Get ready for UBC life

UBC is a welcoming community that values diversity and is dedicated to equity, inclusivity, and mutual respect. Whether you’re from Coquitlam or Cartagena, Tokyo or Toronto, dozens of welcome events help you explore campus and make friends.

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UBC is a welcoming community that values diversity and is dedicated to equity, inclusivity, and mutual respect. Whether you’re from Coquitlam or Cartagena, Tokyo or Toronto, dozens of welcome events across our Vancouver campus exist to help you explore campus and make friends.

Welcome Events

Get excited for what’s sure to be an amazing year by attending one of our upcoming welcome events. This is the perfect time to get familiar with your campus and meet some future peers.

Students at a UBC Pride event
May 29 - 31

Destination UBC

  • Aboriginal students

If you are a First Nations, Métis, or Inuit high school student in Canada, Destination UBC is your chance to visit UBC Vancouver and connect with the Aboriginal community before you arrive in the fall. During this weekend-long event, we’ll give you advice on transitioning to university life, and connect you with current students in your faculty or degree who can share helpful insider tips.

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May 2020

UBC Welcomes You

  • First-year students

UBC Welcomes You is a half-day informational event at UBC Vancouver where you’ll get your questions answered, connect with the UBC community, and start preparing for life as a UBC student before you arrive in the fall.

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Orientations

During your first week on campus, there will be plenty to do and see. Our orientation events are a great chance to connect with classmates and get the lay of the land.

Jump Start, UBC orientation
August 29 - September 4

Jump Start

  • International students

Jump Start is open to all first-year students coming to UBC from high school. Whether you are an international or domestic student, whether you plan to live on or off campus, Jump Start is for you. Registration opens in early 2020 and fills up fast!

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Jump Start on UBC's Okanagan campus
September 8

Imagine Day

  • All students

On the first day of classes, campus is transformed and the entire UBC community comes together to welcome you to your new academic community and celebrate the start of the school year.

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Early September

Aboriginal student orientation

  • Aboriginal students

Connect with other First Nations, Métis, and Inuit students through the First Nations House of Learning as you get to know your campus and get ready for an exciting school year ahead.

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Campus tours

A great way to get a feel for UBC before you arrive is to take a campus tour, which are led by current UBC students. They’ll take you to some of their favourite spots to study, work up a sweat, and relax between classes, and show you the best parts of the campus before your first day.Foster a sense of a home away from home. Participate in clubs, join an athletic team, or seek out one of our many on-campus support centres.

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Find your community on campus

Foster a sense of a home away from home. Participate in clubs, join an athletic team, or seek out one of our many on-campus support centres.

Clubs & societies

Are you a budding stand-up comedian or avid environmentalist? Do you want to play Quidditch or try dragon boating? UBC Vancouver has more than 350 clubs and course unions for you to get involved with. Take a look at some of the clubs on offer before arriving on campus.

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Sports & recreation

You don’t have to be a star athlete to stay active at UBC Vancouver. Join an intramural team or a recreational league, or take advantage of the state-of-the-art facilities and year-round programming at locations like the UBC Aquatic Centre, BirdCoop Fitness Centre, or Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Arena.

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