Staying During Winter Break

Our campus community becomes much quieter over the Winter Break (December 24th – January 3rd); you’ll see only a few people walking through the hallways or laneways, a handful of individuals in common rooms or spaces, and many areas normally bustling with activity looking a fair amount slower than usual. 

We have therefore placed a number of supports in place to ensure your safety and security. Since you are among those staying in residence throughout the Winter Break, it is important you fully read and understand the information we’ve provided to you here and follow the processes we’ve put in place for you. 


Important Numbers

  • Winter Advisor On Call: 250-317-9064 | | Available 8:00 PM – 8:00 AM all days 
  • Residence Life Staff: 250-317-9064 | | Emergencies
  • Campus Security: 250-807-8111 (emergency) | 250-807-9236 (non-emergency) | Available 24/7
  • Housing Office: 250-807-8050 | Closed December 24 – January 2,  check office hours here 


Keeping Us Informed

To ensure your safety and security throughout the Winter Break, we will have Residence Advisors available each day in case of emergencies or if you have any questions throughout the break. It is required that you:

  1. Check in with the Residence Advisor (minimum of 2 times)
    • The Advisors will want to connect with you at least twice over the Winter Break to make sure you’re doing well and to see if you have any questions or concerns.
    • To contact the Advisors:
      1. Call: 250-317-9064
      2. Email:
    • If they haven’t heard from you, they will pop by your rooms on rounds
  2. Notify the Residence Advisors if you’re away from residence for any extended periods
    • This is so we know you’re not going to be around and aren’t worried when the Advisors haven’t heard from you
    • Please send an email with the dates you’ll be away to

Please remember that there are relatively few people on the campus, so we want to ensure you have a safe and enjoyable Winter Break.


Winter Break Programming

Over the course of the Winter Break, International Programs and Services run a host of events that you are welcome to participate in.

Want to have some fun, stay connected and enjoy some free food over the holidays? Check out what UBC has planned for you over the Winter Break.

Activities may include:

  • Movie Nights
  • Virtual Games
  • Paint Nights
  • Holiday card making
  • Wellness Wednesdays
  • Virtual Art Hive

We’d love to have you attend! Please share this invitation with other UBC students who are around campus over the break.


How do I access these events?

Our Residence Advisors will be running daily events at 8:00 PM from December 22nd to January 2nd. These can range from a casual chat with some other residents who are here over the break to an online game or movie night. To take part in these events, please feel free to join the following Zoom meeting:    


IPS Events

Meeting link:

Meeting ID: 321 123 7788

Passcode: 1234


Dec 21:  Among Us Game Night

Dec 23:  Cooking Night

Dec 27:  Movie Night

Dec 28:  Among Us Game Night

Dec 30:  Vision Board Party

Jan 5:  Among Us Game Night

Jan 6:  Wellness Wednesday Drop In


Residence Life Nightly Drop In

Our Residence Advisors will be running daily events at 8:00 PM from December 22nd to January 2nd. These can range from a casual chat with some other residents who are here over the break to an online game or movie night. To take part in these events, please feel free to join the following Zoom meeting:

Meeting link:

Meeting ID: 624 1102 4904

Passcode: 702448


Questions? Email:


Services On Campus

There are limited services available to you over the Winter Break.  The Nicola Housing Office will be closed from 12:00 PM (noon) of Tuesday, December 24th and will remain closed until 8:30 AM on Thursday, January 2nd.  Should you need assistance during this period, please contact the Winter Residence Advisors (250-317-9064).

The Winter Advisors will be On Call 24hrs/day for the entire Winter Break beginning Thursday, December 24th at 12:00 pm (noon). Should you have any questions or concerns, they will be your first point of contact. They will be able to assist you with:

·         Any emergency situations

·         Being locked out of your unit

·         Key cards/keys not working

·         General questions or concerns

·         A friendly chat

The Winter Advisors will complete rounds of residence daily, and will need you to check in with them a minimum of two times during the break.  Security is also always available should you need their services. You can reach their emergency number at 250-807-8111 or the non-emergency number at 250-807-9236.


UBC Bookstore

Get your textbooks early!

The UBC Bookstore will be closing for the break on Tuesday, December 24th at 4:30 PM and re-opening on Thursday, January 2nd at 9:00 AM. 

Beat the rush and shop online. 



Delivery Food Options:

Grocery Deliveries

If you have access to an equipped kitchen and plan on making your own meals, consider ordering groceries online for delivery to your door. A popular and near-by option is Save-On-Foods (select “Kelowna” and “UBC” when ordering). We recommend you order well in advance of your preferred delivered date. Take a look at the blog post below for advice on what to cook.

Meal Deliveries

Skip the Dishes has a huge variety of restaurants (including fast-food and local restaurants) that deliver to campus. 

Meal Kits

Popular Meal Kit delivery services (requires equipped kitchen) include:

These links may also be useful: meal kit reviews, comparisons and discounts.


Campus Food Services:

  • All Food Services locations will be closed as of 1:00 PM on December 24, and will remain closed until Jan. 2
  • Jan 3: Sunshine back to normal operating hours (8 am – 10 pm daily)
  • Jan 4: Comma & Tim Hortons (Library location) back to normal operating hours (Comma: 7:30 am – 5 pm, Mon-Fri / Tim Hortons: 7 am – 4 pm Mon-Fri)
  • To see all hours for the various locations, please visit Food Services.