Useful Links

Checklist for Newly Admitted Graduate Students: If you have just been offered admission to graduate school at UBC, take a look at the list of next steps, which include downloading your official letter of admission, applying for a study permit (if you’re an international student), and joining the online Graduate Student Community.

UBC Library: Visit the Library’s Graduate Student Page for their 2016 Graduate Student Guide, hours, information on the Research Commons, and more.

UBCcard: The UBCcard is your official student identification card. It grants you access to various UBC Housing buildings, as well as study rooms and classrooms. You can add money to your card online and then use it to make purchases at the UBC Bookstore and Food Services’ dining locations. It also acts as your library card. If you use Compass Card for transit, you are required to have the UBCcard on you when commuting. To obtain your UBCcard you MUST apply on-line after July 15th at You can pick up your card at the UBC Access Desk in the UBC Bookstore, or, if you will be living at a UBC campus residence, you have the option to pick up the card upon your check-in. For details:

Wireless Internet Access: Free WiFi on campus, visit UBC IT for more information:

International Students

If you are an international student, check out the International Student Guide which includes information and resources on immigration, health insurance, working in Canada, taxes, banking and more.

On-Campus Housing

Please use the following contacts for housing-related questions:

Winter Housing:
Year Round Housing, including the graduate colleges:
Family Residence:


2017 Pre-Arrival Webinars & FAQs

Life in Vancouver Pre-Arrival Webinar Presentation Slides

Banking and Cell Phones Pre-Arrival Webinar Presentation Slides

If you wish to listen to the recorded webinar for either of these presentations, please email

Pre-Arrival Webinar FAQs June 2017