COVID-19 Residence Rules

Last updated: Tuesday, July 28 at 2:30 pm.

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.

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 government authorities, including Provincial Health Authorities, the Provincial Health Officer, and WorkSafe BC (“Public Health Authorities”) and other best practices.

These rules are in place to help maintain the health and safety of yourself and others in the residence community. You must 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 and / or 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. 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.


  1. Each resident must assess themselves daily for COVID-19 symptoms. A list of COVID-19 symptoms can be found on the BC COVID-19 self-assessment tool or Support App.


  1. 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 at 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.


  1. 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.


  1. 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.


  1. 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. If required to self-isolate, a resident in a shared unit must immediately notify a Residence Life Manager. 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 (additional fees applicable), as well as referrals to other resources. More information is available at


  1. When Self-Isolating (see our self-isolation page here):
  • A resident must adhere to the direction provided by the British Columbia Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) :
  • A resident must stay inside their self-isolation accommodation; the only exceptions are outlined by the BCCDC:
  • 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 is not permitted to have guests.


  1. Public Health Authorities have not prohibited hosting a guest, and if it is permitted by your residence contract you may host a guest. Prior to hosting a guest in shared accommodation you must consult with your roommate(s). If requested to do so by your roommate, you must host your guest in your private room rather than the common areas of your shared   You are responsible for ensuring your guest follows these Student Housing Covid-19 Rules.


  1. There may be some residence activities or areas where residents and guests must wear a face covering or other personal protective equipment, or follow other requirements, to be present or participate. Residents will be advised when required to so by staff or posted signage.


  1. 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.