Around UBC

The University of British Columbia’s Vancouver campus is located at the western tip of the Point Grey Peninsula, about 10 km from downtown Vancouver and 15 km from the Vancouver Airport (YVR).

From Vancouver International Airport:
Cross the Arthur Laing Bridge and veer right on the “Downtown Vancouver via Granville Street” exit and follow the turnoff onto Granville Street. Turn left onto SW Marine Drive and continue for approximately 15 minutes to UBC Campus.

From Downtown Vancouver:
Follow Burrard Street southbound from downtown and cross the Burrard Street Bridge. Follow the road to the left, and continue along Burrard Street approximately 4 blocks. Turn right onto West 4th Avenue and continue to Blanca Street, where West 4th Avenue becomes Chancellor Blvd. Continue along Chancellor Blvd. to UBC Campus.

Campus is a big place. Once you’re on campus, UBC’s Community Shuttles will help you get wherever you need to go, quickly.

Approximate routes/travel times are below, as a guidline for your first few days of travel in Vancvouver. You are strongly encouraged to check on the Translink website for routes, fares, possible delays in your travels.

Botanical Garden Centre
With a history spanning almost a century, UBC Botanical Garden & Centre for Plant Research has continually maintained a valued position within the University and the community at large. With a world class facility spanning 78 acres and an everlasting commitment to perpetuating biodiversity through education and research, it comes as no surprise that the garden has come to achieve a high profile within the local, national, and even international media circuits.

Chan Centre for the Performing Arts
Since its opening in spring 1997, the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts has earned an international reputation for its striking design and stellar acoustics. Artists, critics and patrons alike are unanimous in their praise of this multi-faceted facility, winning it a place among North America’s premier performing arts centres.

Irving K. Barber Learning Centre
The centre wing of Main Library was built in 1924 and 1925 and was one of the first permanent buildings constructed on the new Point Grey campus. The North wing of the building was added in 1948, and the South wing in 1960. Currently, the library is undergoing extensive renovations, which are expected to be completed by 2006.

Walter C. Koerner Library
The Walter C. Koerner Library was opened in 1996 and includes 10, 200 square meters of renovated space from the former Sedgewick Library. The library was named for Walter C. Koerner was has provided support to the University through donations for many years.

Museum of Anthropology (MOA )
The Museum of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia is world-renowned for its collections, research, teaching, public programs, and community connections. It is also acclaimed for its spectacular architecture and unique setting on the cliffs of Point Grey.

To extend our role as public and research institution, we have just completed a major expansion and renewal project, creating amazing new opportunities for research, teaching, and public enjoyment. Visit us soon, and visit us often - there’s always something new to experience at MOA!

Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery
The Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery’s mandate is to research, exhibit, collect, publish, educate and develop programs in the field of contemporary art and in contemporary approaches to the practice of art history and criticism.

The Gallery is not limited to particular media or disciplines. However, we place special emphasis on the areas of the Canadian avant-garde of the 1960s and 1970s, the international network developed at the time and its role in the art of today; emerging artists; Vancouver’s post-war art history; practices and projects that challenge the status quo including exhibition concepts initiated by artists.

Through a regular program of exhibitions, publications, loans, traveling exhibitions, special projects and exchange programs, the Belkin Art Gallery participates in the national and international community of institutions concerned with contemporary art.

Nitobe Memorial Garden
The Nitobe Memorial Garden is a traditional Japanese Tea and Stroll garden located at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. Nitobe Garden is considered to be the one of the most authentic Japanese gardens in North America and among the top five Japanese gardens outside of Japan, the Nitobe Garden includes a rare authentic Tea Garden with a ceremonial Tea House.

Pacific Museum of the Earth
Explore the brand new Pacific Museum of Earth and discover the wonders of our dynamic planet Earth. Tour 4.5 billion years through the evolution of Earth, touch a real dinosaur bone, be informed about the hazards of natural disasters, gaze at dazzling mineral and gem displays, and learn about the mineralogical guts of your smartphone.

UBC Farm
The UBC Farm encompasses 24 hectares of integrated farm and forest lands on UBC’s South Campus. The farm is managed by the Centre for Sustainable Food Systems, which offers a wide range of interdisciplinary learning, research, and community programs on the site. Together, these programs explore and exemplify new paradigms for sustainable communities.

Situated within a 90-year old coastal hemlock forest, the UBC Farm comprises a mosaic of cultivated annual crop fields, perennial hedgerows and orchards, and successional forest stands. In the midst of a city, this landscape offers an important bridge between the rural and the urban.

You’ll find some of the city’s most convenient, affordable, and desirable accommodation locations right here on the UBC campus, where you can surround yourself with some of Vancouver’s most beautiful ocean, forest and campus views.

You’ll be away from the traffic and noise of the city, and conveniently close to all UBC facilities, venues and local area attractions—yet only 20 minutes away by car or transit from downtown Vancouver. Whatever your needs and budget or the size of your group, our Vancouver accommodations will suit you well.

West Coast Suites
Contemporary, deluxe apartment hotel suites, private amenities

Standard Suites
Affordable hotel suites, private amenities

Budget Rooms
Secure private rooms, shared amenities

Pacific Spirit Hostel
Stay in one of the world’s most beautiful cities without breaking the bank. The Pacific Spirit Hostel offers cost-efficient hostel accommodations for visitors from outside Vancouver and the Lower Mainland

Commuter Student Hostel 

UBC offers commuter students affordable overnight accommodation during Winter Session to support academic success and involvement in campus co-curricular activities. The Commuter Student Hostel is located in Walter Gage and available Sunday to Thursday from mid-September to the end of April (except during the holiday break) and all week during exam periods.

Note: Pets are not permitted in our residences with the exception of seeing-eye dogs and other working dogs.

Campus Tours

This guided walking tour will last approximately two hours and include:

  • a brief introductory presentation
  • a visit to a residence, a library, as well as some of our recreational and social facilities
  • an introduction to the many services available to students

Virtual UBC Vancouver Campus Tour

Explore a sampling of UBC’s academic buildings, residences, student spaces and outdoor recreation spots plus Vancouver highlights.

North Parkade
6115 Student Union Boulevard

Thunderbird Parkade
6085 Thunderbird Boulevard

West Parkade
2140 Lower Mall

Fraser River Parkade
6440 Memorial Road

Health Sciences Parkade
2250 Health Sciences Mall

Rose Garden Parkade
6278 NW Marine Drive