â€śLiving in residence is an all-around awesome experience. I wouldnâ€™t want anyone going to university to miss out on this.â€ťâ€”UBCO resident
Welcome prospective undergraduatesâ€”domestic and international!
Living in residence makes it easy for you to meet new people, live in a study-oriented atmosphere, get help for academic and personal challenges, and be part of all that UBC and its surrounding neighbourhoods have to offer.
Year after year students tell us that living in residence helped them become better learners and make lasting friendships.
Student Housing and Hospitality Services oversees nine residence areas at the Okanagan campus. Most first year undergraduate students are placed in Cassiar, Nicola, Purcell, Kalamalka, Valhalla, Nechako, Skeena, or Similkameen Placeâ€”residences with single furnished rooms, vibrant common areas for snacking and socializing, and plenty of space for quiet study time. Based on availability, some new students will be assigned to suite-style residences at Monashee Place or Lower/Upper Cascades where upper year students and some graduate students also live.
Because we believe that living in residence is an important and meaningful way to spend your university years, most prospective undergraduatesâ€”domestic and internationalâ€”will qualify for a guaranteed room in residence for the Winter Session. A spot in residence is not guaranteed if you do not meet the requirements, but you can still apply.
Never worry about cooking or cleaning dirty dishes! Students assigned to rooms at Cassiar, Kalamalka, Nicola, Purcell, Valhalla, Skeena, Nechako, and Similkameen Place purchase a convenient meal plan, valid at more than 12 campus food spots and partner locations in Kelowna. Meal plan fees vary depending on the size of the plan you choose: the more you plan to eat, the more you will pay. Students living in suite-style residences at Lower/Upper Cascades and Monashee Place can purchase an optional meal plan for added convenience and savings.
Fun & support
â€śYou get to know people really well and build special connections.â€ťâ€”UBCO resident
No matter which residence you live in, you will be part of a safe, supportive environment designed to help you pursue your academic goals and enjoy your time as a student. Our Residence Life teams are among the best-connected people at the university. UBC Okanagan employs three full-time professional Residence Life Managers who are available to students at momentâ€™s notice. Residence Advisorsâ€”current UBC studentsâ€”are plugged into the resources and support services available in residence and around campus, including health and wellness and safety programs. RAs spend countless hours organizing fun opportunities to get involved.
Living Learning Communities
Live among peers who share the same interests. UBCO residents can apply to live near other students in residence in LivingÂ Learning Communities. Each community is made up of like-minded students and paired with a faculty or staff member who dedicates extra time and resources throughout the academic year to providing extra-curricular programs and educational opportunities tailored to each group.
Fees will vary depending on what type of room you live and meal plan size. Payments are spread over the eight-month academic year. Internet is included in residence fees. There are extra fees for parking and optional cable and telephone landline service.
How to apply
- Prospective undergraduatesâ€”there is an option to open a residence application when you apply for UBC.
- All studentsâ€”Apply directly with Student Housing and Hospitality Services.
We look forward to seeing you on campus in Kelowna!