Prospective Students

UBCO residence.

“Living in residence is an all-around awesome experience. I wouldn’t want anyone going to university to miss out on this.”—UBCO resident

Welcome prospective undergraduates—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 Place—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.

New residence construction
UBC Okanagan is growing! The new Skeena Residence & Nechako Housing Commons are being built near Kalamalka, Nicola and Purcell residences, the Commons Field, and the University Centre. There will be moderate construction noise, along with pedestrian and vehicle traffic disruptions in the area. LEARN MORE >


Because we believe that living in residence is an important and meaningful way to spend your university years, most prospective undergraduates—domestic and international—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.

Meal plans

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

“You get to know people really well and build special connections.”—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 moment’s notice. Residence Advisors—current UBC students—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 Living 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

  1. Prospective undergraduates—there is an option to open a residence application when you apply for UBC.
  2. All students—Apply directly with Student Housing and Hospitality Services.

Before you apply, review essential application facts and important dates to ensure your application to live in residence is submitted properly and on time.

We look forward to seeing you on campus in Kelowna!