COVID-19 and UBC housing for September 2020

COVID-19 and UBC housing for September 2020

This blog post will be updated as new information becomes available.

Last updated: April 27, 2020


As countries around the world continue to be affected by the current outbreak of COVID-19 (coronavirus), we understand that you may have questions about living in residence when classes begin in September.

While we are continuing to monitor the situation in conjunction with the provincial health authorities, we hope to be able to offer on-campus housing as usual in September 2020.


Is there any flexibility on the May 1 housing application deadline?

To qualify for the First Year Guarantee of student residence at UBC Okanagan or UBC Vancouver, you must apply by May 1. Student Housing will do its best to assist late applicants if space is available, but we strongly encourage you to apply before the deadline.

If UBC classes are online in September 2020, will your housing deposit be refunded?

Although we have not yet determined what form instruction will take, we want to assure you that your UBC education will begin on September 8, 2020. In the event that UBC delivers its curriculum online and we must withdraw our residence offer, we will refund your residence acceptance deposit. If you have to cancel your residence offer yourself, we will also refund your residence acceptance deposit.

If you want to enter student housing in January 2021 instead of September 2020, what should you do?

If you don’t accept your residence offer for September 2020 but you want to keep your residence application active, you can contact Student Housing at UBC Okanagan or UBC Vancouver to request this. If you receive a residence offer for January 2021, you will accept the offer by paying your residence acceptance deposit at that time.

What precautions are being taken if students move into residence in September?

While it is too early to speculate about what the situation in September will look like, UBC is working in consultation with provincial health agencies and will follow their guidelines. We will continue to emphasize the importance of hand-washing, cough hygiene, and not touching your face. Enhanced cleaning and sanitizing will continue in the lobbies, community bathrooms, elevators, and other high-touch areas.

Will you be able to defer your housing deposit for financial reasons?

To accept your residence offer, you must pay a residence acceptance deposit. If you are experiencing financial difficulties, please contact our office at UBC Okanagan or UBC Vancouver to request a smaller initial deposit, and arrange a payment plan for the remainder over the next couple of months.



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