COVID-19 Residence Rules

If you are arriving from outside of Canada, whether returning to campus or moving in for the first time, the Canadian Government requires you to quarantine (self-isolate) for 14 days and to self-monitor for symptoms. You cannot self-isolate in a shared unit. UBCO is offering a variety of self-isolation accommodation packages to those who need to self-isolate after arriving in Canada.

Last updated: December 23, 2020.

Along with UBC, Student Housing has implemented plans to provide the best possible accommodation for our residents given COVID-19 challenges and the fact that most classes will be held online during fall 2020. Health and safety remains our first priority and we continue to work closely with the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills and Training and with other post-secondary institutions within BC to ensure our plans are aligned with health and safety guidelines.

Our Provincial Health Officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry, has announced an extension of a current province wide Public Health Order (PHO). The order is in effect from November 19, 2020 at midnight to January 8, 2021 at midnight. In response to the growing number of COVID-19 cases across British Columbia, this Order seeks to limit contacts and behaviours that have perpetuated the spread of COVID-19. More information on what this PHO means for UBCO residence can be found here.

Please review the following rules to help you understand what is required of you—to help keep our community healthy.

COVID-19 residence rules

The following rules are in effect in the Student Residences managed by UBC Student Housing and Community Services and apply on the residential property as defined in the Residence contract applicable to your residence area.  The boundaries of each residence property can be found here.

Additional campus-wide rules that govern conduct elsewhere on UBC Premises are found here, and apply to you when not on residential property.

During the COVID-19 emergency, Student Housing and Community Services will be following health and safety measures required of it by Federal and Provincial government authorities, including the and other emerging and leading practices.

Employees of UBC Student Housing and Community Services, guest speakers and other third party service providers are not governed by these COVID-19 residence rules but are governed by a different sets of COVID-19 Rules which are compliant with the guidelines of Public Health Authorities and may differ from those that apply to residents.

These rules are in place to help maintain the health and safety of yourself and others in the residence community. It is important that you comply with these rules and stay informed of any changes in these rules in order to minimize the potential spread of COVID-19. Failure to follow these rules may result in residence standards action up to an including termination of your residence contract and eviction from residence.

Services, amenities and rules may need to be adjusted on an ongoing basis, often on short notice, to respond to developing circumstances.

1. When to Self-Quarantine. As required by the Government of Canada, persons who are entering or re-entering Canada are required to quarantine (self-isolate) for 14 days. A resident moving into or returning to a shared unit (any space that shares a washroom and/or kitchen with another student) must self-isolate for 14 days in a different, private space before moving into or returning to their shared unit. The resident must make separate accommodation arrangements for this period. Information regarding some options for quarantine (self-isolation) accommodation on and off campus is available here.
2. Understanding Symptoms. Each resident must assess themselves daily for COVID-19 symptoms. A list of COVID-19 symptoms can be found through the BC Centre for Disease Control here.
3. Self-Assessing. A resident who is ill or believes they have COVID-19 symptoms or exposure to COVID-19 must complete the BC COVID-19 self-assessment tool or through the BC COVID-19 Support App for their iOS or Android device. Residents must follow any instructions provided by BC self-assessment tool or Support App.
4. Getting Tested. If the BC self-assessment tool, the BC COVID-19 Support App or a health professional recommends that a resident get tested for COVID-19, or self-isolate, they must do so immediately. Testing is available at the locations indicated on the British Columbia COVID-19 Collection Centres webpage.
5. When to Self-Isolate. A resident with a positive COVID-19 diagnosis will be required to self-isolate for as long as recommended by a healthcare professional. Additional information regarding self-isolation requirements is available here
6. Self-Isolating on Campus. Self-Isolating on Campus: A resident cannot self-isolate in a shared unit in residence. This includes any space that shares a washroom and/or kitchen with another student but excludes student family housing, a studio or one-bedroom unit. If required to self-isolate, a resident in a shared unit must immediately notify a Residence Life Manager. (The Residence Life Manager can also be contacted by speaking with the Residence Front Desk.) The resident must make separate accommodation arrangements for this period. A Residence Life Manager can assist with on-campus self-isolation accommodation and food options, as well as referrals to other resources. More information is available at on our Self-Isolation Page.
7. Self-Isolating Rules for Students. 

  • A resident who is self-isolating because they travelled to Canada from abroad must adhere to the direction provided by the Government of Canada.
  • A resident who has been requested to self-isolate by provincial health authorities must adhere to the direction provided by the British Columbia Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC). Residents must stay inside their self-isolation accommodation; the only exceptions are outlined by the BCCDC.
  • While in self-isolation, a resident is prohibited from accessing or using shared residence facilities, including but not limited to laundry rooms, front desk, fitness rooms, study spaces, etc.
  • A resident who has to open the door of their self-isolation accommodation (e.g. to retrieve groceries or meals) must wash their hands immediately before doing so, and wear a face covering at all times. Maintain two metres distance and avoid physical contact with others.
  • A resident in self-quarantine is not permitted to have guests.
8. Hosting guests. Provided that a guest is in your core bubble, healthy residents who live alone are permitted to host a maximum of one guest in their residence unit. You are responsible for ensuring your guest follows these Student Housing COVID-19 Rules. Residents in shared accommodation are not currently permitted to host guests under the most recent PHO.
9. Following Signage. Residents and guests must follow relevant signage and floor markings. Examples include but are not limited to occupancy limits, amenity space closures, and requirement to wear face a face covering or other personal protective equipment. For more info visit our COVID-19 FAQ page.
10. Wearing Masks. Consistent with UBC mask wearing rules, residents, their guests and other visitors must wear an appropriate mask (defined below) when inside buildings on residence property unless:

i. they are inside their private residence unit, including shared apartments, townhouses and connected single rooms.

ii. they are elsewhere on residence property and are the sole occupant of an enclosed room;

iii. one of the exceptions in section 11 (below) applies;

An appropriate mask must have two layers of tightly woven fabric (cotton or linen), or be a commercially produced disposable non-medical mask, and securely fit, without gaping, over the nose and mouth with ties or ear loops.  For more information on appropriate masks please see

11. Exceptions to Rule 10. The following are exceptions to the requirements in section 10:

  • Persons consuming food or beverages while seated in residence dining facilities in seating areas designated for consuming food or beverages;
  • Children in Grade 5 or younger;
  • Persons with a medical condition, including breathing or cognitive difficulties, or a disability, that prevents them from wearing a mask or renders them unable to put on or remove a mask without the assistance of another person;
  • Where communication with a person requires that a person to be able to see the speaker’s mouth;
  • While assisting with a health or safety emergency;
  • Persons who has been granted an exception in writing by the Associate Director, Residence Life, in consultation with UBCO Health, Safety and Environment.

For more info visit our COVID-19 FAQ page.