Vancouver is the third largest city in Canada. The city numbers close to 500,000 but the population of Greater Vancouver area is over 2,000,000. In addition to having the most moderate climate in Canada, Vancouver supports fine shopping facilities and cultural programs. Vancouver is home to the NHL Canucks. Major shows, opera, symphony, and ballet productions are presented in the Queen Elizabeth and Orpheum theatres in downtown Vancouver. Vancouver has approximately 4,000 restaurants, including numerous ethnic restaurants that are relatively inexpensive. Cycling is very popular in Vancouver, as are climbing and hiking in the surrounding Coast Mountains. Excellent boating, fishing, and swimming are available in the waters surrounding Vancouver. One of the many 18-hole golf courses is located on the UBC campus. For the skier, there are a number of excellent ski areas, the closest of which, at Grouse Mountain, is about 30 minutes from downtown Vancouver by road and gondola lift. Whistler, rated the best in North American ski mountains, is about a 90-minute drive from Vancouver. Whistler and Vancouver hosted the 2010 Winter Olympics.

Campus Housing

On campus housing is handled through UBC Housing and Conferences. After you have applied to UBC you may access their on-line application process. A range of accommodations (dorm style to single-family residence for families) is available. Apply by February 1st for the best chance of finding good accommodation. All suites are within easy walking distance of the main campus.

Off Campus Housing

UBC Housing also provides links for information about off campus accommodation.


Single Student



$9,500 to $12,000 (1 bedroom)



Medical/Dental Insurance

$820, see Extended Health Care

Student Fees

$800 (includes transit pass)

Books and Supplies

$1,500 in first year, may be less later

Personal Expenses

Varies by lifestyle choices, usually $3000+

Estimated Total





Master's and PhD (plus student fees)
Canadians - approx. $4400/year
International students - approx. $7800/year (may be reduced by the International Partial Tuition Award of up to $3182/year)