College Sophomore 2013-04-22T20:55:27Z
The use of drugs on campus is illegal but there's plenty of smoking and drinking. There are several small bars on campus but alcohol is sort of expensive. Smoking in the dorms is not permitted but you're welcome to drink all you want in your own room.
College Sophomore 2013-04-22T20:51:44Z
Vancouver is close to the south border of Canada so it isn't as cold as some people will tell you. That being said, it can still get pretty cold and it rains a lot. It snows very rarely but on some mornings I find parts of the sidewalk frozen and the steps all salted.
College Sophomore 2013-04-22T20:34:07Z
Public transportation is amazing at UBC. We have bus lines that run all the way downtown and beyond. Buses essentially connect the entire city together and currently your tuition covers a bus pass cost. However, you will have to plan each trip in advance and do some research on the necessary bus routes. Google maps will be your friend.
College Sophomore 2013-04-22T20:27:35Z
I thoroughly enjoyed living in the dorms. It's a great way to meet new people and make new friends and meals is pretty convenient. Additionally, both freshmen dorms have mini gyms so you don't have to go to the main gym which is always crowded and cost money.
College Sophomore 2013-03-01T04:03:47Z
Health & Safety:
UBC's Vancouver campus is stellar. Not only is it beautiful, it is very safe with little or no crime activity in or around campus. There are several 911 hotlines around but I never saw them used till now. Police roam the campus in the night and I can't really think of better security.
College Sophomore 2013-02-24T17:35:47Z
UBC is unique in that students do not declare a major until the second year. Instead, students choose a faculty to join, like Arts or Science. This gives students a giant amount of freedom but it can be difficult and stressful in deciding what classes to take. As a member of the UBC Faculty of Science, I can say that the workload can become unbearable at times since a large number of courses is expected to be taken in the first year. However, I have been constantly assured that the workload gets easier and there are plenty of internship opportunities through the science co-op program.
College Sophomore 2013-02-24T17:24:32Z
Sports are not a huge part of UBC. We have teams but because there are so few surrounding schools, games are rare and news on them can be difficult to come by. There are plenty of independent teams, if you don't want to join varsity, but these are mainly for amusement, though there are competitive games.
College Sophomore 2013-02-24T17:00:07Z
UBC is a large school and this is both a positive attribute and an issue. The giant variety of course gives students a large reach over their own curriculum but because of the size, it can be extremely difficult in deciding what classes to take; nothing is streamlined and because of the large number of students, it can be difficult to discuss with an adviser. Similarly, while the professors are all very knowledgeable, it can be difficult to find help outside of class. Expect to be independent.
College Sophomore 2013-02-11T01:04:48Z
Many people love Vancouver; I find it a bit boring but it is still nice. People in the city and campus alike are extremely friendly and helpful; shopping malls and downtown are just 40 or so minutes away by bus. There are many mountains nearby for snowboarding and skiing and a beach is located just down some steps on campus (although the weather is too cold throughout most of the year to enjoy it much). There are many great sports on campus, my favorites being skating, gymnastics and tennis. There are many other popular colleges around UBC so you can meet students from there as well, such as arts and media institutes and other universities.
College Sophomore 2013-02-11T00:57:23Z
Extremely expensive. Freshman dorms are horrible - they cost nearly as much as renting an apartment in the area, force you to buy a monthly $500-meal plan (which is about 5 times more than I spend on food for myself otherwise), the bedrooms are tiny and cold, and every floor just has a public washroom with a couple showers for everyone.
However, for later years, I hear the dorms are very nice and come with their own kitchen and bathrooms. The senior years have their own residences that resemble nice houses or townhouses rather than dorms.
College Sophomore 2013-02-11T00:53:24Z
Health & Safety:
I have never had any safety issues at UBC. There is a walk-safe program which you can call and get two people to walk you if you are on campus after 8pm. If you are concerned I would recommend saving the phone number on your cell! The people are friendly though and I haven't even heard of any crimes or issues occurring here.
College Sophomore 2013-02-11T00:49:06Z
There are all sorts of sports and teams at UBC, but the only thing that bothers me is that there is a mandatory fee of almost $200.00 CAD for the athletic facilities whether you use them or not. If you live on campus it is great, though, as you will have access to a public gym, most of the dormitories have a little gym in them too, a pool, skating rink, basketball and tennis courts, and more! There is a lot here. I am taking a once weekly gymnastics class and the building for it is quite nice too.
College Sophomore 2013-01-19T21:16:01Z
Printing prices are manageable but there a so few computers in the library.
College Freshman 2013-01-15T18:53:10Z
The legal age here in British Columbia is 19. So if you are under 19, wait patiently hahaha. but you can always hang with your underage friends and have some fun. Every week, there will always be parties, especially Frat parties or floor parties.
College Freshman 2013-01-15T18:47:25Z
Guys & Girls:
There are many different kinds of guys and girls here in University of British Columbia. UBC is a huge school, thus, you will see different people everyday. Also, that means you will have many options if you are trying to look for a partner. LOL. The people here are fairly nice and friendly.
College Freshman 2013-01-15T18:43:16Z
Public transportation is excellent around UBC. There is a bus loop in which many many busses come to get you whenever you need them and wherever you want to go. The operating hours are also nicely distributed, the busses run until past midnight. In addition, there are also community shuttle busses that can take you around the campus; this will add convenience in travelling around campus.
College Sophomore 2012-12-10T21:12:21Z
There are more scholarships available at UBC than other schools I applied to, but they are very competitive.
College Sophomore 2012-12-10T21:08:37Z
Classes are challenging and I feel like I've learned a lot.
College Sophomore 2012-10-21T16:07:22Z
Well... it's rainy. Rainy, rainy, rainy. The season are gentle otherwise, though the day can start out sunny and end rainy, so wear layers and bring rain boots: drainage isn't very good in some spots. Absolutely gorgeous in the summer.
College Sophomore 2012-10-21T16:04:34Z
Lots of varied food options: pizza and burger and starbucks, sure, but also Japanese, Korean, juice and smoothies, cookies, and Indian. Student Rec Centre is well-equiped but very busy. Lots of libraries, though their hours vary and they don't stay open as late as I'd like. Spirit Park is right next to the campus so there's lots of trails to run or bike through: the campus actually has it's own bike-share program. Huge selection of clubs, lots of free cultural and sports events
College Sophomore 2012-10-21T15:56:52Z
There are actually bars on campus and other designated areas for drinking, and you can also drink at home. Nobody gets terribly messed up drinking as far as I can tell, and I never seen binge drinking here. Drug use seems to be very small: if it's there, it's kept low-key. Campus police have a discreet presence.
College Sophomore 2012-10-21T15:53:09Z
I wish there were more computer labs available about campus, but what there is is very reliable and well-maintained. The campus wi-fi is strong and very fast as well.
College Senior 2012-10-08T18:04:33Z
Health & Safety:
There are blue posts all around campus so you can always press the button on them if encountering an emergency. Also, you never have to walk around on campus alone at night if you choose not to- just call a number, and they will send two people to walk with you. Theft is minimal, but general precautions are always good like locking doors, etc. One generally feels secure on campus, and the police are also close by.
College Senior 2012-10-08T17:53:57Z
Guys & Girls:
The girls are very up-to-date with the latest trends, and take an effort each day to arrive well preened. Walking anywhere on campus, you'll most likely see stylish outfits and prepped faces. Other popular attire choices are athletic clothes (very west coast!), or school sweaters. The guys are stylish too, though there is more of a mix in here between classy and comfortable. Social life in UBC is healthy, though students would have to take the initiative themselves to join clubs and make their voice known- it is easy to slip under the radar if you don't try! There are, however, adequate student-run events to give people such a chance. Interests @ UBC are vast and wide-ranged, but however, students here tend to enjoy clubbing as a getaway.
College Senior 2012-10-05T16:07:19Z
Pretty nice, and for grad students especially it aint that expensive.
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