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 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 Junior 2012-06-26T16:15:32Z
Alcohol & Pot – Legal drinking age in BC is 19
BC is probably one of the world's leading producer of cannabis.
Assuming the second statement is true, the drug scene is prevalent in UBC. The most common being alcohol and pot, it is almost a guarantee that you will come by these at some point in your life at UBC. However, there is no pressure for you to try any of those drugs.
College Junior 2012-02-08T19:47:24Z
Smells Like I Had a Good Night Last Night – It seems like we are constantly partying. Every night people meet at the smoke pits to smoke pot and pretty much every weekend is associated with 2 massive hangovers. Thank god for Sundays.
College Senior 2012-01-30T04:03:33Z
Not a Big Deal – There aren't really many drug scenes. They are usually just smoking or perhaps weed for some guys but not seen so often. But they love alcohol, especially engineers.