Work in Residence Life

It’s more than just a job.

We’re looking for passionate, dedicated, caring UBC students of all ages to join our vibrant team in 2020/21.

Working in Residence Life is a valuable way to build important leadership skills, help other students succeed socially and academically, and earn income during the school year.

Residence Life staff inspire communities, plan events, lend an ear when needed, and—most importantly—help create lifelong memories for residents and themselves.

To be an RA is to give back to a community. – Toby Collis-Handford, Residence Advisor, Similkameen

I am constantly challenged with different experiences and there has not been a day where I don’t learn something new. – Abril Larsen, Residence Advisor, Nicola

One of the most rewarding parts of being an RA is encouraging students to develop strong, positive friendships that help create an amazing community feeling. – Becky Chappell-Moss, Residence Advisor, Valhalla

The individuals I met through residence life not only supported and encouraged me in my Senior RA role, they helped me succeed personally and academically as well. – Katherine Peterson, Senior Residence Advisor, Monashee

I returned to this role for the lasting relationships I created with my team and residents. Plus, the advisor role is one that continuously challenges you to see your true potential and bring out your greatest strengths. – Khisrow Hazhir, Residence Advisor, Purcell

Types of jobs

(Applications open on November 25, 2019)

Job title Experience level Application deadline
Residence Advisor (RA) No experience required January 19, 2020
Returning Residence Advisor (RA) Residence work experience required January 16, 2020
Senior Advisor Residence work experience required January 16, 2020
Program Resource Advisor (PRA) Residence work experience required January 16, 2020

Recruitment calendar


When What’s happening
Monday, November 25 Applications open
Tuesday, November 26 Residence Life Hiring Information Night – Arts 103 at 6pm
Thursday, January 9 Residence Life Hiring Information Night – EME 2141 at 6pm
Wednesday, January 15 Residence Life Hiring Information Night – ASC 130 at 6pm
Sunday, January 19 Last day to apply! (Application is open until 11:59pm)
January 20-24 Interviews for returning applicants
Sunday, January 26 Carousel interviews for new applicants
February 4-6 Second round interviews for new applicants
Mid-February Hiring decisions made, candidates notified

Applications open on November 25, 2019


Can commuter students apply?
Of course. We accept applications from all UBC students.
I'm here on a student visa. Can I apply?
Yes. If selected for a position, you will need a Canadian Social Insurance Number (SIN).
What should I include in my application?
We are looking for information about your past work and volunteer experience.
Do applicants also need to apply to live in residence?
Successful candidates who accept a job will need to apply to live in residence.
Do I need to be available for both fall and winter terms? What if I’m planning a co-op or exchange term?
You should still apply! Please let us know your plans and we can discuss your availability during the interview process.
What is a carousel Interview?
It’s a group interview for roughly 10 applicants. Tasks and assignments will be completed together.
What happens at the second round Interview?
The second round interview is a formal interview with the Residence Life Managers.
If I’m hired, can I choose my own residence assignment?
We will consider your preferences, but RA assignments are made based on a broad set of criteria including skill set and experience.
If I’m hired, when will I know my residence/job assignment?
Hiring decisions will be made in mid- to late-February.
If I am not selected as an RA, how do I apply to live in residence?
Please apply to live in residence on our website.
What is the time commitment for a Residence Advisor?
The time commitment varies week to week, but on average you can expect to spend 12-20 hours per week on your RA duties.
Can I hold another job on or off campus while I am a Residence Advisor?
All other on or off campus commitments need to be approved by the Residence Life management team.
What if I can't make staff training at the end of August because I have a summer job or other conflict?
The two-week orientation at the end of August is mandatory and is crucial to your success in the position. Unfortunately, we are not able to make accommodations if you are not available for the orientation.
If I am offered a position, will I have opportunities to take vacation time or return home?
Residence Advisors are able to take a specified amount of vacation time during the year. All vacation requests must be approved in advance by the Residence Life management team.

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