Campus and Academic Resources


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Aboriginal Self-Identification

UBC has developed a wide variety of programs and student services for Aboriginal students, including academic programs, admission policies, housing, and financial awards.

UBC uses the term "Aboriginal" to refer to the Indigenous peoples of Canada, including First Nations, Métis, and Inuit peoples. If you are an Aboriginal person, UBC encourages you to self-identify so that you may benefit from these programs and services. Self-identification is optional.

How to Self-Identify

Students can self-identify as an Aboriginal student when you apply to UBC and through the Student Service Centre/SSC.

SAGE – Supporting Aboriginal Graduate Enhancement

SAGE – Supporting Aboriginal Graduate Enhancement – is a province-wide, inter-institutional, peer-support/faculty-mentoring educational program. The program supports Aboriginal students to make significant educational and social change using research, Indigenous knowledge, and community oriented approaches. Non-Aboriginal graduate students engaged in Indigenous research are also encouraged to participate in SAGE.

Aboriginal Student Resources

Aboriginal Academic Advising

There are many different programs and specializations within the health sciences, each with their own unique challenges and requirements. A faculty's academic advisors help students make sure that they meet their program requirements. Some faculties have specialized advisors that are available to work with Aboriginal students.

The First Nations Longhouse

The First Nations Longhouse is a unique central hub for programming and services for Aboriginal students, the university, and the wider community. It is also a centre for Aboriginal students with study and social spaces, as well as a computer lab. Students can access tutoring, counselling, and many other forms of support, including the expert research help available at the adjacent Xwi7xwa Library.

First Nations House of Learning

Located in the Longhouse, the First Nations House of Learning oversees building activities, helps plan UBC’s Aboriginal initiatives, liaises with Aboriginal Communities and provides a number of student and community development services.

Aboriginal Portal

The Aboriginal Portal is an online resources which provides more information about Aboriginal programs, initiatives, research, and services on UBC’s Vancouver campus.

Aboriginal Centre

The Aboriginal Centre is a home away from home for First Nations, Métis, and Inuit students on UBC’s Okanagan campus.  The centre offers students cultural events and activities, the use of a computer lab, and on-campus resources and services offered through Aboriginal Programs and Services.

Aboriginal Programs & Services

Aboriginal Programs & Services provides culturally appropriate services and support to First Nations, Métis, and Inuit students. Located within the Aboriginal Centre, Aboriginal Programs & Services is committed to enriching the quality of the student experience for Aboriginal students by promoting access, providing capacity building opportunities, and celebrating success.

Kelly Fosbery, Aboriginal Student Advisor, is  available to guide students through their education and connect them with the services that they might need.


Phone: 250.807.8787


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Access and Diversity

UBC is committed to providing support and programming initiatives designed to remove barriers for current and prospective students with permanent or temporary disabilities. Access and Diversity provides leadership on issues of accessibility for people with disabilities at UBC Vancouver. At UBC Okanagan, this service is provided through the Disability Resource Centre.

Students with a disability or ongoing medical condition may apply for various services such as: academic accommodation, exam accommodation, financial support and assistance, academic concession, priority access to housing and transportation, and accessibility on campus. Students who require academic accommodations and support at UBC due to a disability or ongoing medical condition must register with Access and Diversity.

Academic Advising Offices

UBC's Academic Advising Offices provide students with advising on program planning, degree requirements, and other course-related questions. Each Faculty, School, or Department at UBC Vancouver has their own academic advising office which can assist you. At UBC Okanagan this service is provided through  Academic Advising.

Tutoring and Peer Academic Coaching

UBC Vancouver:

The UBC Learning Commons provides tutoring services in a variety of subjects through the AMS Tutoring pavilion at the Chapman Learning Commons. Students can seek tutoring in Math, Physics, Chemistry, Economics, Biology, Engineering, Commerce, Writing, Kinesiology and Land & Food Systems. The Learning Commons also offers Peer Academic Coaching where coaches assist with time management and critical thinking skills, as opposed to subject-specific help. Further tutoring is also offered through AMS Tutoring Services.

UBC Okanagan:

Academic Support at Okanagan Student Services provides tutoring services through the Math and Science Centre (MSC) and the Writing and Research Centre. The UBCSUO also offers a free Tutor Registry Service that provides the names and contact information for tutors in the area.

Koerner Library – Research Commons for Graduate Students (Vancouver)

The Research Commons at the Koerner Library provides several services through their workshop series. These services include: Thesis Formatting (for graduate students), Citation Management, SPSS Statistical Software Support, NVivo Software Support and FIREtalks (a series of research discussions and exchanges run by graduate students for graduate students).

Furthermore, UBC Library provides assistance for Graduate Students through the Ask a Librarian service in branch and online via e-mail and chat. Students may also make an appointment with a subject librarian, who can provide personalized help with your research.

Graduate Student Success Workshops and Events (Okanagan)

Workshops and Events are organised by the College of Graduate Studies and its partners to complement each student’s academic graduate program. This includes thesis formatting, graduate orientation, scholarship writing workshops and several other activities.

Counselling Services

UBC Students may setup an appointment with Counselling Services to help clarify concerns or situations and open up new ways of dealing with them. Counselling services has two locations at the Vancouver campus, one at Brock Hall and the other at the Lower Mall Research Station. Counsellors who have experience working with Aboriginal people are available for Aboriginal students. Aboriginal students can also make appointments for counselling at the First Nations Longhouse. Initial appointments must be made at Brock Hall or the Lower Mall Research Station.

UBC Okanagan Students can make an appointment at Health and Wellness to book an appointment with a counsellor.


UBC provides orientation programs to help you get your university experience off to a great start. Meet new friends and learn about campus services when you visit the First Nations Longhouse for the Open House and Welcome Reception on the Vancouver campus or attend the Aboriginal Student Orientation on the Okanagan campus.


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UBC Residence

Living in a UBC residence makes it easy for students to meet new people, live in a study-oriented atmosphere, get help for academic and personal challenges, and be part of all that UBC and its surrounding neighbourhoods have to offer. Fees and payments will vary depending on what type of room you live in and what size of meal plan you choose. There are extra fees for parking and optional services like cable TV and phone.

Aboriginal Student Priority

Aboriginal students applying to UBC may be eligible for priority access to housing within the university’s residence system. Submit your residence application and all supporting documents to UBC student Housing and Hospitality Services by May 1 and accept your offer of admission to UBC by June 1 for Winter Session Residence. For Year Round Residence, apply by March 1 to be considered for priority access for a May 1 contract start date, including a case-by-case for family housing on UBC’s Vancouver campus.

Integrated Learning Communities ILCs (Okanagan)

Residents on UBC’s Okanagan campus have a unique opportunity to live in a close-knit community with peers who share similar interests. UBC accepts applications for students to live together in Integrated Learning Communities (ILCs). The Indigenous ILC is an enriching, intercultural environment that is co-supportive for Indigenous and non-Indigenous students. Residents have opportunities to connect with the Okanagan people by participating in salmon feasts, learning from Elders, and attending traditional Indigenous celebrations.

UBC Vancouver: More Campus Housing

Additional Housing is available at UBC Vancouver. These housing options are located on campus, but not operated by Student Housing and Hospitality Services.

Property Details
Panhellenic House Furnished quad-style apartments with private bedrooms and shared living spaces for female students. Lease durations vary.
Carey Centre Short and long term student accommodation throughout the year.
St. Andrew’s Hall 93 suites including studios, one bedrooms, four bedrooms, and townhouses. Students only.
Westpoint Luxury rental apartments located in the heart of UBC.
MBA House Graduate student housing for singles and couples.
Granite Terrace Rental apartments.
Greenwood Commons Rental townhouse-style apartments.
University MarketPlace Rental apartments.
Village Gate Homes Rental units for UBC faculty and staff.
Axis 15-storey rental high-rise. Available to students, faculty, campus staff, and employees of businesses located on campus.
Vista Point Rental suites.
Mews Pet-friendly rental suites.

Housing in the Vancouver Region

An alternative to UBC Student Housing is to find housing off-campus in Vancouver. Your U-Pass will cover the costs to take public transit from your home to school. Communities surrounding UBC such as Kitsilano and Dunbar-Southlands are popular nearby options. When signing a lease, read the terms carefully. Tenancy agreements must follow the Residential Tenancy Act of British Columbia.

Please note: the following sites are NOT supported by the university. Use caution when renting a room through any third party sites.

  • Craigslist Vancouver
  • PadMapper
  • Search4StudentHousing
  • UV Rentsline (formerly known as AMS Rentsline)

Okanagan Off Campus Housing

Many students choose to live off campus in neighbourhoods such as Lake Country, Ellison, Glenmore, and Rutland, and often live with other students to reduce costs.

UBC Okanagan is served by BC Transit. All UBC Okanagan students receive a U-Pass, or universal transit pass, giving you unlimited access to local transit services. Buses operate from early morning hours to after midnight.

When looking for housing you might start with the off-campus housing listings in the Student Union offices located on the Lower Level of the University Centre. There following list are some other ways ways to search for an apartment in Kelowna

Please note: the following sites are NOT supported by the university. Use caution when renting a room through any third party sites.

  • Kelowna Daily Courier newspaper classified ads
  • Kijiji Kelowna
  • Rent BC
  • Castanet
  • Craigslist Kelowna
  • Rent Hello Kelowna