College Freshman 2013-12-12T00:46:28Z
Not a lot of people pay attention to them, you don't really see a lot of varsity students. If you are a varsity athlete though, you get a lot of amenities, like guaranteed housing and a varsity meal plan.
College Freshman 2013-12-12T00:44:58Z
There is a bus loop on campus (a little far from first year residence though) that can take you basically everywhere. There is also the skytrain that can take you downtown and to the airport faster and directly. Taxis are very expensive
College Freshman 2013-12-12T00:43:19Z
A lot of options and all over the place. You have a meal plan and flex dollars and can pay in places like Starbucks, Subway, Triple O's, Tim Hortons with flex dollars. There is residence dinning (the cafeteria) as well as a convenience store and other restaurants around that you can pay with your UBC Card. There are also a bunch of options that accept cash.
College Freshman 2013-12-12T00:41:41Z
Engineering is one of the hardest majors in UBC (along with Sauder School of Business). Workload is pretty heavy, so you have to learn to manage that. There are a lot of research opportunities and opportunities to visit labs.
For internships and jobs, the best option is to join the Co-Op program, although that would mean graduating in five years instead of four.
College Freshman 2013-12-12T00:41:41Z
You get really good professors even as a first year and even have tutorials and workshops for difficult classes. There is a little bit of curriculum flexibility, depending on your major/faculty.
There are a bunch of options for study areas, including the commonsblock in the first year residence and more than 3 libraries.
There is also free tutoring at a library and first-year residences.
There is quiet a bit of workload, but it is manageable.
College Freshman 2013-12-12T00:37:59Z
As soon as people turn 19 they start going out downtown, so if you are not 19 you are stuck with going to frat parties which are not a lot of fun.
But when you turn 19 it is a lot of fun! and if all of your friends are underage then you can have fun with them too, it is just that small age difference that makes things a bit messy.
College Freshman 2013-12-12T00:36:07Z
This year hasn't been bad, but it rains more days than not during the year. However, itdo get too cold (not colder than -10 degrees Celsius)
College Freshman 2013-12-12T00:35:11Z
It really depends on what you get. In first year residence, the new buildings are amazing but the old ones are pretty bad and not as spacious. For other years, most of the residences are good but they are kind of far from classes. Most other residences are suite-style of apartments/actual houses for four people or more, which is really great, except you have to cook and clean yourself.
College Freshman 2013-12-12T00:31:44Z
The campus is beautiful and classes are very interesting. Overall a very lovely atmosphere and people are very nice. Also access to a lot of facilities and different opportunities to get involved
However, not a lot of people are involved and many people move off-campus, so there is not a lot of college life. Classes themselves are not extremely challenging, but grades are only based on midterms and finals, which is really bad for bad testers.
College Freshman 2013-12-12T00:29:48Z
Drug use is pretty common, but there is no peer pressure. No strictness about it. If you are caught smoking weed in the dorms you will get a bunch of warnings before you actually get kicked out (of the dorms, not out of college).
You may be kicked out of a club if you are too drunk, but nothing major. UBC even has its own pub (the Pit) and it's pretty good.
College Freshman 2013-12-12T00:27:43Z
there are a lot of options ranging both in prices and type of food. However, downtown is 45 minutes away, so not very convenient to get to.
Then again, Kitsilano is like 20 minutes away and it has good options.
College Freshman 2013-12-12T00:25:46Z
They have parties but they are not great and can sometimes be expensive. They live in pretty good houses.
Sororities, however, are almost nonexistent. Sororities do not have houses and get together like once a month.
College Freshman 2013-12-12T00:24:14Z
Not strict at all. If you are being too noisy RAs will tell you something, but that is only after quiet hours and it depends on the RA.
About drinking and drug use, they do not care at all.
College Freshman 2013-12-12T00:21:35Z
Great engineering facilities and labs. The new buildings are awesome, but the old ones are not.
You get all the equipment you need when doing science labs, even as a first year!
Food services are great, there are a lot of options and you can pay in places like Starbucks, Subway and Tim Hortons with your meal plan.
Beautiful mountain scenery.
College Freshman 2013-12-12T00:21:35Z
A lot of clubs to join, almost everything!
Good campus life, but it's empty on the weekends. Otherwise, a lot of stuff going on with activities organized by the residence, shows to go to or just workshops in just about everything, as well as classes!
College Freshman 2013-12-12T00:18:41Z
City life is pretty vibrant, but it takes 45 minutes to get downtown. There is a good atmosphere at the university itself, but mostly Frat parties and they are not great
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.
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