UBCO Student Housing COVID-19 FAQs

Last updated: December, 2022

Along with UBC, Student Housing has implemented plans to provide the best possible accommodation for our residents given COVID-19 challenges and governmental mandates.

This page contains useful FAQs and resources .

If you are travelling to Canada please visit UBC’s Travelling to Canada During COVID-19 web page for important resources and updates. For more information, visit UBC Okanagan’s Returning to Campus page.


I am moving to UBCO from outside of Canada. What do I need to know?

If you are travelling to Canada please visit UBC’s Travelling to Canada During COVID-19 web page for important resources and updates.

Where can I find more information about student supports?
Where do I need to wear a mask in residence?

UBC students, staff, faculty and visitors are not required to wear face covering when in indoor building common spaces.

Do students need to be vaccinated to live in residence?

The Provincial Health Officer of British Columbia has lifted the proof of vaccination requirement for students living in residence. See more here.

Can I access a COVID-19 vaccination at UBC?

Free COVID-19 vaccination clinics are occasionally available on campus, and we will advertise these when they become available. Please note that you do not need a BC Personal Health Number, a BC Services Card or to be enrolled in BC’s Medical Services Plan to receive a vaccine.

If I'm feeling sick, what should I do?

If you are feeling ill, stay home and rest. If you require any other supports, contact the Student Housing Front Desk.

What other preventative measures can I take?

The advice from health agencies is:

  • Be fully vaccinated before you arrive to campus or as soon as you are able after arrival. Wash your hands frequently for at least 20 seconds using soap and water.
  • If a sink is not available, 60-90% alcohol-based hand rubs (hand sanitizer) can be used to clean hands if they are not visibly soiled. If they are visibly soiled, you can use an alcohol-based disposable hand wipe to remove the dirt and then use an alcohol-based hand rub.
  • Do not touch your eyes/nose/mouth with unwashed hands.
  • When you sneeze or cough, cover your mouth and nose with a disposable tissue or the crease of your elbow and then wash your hands.
  • Stay home when you are ill to avoid spreading the illness to others.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick with an infection.
  • If you are ill, have flu symptoms like a fever or cough, you should stay home.


Please do not hesitate to reach out to our office and we can direct you to supports.

If you’re facing financial hardship or have questions around your finances, speak to our student services department.

We also understand this is a challenging time for many and we are here to help.

Please check this page regularly for important updates. We also encourage you to stay up-to-date at www.ubc.ca where you will find FAQs with additional resources and information.