Who Gets Priority

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Two groups of applicants are given priority for rooms in residence at UBC: those who qualify for the First Year Guarantee and those who are eligible for Priority Access. We assign rooms to these applicants first. A spot in residence is not guaranteed if you do not meet the requirements, but you can still apply.

First Year Guarantee

Why? Because we believe living in residence is an important and meaningful way for new undergraduates—domestic and international—to begin the university journey.

Base Criteria
(must meet ALL requirements)

  1. You are eligible to live in residence based on your age and academic credit load.
  2. Your application to UBC and application for Winter Session residence were received on time. First year students can open a residence application as soon as they complete their application to UBC.
  3. You must receive and accept UBC’s offer of academic admission by June 1.

Additional Criteria
(must have ONE of the following)

  1. You are entering UBC directly from high school or CEGEP. (i.e., you graduated within the last year, between this June and the previous June – and you have not completed any post-secondary coursework.)
  2. You are a newly admitted first or second year international undergraduate student (excluding post-baccalaureate degree programs).

Priority Access

Priority Access groups are also given first consideration for rooms in residence during the Winter Session.

Base Criteria
(must meet ALL requirements)

  1. You are eligible to live in residence based on age and academic credit load.
  2. Your application to UBC and application for Winter Session residence were received on time. First year students can open a residence application when applying to UBC.
  3. You must receive and accept UBC’s offer of academic admission by June 1.

Additional Criteria
(must have ONE of the following)

  1. You are a newly admitted student who identifies as an Aboriginal person of Canada.
  2. You are a new student and have a disability or ongoing medical condition that significantly affects your housing needs. Students may indicate they are eligible on the residence application form, then must demonstrate eligibility by completing a separate application and providing medical documentation confirmed by the Disability Resource Centre.
  3. You are participating in ONE of the following reciprocal university student exchange programs: Go Global, Commerce MBA Exchange Program.
  4. You are a newly admitted student who received an athletic scholarship, confirmed by UBC Athletics and Recreation.
  5. You are a newly admitted graduate student who received one of the following awards or fellowships: NSERC, MRC, SSHRC, Commonwealth, NHRDP, CIDA. Put the title of your award and your home institution on the comments section of the application. Submit supporting documents.

Please contact Student Housing & Hospitality Services for more information about Priority Access.