Staying During Winter Break

Our campus community becomes much quieter over the Winter Break (December 24th – January 5th); 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 24/7
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 Night
  • Cosmic Bowling
  • Big White
  • Christmas Dinner
  • Cooking Night
  • Curling

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

Register by December 11!


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 19th 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.

Winter Cleaning & Maintenance

Common Lounge Fridges

All fridges in common areas will be cleaned out between December 19-22 and any items that are not labeled with a pink sticker will be disposed of; please ensure that you label your items. Pink stickers are available at the Nicola front desk.


Dec 19 – Cassiar, Simi

Dec 20 – Nicola

Dec 21 – Purcell, Valhalla

Dec 22 – Kalamalka

Carpet Cleaning

Also note that carpets will be cleaned in common areas (entrances, halls, and lounges) of the residence buildings during the Winter Break.


Dec 19 – Monashee

Dec 20 – Valhalla

Dec 23 – Kalamalka

Dec 24 – Simi

Dec 27 – Nicola

Dec 28 – Cassiar

Dec 30 – Purcell

Laundry Room Deep Cleans

Each laundry room will be closed for a day during the break so a deep clean can be performed.


Dec 20 – Valhalla

Dec 21 – Purcell

Dec 22 – Kalamalka

Dec 23 – Upper Cascades

Dec 27 – Lower Cascades

Dec 28 – Cassiar

Dec 29 – Nicola

*Schedules are posted for your information but are subject to change.


Holiday Bus Schedule:

For more schedule information:

Delivery Food Options:

Skip the Dishes lists a variety of restaurants that deliver to campus.

Campus Food Services:

  • Beginning Saturday, December 14th locations will begin to see reduced hours and close in the lead up to the holiday season.
  • All Food Services locations will be closed as of 1:00 PM on December 24, and some will reopen beginning January 2.
  • To see all hours for the various locations, please visit Food Services.