Before You Leave Home

Young woman packing a suitcase.

Ten Things to Do Before You Leave Home

  1. If you have a car, apply for parking.  Resident parking permits may be available for purchase.
  2. Get renters insurance to protect your belongings. You may be covered under your family plan.
  3. Review important Residence Standards and be prepared to live by them.
  4. Apply for your UBCcard – New students can send a photo to In the email subject include “HOUSING”, your full name, and student ID number.  Photos must be in JPG format – a head shot with clear view of face (no hats, sunglasses, silly faces) on a plain background. Photo must be received BEFORE August 26th in order for your UBC Card to be ready for move in.
  5. If you’d like to give others permission to contact the Housing Office on your behalf you can authorize the release of information.
  6. Explore ways to get involved in Residence Life and like us on Facebook to stay informed.
  7. Leave your residence mailing address with family and friends.
  8. Know what time you’re supposed to arrive and other things to expect when moving in.