in./month
Winter: 5.93 in./month
What to Pack
  • Gloves
  • Rain boots/snow boots
  • Sweaters
  • Umbrella
  • Winter/snow jacket
Did You Know?
  • Vancouver and UBC retain water supply from melting ice caps on nearby mountains in the winter. As a result, residents have a constant supply of some of the cleanest water supply possible in the winter.
  • All buildings on campus have centralized heating systems.


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