Fees & Payments

Fees Summary

  • Fees vary by residence area and room type.
  • Failure to pay a deposit or the first instalment of fees by the deadline indicated in your email offer will lead to forfeiture of accommodation assignment.
  • Understand your Meal plan fees here.
  • Charges will continue until all assigned keys are returned to the Front Desk and the checkout form is signed.
  • $30 service charge on returned cheques.
  • Late payment fee applies.

Payments Summary

  • Winter Session payments are made in three instalments: upon offer acceptance, late September and early January.
  • Winter Session Term 1 payments are made in two instalments: upon offer acceptance and late September.
  • Winter Session Term 2 payments are due in full upon offer acceptance.
  • Meal plan fees for single terms are due on offer acceptance.
  • Summer fee payments are required in one instalment for students who stay less than 60 days and two instalments for students staying 61 days or longer.

Payment Methods

We recommend EFT and Interac payment options as the quickest and easiest way to pay your Residence and Meal Plan fees.

Bank Transfer/Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT)

If you have an account at a Canadian financial institution, you can pay your residence and meal plan fees through direct debit from your bank account. Log into the Student Service Centre (SSC), click on “Banking Details” and enter your bank’s institution number, transit (bank branch) number, and account number. Once you have entered and saved your banking details, you can pay your fees by selecting “Bank Transfer” under the “Pay Fees” menu. All payments will be applied to your UBC account immediately upon successful transaction and payment information will be forwarded to your financial institution.

Interac® Online

Interac® Online is available via the Student Service Centre (SSC) or via the Student Housing and Community Services (SHCS) Online Service Centre. NOTE: VISA and Mastercard Debit Cards cannot be used to make an Interac payment online at UBC.

Online Banking Bill Payment

Bill payment via online banking is now available for residence and meal plan fees.  Make a bill payment from your Canadian online bank account by adding a Payee “UBC Student Housing and Meal Plan”. Your account number at UBC is your student number. Please allow 3-5 business days for processing. This service is currently available at Scotiabank, HSBC Canada, BMO, RBC, TD Canada Trust, CIBC, and Credit Unions in British Columbia. This will expand to additional Canadian banks in future, so please check back for updates.

International Funds Transfer

UBC uses Western Union Business Solutions, the world’s largest specialist in global business payments, to provide a simple, low-cost method of paying fees in your own currency. Access Western Union International Funds Transfer via the MyFinancial Account via the Student Service Centre (SSC). Instructions can be found under International Funds Transfer at the UBC Student Services website.

NOTE: Payments should be made three days earlier than the due date. Western Union locks in the exchange rate for 72 hours, after which a new exchange rate is applied.

Credit Card (Visa or MasterCard)

Pay by credit card via the Student Housing and Community Services Online Service Centre for:

  • Residence, and Residence meal plan fees
  • Assessment and late fees
  • Early arrival and extension fees

Please note that a non-refundable 2.5% convenience fee will be applied to online credit card payments for the above items. This fee is paid directly to the payment processor, not to UBC.

Please note: The confirmation email will be sent by the payment processor to the email entered by the payee at the time of making a payment. 

We also send a confirmation email to the email associated with a student’s profile, but ours does not include the detailed breakdown (i.e. it will not show the convenience fee). 

You can use your credit card to make fee-free payments online or in person at Student Housing and Community Services for:

  • Residence application fees
  • Residence, and Residence meal plan acceptance deposits
  • Residence room transfer fees
  • Voluntary meal plans