UBC is located in Vancouver, British Columbia, which due to its mild, temperate climate and the picturesque surrounding landscape, is regarded as one of the best places to live in the world.UBC campus is located less than 30 minutes from the center of downtown Vancouver, and is partly surrounded by the 763-hectare Pacific Spirit Regional Park.
Vancouver is not only right next to the Pacific Ocean, with many popular beaches and attractions, but is also just a couple of hours drive away from the world-renowned Whistler / Blackcomb Ski Resort, the site of the 2010 Olympic Games.
2010 Olympics in Vancouver
UBC offers a variety of amenities to make campus a comfortable place for both commuter students and those who live on campus.
There’s a wide selection of food services for students, including restaurants and fast food in the University Village, student-run businesses in the Student Union Building (SUB), and Food Services locations all over campus.
There are also quite a few stores and businesses on campus, including several grocery stores, two gyms, pharmacies, a post office in the SUB, and the UBC Bookstore.
For entertainment, there are many popular coffee shops, bars and restaurants where students can meet, and plenty of recreational facilities as well.
The Norm Theatre in the SUB shows recent movies, and has fairly low priced rates for students.
The UBC Aquatic Centre has an Olympic-sized pool, and there’s also the War Memorial Gym, Thunderbird Stadium, and the various activities available at the Student Recreational Centre.On sunny days, there’s the nearby Spanish Banks beach, with free parking and lifeguards on duty in the summertime, and trails for walking, running, or biking in the huge Pacific Spirit Regional Park.
Attractions in UBC
The Alma Mater Society of UBC provides many student services, including a variety of resources for common student needs, the U-Pass for cheap transit, funding for students in need of financial aid and clubs and societies
Along with the host of services provided by the Alma Mater Society, UBC itself also offers many useful student services, such as free wireless internet all over campus, free web-based email and many awards and financial support programs, just to name a few.
Many of the faculties in UBC offer co-op programs, international exchanges, volunteering programs, and ways for students to get involved in research.
UBC provides free counseling services for students, with professional counselors, psychologists and a 24-hour help line.There are also many educational and studying resources such as workshops, tutoring, and the First Nations House of Learning, which provides support for UBC’s Aboriginal students.
The university has the second-largest research library in Canada, and a great library system housed mainly in two buildings, the Koerner Library and Irving K.
Barber Learning Centre.
Student Service Centre
Wireless Internet on Campus
The Alma Mater Society (AMS) serves as the center of UBC’s student government, and is controlled by the AMS Council, a group of elected student representatives.
They decide how to allocate the over eight million dollar budget to its many student services and programs.
All UBC students become members of the AMS by paying student fees, and are thus entitled to vote in elections and referenda, and use the many services it offers.
The AMS represents over 44,000 UBC students, and operates a wide range of programs including student services, student businesses, resource groups and clubs.
UBC Student Services
AMS Student Government
UBC has outstanding child care services that are heavily subsidized by the university and are a model for other programs in the province.
UBC Child Care offers 17 programs that serve more than 400 families in the university.
Standardized and high quality day care has been active in UBC since 1967, and the university has been improving and expanding its programs ever since.
The university subsidizes the cost of funding daycare services by about $1500 per child, with the remainder coming from government funding and fees.
Child Care Fees
University Hill Elementary School
Last reviewed 12/15/2009 10:29:36 AM