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Housing and Accommodations in Vancouver

On Campus
Students and faculty have a couple of options for housing when they arrive. One important fact to note is Vancouver is one of the most expensive cities to live in North America. For this reason the University offers on campus subsidised housing for faculty, post-doctoral fellows and students. Faculty are eligible to apply for
The University Apartments which range from one- to three- bedroom apartments. However, because of the large demand, the lease agreements are limited to a three year stay. Students and post-doctorates with or without families have a variety of different types of on-campus housing to choose from. There are dorm rooms, shared apartments, individual apartments, private studios and townhouses. One drawback to living on campus is the distance between UBC and downtown Vancouver. Downtown and the rest of Vancouver is a good bus-ride away from UBC. Still, many people prefer to live on campus for convenience, cost and the added benefit of being close to a beach and the large cedar forest which borders UBC. For this reason there are many waiting lists so it is important to apply as soon as possible for housing.

Off Campus

housing is not hard to locate but acceptable ones at a reasonable price can be hard to locate, particularly in the weeks before academic school terms start. For anyone who is considering buying a house or apartment which has been constructed in the last twenty to twentyfive years it is absolutely necessary they do extensive research into its construction as there was a rash of very poorly built and leaking buildings raised. For those who are planning to rent the most common type of accommodations are basement apartments. In most cases a family has decided to renovate their basement as an alternative source of money. The amount of renovation varies greatly so it is imperative to check them out first to determine if they have basic necessities (i.e. stove, bathroom etc.) and that they do not leak. There are many advantages to living closer to the city and its centre, i.e in Kitsilano if you want to live close to waterfront. Vancouver's urban districts differ from each other a lot it terms of price and quality of the residential environment. (The personal insiders' tip of the webmaster is the neighborhood of Sorry-Not-In-Service due to its apparently best bus connection at night; ) When hesitating to rent a basement place, joining a shared place may be a cost and time effective housing option that typically includes access to a fully equipped kitchen, a living room, and sometimes a garden. Sharing places may be particularly interesting for those who are moving to Vancouver from overseas with minimal luggage and perhaps some shortness of financial funds at beginning. You also may consider renting a full house to share with class mates and friends. One good place to start looking for apartments and houses to rent is certainly the local newspaper. Increasingly popular however are the webpages of AMS or Craigslist that both list different types of housing for rent. In addition, AMS has also set up a very useful phone line (604.714.4848). If on campus find in the Student Union Building the noticebord in basement that is dedicated to accommodations.

More detailed and useful information can be found at the website of UBC Student Housing and Hospitality Services.




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