College Freshman 2013-11-05T00:37:46Z
It is an extremely diverse and tolerant university. Canada itself is one of the most open minded countries in the world. There are students from every corner of the globe here, and international students actually make up the majority of the student body. It's not so much that there is any sort of active policy of acceptance as much as there is an apathy towards difference. No one really cares that much about someones background as much as they do about the individual person. If you're cool, then you'll be accepted, if you're a dick, you won't. The culture as a whole is very liberal, and you are very unlikely to run into any sort of cultural prejudice here, except against prejudice. If you express racist, sexist, or homophobic ideals you will likely be attacked for them.
College Freshman 2013-11-05T00:30:50Z
You're allowed to drink in the dorms. Both in your own room and in the floor lounges. They tend to be most strict when it comes to noise violations after quiet hours, which start at 9 pm on weekdays and 1 am on weekends. However they generally issue a warning before actually taking any sort of action. They don't actively search for drug use, but if you're obviously in possession you'll get in trouble. If you really want to smoke up just do it outside of residence, or in the Amsterdam Cafe downtown. The RCMP branch on campus is largely concerned with protection and won't really hassle you unless you're belligerently drunk and walking around with open liquor. Officially, you're not allowed to have someone stay over in your dorm more than five nights a month, but there is no actual policy for checking in on this. Anyone you let into the building is considered your guest and you are responsible for their actions, so if they break a window or something it's on you. Overall, if you're not bothering anyone, you won't get bothered and the RAs are generally very helpful and friendly.
College Freshman 2013-11-05T00:23:15Z
Vancouver is an incredible city. UBC, although somewhat isolated from the city itself, is still very close, and it is not at all hard to get around using only public transportation. The adjacent Kitsilano district contains some amazing dining in almost any style you could want. Downtown has even more options for dining, there are also many places for good shopping and incredible bars and clubs. In terms of sports Vancouver hosts the Vancouver Canucks, the BC Whitecaps, and the BC Lions, all of which are great games to watch. There are a host of parks, beaches, and great hikes, including Stanley Park, Pacific Spirit (Directly adjacent to UBC), nearby Grouse Mountain, and the world famous Whistler Blackcomb ski destination a short bus ride north. The local residents tend to be very friendly towards students, and you'll often find families from the city on campus going to the beachs or the Museum of Anthropology.
College Freshman 2013-11-05T00:13:46Z
The campus housing can be very hit and miss, especially for first year. The newer buildings in Totem Park are quite nice, with only two people to a bathroom and single occupancy dorm rooms. The other houses however are not quite so nice, having been built in the 60s, and kind of smell funny. In terms of the actual application, it's very straightforward. There is a great sense of community as well and it is very easy to make friends in the dorms.
College Freshman 2013-11-04T23:05:16Z
Health & Safety:
I feel incredibly safe on Campus, police and security are often nearby, and you very much get the sense that they are there to protect you, not to bust you. There has, recently, been an issue with one individual committing a number of sexual assaults, but the university has provided a large number of services, including safewalk, rezwalk, a number of student organized services to ensure that no one walks alone, and campus security has made itself available to drive you home if you need it. Overall the campus is extremely safe, though it's always a good idea to walk in groups, regardless of where you are.
College Freshman 2013-11-04T23:00:38Z
Alcohol usage is heavy, but not abusive. The drinking age is 19 and there is a liquor store on Campus, so access is not an issue, and would be unlimited if the liquor store didn't close at 9. The university, like most of Canada, has a significant drinking culture. I know almost no one who doesn't drink at all, though there are various levels of alcohol consumption. Myself and most of my friends are very heavy drinkers, however we know many people who aren't and don't think any less of them for it. I rarely see anyone pressured to drink, and if they are being pressured it's because they're already drinking and someone wants them to try a new drink. It's always light hearted though and no one will ever experience social rejection for refusing to drink.
In terms of drugs on campus, marijuana use is prevalent, as it is in most of BC, a province known internationally for it's excellent cannabis. Although it is against the rules to possess and use cannabis in residence, there seems to be a sort of, what I don't know can't hurt you, policy. That is, they do not actively search for anyone using or possessing weed, but if you're dumb about it and, for example, smoke in your room, or store large amounts of it out in the open so that your entire hall smells, then yeah, you're going to get busted. But since there are places like the Amsterdam Cafe where one may legally smoke, they won't get you in any trouble for coming back to rez smelling like smoke/obviously high, provided you're not in possession. Overall marijuana use is not incredibly visible, and if you don't want it, it's not going to come looking for you. Other drugs aren't commonly available at on-campus parties, but there is a fairly large drug scene in downtown Vancouver. If you go clubbing you are highly likely to be offered ecstasy or some similarly effective research chemical. Hallucinogens are also widely available, as some are actually legal in Canada and sold openly in certain stores. There isn't a terribly big scene for any of this active on Campus, but it's no big secret that people go downtown and do it. Again, it's not a scene you're likely to run into if you don't look for it, and it's not a part of campus life at all.
College Freshman 2013-11-04T22:45:35Z
The professors and TAs are nothing but helpful. Some professors actually take a personal in your success. I highly recommend enrolling in one of the first year programs, like the CAP. There are plenty of systems in place to help you out. The workload can be pretty intense at times, especially towards the end of the semester, but it's also very rewarding and you get a lot of feedback from either your professors or TAs.
College Freshman 2013-11-04T22:45:35Z
Every professor I've had holds a doctorate and has significant teaching experience. One of them came here directly from teaching at Harvard. Most of them are very dedicated to their work, and project the sense that they actually care about their students success.
College Freshman 2013-11-04T22:39:47Z
It's Vancouver. If you're into it, we've got it. You want to do body shots off strippers until 3 in the morning? Yeah, go for it. You want a place where you can legally smoke weed? We've got that too. You want to hang out, drink beer, and eat fried things while listening to metal in a dive bar? We got that. Campus is somewhat separated from downtown, but it's just a bus ride away to get to one of the more varied nightlifes in North America. There are also a variety of incredible restaurants that range from the exorbitantly expensive, to surprisingly affordable. Very few university students will be able to actually get drunk off bought drinks at a night club with any frequency, so I would highly recommend pre-drinking. If you're underage, the clubs aren't really an option, but the drinking age here is 19, so you likely won't have to wait that long. Odds are you will meet at least one person who is 19, and drinking in the dorms is all but actively encouraged. You're not supposed to have huge parties, but they tend to sort of happen anyway. In the residences every floor has a "Floor Lounge" which is a large room that has a lot of couches and tables and a t.v. and a sink and a fridge and such. These tend to host some fairly impressive parties if you have a good floor. If not, every floor has one, grab some booze and go on a party quest. Also, don't go to the frats. They suck. They are sweaty, and contain hordes of horny guys going for about six girls, most of whom are already with someone. No one wins at the frat parties, no one. They also charge way too much for beer.
College Freshman 2013-11-04T22:28:58Z
There are really two categories of on-campus dining. In rez and out of rez. In rez, the cafe options range from suitably average to shockingly bad. Do not eat the plastic box sushi. It will hurt you. They do have a good selection of french fruits and the pastries, especially the cinnamon buns, are quite good. The prepared food, however, is extremely hit and miss. The late night convenience stores in rez will devour your money with alarming speed.
Out of rez, the dining is actually quite decent. With a good variety of food options in the SUB, including Starbucks, Subway(Which has the most belligerent Subway ladies ever) A&W, Bernouli's Bagels, Blue chip cookies, and The Honor Roll Sushi. There is also a new food truck driving around campus which has excellent hot sandwiches. There are also two Tim Horton's on campus and a liquor licensed Triple O's. There are also the slightly higher end Point Grill and Sage restaurants, and a new "gourmet" pizza shop that just opened up. Overall, if you don't mind a hike, there are very decent dining options.
College Freshman 2013-11-04T22:20:03Z
The SUB is currently in the middle of being replaced, and is looking to have some incredible facilities. The bookstore is also currently under renovation The university is, overall, incredibly modern, due partially to the never ending construction of new facilities. Both the Koerner Library and Irving K. Barber Learning Center provide very up to date services, as well as excellent study spaces. There are some truly massive green spaces both on campus and in the immediate vicinity, including the breathtaking Pacific Spirit Park and the serene Nitobe Memorial Garden, which is a great place to study if it's not raining.
College Freshman 2013-11-04T22:13:30Z
Guys & Girls:
Overall there are a lot of great people at this university, with a very international culture that is very accepting. Regardless of where you are from you will find other people with a similar background and/or similar interests. There are also a lot of very attractive people here.
College Freshman 2013-11-04T22:11:12Z
It's Raincouver. One does not move to Canada expecting it do be warm and sunny. That being said, it is one of the most temperate climates in the country, and some days can be spectacular. Even when it's raining it is still possible to go out and do things. Although there can be slight flooding problems from time to time. The weather is mild enough that it shouldn't be a factor in whether or not you decide to come to the university.
College Freshman 2013-09-15T16:11:51Z
Greek life is seen as only being there for the parties they throw and compared to the school's size, not many people are in a fraternity. Frat parties are only fun if you go there wasted.
College Freshman 2013-09-15T16:10:04Z
The campus security and police are extremely lenient, they will not bother you if you respect them. The only thing they care about is the noise levels.
College Freshman 2013-09-15T16:07:13Z
The professors here are amazing, 99% of them have earned the highest degree in their field. All of my classes are very engaging, even if the class sizes are huge in some cases, professors do reach out to their students and if not, their TAs do.
College Senior 2013-08-11T20:03:08Z
The professors are generally of a very high caliber and very important research is conducted here. Students are generally very high achievers with impressive resumes.
College Senior 2013-08-11T20:01:07Z
Lots of options, some are very new and comfortable
College Senior 2013-08-11T19:59:39Z
Vancouver is a big city with lots of off-campus housing options for students. There is good public transportation and many parts of town are well-serviced by bus lines that head to campus. The major downside is that the cost of living is very high here and finding suitable affordable housing can be a challenge.
College Senior 2013-08-11T19:57:03Z
There are a few sororities and fraternities on campus, but I know little about them. They don't appear to have a big presence on campus.
College Sophomore 2013-07-28T18:29:38Z
Anyone who attends UBC Okanagan and wants to live off campus tries to get a place in Rutland. Rutland is the cheaper part of Kelowna with convenient bus routes. Finding a nice place in Rutland can be challenging, but when you find that gem everyone will be jealous! Typically, the cost of living is a little high but a roommate is the best way to go to split the rent. Rutland especially has lots of police patrolling the streets, take it how you want, but I feel very safe knowing a police officer is somewhere nearby!
College Sophomore 2013-07-28T18:25:50Z
There are several different options for dining at UBC Okanagan from Xtreme Pita to the campus pub "The Well". The variety of food is great! There are many different options but if you don't have a meal plan eating on campus everyday can get expensive fast.The Well is open until 2 am where they serve excellent pizza!
College Sophomore 2013-07-28T18:19:50Z
I attend UBC Okanagan, the smaller UBC campus and I love it! It's just outside the city of Kelowna but you feel right at home. The small campus offers smaller class sizes, closer relationships with the professors and not intimidating feel. The campus is clean and inviting with a bus stop right out front with a wide selection of buses visiting there almost all the time.
Recent Alumnus 2013-05-02T03:41:25Z
Busses at UBC come often and are very reliable; however, they are almost always crammed with people. UBC is located on a peninsula and is fairly remote; as a result, it is largely a commuter university and the busses are always full. You might miss your desired bus simply because it is too full! Also, Translink prices are exorbitantly high and are going up all the time.
Recent Alumnus 2013-05-02T03:34:10Z
UBC can be strict about noise levels, but only to a reasonable degree. Other than that, they are fairly open about activities on campus.
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