UBC provides all of the services and resources you need to feel welcome and supported as you settle into your new home and transition to life as a graduate student in Vancouver.
UBC’s Vancouver campus is big and finding your way around can be challenging at first. Fortunately, there is a searchable online map to help you locate specific buildings, navigate your route and get to class on time.
Health and dental plan
As an MPPGA candidate, you will receive extended health and dental coverage through the Alma Mater Society/Graduate Student Society (AMS/GSS) Extended Health Plan. This plan helps pay for expenses not covered by basic health care plans, such as prescription drugs and glasses.
As a UBC student, you will need to create and use a campus-wide login (CWL) login to access some of the University’s web content and online programs.
You will be issued an iClass UBCcard that is linked to your student number and embedded with a radio-frequency chip. Use it to check out library materials, access electronically controlled areas, and take advantage of other resources and services on campus.
As a UBC student, your Compass Card gives you all-zone transit access across Metro Vancouver and discounted fares on the West Coast Express. Use your UBCcard to obtain a Compass Card from any U-Pass machine—you can find them at the UBC Bookstore, the old Student Union Building (SUB) and UBC Robson Square—then link your Compass Card to a U-Pass BC account online and allow up to 24 hours for activation.
Housing and accommodation
As an MPPGA candidate, you can choose to live on or off campus.
On UBC’s Vancouver campus, you will find both residences operated by the University’s Student Housing and Hospitality Services and other accommodation options.
Year-round residences (September to August):
· St. John’s College offers residential membership to graduate students, post-doctoral fellows and visiting scholars and students who share an interest in international research and global change and are committed to cultural diversity
· Green College is home to 100 graduate students, postdoctoral scholars and visiting artists and academics—a vibrant community with a 20-year tradition of promoting interdisciplinary conversations
· Acadia Park is a child-friendly residence for student families and couples that offers support programs and convenient access to schools, daycares, shopping and green space
Year-round residences (May to April):
· Ponderosa Commons, including Arbutus, Maple and Spruce Houses
Other on-campus options:
· Panhellenic House: Furnished quad-style apartments with private bedrooms and shared living spaces (female students only)
· Carey Centre: Short- and long-term student accommodation
· St. Andrew’s Hall: Studios, one- and four-bedroom apartments, and townhouses
· Westpoint: One-, two- and four-bedroom luxury rental apartments
· MBA House: Graduate student housing for singles and couples
· Granite Terrace: Apartments
· Greenwood Commons: Townhouse-style apartments
· University MarketPlace: Apartments
· Axis: 15-storey high-rise for students, faculty, campus staff and employees of businesses located on campus
· Vista Point: Suites
· Mews: Pet-friendly suites
Many graduate students choose to live off campus in one of Vancouver’s distinctive neighbourhoods. If this option is appealing, you will want to consider a number of factors, including cost, location and transit routes.
Before signing a lease, be sure to familiarize yourself with BC’s Residential Tenancy Act.