UBC and Vancouver

UBC And Vancouver

Vancouver is Canada’s third largest city with a population of just over 1 million in the Greater Vancouver Area. The natural setting of Vancouver is spectacular. Have a look. (And here is a towercam on campus.) Nestled at the base of where the Coastal Mountain Range meets the sea and with the lush Fraser River Valley on the southern margins of the city, Vancouver is renowned as one of the world’s most beautiful cities.

Housing in Vancouver

A variety of accommodation is available for students, including on-campus apartments/studios, off-campus apartments, and shared house rentals in the area around the University. Some accommodation exists for married students with family.

On-campus housing

On Campus UBC Housing offers a wide range of on-campus housing for both single students and families.

Off-campus housing

UBC campus is easy to get to by bike, car, or award-winning public transportation. Many graduate students live off campus in a variety of neighborhoods. The Alma Mater Society maintains a Rentsline for housing listings around Vancouver.

Bulletin boards around campus may help you locate shared or private off campus housing. The Vancouver Sun newspaper and Craigslist have sections that carry many rental listings. See also Off-campus Housing and Other Housing on Campus

Recreational Opportunities

British Columbia is renowned for its spectacular scenery and Vancouver is recognized as one of the world's most beautiful cities. Its magnificent harbour is ringed by mountains to the north and swimming beaches are within walking distance of the most densely populated areas. Within a half-hour's drive of the city centre are ski slopes with breathtaking views of the city and surrounding areas. The mountainous terrain and fjordlike coastline of B.C. are readily accessible for skiing, camping, hiking, mountaineering, swimming, scuba diving, sailing, and fishing. The world-famous ski resorts of Whistler and Blackcomb are within two hours' drive of the city. A mild climate allows year-round participation in many activities. As Canada's third largest city, Vancouver is a thriving business and cultural centre with many fine ethnic restaurants and markets. Its cultural attributes include symphony, opera, live theatre, and numerous galleries, museums, gardens, and parks.